15 hot new hotels to check out in 2017

(CNN)Whether it’s an island escape or an urban retreat, the world’s top hotels are tailoring their treats to suit ever more discerning travelers.

As the most exclusive resorts go to even greater lengths to differentiate their offerings, we pack up the designer luggage to find the best new properties to check into in 2017.

    Soneva Jani, Maldives.

    With 24 over-water villas and one sprawling island villa set on a private lagoon in the Maldives, the newest Soneva resort might just be the best yet.
    Each of the resort’s multi-level water villas has its own private pool and a retractable roof that allows guests to sleep beneath the stars.
    Many villas also have slides that transport guests directly from the top level into the lagoon below.
    Other hotel highlights include a spa, an observatory — home to the largest telescope in the Indian Ocean — and an outdoor cinema.
    Opened: December 2016

    Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

    Set on a half-mile stretch of private beachfront near several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Four Seasons’ latest resort has the best address in Hoi An.
    Formerly The Nam Hai hotel, the resort features 60 beachfront villas with private outdoor terraces.
    There are also 40 pool villas which each have their own private swimming pool.
    Also on site: three communal pools, four tennis courts, a spa, two restaurants and a beach bar.
    Opened: December 2016
    Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Block Ha My Dong B, Dien Duong Ward, Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam; +84 510 394 0000

    Las Alcobas, Napa Valley, California

    Starck

    This new Philippe Starck-designed hotel isn’t your typical Miami Beach hotel.
    For one, it’s not on Miami Beach, but in the nearby neighborhood of Brickell — an up-and-coming area filling up quickly with bars, restaurants and museums.
    Unlike its flashy, beachfront counterparts, the SLS is understatedly stylish rather than painfully hip.
    Its 124 rooms feature clean lines, subdued color palettes and a minimalist aesthetic.
    The hotel’s pice de rsistance? A rooftop deck with an infinity pool and views over downtown Miami.
    Opened: November 2016

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