Hotels can make or break a trip. Some hotels even provide a reason for visiting a place we’d otherwise never considered. Here’s our list of some of the hotel openings around the world were most excited about for 2016.
The Beach Samui – Koh Samui, Thailand
Situated in a tiny fishing village outside of Koh Samui, this private residence club only offers 21 beachfront apartments. Designed by world-renowned firm Yoo, the boutique resort was consciously designed to incorporate solar energy efficiency.
Faena Hotel – Miami
Debuting during Art Basel (along with a jaw-dropping Damien Hirst sculpture) at the end of last year, this luxury hotel boasts stunning interiors, restaurants by Francis Mallmann and Paul Qui, as well as breaking the record for the most expensive residence in Miami at $60 million.
Angama Mara – Narok, Kenya
Husband and wife teamed opened up this latest safari-centric spot in Kenya. Angama, Swahili for ‘suspended in mid air’, offers 15 luxury tents on the site of 2 camps with views overlooking the Mara Triangle.
Ace Hotel – New Orleans
Opening this March in the CBD of New Orleans, The Ace will be adding one more property to their roster. Housed in a 1928 Art Deco building, the boutique hotel is walking distance to many galleries and art museums as well as the iconic French Quarter.
The James – Los Angeles
Sunset Boulevard is the address for the latest CIM Group and Denihan Hospitality Group venture. With two 10-story towers and 286 rooms, The James is the first West Coast location of the hotel.
Arovada by Akaryn – Cambodia
Live out your fantasy of escaping to your own private island at this holistic hideaway. In collaboration with fashion designer Kenzo, the end result is absolutely spectacular.
Keemala – Phuket Island
Also joining the wellness-focused resorts of SE Asia is boutique resort Keemala. Stay in one of the treehouse-like pods, a clay and straw cottage or a bird’s nest villa with many areas ideal for meditation practice.
Williamsburg Hotel – Brooklyn, NYC
Competition for The Wythe? Slated to open in the spring, the newest Brooklyn-based hotel will feature Manhattan skyline views, 3 bars and a rooftop pool.