It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Your conclusive guide to the most compelling hotel openings of the year.

South Beach in Singapore

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Across the street from the Raffles and the Fairmont, the South Beach is a welcome foil to its more traditional neighbors. The 654 rooms are spread across two buildings linked by a futuristic, Foster & Partners–designed canopy; the brightly colored interiors are by Philippe Starck; and the all-day dining room riffs on the destination’s famed hawker stalls. Here, technology drives hospitality: you can order room service from your TV, and free ultrafast Wi-Fi is a given. You may roll your eyes at the silly names for, well, everything (it’s not a lobby—it’s a Global Village), but take the elevators—“exploratory vehicles,” as one staffer called them—to the Sky Garden and you’ll discover the most #trending rooftop bar in town. thesouth​beach.com.sg; doubles from $320.

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

South Beach in Singapore

Across the street from the Raffles and the Fairmont, the South Beach is a welcome foil to its more traditional neighbors. The 654 rooms are spread across two buildings linked by a futuristic, Foster & Partners–designed canopy; the brightly colored interiors are by Philippe Starck; and the all-day dining room riffs on the destination’s famed hawker stalls. Here, technology drives hospitality: you can order room service from your TV, and free ultrafast Wi-Fi is a given. You may roll your eyes at the silly names for, well, everything (it’s not a lobby—it’s a Global Village), but take the elevators—“exploratory vehicles,” as one staffer called them—to the Sky Garden and you’ll discover the most #trending rooftop bar in town. thesouth​beach.com.sg; doubles from $320.

Scott A. Woodward
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