Thanks to ambitious new hotels opening around the world, 2018 is shaping up to be another great year to travel. Whether one-off boutiques or strategic brand expansions that were years in the making, these hotels share a close attention to detail and design and a determination to redefine the meaning of luxury. Big brands are making big bets on up-and-coming cities like Warsaw and Bogotá, while upstart indies are offering new takes on destinations we thought we knew. Here’s what’s on the map for 2018.

United States
Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito, California

The site of the former Miramar by the Sea Hotel in Santa Barbara County—a 100-year-old landmark in the local community—will get new life this summer when Rosewood opens this property. Spread over nearly 16 acres of beachfront land, it will contain 124 guest rooms and 37 suites, many of them in single-story bungalows, which will make it one of the first resorts in the area to have accommodations right by the sand. And everyone gets the view from the oceanfront bar and restaurant and the private beach club.


By Ann Abel