King Mohammed VI's ambitious project is at the end of a black-marble road within the city walls of Marrakech's 11th-century medina. The property is a maze of 53 individual two-story riads (traditional Moroccan houses) with silk-paneled walls, extensive hand-laid tilework and rooftop sun beds. The walled complex of Royal Mansour is connected by a network of underground tunnels used by staff, so that guests can have privacy as they stroll among the property's ornate fountains and orange and olive trees. Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno oversees the three restaurants.
Riads from $1,950; Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti; 011-212-529-80-8080 or royalmansour.com.
This castle-like hotel is perched on the hillside above downtown Zurich, with a new, Norman Foster-designed wing that has a 43,000-square-foot spa with fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Michelin-starred restaurant from German chef Heiko Nieder serves seven-course tasting dinners as well as a five-course vegetarian tasting menu that includes a potato gnocchi with macadamia nuts and Brillat-Savarin, a triple-cream cow's-milk cheese from Normandy.