Best Up-and-Coming Hotels
These 15 new hotels are on our radar to contend for Travel + Leisure’s next World’s Best Awards.
Picture yourself swimming under waterfalls during the day, and returning each night to a brand-new eco-retreat for a locally sourced dinner. That’s the experience at the new Cicada Lodge in Australia’s Northern Territory, a resort that’s 100 percent owned and operated by the indigenous Jawoyn people.
The hotel industry is always changing—building, renovating, and reopening properties every day. Here are Travel + Leisure editors’ picks of new and renovated hotels we believe may become future winners of our annual World’s Best Awards survey (including a few that distinguished themselves on T+L’s It List of best new hotels).
You’ll find great new properties all over the globe. In St. Petersburg, Russia, the decade-long transformation of a 19th-century royal palace into a Four Seasons marks the company’s most ambitious restoration project. And in Tanzania, Singita has opened the Mara River Tented Camp; its forward-thinking solar-powered tents may help the new camp win readers’ votes in the next survey.
But you don’t have to travel far to find some of the best new hotels: Langham Chicago is set to open later this summer in a landmark Mies van der Rohe building, and Orient-Express brought its personalized brand of luxury to the newly restored El Encanto in Santa Barbara, CA.
There have also been many notable renovations this year. In the Caribbean, two in particular grabbed our attention: St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, and Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. After multimillion-dollar revamps, both of these two classic resorts are back on the top of Caribbean luxury-seekers’ must-see lists.
Check out our complete list of the 15 hotels to watch in 2013.
Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000