The George V, Carlyle, Cipriani, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Sandy Lane... the fabulous properties that have not made our final cut reads like someone else's hot hotel list. But here at Luxury Hotels Magazines, we maintain that absence makes the list grow stronger. Starting with a clean slate, our team of writers, luxury travel writers, hotel specialists and destination experts have scoured the globe to bring you only the very best. We have not accepted the status quo, the grande dames have not enjoyed their usual seat at the top table and nor have we added new properties simply for the sake of freshness. So what do these hotels have in common? Firstly, they have each earned their place. Every hotel has been tried, tested, rated and cross-compared - and that was just to make the long-list. Secondly, they offer something extraordinary - be it location, service, style, soul, design, seclusion, facilities or romance. But above all, these are properties that will affect the way you feel. Life should be better when you check-in. Welcome to Telegraph Travel's guide to the greatest hotels on Earth.