Every year, hotels around the globe push the boundaries to create something new, providing more luxury and becoming destinations in their own right. From Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico to Greece and Australia, read on to discover the coolest new hotels in the world. A combination of alluring destinations with unique accommodations, this list features some of the most standout hotels that will inspire you to visit somewhere new.
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Sitting next to the world-famous Yala National Park that is known for its leopard population, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Sri Lanka is a luxury tented camp surrounded by lush jungle landscapes and the Indian Ocean. The man-made structures were designed with natural materials, where 28 cocoon-like suites blend seamlessly into the rocks and boulders. You’ll find 5-star rooms with state-of-the-art amenities in addition to a bamboo-clad Tuskers bar and Dining Pavilion and a free-standing swimming pool.
Surrounded by the lush green hills of Ubud, Hoshinoya Bali in Ubud, Indonesia overlooks the picturesque Pakerisan river. The moss-covered ruins of the area serve as the inspiration for the 30-villa resort, where both Japanese and Balinese elements are blended to create a Zen aesthetic with traditional thatched roofs and earth-hued structures. Relax in one of the three canal-like swimming pools or the elevated gazebos, then enjoy Balinese-Japanese fusion cuisine at the on-site restaurant.
Boasting the island’s only overwater spa, the Ritz-Carlton in Langkawi, Malaysia overlooks the Andaman Sea and is surrounded by a lush, 10-million-year-old rainforest. The five-star resort is tucked away in its own private cove with 119 guestrooms and suites that boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the tropical gardens. If you want a stunning view of the shoreline, stay in one of the 29 villas, while all guests can enjoy the flavorful Malay cuisine in the on-site restaurant, a curved infinity pool and the outdoor excursions of jungle walks and outdoor yoga.
The Silo Hotel in Cape Town is an architectural masterpiece, which towers above the V& A Waterfront and is surrounding by the city’s natural splendours. Occupying six floors above a contemporary art museum, you can marvel at the multi-faceted windows and geometric patterns that celebrate art, style, architecture and design. Inside you’ll find 28 rooms with Table Mountain, city and harbor views, while a luxurious spa offers the latest therapies and spa techniques. Relax at the rooftop pool, which overlooks Lion’s Head.
Bulgari Resort Dubai is luxury at its finest. Situated on the exclusive, man-made Juneira Bay, it sits on an island that is carved into the shape of a seahorse. You’ll find a charming Mediterranean ambiance with six residential buildings, 173 sea facing apartments and 15 private mansions, where you can enjoy the spa with hammam, beauty salon and private Marina and Yacht Club. Dine at the gourmet II Ristorante, grab a drink at the II Bar with its iconic oval-shaped bar or enjoy the private beach and outdoor swimming pool at La Spiaggia.
Drawing an inspiration from the colonial city’s rich cultural heritage, Rosewood Puebla in Mexico offers a rooftop pool and bar with views of the city’s skyline. It’s accommodations reflect Mexican traditions and craftsmanship, boasting 78 residentially styled rooms and suites that offer an elegant mix of furnishings and textiles, modern comforts and regional motifs. You’ll be spoiled with delicious cuisine, as the hotel’s Pasquinel Bistrot and Cafe Azul Talavera combine the region’s traditions with a European twist. The 19th and 20th century buildings have been transformed into a modern art-filled complex, where talavera tile and pottery offer traditional touches.
Relaxation is taken to new heights at Jackalope in Mornington Peninsula in Australia. Nestled in the world-renowned wine region, a beautiful vineyard frames the luxury hotel where you’ll find an intimate ambiance and 45 designer dens with floor-to-ceiling windows, private terraces and an infinity pool. Elegant art pieces can be found adorning the luxury property, where you can appreciate its avant-garde design with a drink in the cocktail lounge, Flaggerdoot. Just an hour south of Melbourne, the hotel’s on-site restaurant is a standout feature, where you can sample chef Guy Stanaway’s modern Australian tasting menu.
Perched on a picturesque granite hill, the striking architecture of Alila Fort Bishangarh in Jaipur, India will captivate you. Appearing seamlessly sculpted from the rustic terrain, you’ll find 360-degree views of the impressive surrounding landscape, including the 230-year-old hilltop fortress. The fort’s turrets and stone walls have been reconfigured into 59 spacious rooms and suites, where you’ll find beautiful touches like Rajasthani fabrics and stone baths. If you want a dose of culture, the hotel can arrange pottery demonstrations, camel rides through the village and wildlife spotting adventures.
Nestled on a remote spot on the Greek Island of Kos, Casa Cook Kos is a beachfront escape that resembles a traditional whitewashed village. Settle in one of the 100 spacious rooms to find private terraces with a hammock and a sparkling pool, while the hotel’s main pool offers chilled out music and yoga classes throughout the day. Start your morning off right with the daily breakfast of yogurt, honey and pastries, while dinners include traditional Mediterranean cuisine. If you need more relaxation, visit the on-site spa to discover ancient and modern treatments in addition to a sauna, hammam and indoor pool.
It’s hard to resist the allure of The Loren at Pink Beach in Bermuda, as its contemporary style and modern touches provide something new in the area. The dramatic views of the Atlantic and picturesque Pink Beach are certainly the biggest draws, while the 45 guest rooms offer a mix of earth tones and feature a luxurious infinity pool that is carved into a cliff. Dress your best to indulge in the upscale cuisine, including scrumptious butter-poached lobster, at the on-site restaurant Maree, while intimate dining experiences can be had on your private terrace, one of the four poolside cabanas and The Rooftop at The Loren.