The Best New Hotels, Spas and Restaurants of 2012 by Condé Nast Traveler

From Condé Nast Traveler : “We all know what makes a good hotel good: impeccable service, excellent food, beautiful grounds (and let’s not forget a bed so plush that you dread going home). But for all of us here at Condé Nast Traveler, a good hotel is more than just a blissful temporary roost: It’s also a bellwether, an important peek at what you, our readers, are really looking for in your travels, not to mention in the very destinations you’re traveling to. This year’s Hot List, our sixteenth, includes 121 properties in 49 countries, with three countries making their debut: Kuwait (with the Hotel Missoni), Montenegro (Aman Sveti Stefan), and Serbia (Square Nine). Best represented on the list? The United States leads the pack with 12 entrants, followed by the United KingdomChina, and Italy (all with 7 apiece). But as revealing as these numbers are, they don’t tell the whole story. The real stuff we love sharing with you is our 41 reviewers’ enthusiasm for these properties, which, although they range wildly in size, price, and style—from the four-tent Sanctuary Zebra Plains camp in Zambia (the smallest hotel on the list) to the $3,878-a-night all-inclusive Abu Camp in Botswana (the most expensive)—all have one thing in common: We never wanted to leave. We hope you won’t either.”

Best Hotels 2012: http://www.cntraveler.com/hot-list/2012/hotels

Best SPAs 2012: http://www.cntraveler.com/hot-list/2012/spas

Best restaurants 2012: http://www.cntraveler.com/hot-list/2012/tables/

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