The world's best new hotels

Hundreds of hotels open their doors each year, but how many open your eyes? Travel Leisure's Guide to the best new hotels showcases the newcomers that are redefining service and design -- and even the way we travel.

La Suite, Rio de Janeiro
La Suite, Rio de Janeiro
This seven-room hotel offers an alternative to the jam-packed Ipanema and Copacabana.

Location: Set in a former private house, 165 feet above the Atlantic, in Joatinga, a gated community 10 minutes' drive south of Rio.

Pedigree: Created by former investment banker Francois-Xavier Dussol, who opened La Maison, Rio's first boutique hotel, in 2004, quickly garnering a fan base of fashion and beau monde types.

Style Design: Each of La Suite's rooms is painted a different shade--acid green, poppy pink, lavender, saffron--with an überluxe bathroom clad in matching marble (yes, yellow and purple marble). All have private terraces with sea views. There's a small plunge pool, two cabanas, and an infinity pool on the way.

Service Amenities: Either Dussol or his partner, Rodrigo Harold, is always on site to greet guests; other staffers are eager and friendly, but speak only Portuguese. The dreamy breakfast includes exotic tropical fruits, smoothies, and house-made French pastries.

Rooms to Book: Our favorite is the spacious Black Suite, where cascading bead curtains surround the platform bed. The suite features two black-marble bathrooms and a generous terrace. It's also the only room with two huge walls of windows facing the sea.

501 Rua Jackson de Figueiredo, Joatinga; 55-21/9557-5986; doubles from $390.

Bowery Hotel

Baghvan

Fairmont Mayakoba

Fazenda da Lagoa

Awasi

Bauer Il Palladio Hotel & Spa

Melenos Lindos

Hospes Palacio del Bailío

Convento do Carmo

Ritz-Carlton Beijing

Hotel de Rome

The Cloister at Sea Island

Gramercy Park Hotel

La Suite

Chambers Hotel
Deluxe poolside living Summer's here and the time is right for lounging by the pool. Here's how to do it right. (more)
Live in a castle - or convent These properties - lighthouses, barns, rectories and castles - have all been transformed into magnificent homes. (more)
Jaguar's XKR: Brit meets brawn Columnist Sue Callaway returns to Jaguar - for a sneak peek at a car she helped launch. (more)

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.