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A new year means a multitude of hip and innovative hotels that will open throughout 2018. Here are a few that we think are bucket list-worthy due to their exotic location, lavish accommodations or environmental considerations—or in some cases all three! Make this the year that you venture to a new part of the planet to explore cultures, landscapes, and traditions that you have yet to experience.

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Park MGM: Las Vegas, NV

The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Las Vegas is undergoing a metamorphosis and will emerge as the Park MGM this spring, with one tower also turning into The NoMad Las Vegas. Guests can currently book Park “preview” rooms for a sneak peek. The $450 million-dollar update includes comfy, modern room décor with inspiring artwork, plentiful amenities and a park-like vibe. The hotel will also host new restaurants including Primrose and steakhouse Bavette’s (both are already open) plus Eataly, NoMad restaurant and Choi’s by Chef Roy Choi. The hotel is also home to the Park Theater, where Lady Gaga will begin her Vegas residency later this year, and is situated adjacent to the newly opened The Park, an outdoor dining and entertainment hangout and park.

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Fairmont Austin: Austin, TX

The Fairmont Austin is destined to be a hotspot for foodies and art lovers wanting a luxury getaway in a green, yet cosmopolitan setting. The surrounding Palm Park and Waller Creek provide a serene landscape amidst the city center. The 1,048-room hotel is conveniently designed with the Red River Canopy Walk, a 33-foot high decorative pedestrian bridge, connecting it to the Austin Convention Center. With five dining establishments, a luxury spa, vibrant music scene and plenty of space to lounge, the Fairmont Austin will be a welcomed hot spot in this creative and diverse city.

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The Hoxton Williamsburg: New York City

With an upscale bohemian ambiance created by brass fixtures, exposed concrete and posh linens, the Hoxton will surely be a new Brooklyn magnet. The hotel’s history, as the former Rosenwach Water Tank factory established in 1865, gives it a rich canvas upon which to create an urban escape in eclectic and hipstery Williamsburg. The 175-room hotel will also include three eateries, outdoor gathering areas and views of the New York City skyline.

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The Omni Louisville Hotel: Louisville, KY

Located at Fourth Street Live!, a hub of entertainment, dining and shopping, the Omni Louisville Hotel is sure to become a go-to Kentucky lodging, thanks to its refined décor, impressive art gallery, rooftop pool, bowling alley, community market and more. Grab a bourbon at the speakeasy, indulge in a juicy steak at Bob’s or start your day with fresh roasted coffee in the Library. The 612-room hotel intends to leave quite the impression. 

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Restorative Island at Blackadore Caye: Belize

With Leonardo DiCaprio guiding the vision at this ultimate environmentally conscious development, it is sure to get some attention and praise from his fan base. The resort, which will encompass half of this tiny island, will showcase how humans and nature can coexist peacefully. With the strictest green building and sustainable living practices in place, the hope is to restore the natural habitat for the native tarpon, permit, and bonefish, while providing a serene retreat for guests to reflect and recharge.

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Lutetia: Paris

Originally opened in 1910 and frequented by 20th-century artists like Joyce and Matisse, the Lutetia was a destination for those looking for the finest accommodation. Reopening this spring, this re-imagined hotel will imbue a modern twist on décor befit for royalty, historic architecture and facilities that focus on health and happiness. Located on the famous Left Bank, the 184-room hotel will boast postcard city views, Michelin-starred cuisine, a cigar lounge, a regal ballroom and signature suites. The elite will once again wine and dine at this upscale Parisian landmark.

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Six Senses: Bhutan

Situated on the edge of the Himalayas, the environmentally and socially conscious Six Senses Bhutan is actually five intimate, themed resorts that will reflect the culture and surroundings in which they are situated. Guests are encouraged to turn their visit into a voyage through the region and experience each lodge and its unique sensory aspects including modern brick structures, forest landscape, rural farmhouse, stone ruins and bird enthusiast accommodations. A visit is sure to evoke a sense of wonder and create lasting memories.

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Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa: Harads, Sweden

Off the Map Travel will launch this unique hotel that changes with the seasons…floating on a river in warm weather and frozen in ice in colder temps. The six-room hotel will also feature typical spa amenities, such as saunas, baths, showers and dressing rooms. Guests will experience being in touch with nature while also preserving it through environmentally aware design. Take a refreshing plunge in the frigid water while observing nature’s light show—the Northern Lights.

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The Drisco: Tel Aviv, Israel

Mixing old and new, The Drisco Hotel, named after its American founders, will be comprised of the beautifully restored 1866 Hardegg Jerusalem Hotel and the Norton House. Combined, they will offer guests urbane rooms with picturesque views of Tel Aviv and contemporary decor, an applauded restaurant, stylish bar, state-of-the-art workout facility and multi-lingual concierge services.

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Downtown Camper: Stockholm, Sweden

The appropriately named Downtown Camper embraces an outdoorsy attitude with décor that echoes a love of nature while promoting adventurous explorations of the city. From kayaks, skateboards, and city map wallpaper in the lobby to a central fireplace and greenery in the restaurant, and swings, backgammon and shuffleboard in the Activity Room, guests will have ample opportunity to meet and mingle with other guests who might share their love of seeing new sights in Stockholm. With 494 guest rooms, a game room, cinema room, relaxing lounge, restaurant serving comfort food, innovative wellness center and inspiring meeting spaces, this hotel will be a great place to start or finish a day filled with bespoke suggestions recommended by the Lifestyle Concierge.

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