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Condé Nast Traveler announces 2014 hotel 'hot list'

By CNN Staff
updated 5:49 AM EDT, Tue April 22, 2014
The latest hotel from luxury brand LVMH makes it onto the hot list by offering guests not only the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, but also their own infinity pools. Pruned fingertips guaranteed. The latest hotel from luxury brand LVMH makes it onto the hot list by offering guests not only the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, but also their own infinity pools. Pruned fingertips guaranteed.
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Cheval Blanc Randheli (Maldives)
Andaz Maui at Wailea (Hawaii)
Four Seasons St. Petersburg (Russia)
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
The Marlton Hotel (New York)
La Bandita Townhouse (Italy)
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Fogo Island Inn (Newfoundland, Canada)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Condé Nast Traveler says this year's list of 33 new hotels is its most selective yet
  • Categories include beach, family, food, bargain, design and "way-out-there"
  • Editors tried out 510 hotels from 400 cities to narrow the list

(CNN) -- The gold -- no, scratch that -- platinum envelopes have been opened to reveal Condé Nast Traveler's 18th annual "hot list," highlighting what it says are the best hotels to debut in the past year.

Editors from the luxury vacation mag examined hundreds of swanky venues from Beijing to the Big Apple to pinpoint their favorites, a tough job after which they likely deserve a well-earned vacation.

This year's list of 33 finalists is described as the most selective ever.

It certainly seems that way -- in 2013 no fewer than 154 were chosen.

Some 510 hotels from 400 cities and 93 countries were scored for "sense of place," "personality" and "intuition" -- which apparently means meeting your needs before you know what your needs are.

The venues were split into seven categories, including the best beach hotels, family hotels, design hotels and "way-out-there" remote hotels.

The list also celebrates "over-the-top" establishments, such as Venice's Amal Canal Grande.

It also includes "bargain hotels" -- but this being Condé Nast Traveler, slumming it means you still won't get much change out of $300 a night.

Best beach hotels

Andaz Maui at Wailea (Hawaii)

Splurge worthy: St. Petersburg\'s Four Seasons Lion Palace.
Splurge worthy: St. Petersburg's Four Seasons Lion Palace.

Mukul Resort (Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua)

Nizuc Resport and Spa (Cancún, Mexico)

Point Yamu by COMO (Phuket, Thailand)

Salt House Inn (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

Best family hotels

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica)

La Bandita Townhouse (Tuscany, Italy)

Palihouse Santa Monica (Los Angeles)

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Aruba)

Best food hotel

Domaine de la Baume (Tourtour, France)

Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Thompson Chicago (Chicago)

The Vines Resort & Spa (Tunuyán, Argentina)

The Wild Rabbit (Kingham, England)

Zero George Street (Charleston, South Carolina)

Best bargain hotels

American Trade Hotel (Panama City, Panama)

The Dean (Providence, Rhode Island)

The Line Hotel (Los Angeles)

The Marlton Hotel (New York)

The Temple Hotel (Beijing)

Best design hotels

The Fogo Island Inn is modeled on the homes of Newfoundland fishermen.
The Fogo Island Inn is modeled on the homes of Newfoundland fishermen.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

Hotel B (Lima, Peru)

Hotel d'Angleterre (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai (Shanghai)

The London Edition (London)

Best over-the-top hotels

Aman Canal Grande Venice (Italy)

Cheval Blanc Randheli (Maldives)

Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg (Russia)

The Chedi Andermatt (Switzerland)

Rosewood London (London)

Best way-out-there hotels

Amanoi (Nui Chua National Park, Vietnam)

Fogo Island Inn (Newfoundland, Canada)

Segera Retreat (Laikipia Plateau, Kenya)

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