It’s Thursday list day! From Travel + Leisure, these 15 new (or remodeled) hotels are in contention for the 2014 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.
You’ll find great new properties all over the globe. In St. Petersburg, Russia, the decade-long transformation of a 19th-century royal palace into a Four Seasons marks the company’s most ambitious restoration project. And in Tanzania, Singita has opened the Mara River Tented Camp; its forward-thinking solar-powered tents may help the new camp win readers’ votes in the next survey. But you don’t have to travel far to find some of the best new hotels: Langham Chicago is set to open later this summer in a landmark Mies van der Rohe building, and Orient-Express brought its personalized brand of luxury to the newly restored El Encanto in Santa Barbara, CA. There have also been many notable renovations this year. In the Caribbean, two in particular grabbed our attention: St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, and Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. After multimillion-dollar revamps, both of these two classic resorts are back on the top of Caribbean luxury-seekers’ must-see lists.
Check out the full list here.