From the world's largest theme park in New Jersey to Singapore's Dr. Seussian gardens to Pablo Picasso's long-awaited return to Paris, here are 25 new things to see and do this year (with places to stay while you're doing them)
AMSTERDAM: Debuting later this year—conveniently opposite Amsterdam Centraal, the city’s main rail hub—Art’otel earns its moniker with a dedicated 3,230-square-foot art gallery and original works scattered throughout its rigorously chic spaces.
CANCUN: Blending luxury digs with sustainable tourism, the eco-friendly resort Hacienda Tres Ríos offers exclusive access to the surrounding 326-acre Tres Ríos Nature Park and its cenotes: limestone sinkholes that visitors are invited to snorkel.
CHICAGO: With an eye toward becoming the city’s most luxurious five-diamond hotel, The Langham Chicago opens this year near the Magnificent Mile in one of the last U.S. buildings designed by acclaimed German architect Mies van der Rohe.
CLEVELAND: Touted as C-town’s first-ever boutique hotel, an outpost of the hip, tech-friendly brand Aloft is set to open early this year as part of a highly anticipated $500 million development overlooking the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie.
CORSICA: Commanding a prime position on Ajaccio Bay, the recently unveiled Radisson Blu Resort & Spa is a design-forward respite whose refined rooms are as effortlessly calming as the sea outside.
DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND: Situated on Queen’s Quay by the beautiful River Foyle, the four-star, 146-room City Hotel Derry puts you within easy reach of local attractions—most notably, Derry’s fully intact 17th-century city walls.
LAS VEGAS: Known worldwide as simply “Nobu,” celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa lends his name and creative vision to hotel-within-a-hotel Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace—and like his food, this oasis promises a sophisticated blend of East and West.
LONDON: Five-star newcomer ME London pays homage to next-door neighbor Marconi House, the historical home of the BBC, with its most striking amenity: 10th-floor rooftop bar Radio, from which you can get an eyeful of London landmarks.
MONTREAL: If you can tear yourself away from the plush rooms, glass-bottomed pool and farm-to-table French-Canadian cuisine at Le Westin Montréal, a brief amble down cobble stone streets will bring you to the heart of historic Old Montreal.
NEW ORLEANS: The French Quarter landmark that started life in 1909 as the Audubon Building has returned as The Saint Hotel, which balances the grandeur of its beaux arts history with inspired touches of leading-edge modern design.
NEW YORK CITY: The 145 rooms at The Standard, East Village boast floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an impressive view of the East Village; just a few blocks south is the site of punk landmark CBGB (now a John Varvatos store).
PARIS: Conveniently located about halfway between the National Picasso Museum and the Musée Galliera, the Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon— comprising 34 well-appointed rooms in an 18th-century townhouse—exudes Parisian charm.
RIO DE JANEIRO: The stately Windsor Asturias is a mere stroll from the colonial Lapa district and its iconic aqueduct. If the beach is on your agenda, hop on the subway at the nearby Cinêlandia station and you’ll be whisked to Ipanema in no time.
SAN FRANCISCO: Back when the Presidio was an active military base, Pershing Hall housed unmarried officers. As the freshly minted Inn at the Presidio, it’ll house anyone lucky enough to snag a reservation for one of its 22 highly coveted rooms.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.: The only thing brighter than the generous pops of Kool-Aid color throughout The Saguaro is the desert sun beating down from above. Luckily, there are two large outdoor pools at this natty year-old property to help with that.
SINGAPORE: When you’re done hanging out in the supertrees at Gardens by the Bay, repair to the more down-to-earth pleasures at the nearby 240-room W Singapore-Sentosa Cove, including a sleek poolside bar and a terrace with marina views.
SONGDO, SOUTH KOREA: Stay at the 321-room Sheraton Incheon Hotel and experience a bit of history in the making. Songdo’s first-ever hotel opened its doors in 2009, and provides a commanding view of the city of the future.
STOCKHOLM: With its cozy feel, indulgent marble baths, uniquely crafted furniture and communal fridge full of wine, the 8-month-old 12-room guesthouse Ett Hem (“At Home”) truly lives up to its name.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Nestled against the historic C&O Canal, the Capella Georgetown is one of the U.S. capital’s most inviting new retreats. And with the sweeping city views it affords, you can take in some of D.C.’s most iconic sights without waiting in line.