Conde Nast Traveler’s 12th annual May “Hot List” issue is the insider’s guide to the newest, hottest, sexiest hotels, restaurants, spas, and nightclubs opened all over the world in the past year. To develop the list, the magazine’s editors checked out hundreds of new properties around the globe, rigorously evaluating each one on a standard set of criteria. The result is a definitive guide to the world’s most exciting new establishments destined to become instant classics.
The 2008 Hot List features 136 new hotels and resorts, 105 new restaurants, 28 new nightclubs, and 76 new spas whose design, service, and amenities transcend industry standards.
The hotel findings range in size from a three-suite safari camp in South Africa’s Londolozi Private Game Reserve to a 3,000-room tower on Macau’s Cotai Strip, and in price from $70 for a winsome inn near Angkor Wat to $3,900 for a three-tent pool villa in the Maldives. As you can see, hot and trendy doesn’t have to mean pricey — check into 36 of the hottest hotels for under $250-per-night. The 136 hotels and resorts on this year’s Hot List encompasses a record 53 countries and include new-to-the-list destinations Easter Island, Romania and Rwanda.