In recent years, we have seen the rise of several new luxury hotels. From city hotels to beach resorts to picturesque countryside lodgings. But it is not easy to rate every one of them unless either you have been there, or somebody you know has. That is why people in the hospitality sector and frequent travelers look forward to Travel + Leisure’s annual list of the “next best things” in the hospitality industry. 2011 marks the sixth edition of their annual list of “it” hotels. The judges are the premier magazine’s editors.
So which 50 luxury hotels have made the cut this year? It is not surprising to see that the Trump Soho of New York made it to the list with its towering presence. You will find a couple of Ritz-Carlton properties, four representatives of the Starwood Hotels chain, as well as one each of Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria and Marriott. But most of the entrants on this list are not quite as well-known. So you will find independent properties like the Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas and the Vidago Palace in Portugal.
The hotels on the Travel + Leisure 2011 list have been divided into six categories: City, Beach, Design, Resort, Preservation and Rustic. And the jury has used their own discretion in the number of luxury hotels being placed under each category. So, for instance, there might be eight entries under City, but 12 under design.
Also, this is a truly global list. The United States, at eight, has the most entries. However, the rest are all pretty spread out. Europe and Asia manage 12 entries each, Africa and the Middle East clock eight, while Mexico and Latin America manage six. Australia and New Zealand manage two entries, as does the Caribbean.
Here is the entire list:
1. Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
2. Hotel Beaux Arts, Miami
3. Leela Palace Kempinski, New Delhi
4. Le Rêve, Santiago, Chile
5. Nobis Hotel, Stockholm
6. Ritz-Calrton Shanghai, Pudong
7. Trump SoHo, New York City
8. Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai
1. GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, Jamaica
2. Kenoa, Barra De São, Miguel, Brazil
3. The Romanos, a Starwood Luxury Collection Resort, Messinia, Greece
4. Six Senses Con Dao, Con Dao, Vietnam
5. W Retreat Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand
6. W Retreat and Spa – Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
1. Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires
2. Armani Hotel Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E.
3. Cap Rocat, Majorca, Spain
4. Capri Tiberio Palace, Capri, Italy
5. Hotel Havana, San Antonio, Texas
6. Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
7. Playa Vik José Ignacio, José Ignacio, Uruguay
8. The Redbury, Hollywood, Calif.
9. Riad Joya Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco
10. Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
11. Soho House Berlin, Berlin
12. Waikiki Edition, Honolulu
1. Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras al Khaimah, U.A.E.
2. Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
3. Four Seasons Resort, Vail, Colorado
4. Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore
5. Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hokkaido, Japan
6. Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
7. One&Only The Palm, Dubai, U.A.E.
8. Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia
9. St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Lhasa, Tibet
10. Venissa Ristorante Ostello, Venice
11. Vidago Palace, Trás-os-Montes, Portugal
1. Hullett House, Hong Kong
2. Ranvas, Nagaur, India
3. Royal Mansour Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco
4. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
5. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India
6. Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Shanghai
1. Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands, South Africa
2. Coworth Park, Ascot, England
3. Fasano Las Piedras, Punta del Este, Uruguay
4. Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa, Stellenbosch, South Africa
5. Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, New Zealand
6. Nars Alaçati, Alaçati, Turkey
7. Olarro, Loita Hills, Kenya
Via: USA Today