Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Top 5 New Hotels In The World

Habita Monterrey, Mexico

Grupo Habita’s newest property, in the up-and-coming desert metropolis of Monterrey, is sleek and spare but comfortable.

The Right Angle: All rooms are furnished with riffs on Midcentury Modern pieces by avant-garde designer Rick Owens, but only the choice north-facing suites overlook the Sierra Madre. Doubles from $275.

Mondrian, Miami

Designer Marcel Wanders set out to create a “Sleeping Beauty’s castle” for South Beach, and with details such as a grand spiral staircase and crystal chandelier showerheads, he’s produced a hotel that’s whimsical as well as peaceful.

Outdoor Scene: The pool is surrounded by gardens with secluded corners, and an expansive terrace looks out on Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. Doubles from $645.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Turkey

Sultan meets CEO at Istanbul’s newest Four Seasons. Hand-painted ceilings, marble inlays, and colorful kilims offset a neutral palette in the 166 plush rooms. But the real attraction is the prime view of the Bosporus Strait.

Unexpected Luxury: Underwater music in the indoor pool is soothing after a day at the bazaars. Doubles from $545.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

The 114-acre Atlantis Dubai is, like the Atlantis Bahamas, an oversize extravaganza: 1,539 rooms, a water playground with rides, a dolphin habitat, and a 6,200-square-foot spa.

Waterfront Dining: Star chef Santi Santamaria’s Ossiano restaurant, his only venture outside of Spain, is submerged in a 3 million–gallon manmade lagoon, home to 65,000 marine animals. Doubles from $790.

Xudum Delta Lodge, Botswana

Xudum’s design is eclectic and contemporary—a departure from traditional safari décor. The nine suites have canopied platform beds, and atop each structure is a viewing deck furnished with a king-size bed and binoculars.

Up Close: When T+L arrived, 18 elephants were grazing throughout the camp. Doubles from $1,100.

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