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  • Condé Nast Traveller reveals its editors’ all-time favourite hotels from around the world

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    As we prepare to wrap up another year of innovation, design and style, here are what our friends over at Condé Nast Traveller believe are the hotels to visit in 2019… 

    If there’s one thing we have learned in 2018, when it comes to predicting the next hotel design hotspot, it’s that location is everything. Towns, cities, villages – even islands – that evoke one-off experiences tend to become destinations that lend themselves naturally to luxury design-led hotels. We have seen this time and time again, which is why Africa for example has long been a destination that many hotel owners and chains have bookmarked for future development. The real task is designing the seamless link between the design of the hotel and its setting.

    With a recent survey suggesting that 95 per cent of consumers would rather spend money on an experience over product, it’s clear that designers, architects and hoteliers need to further consider location and how the property would blend into its surroundings. In order to establish, from a consumer point of view, which hotels are at the top of their game, we have peered over the fence to understand what our friends over in London’s Vogue House believe are the best hotels in the world.

    With 78 hotels ranging from game-changer Heckfield Place in Hampshire, to the romantic Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, the nostalgic St. Regis New York and plenty to choose from in far-flung destinations, Condé Nast Traveller shines a rather bright and dynamic spotlight on the most wonderful places to stay next year with The Gold List 2019:

    UK

    Claridge’s, London
    Covent Garden Hotel, London
    The Kensington, London
    Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire:
    Lucknam Park, near Bath
    Heckfield Place, Hampshire

    Image credit: Firmdale Hotels

    EUROPE

    FRANCE

    Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
    La Réserve Paris
    Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes
    Les Fermes de Marie, Megève

    Image credit: Oetker Collection

    ITALY

    Aman Venice
    Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast
    Le Sirenuse, Positano
    JK Place Capri
    Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda
    Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany
    Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
    Hotel Il Pellicano, Tuscany

    SPAIN

    Soho House Barcelona
    Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, Palma de Mallorca

    IRELAND

    Ballyfin

    GREECE

    Perivolas, Santorini

    CYRPUS

    Anassa Hotel

    DENMARK 

    Hotel Sanders, Copenhagen

    SWEDEN

    Ett Hem, Stockholm

    ICELAND

    Deplar Farm

    NORWAY

    The Thief, Oslo

    AFRICA & THE INDIAN OCEAN

     MOROCCO

    La Mamounia, Marrakech
    L’Hôtel Marrakech

    TANZANIA

    Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Grumeti

    SOUTH AFRICA

    Ellerman House, Cape Town

    Image credit: Ellerman House, Cape Town

    KENYA

    &Beyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara

    BOTSWANA

    Jack’s Camp

    MALDIVES

    Amilla Fushi
    Soneva Fushi

    MAURITIUS

    One&Only Le Saint Géran

    SEYCHELLES

    Six Senses Zil Pasyon

     THE MIDDLE EAST

     OMAN

    Six Senses Zighy Bay

    Image credit: Six Senses

    DUBAI

    Bulgari Resort Dubai
    Madinat Jumeirah

    ASIA

    INDIA

    Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
    The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
    The Leela Palace New Delhi

    JAPAN

    Aman Tokyo

    Image credit: Aman Tokyo

    THAILAND

    Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
    The Siam, Bangkok

    CAMBODIA 

    Song Saa Private Island

    CHINA

    The Upper House, Hong Kong
    The Peninsula Shanghai
    The Opposite House, Beijing

    Image Credit: The Upper House, Hong Kong

    AUSTRALASIA & THE SOUTH PACIFIC

     NEW ZEALAND

    The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island

    AUSTRALIA 

    Halcyon House, New South Wales

    FRENCH POLYNESIA

    The Brando

    SOUTH AMERICA & MEXICO

    BRAZIL 

    Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso
    Hotel Unique, São Paulo

    Image credit: Hotel Unique

    CHILIE 

    Awasi Atacama

    ARGENTINA

    Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires

    Image credit: Park Hyatt

    MEXICO

    Chablé, Yucatan
    Hotel Esencia, Quintana Roo

    NORTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

     USA

    The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York
    The St. Regis New York
    The Carlyle, New York
    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii
    Amangiri, Utah
    Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami
    Hotel Bel-Air, LA
    Sunset Tower Hotel, LA
    The Dewberry, Charleston
    The Robey Chicago
    Farmhouse Inn Sonoma
    Wynn Las Vegas
    The Peninsula Chicago

    Image credit: The Beekman, New York

    CANADA 

    Clayoquot, Vancouver Island

    THE CARIBBEAN

    GoldenEye, Jamaica
    Playa Grande Beach Club, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic
    The Cotton House, Mustique
    COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
    Bahama House, Harbour Island

    Image credit: COMO Hotels & Resort

    Through Condé Nast Traveller’s award-winning editorial team under Editor-in-Chief, Melinda Stevens, The Gold List 2019 provides inspiration and expert consumer advice for discerning travellers on where to stay. Hotel Designs will be following this in January with an editorial around the top hotel openings of 2019.

    Main image credit: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami

    Hamish Kilburn / 11.12.2018

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