This year’s most exciting new hotels are all over the map. Among the many intriguing openings for 2016 are new luxury properties in far-flung locales such as Bhutan and Sri Lanka (go now, because development is happening fast and these places are likely to change forever, soon), hip hotels out to revitalise old-fashioned destinations like Palm Springs, spinoffs from beloved hotels in unlikely settings (Le Sereno in St Barth is opening a new outpost in Lake Como) and radically reinvigorated classics like the Ritz Paris. Meanwhile, Asian luxury brands, including Six Senses and Aman, are aggressively out to expand their portfolios and raise the hospitality bar. Here’s what should be on your radar for 2016.
Il Sereno Lago di Como, Italy
Acclaimed designer Patricia Urquiola is overseeing the aesthetics of this 30-suite hotel on the shore of Lake Como. Right next to the village of Torno, the hotel will be just an eight-minute drive from the centre of Como but still intimate and private. The restaurant will serve simple, classic northern Italian fare with ingredients from nearby Valtellina and Piedmont. (From $650, lesereno.com)
Masseria Le Carrube, Italy
This year the family-owned San Domenico hotels is opening its fifth hotel, in Puglia, tucked away from the centre of the whitewashed city of Ostuni—within easy reach of the main square but still blissfully qu