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The World's Best New Hotels & Resorts

Top-tier brands remain on our travel experts' radar, but boutique properties and South American and Vietnamese destinations are also garnering rave reviews
Larry Olmsted
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Nov/Dec 2007

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Larry Olmsted is a Cigar Aficionado contributing editor.

From downtown New York to the heart of Buenos Aires, these are the best resorts by region.

New York
Since this property took Best Small Hotel honors in the entire country, it is no surprise it won its own city as well, but the Gramercy Park Hotel made a very strong second-place showing in a city awash in new hip hotels.

This small, 18-room, 50-suite boutique hotel, the latest addition to the Italian Baglioni luxury hotel group, packs a wallop. Butler service is included in all rooms, guests are squired around the city courtesy of the hotel's chauffer-driven Maserati Quattroporte and its Italian eatery, Brunello, is one of the city's best.

Fouquet's Barriere
Another key city hotel that also won our Best Urban Hotel in the international category. Our panelists were emphatic about this newcomer, as no other hotel in the City of Light received a single vote.

Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i
Long known as the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay, the Four Seasons group bought the two properties and merged them into one luxurious resort. Both hotels closed for six months and underwent a combined $100 million in upgrades, from new restaurants and spas to a complete revamp of every guest room. The result is a unique pair of sister hotels that share fantastic facilities, including two top-notch golf courses, shooting and riding centers, and white sand beaches. The Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i offer the only high-end lodging on the island, affording guests privacy and a return to pristine Hawaii.

Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Another classic hotel that achieved "new" status, in large part because ancient ruins were uncovered during a face-lift, stretching the renovation out to nearly six years. Set amid lush gardens with a stunning infinity pool perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hotel Caruso immediately regained its status as one of the world's great hotels when it reopened in 2005. The hotel is currently adding new luxury suites, and once again has stumbled onto archaeological finds, but the "new old" structure is fully open for business—and pleasure.

Four Seasons, Hong Kong
In a region dominated by top luxury chains, more new hotels have opened than anywhere else: Peninsulas in Tokyo and Beijing, Mandarin Orientals in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Park Hyatts in Seoul and Saigon, and Ritz-Carltons in Tokyo and Beijing. Amid this clamor, the Four Seasons stood out for its waterfront location, connected luxury mall, air-conditioned pedestrian links to the ferry terminal and airport express train, and array of excellent restaurants.

South America
Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau, Buenos Aires, Argentina
In another region with a plethora of high-end newcomers, the Park Hyatt won over voters with its combination of old and new, combining a modern tower with a loving renovation of an existing classic mansion. "This is the most artfully and yet thoughtfully designed hotel I've ever been in," says Amy Ziff, adding, "Located in the charming Recoletta neighborhood, it's also as romantic as it is divine."

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