The 10 best new luxury hotels of 2014
In case you were too busy posting #fakecation hot-dog leg pics on Instagram to keep tabs on the year's sexiest hotel openings, we rounded up 10 of the hottest ones to get you up to speed.
Palm Springs, California
Opened in November, this historically rich boutique hotel/Spanish hacienda was built as a private residence in the 1920s. Today it features 56 guest rooms, maintains a restaurant that plates "farm to table" fare, and offers morning hikes through the desert.
New York, New York
Designed by award-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, this US flagship hotel for the Park Hyatt brand sits on some prime Manhattan real estate, right across from Carnegie Hall and blocks from Central Park. It also boasts "350 pieces of gallery-worthy art". So, no surprise then that signature rooms start at $795 per night.
Disney World's Cinderella Castle might be fit for a princess, but the new Four Seasons Resort is built for a king. In addition to the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, there's a rooftop steakhouse with views of the nightly fireworks show. Plus... a lazy river with an island and two water slides (!!).
Montego Bay, Jamaica
It's all about decisions at this six-star, adults-only, all-inclusive property in the Caribbean: hhich decadent restaurant to dine at (there are nine); which dramatic cascading pool should you be lounging about; water sports or a spa treatment? There's even a beach butler and 24-hour suite service to accommodate your myriad needs.
Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia
Author James Albert Michener once described Marigot Bay as “the most beautiful in the Caribbean”, so clearly the Capella has a leg-up on the competition. Throw in specialty spirits at The Rum Cave and a swim-up pool bar, and we're pretty much done here.
The first Paris offering from this luxury hotel chain, The Peninsula opened in August and goes all out to accommodate VIP guests with state-of-the-art rooms, six restaurant/bars, and a rooftop terrace boasting incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. From $1,347 a night (not a typo), you get all of the charm of a 19th century Beaux Arts building with just the right amount of modern touch.
With 34 suites overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, Portrait Firenze is steps from the best shopping, restaurants, and museums in Florence. Not only that, but the hotel takes great pride in a Lifestyle Team dedicated to honoring guest requests and creating specialized itineraries.
You know a hotel is awesome when Karl Lagerfeld had a hand in its creation. Not only did he exclusively design aspects of the hotels "atmosphere" like the "Lion’s Seal” emblem, but the front-of-house staff uniforms are taken from the fashion icon's collection as well. Suites feature super-sized (bed-shaped) bathtubs and custom lights designed to look like 19th century French cupolas. And if that isn't enough, the rooftop pool is tiled with gold. So, yea.
Andaz Tokyo occupies the top seven floors of the city's new (and second-tallest) 52-story tower, ensuring breathtaking views from both the rooftop bar and the insane 65ft pool that overlooks the Imperial Palace.