The editors at Conde Nast Traveler have scoured the globe, evaluating hundreds of new properties, to create their 13th annual May “Hot List” issue. The 2009 Hot List features 140 new hotels and resorts, 50 new restaurants, 35 new nightclubs, and 50 new spas, whose design, service, and amenities transcend industry standards.
The hotel findings range in size from a three-pavilion hideaway outside of Sydney to a 2,034-room high-rise on the Vegas Strip, and in price from US$89 at a Palm Springs hot spot to US$2,050 for a sprawling safari tent in northern Botswana. The 140 hotels and resorts on this year’s Hot List span 53 countries and include new-to-the-list destinations Israel, Mongolia, Peru, Slovenia, and Zimbabwe.
When we travel we still need – and love – to eat out. The most sought-after reservations are for gussied up gastropubs with stellar cocktails or pocket-sized restaurants with just a handful of tables. From a US$25 prix fixe lunch at Maison Boulud in Beijing to a US$59 four-course dinner at Convivio in New York, their list of 50 restaurants abounds with amazing values.
A little R&R is just what the doctor ordered, and as luck would have it, this past year delivered a bumper crop of superlative spas from Macau to Mexico. Their reviewers left no hot stone unturned in their effort to identify the 50 transcendent spots for head-to-toe pampering.
And just when we all needed a drink, nightlife got serious. This year, absinthe made a comeback and hotel bars got their glam on. From Beijing to Bogota – they have 35 of the hippest hangouts in which to get your groove on.
Full reviews of each hotel, restaurant, nightclub, and spa can be found in the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands April 21, 2009 or at www.cntraveler.com/hotlist .