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The hotel ‘It’ list

Here are the Top 10 new places to stay

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Looking for a hotel that really stands out from the crowd? From Travel+Leisure magazine’s third annual list of the Top 30 best new hotels, here are the Top 10 for 2008. For more informatio­n, head to www.travelandl­eisure.com — and click on “30 Best New Hotels” to see a slideshow. 1. BANYAN TREE MALDIVES MADIVARU (BEACH HOTEL) “Banyan Tree, accessible by seaplane, is built in safari style: elaborate tents, a jungle setting, and its own aquarium lapping from the shore. The price is steep, but this is a camping trip without comparison, with staff to indulge your every whim.” 2. J.K. PLACE CAPRI, ITALY (BEACH HOTEL) “Surely one of Europe’s most stylish recent openings, this nautical design hotel feels like staying at a chic friend’s house. Drink bellinis on the terrace while watching the beach below.” 3. MANDARIN ORIENTAL RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO (BEACH HOTEL) “One of the most anticipate­d hotel openings this year, the winning Mandarin formula of exemplary service, forwardrea­ching design, a first-rate spa, has taken root in a pristine Mexican coastal environmen­t. Acres of mangrove forest surround 128 boxy white villas with sculptures by prominent Mexican artists, creating the most sophistica­ted resort on Mexico’s eastern coast. 4. SIX SENSES HIDEAWAY, YAO NOI, THAILAND (BEACH HOTEL) “All the beauty of a remote destinatio­n without the hassle of being entirely off the grid. On the island of Yao Noi, 45 minutes by boat from Phuket, guests are surrounded by lush jungle, tiny fishing villages, and untouched beaches. The resort has 56 villas and private plunge pools in a pristine environmen­t.” 5. QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND, AUSTRALIA (BEACH HOTEL) “Billing itself as Australia’s first sevenstar hotel, Qualia has the requisite luxury trappings — personal infinity pools, a 1,000-bottle wine cellar — but the real stars here are architect Chris Beckingham and chef Stephane Rio, who have modernized the notion of an Australian reef resort. Airy one-bedroom pavilions combine native styles and materials with Rio using indigenous ingredient­s in unexpected ways.” 6. HAYMARKET HOTEL, LONDON (CITY HOTEL)

“Kit Kemp has released an arsenal of bold colours and supergraph­ic effects on the former American Express London headquarte­rs in the heart of the theatre district. Kemp and her husband/business partner Tim Kemp have struck a balance between a classic English manor and a buzzy film-and-art world haunt.” 7. REGENT BAL HARBOUR, FLORIDA (CITY HOTEL) “Regent’s first property in the United States has got the beautiful beachfront, the country’s first Guerlain Spa, a $4-million art collection, but no Euro-lounge soundtrack pumping into the lobby. It’s all about the signifiers of luxury: Anichini bedding, plasma television screens embedded in bathroom mirrors, and a dazzling crystal chandelier.” 8. HOTEL FASANO, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (CITY HOTEL) “In his second property, restaurate­ur Rogerio Fasano has designed spare, breezy rooms environmen­ts with leather-upholstere­d Mies daybeds, Amazonian wood side tables.” 9. JIA SHANGHAI, CHINA (CITY HOTEL) “Ensconced in a 1920s building on fashionabl­e West Nanjing Road, the 55-room hotel adds a needed dose of boutique intimacy to the city’s booming hotel scene. Its Asian-contempora­ry hideaway of dark wood floors, embroidere­d fabrics, and elegant birdcages sit alongside Knoll and Moroso furniture and free Wi-Fi.” 10. ONGUMA PLAINS, THE FORT ON FISHER’S PAN, ETOSHA, NAMIBIA (RUSTIC HOTEL) “Northern Namibia is Africa’s next great safarifron­tier, partly due its wildlife, but also because of its wealth of high-quality luxury lodges, like this camp on a private 50,000acre game reserve, five minutes from Etosha National Park. Carved antique doors, billowy curtains, and reflecting pools, with two of each guest room’s walls made of canvas that can be opened to reveal the plains like an Impression­ist painting.”

 ??  ?? No. 2 on the list of hot new hotels is J.K. Place Capri, above and top right, in Italy. Travel+Leisure magazine describes it as “singout-loud gorgeous,” noting its mellow atmosphere, sea-blue walls, crisp white sofas and bronze imitation statues.
No. 2 on the list of hot new hotels is J.K. Place Capri, above and top right, in Italy. Travel+Leisure magazine describes it as “singout-loud gorgeous,” noting its mellow atmosphere, sea-blue walls, crisp white sofas and bronze imitation statues.
 ?? PHOTOS COURTESY J.K. PLACE, CAPRI ??
PHOTOS COURTESY J.K. PLACE, CAPRI

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