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.

Baghvan, Pench National Park, India
Baghvan, Pench National Park, India
The luxury African safari experience comes to the subcontinent.

Location: A nature preserve in India's northwestern hinterlands, a one-hour flight from Bombay to Nagpur followed by a two-hour drive.

Pedigree: A-listers CC Africa and Taj Hotels & Resorts have teamed up here, with Taj supplying the service and CC Africa bringing in the naturalists.

Style Design: After following Bengal tigers and leopards in a Tata truck outfitted with an overstuffed picnic basket, guests retire to one of 12 suites, where irreverent touches (a rotary-dial phone) combine with traditional ones (ebony carvings). All have outdoor machans (jungle lookout towers), which can be transformed into romantic mosquito-netted hideaways for sleepouts.

Service Amenities: Bags magically appear in rooms, and the staff gathers to welcome guests. Thanks to lots of personal attention from everyone--including the pool attendant, waiters, and naturalists--no requests go unfulfilled.

Rooms to Book: For the most privacy, choose suite No. 1, located at the end of the camp's footpath. The bathroom is secluded from view; the room, on the edge of an empty ravine, offers the best spot to catch sight of deer, including the chital or the sambar.

91-11/2650-7750;; doubles from $1200, all-inclusive.

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