Platinum List newcomer Jade Mountain on St. Lucia, where guests check in for the spacious rooms with their own plunge pools and views framing the Piton Mountains, earned raves for its new in-room culinary program, featuring six-course meals, wine pairings, and even a chef demonstration en suite. Another list inductee, Grace Bay Club, newly deals resort-inspired swimwear designed by, again, Trina Turk.
Top 10 Caribbean
1. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
(888) 877-7525, atlantis.com
2. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
(800) 542-8680, ritzcarlton.com/grandcayman
3. Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
(888) 767-3966, caneelbay.com
4. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
(800) 542-8680, ritzcarlton.com/stthomas
5. El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Puerto Rico
(888) 543-1282, elconresort.com
6. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
(866) 388-0036, parrotcay.como.bz
7. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
(800) 223-1108, jademountain.com
8. The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica
(800) 542-8680, ritzcarlton.com/rosehall
9. Sandy Lane, Barbados
(866) 444-4080, sandylane.com
10. Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos
(800) 946-5757, gracebayclub.com
Top 10 Europe
1. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
(800) 819-5053, fourseasons.com/paris
2. The Balmoral, Edinburgh, Scotland
(888) 667-9477, thebalmoralhotel.com
3. The St. Regis Rome
(877) 787-3447, stregis.com/rome
4. The Savoy, London
(800) 257-7544, fairmont.com/savoy
5. Ritz Paris
6. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Paris
(877) 875-4658, paris.vendome.hyatt.com
7. The Dorchester, London
(800) 727-9820, thedorchester.com
8. The Ritz London
(877) 748-9536, theritzlondon.com
9. Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
(800) 237-1236, hotelcipriani.com
10. Four Seasons Hotel Milano, Milan
(800) 819-5053, fourseasons.com/milan
Nothing says “you are here” — or vous êtes ici — like a top-floor suite overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The just-opened penthouse at CL reader’s European favorite, Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, spans six outdoor terraces — one with a daybed. For all its sophistication, the hotel has a playful side. French cartoonist Nicole Lambert has designed plates, mugs, and coloring books, arriving in September, for the kids here.
The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Scotland, has families in mind, too, with its new “tartan butler,” a staffer dedicated to helping guests explore their Scottish roots.
While Olympics fans will be watching London this year, visitors to the city’s best hotels will be learning. The Dorchester is newly offering master classes with its Krug Room chef Henry Brosi and its florist Wendy Black, while at The Ritz London executive chef John Williams will also teach cooking classes.
In Asia, readers’ choice favorite the bulgari resort Bali pulls together seemingly every trend in luxury travel — wellness, localism, indigenous experience, and food — in a new one-day spa experience, starting with a morning stretch session on the beach and featuring Balinese massage and reflexology. Picking up the foodie thread, the Park Hyatt Tokyo added a new food festival, and the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok debuted a chef’s table for VIP seating in the kitchen.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney again bested scores in Australia, and aims to stay top-of-mind by opening a new lobby restaurant and bar this summer. Meanwhile, the Park Hyatt Sydney has all-new rooms, capped by the rooftop Sydney Suite with its own steam room, sauna, and 1,000-square-foot balcony above Sydney Harbour.
In Africa, Cape Grace continues its reign as CL readers’ favorite by continually offering new charms, including its new private consultations arranged with leading luxury jeweler Platandia. In Kenya, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club newly escorts guests off property to “bush dinners” under the stars. And Botswana’s Mombo SAFARI Camp, an Editors’ Mention, just switched over entirely to solar power.