NEW YORK, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080422/NYTU058 ) 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.
The U.S. properties named to the list include: - Grand Del Mar, Del Mar, CA - Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA - Colony Palms Hotel, Palms Springs, Ca - Ivy Hotel, San Diego, CA - Hotel Oceana, Santa Monica, CA - Arrabelle at Vail Square, Vail, CO - St. Regis, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Angler's Boutique Resort, Miami, FL - Tides South Beach, Miami, FL - Hotel Sax, Chicago, IL - Trump International Hotel&Tower, Chicago, IL - Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA - The Palazzo, Las Vegas, NV - Bowery Hotel, New York, NY - Duane Street Hotel, New York, NY - The Plaza, New York, NY - Renaissance Providence Hotel, Providence, RI - Ritz Carlton, Dallas, TX - Sky Lodge, Park City, UT - Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, WY This year there is global foodie buzz aplenty. Conde Nast Traveler highlights the hottest trends, including back-to-roots cooking and on-site markets, and unearths 105 of the newest, most irresistible restaurants out there. Once again, New York City reigns as the food capital of the world, with nine new restaurants on the list.
Restaurants in the U.S. making the Hot Tables List include: - Fraiche, Culver City, CA - Whisknladle, La Jolla, CA - Comme Ca, Los Angeles, CA - Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA - Ubuntu, Napa Valley, CA - Purple Palm, Palm Springs, CA - Ducca, San Francisco, CA - Spruce, San Francisco, CA - Spago, Beaver Creek, CO - Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, FL - Downtown at the HiSAM, Honolulu, HI - Aigre Doux, Chicago, IL - Brasserie Ruhlman, Chicago, IL - Sepia, Chicago, IL - Luke, New Orleans, LA - Bresca, Portland, ME - O Ya, Boston, MA - Heidi's, Minneapolis, MN - B&B Ristorante, Las Vegas, NV - Cathouse, Las Vegas, NV - Adour, New York, NY - Allen&Delancey, New York, NY - Anthos, New York, NY - Bar Boulud, New York, NY - Dell'Anima, New York, NY - Dovetail, New York, NY - Insieme, New York, NY - Market Table, New York, NY - Merkato 55, New York, NY - Watts Grocery, Durham, NC - Toro Bravo, Portland, OR - Bolete, Bethlehem, PA - Rae, Philadelphia, PA - Tinto, Philadelphia, PA - Fearing's, Dallas, TX - Love Shack, Fort Worth, TX - Central Michel Richard, Washington D.C. - The Source, Washington D.C. - Couloir, Jackson Hole, WY World-class pampering and wellness are today getting creative: customized treatments, elaborate hydrotherapy circuits, locally inspired rituals, and lots of four-handed massage. Our correspondents tested the latest facilities around the globe to yield 76 winners as wide-ranging as the planet itself.
Spas in the U.S. making the Hot Spas List include: - Spa Solage, Calistoga, CA - Voda Spa, Los Angeles, CA - Spa Desert Springs, Palm Desert, CA - Spa at Grand Del Mar, San Diego, CA - Drift Spa, Las Vegas, NV - Spa at Four Seasons, Austin, TX - Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas, TX - Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA - Solitude Spa, Jackson Hole, WY This year's 28 new nightspots -- from Chicago to Singapore -- vary in size, style and drinks served, but are all stars when it comes to serving up after-hours fun. Our search for the Next Big Thing in nightlife brought Conde Nast Traveler reporters to 23 cities around the world.
Nightclubs in the U.S. making the Hot Nights List include: - The Edison, Los Angeles, CA - Presidio Social Club, San Francisco, CA - 1300 on Fillmore, San Francisco, CA - Florida Room, Miami, FL - Violet Hour, Chicago, IL - Alibi, Boston, MA - Blush, Las Vegas, NV - Tailor, New York, NY - PDT, New York, NY - Velvet Tango Room, Cleveland, OH Full reviews of each hotel, restaurant, nightclub and spa can be found in the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands April 22, 2008 or at www.cntraveler.com/hotlist Unlike many other travel publications, Conde Nast Traveler does not accept free travel and accommodations, and its correspondents, as far as possible, travel anonymously. The result is travel the way consumers experience it -- good and bad, with reporting that is fair and honest. Conde Nast Traveler recently won its 6th National Magazine Award and is still the only travel publication to have won the highest honor in magazine publishing. Conde Nast Traveler, the 2005 Zagat Survey Best Travel Magazine, has a circulation of over 800,000 and is published by Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
SOURCE Conde Nast Traveler