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The worlds best new hotels, and 15 reasons theyll make you want

to pack your bags now.


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Hot ListThe worlds best new hotels, and 15 reasons theyll

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What makes a new hotel today graduate from an of-the-moment scene to an enduring icon that defines a city? Its not just about designpeople often mistake the way a place looks for the way a place feels, explains Andr Balazs, who first made our annual Hot List in 1999 for The Mercer. I live at the Chiltern FirehouseIve slept in every room. I have to because if I dont, I cant tell whether even the littlest detailslike the brightness of a reading light are right. What weve learned from the best hoteliers is that focusing this intensely on the smallest things isnt as obsessive as it sounds: As travelers become more sophisticated, luxury must become more intuitive. Offering butler service because thats whats expected of a five- star hotel ultimately reads as soulless (unless, that is, its absolutely seamless and unintrusive) and is in some ways less impressive than the quiet replenishment of the right brand of toothpaste by invisible hands. This year, after poring over the intel of our staff and contributorswho vetted more than a hundred recently opened hotels and resorts, from West Africa to Miami we found that what stands out are the properties which combine old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity. You might even think of them as the new cultural touchstones. The 60 hotels that follow and the details that make them specialweve given you 15 as a jumping-off pointare a reason unto themselves to board a plane right now.

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21 Broad, NantucketA restored 27-room Victorian mansion in the center of town with a cheery aqua and yellow palette and mod furnishings, its made for weekend visitors.; from $159.

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Nizwa, OmanAt this remote 78-room resort 90 miles southwest of Muscat, guests spend their days hiking through ancient villages blissfully absent of any sign of modern life.; from $500.

Alma Histrica Boutique Hotel, Montevideo, UruguayA much-needed addition to the city, the 15-room 1920s town house is in the center of one of South Americas most underrated capitals.; from $185.

Aman TokyoAmans first urban property is an intimate, modernist 84-room aerie floating 38 floors above the city. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Fuji.; from $618.

Aro Ha Wellness Resort, New ZealandOverlooking Lake Wakatipu, on the South Island, this intimate 20-room lodge is all about yoga, meditation, and health food that doesnt taste like it.; from $3,300 for four nights.

Bahia Vik Jos Ignacio, UruguayA ten-suite main house and 11 art-filled bungalows sprawl across the dunes of Uruguays Jos Ignacio coastline, 12 miles northeast of Punta del Este.; from $800.

The Beaumont, LondonThis 73-room Deco-inspired renovation of a 1926 Mayfair building is the brainchild of two veteran restaurateurs, and its Colony Grill serves one of the citys best English breakfasts.; from $600.

Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill, St. KittsEighty-four guest-houses each with a wraparound verandaare spread across a 400-acre organic farm that grows a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables.; from $1,700.

The Brando, French PolynesiaOn Marlon Brandos pri-vate atoll, Tetiaroa30 miles off Tahitiit has 35 thatched-roof villas with private plunge pools that alone are worth the flight.; from $2,550 for three nights.

Cape Weligama, Sri LankaThis collection of 40 colonial-style houses on the Indian Ocean, surrounded by tropical gardens, has an on-site dive center for underwater adventures.; from $815.

Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort, Mendoza, ArgentinaThe 16-room minimalist resort was designed to blend into the sweeping landscapea 790-acre vineyard backed by the snowcapped Andes.; from $400.

Casas del XVI, Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicSixteenth-century houses have been transformed into this intimate seven-room hotel that feels like the second home of your dreams.; from $340.

Chiltern Firehouse, LondonThis quirky conversion of an 1889 buildingone of the first fire stations in Londoninto a 26-room hotel and restaurant is where the beautiful people hang.; from $730.

The Dean Hotel, DublinIf you want to be in the middle of the nightlife district, you cant do better than this 52-room modernist hotbed. When youve settled in, head to the Rooftop Bar for the best views in Dublin.; from $130.

Delano Las VegasAt the southernmost tip of the Strip, this shimmering 43-story tower with 1,117 suites is a more subdued version of the typical Vegas experience.; from $200.

Portrait FirenzeOn the banks of the Arno, with views of the Ponte Vecchio, the latest property from the Ferragamo hotel group combines an unbeatable location with 36 chic, pared-down rooms.; from $530.

Riad Mena & Beyond, MarrakechThink of it as Marrakech mod in the heart of the medina: Each of the six rooms is decorated in an unexpected but harmonious blend of East and West.

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Raffles IstanbulThe 185-room hotel is unabashedly swank, befitting its location in Zorlu Center, an upscale shopping and cultural complex thats a reflection of booming modern Turkey.; from $370.

Ritz-Carlton, Rancho MirageSpare in design but decadent in service, this 244-room hotel in the California desert has fire pits, three pools, and astonishing views of the Coachella Valley.; from $279.

Rosewood BeijingThe first Rosewood hotel in China soars high above Beijing, with 283 rooms, six restaurants and bars, a world-class spa, and an executive lounge that feels like a private club.; from $287.

The Rose Hotel, Venice BeachThis casual 14-room California dream, a block from the boardwalk, is a much-needed option for an area of Los Angeles that was starved for good hotels.; from $175.

Sujn Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur, IndiaA former royal guesthouse, the 30-room property has been transformed into an eclectic playground for color-loving design buffs.; from $558.

The Sanchaya, Bintan Island, IndonesiaColonial design, first-rate Euro-Asian cuisine, 19villas and nine suites, and a long stretch of powdery sand have put luxury within a 45-minute ferry ride of Singapore.; from $620.

The Singular Santiago Lastarria HotelThis 62-room Chilean retreat in Lastarria, a lively neighborhood with some of Santiagos best nightlife and restaurants, has its own hopping rooftop bar and lounge.; from $290.

Soho House ChicagoThe second-largest Soho House debuts in the cityship West Loop, in a 1907 warehouse thats been converted into a hotel with 40 guest rooms, aCowshed Spa . . . and avintage-y boxing ring.; from $280.

Tribal Hotel, Granada, NicaraguaAll seven rooms at this propertyarguably the best boutique hotel in the countryhave private terraces and a quirky, colorful mix of fabrics and artwork.; from $125.

Urso Hotel & Spa, MadridWith its neoclassicalfacade, delicate floralwallpaper, and spa, this 78-room hotel adds agracious note to a quiet side street near the trendy Chueca district.; from $210.

Via Vik, ChileHigh design and high-profile contemporary art mix in the 22 suites hereall the more impressive for their setting, overlooking 11,000 acres of vineyards in the Millahue Valley.; from $1,200.

Watch Hill Inn, Rhode IslandThis 19-suite inn on Little Narragansett Bay feels more like a beach house (with full kitchens and laundry facilities), making it ideal for family vacations.; from $555.

Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort, AnguillaThis classic 44-room Caribbean charmer overlooking postcard-perfect Meads Bay has taken on a new life.; from $525.

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, TurkeyMost of the 109 rooms face the sea, which is impossible to miss thanks to massive walls of windows; suites have private infinity pools.; from $260.

Mandarin Oriental, TaipeiA new standard was set in Taipeis hotel scene when this 303-room property opened; afternoon tea in the Jade Lounge is a must for locals and guests.; from $523.

The Miami Beach EditionMid-Beach is heating up, due in large part to this 294-room Ian Schrager project with a bowling alley and an ice rink, making it an all-in-one playground.; from $429.

Mondrian London at Sea ContainersThis 359-room hotel on the Thames has all