The Condé Nast Best Hotels in the World List celebrates the best properties that have opened their doors during the past year.
For this 21st edition of the Hot List – the picks of the year’s top hotel openings – editors and reporters crisscrossed more than 50 countries to review hundreds of new properties firsthand. The Condé Nast team came back with 75 outstanding winners that represent not just the vanguard of the hotel world but where travelers are headed next – and why.
“Our editors vetted hundreds of recently opened hotels and resorts, from West Africa to Miami, and found that what stands out are the properties that combine old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity. Here are the 75 best new hotels in the world.”
The Condé Nast team flew a collective 529,500 miles, sausaged in coaches, slept in roughly 200 beds, and had passports stamped in more than 50 countries between the team of 60 reporters, editors, and photographers.
“And yes, we had our share of knock-down, drag-out debates that got us from the 675 contenders we started with to the 75 hotels finally selected – only 11 percent of all those properties we bunkered down in made this list this year, making it our most selective ever.”
The 2017 Hot List is longer by about 25 percent than in years past, and contains an arguably wider range of hotels (though one thing was clear: boutique was big—more than half of these 75 have under 50 guest rooms). Yet all passed the ultimate litmus test of whether they made everyone involved giddy.
“We’re talking about those one-off singular experiences that make your hotel so memorable, like viewing the 800—800!—year-old ikeniwa, or pond garden, at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto (two other spots we went nuts for this year in your RCA-topping favorite destination, Japan: Hoshinoya Tokyo and Amanemu in Ise-Shima National Park); or soaking in the same tub as Queen Victoria’s at 19th-century Palé Hall in north Wales.”
The only South African hotel to make the cut was Leeu Estates in Franschhoek which encompasses an exclusive boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa set among vineyards, gardens and fynbos in the scenic Franschhoek valley, minutes away from the village of Franschhoek and just under an hour’s drive to Cape Town.
Set in and around the picturesque village of Franschhoek in South Africa’s winelands Leeu Collection gives new meaning to the concept of leisure.
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