Out with the old, in with the new – and the new that’s ‘in’.
Conde Nast Traveller has revealed its 2019 Hot List of the best new places to stay from around the world – and it’s not hard to see why they made the list. We’re talking jaws on the floor ahoy.
Scroll down to see MailOnline Travel’s 10 favourite hotels from the 66 that make the cut.
Capella Ubud, Bali
Capella Ubud, pictured, on the Indonesian island of Bali, has been created to look like a tented camp pitched by early 19th-century spice traders
One of the rooms inside a tent at Capella Ubud. Guests must walk across suspension bridges to reach their rooms
Conde Nast Traveller judges were impressed with the resort, saying a stay there is like returning to the island’s ‘former wild self’
Located on a 10-acre patch of jungle in the Indonesian city of Bali, Capella Ubud has been created to look like a tented camp pitched by early 19th-century spice traders.
Guests must make their way over suspension bridges to its 22 canvas tents, which each have saltwater plunge pools.
The judges said: ‘It’s ideal for those looking to approach Bali in a more conscious way – staying here is like returning to the island’s former wild self.’
Bulgari Hotel, Shanghai
One of the 82 rooms at the Bulgari Hotel in Shanghai, which stands at over 42 storeys high
The hotel’s restaurant has large windows so customers can make the most of the views across the Shanghai skyline
The Conde Nast judges were impressed with the hotel’s interiors and its mixture of Italian and Chinese design. Pictured is the hotel’s whisky bar
The Bulgari Hotel in Shanghai soars 48 storeys into the skyline and houses 82 rooms including the ornate Bulgari suite – said to be the largest in the city.
It made the list because the judges were impressed with its sleek and shiny mirror-like interiors.
They said: ‘It is an immaculately choreographed tussle between Italian and Chinese design cues, enacted in marble and bronze versus silk and lacquer.’
Joali, pictured, is an island hotel on the relatively undeveloped Raa Atoll in the Maldives
The Joali resort has a mixture of both over-water and beach-side villas. Pictured is one of the 49 over-water villas
According to the judges, the hotel combines a Maldivian vibe with a Mediterranean feel and they add that ‘there’s been no scrimping when it comes to design’
An island hotel on the relatively undeveloped Raa Atoll, Joali combines a Maldivian vibe with a Mediterranean feel.
It has 49 over-water and 24 beach villas that come with palm roofs and rose-gold taps that resemble giant pebbles.
Conde Nast Traveller wrote: ‘Every last detail is simple and delicious, down to the coconut croissants. And there’s been no scrimping when it comes to design.’
University Arms, Cambridge
The University Arms in Cambridge is housed inside a former Victorian pile and is now a 192-room hotel
One of the spacious rooms at the University Arms. Conde Nast Traveller notes: ‘Cambridge has been arguably the smartest town in the land since about 1209. A mere 800 years later, it has a hotel to match’
One of the ornate bathrooms inside the hotel. Another of its highlights is the contemporary British restaurant called Parker’s Tavern
The University Arms in Cambridge is a turreted Victorian pile that has been transformed into a 192-room hotel.
Among the hotel’s highlights, according to the judges, are its contemporary British restaurant called Parker’s Tavern and velvet upholstered bar.
Conde Nast Traveller said: ‘Cambridge has been arguably the smartest town in the land since about 1209. A mere 800 years later, it has a hotel to match.’
Hotel Joaquin, California
An exterior shot showing Hotel Joaquin, located on California’s Laguna Beach. It has been described as a cross between a bungalow, motor lodge and a beach house
The judges were impressed with the boutique feel of the hotel – something they said was missing in that part of the California coast
The area around the pool where guests can relax. Much of the furniture in the hotel is vintage with some even picked up at flea markets
Located on California’s Laguna Beach, Hotel Joaquin is described as a cross between a bungalow, motor lodge and a beach house.
Designer Robert McKinley picked up vintage chairs and oil paintings at flea markets in Normandy and tore down ceiling panels to leave rafters in rooms exposed.
The judges were impressed, explaining: ‘Finally the boutique scene has landed on this otherwise hyper-developed stretch of classic California coast.’
Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
One of the tented rooms at the Shinta Mani Wild resort in Cambodia, which has been described as one of the hottest new openings in Asia
Guests can arrive at the resort by zip-lining in if they choose. It has a total of just 15 rooms
The resort is located halfway between Phnom Penh and Cambodia’s south coast
Halfway between Phnom Penh and Cambodia’s south coast, the Shinta Mani Wild has been described as one of the hottest openings in Asia this year.
Guests can arrive by a zip-line, which deposits them next to a waterfall, and it boasts 15 tented rooms, some with roll-top bathtubs on a riverside deck.
Conde Nast Traveller noted: ‘Suddenly there is a very big reason to stay in Cambodia after seeing the temples at Angkor.’
Hotel Peter & Paul, New Orleans
The exterior of Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans. The building was formerly a 19th-century Catholic Church
The judges were impressed with the hotel’s bright and airy colour scheme
The judges noted the smell of gardenias in the foyer. The interior design comes courtesy of Ash NYC
Hotel Peter & Paul is a former 19th-century Catholic Church in New Orleans that has been revived by design team Ash NYC.
The judges were impressed with the hotel’s bright and airy colour scheme, which includes a canary-yellow check-in desk and a foyer that smells of gardenias.
They said: ‘Of all the boutique hotels that have landed here over the past few years, none get into the bones of the city like this one.’
EPI 1959, St Tropez
One of the white-washed cabins that guests stay in at the newly re-opened Epi 1959 in St Tropez
Conde Nast Traveller describes the hotel as cute, cosy and charming. The cabins are filled with old pictures and vintage furniture
Tucked behind St Tropez’s sand dunes, Epi 1959 first opened in the late 1950s and was a popular destination before fading into the limelight.
It re-opened last year and boasts 10 white-washed cabins that are filled with old pictures and vintage furniture.
Conde Nast Traveller said: ‘It’s cute, cosy, charming and low-key… it is the antithesis of loud-money St Tropez.’
Can Bordoy, Mallorca
Can Bordoy is located in the Majorcan capital, Palma, in what was once a school run by nuns. Pictured is the hotel’s stunning pool
The judges from Conde Nast Traveller say that the boutique hotel captures the ‘true heart’ of Palma’s medieval history
Located inside what was once a private family home and then a school run by nuns, Can Bordoy is located in the Majorcan capital, Palma.
Can Bordoy, in the Majorcan capital, Palma, has been a private family home and a school run by nuns.
Now it’s a stunning boutique hotel with a shady courtyard, a long, stone bar and a living room with ‘beautiful creeping vines across the ceiling that connects to a dining room and a library with views out to the back’.
The judges said: ‘Among the crush of boutique offerings in medieval Palma, Can Bordoy captures the true heart of the place in a way worthy of the moment.’
Lon Retreat, Victoria
One of the seven rooms inside the Lon Retreat in Victoria, one of three Australian properties to make the hot list
The Lon Retreat is a family property set on 200 lush acres on the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne
Conde Nast Traveller notes that each room is filled with ‘earth interiors inspired by the surrounding landscape’
The Lon Retreat is a family property set on 200 lush acres on the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne.
It has just seven rooms, but Conde Nast Traveller notes that each is filled with ‘earth interiors inspired by the surrounding landscape’.
The judges added: ‘Lon is a place to do everything, including rambling without a map, or nothing at all: stargazing into the inky southern skies or watching the clouds drift past.’
BUCKET LIST BONANZA: THE HOTELS ON CONDE NAST TRAVELLER’S HOT LIST 2019
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London, UK
Bankside Hotel, London, UK
University Arms, Cambridge, UK
The Fife Arms, Scotland, UK
Heckfield Place, Hampshire, UK
Hotel Vilon, Rome, ITALY
Casa Iris, Orbetello, ITALY
Brach, Paris, FRANCE
Epi 1959, St Tropez, FRANCE
Hotel Lutetia, Paris, FRANCE
Le Barn, Bonnelles, FRANCE
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champillon, FRANCE
Little Beach House, Barcelona, SPAIN
Can Bordoy, Mallorca, SPAIN
Casa Caminada, Furstenau, SWITZERLAND
Experimental Chalet, Verbier, SWITZERLAND
Stamba Hotel, Tbilisi, GEORGIA
St George, Helsinki, FINLAND
Sands Hotel, California, USA
Kimpton La Peer, Los Angeles, USA
The Hoxton, New York, USA
Blackberry Mountain, Tennessee, USA
Caldera House, Wyoming, USA
Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah, USA
Hotel Joaquin, California, USA
Nomad Los Angeles, USA
Shinola Hotel, Detroit, USA
Hotel Peter and Paul, New Orleans, USA
El Rey Court, Santa Fe, USA
Palihotel Culver City, Los Angeles, USA
The Inn at Kenmore Hall, Massachusetts, USA
The Freehand, New York, USA
Eaton Workshop, Washington D.C., USA
The Line, Austin, USA
Hotel Amparo, San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO
Casa Pueblo, Tulum, MEXICO
Punta Caliza, Isla Holbox, MEXICO
Montage, Los Cabos, MEXICO
Chable Maroma, Mayakoba, MEXICO
Manapany, ST BARTH’S
Rosewood Baha Mar, BAHAMAS
Belmond Cap Juluca, ANGUILLA
Casa Legado, Bogota, COLOMBIA
Islas Secas, PANAMA
&Beyond Tengile River Lodge, SOUTH AFRICA
Oomanda, Khomas, NAMIBIA
Shipwreck Lodge, NAMIBIA
Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort, ZANZIBAR
The Jaffa, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, UAE
Lux North Male Atoll, MALDIVES
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, MALDIVES
Soho House Mumbai, INDIA
Capella Ubud, Bali, INDONESIA
Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali, INDONESIA
Bulgari Hotel, Shanghai, CHINA
Six Senses Maxwell, SINGAPORE
Shinta Mani Wild, CAMBODIA
Rosewood Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Wa Ale Island, BURMA
The Datai Langkawi, MALAYSIA
Spirit Sanctuary, Paro, BHUTAN
The Calile, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
United Places Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Lon Retreat, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Source: Conde Nast Traveller