Each year, Robb Report scours the globe in search of splashy new openings that have the potential to elevate themselves into the rarified pantheon of properties that transcend trends and become permanent fixtures on globetrotters’ speed dials. Those that make the cut are named Best of the Best, and this year’s lineup features an array of ultra-opulent options.
Among them, a luxury hotels to stay lodge and a hotel in an old theatre in Sydney, Australia; a villa in Krabi, Thailand that’s inspired by traditional architecture and has an infinity pool with sea views; and a desert resort that boasts 42 suites that feel like private casitas. The list also includes a storied French mansion in the Mediterranean and a hotel that was once a military fortress.
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There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to this larger-than-life Cote d’Azur manse, which has long been a celebrity magnet. Guests can dine in the restaurant Coco Chanel — the designer used to use the staff entrance for complete discretion — and there’s a cool blend of Gothic, Art Deco and Italianate architecture throughout.
The hotel offers high-end details, including Dyson hairdryers and a house car for short trips around town. But it also offers playful touches like a pop-up apothecary and rooms decked out with home-from-home accents like buttery leather sofas, mahogany shelving and coffee table books.