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Editor’s Picks: 10 Hot New Hotels

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Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Grand Openings: X Game
Scott Armstrong

In many African countries, Land Rovers filled with tourists are more common sights than lions and giraffes. But in Botswana, permits place strict limits on the number of visitors who are allowed in a concession at any given time. Xaranna and Xudum,…


Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

Grand Openings: Cultivated Quarters
Paul Meyers

Patrizio Cipollini, general manager of the new Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Italy, has been hearing the same question since he first visited the property’s site in 2001. “People walked up to me every morning and asked, ‘Can I come in with you to see…


The Connaught

Grand Openings: Raising the Bars
Bruce Wallin

After opening in December 2007, the Coburg Bar at London’s Connaught hotel quickly became one of the most popular watering holes in Mayfair. Since September, however, the Coburg (shown) has faced fresh competition from a David Collins–designed…


Hidden Pond

Grand Openings: Maine Stay
Rochelle Lash

Prints and patterns of butterflies and dragonflies decorate the Periwinkle Cottage at Hidden Pond, a 60-acre nature resort that opened in July outside of Kennebunkport, Maine. A different New England designer created each of the property’s 14…


The Greenwich Hotel

Grand Openings: Class Act
Alexandra Foster

Robert de Niro oversaw nearly every detail of the new hotel he co-owns near the Hudson River in Manhattan, from the tiles (made by a single family in Tuscany) that line the front entrance, to the mirrors (silvered windows recovered from New York’s…


Singita Pamushana Lodge

Grand Openings: Rising Sun
Alison Stein Wellner

The Pamushana safari lodge in southeastern Zimbabwe has been one of Africa’s best lookouts for spotting big game since the camp opened in 1998. Now, Pamushana—which means “place of sunshine” in the local Shangaan language—shines from the inside as…


Tamarind Hill

Grand Openings: One for Galle
Jane Lasky

British colonists introduced the sport of cricket to Sri Lanka in the mid-1800s. Today, the best place to bat and bowl in this cricket-crazed former colony—located 19 miles off the southern coast of India—is the city of Galle, the home of the…


Hotel Suitess

Grand Openings: Block Star
Charles Runnette

Allied bombing raids during World War II nearly destroyed the city of Dresden in eastern Germany, but the town’s center has been restored over the years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set near the über-Baroque Frauenkirche (Church of Our…


The Europe Hotel & Resort

Grand Openings: Inside Out
Jennifer Hall

At The Europe Hotel & Resort’s new 50,000-square-foot spa, an indoor swimming pool overlooks Lough Lein, the largest of the lakes in Ireland’s Killarney National Park. The resort—set on the shore of the lake and in the shadow of the…


St. Regis Bali Resort

Grand Openings: Bali High
Laurie Kahle

Butlers are available to guests in each of the 42 villas and 79 suites at the new St. Regis Bali Resort, which opened on the Indonesian island in September. In addition to preparing your meals, the butlers will arrange anything from a round at the…