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Dusit Thani, Maldives

In the spirit of our recent Olympics, we thought we would celebrate some new and upcoming hotel success stories.

Currently open

Altupura, Val Thorens

For those of you who love skiing yet wish to combine this with the luxury of a five-star hotel, the recently opened L’Altapura will not fail to impress. The luxury ski-in/ski-out hotel is both stylish and palatial with an emphasis on rough-hewn stone, slender birch trunks, and areas with pristine white furnishings. The 10,000-square-foot spa offers a viable alternative to a day on the slopes. The spa has saunas, hammams, an ice igloo, and a pool that extends into the snow.

Altapura

Castello di Casole: Italy

The recently-opened Castello di Casole is a grand Tuscan castle surrounded by vineyards, orchards and cypress avenues. A 10th century castle is situated at the heart of a 4,200-acre private estate. Compelling features and amenities include a 5,400-square-foot Essere Spa with a fitness centre, outdoor spa garden, and a restored 18th century chapel, ideal for weddings and private dinners.

Gaya Island Resort, Pulau Gaya

Gaya Island Resort is a new resort with a contemporary elegance set overlooking the South China Sea amidst lush tropical rainforest, protected mangroves and canopy. The Gaya Island Resort caters for families with children, offering babysitting and family-orientated activities such as kayaking, mountain adventures and tree-top yoga.

Dusit Thani, Maldives

Surrounded by a vibrant 360-degree coral reef and turquoise lagoon, this island property features pearl white sandy beaches and a rich landscape of verdant vegetation. The resort’s centrepiece is the expansive infinity swimming pool, the largest in the Maldives, a full 750 square metres designed around an ancient banyan tree. Dusit Thani Maldives is an ideal haven to explore the marine biodiversity of Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in the country.

Dusit Thani, Maldives

Rocco Forte Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Four years in the making, the new Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi is pitched as the group’s 'most architecturally bold property to date' with an 11-storey curved glass structure which is home to 281 guest rooms, a 15 room spa, outdoor pool, and seven bars and restaurants.

Monastero Santa Rosa, Italy

Originally a 17th century monastery, Monastero Santa Rosa has been restored over 10 years to create a stunning boutique hotel and impressive luxury spa. Located between Positano and Amalfi, it sets a new standard for breath-taking panoramas. Architects retained many of the building's original features, and added state-of-the-art facilities: an infinity pool that sits right on the cliff edge overlooking the Bay of Solerno, a glass lift that operates outside the hotel, and a luxury spa.

The Naka Island, Phuket

Flanked by turquoise blue waters, Naka Yai Island, just off the eastern coast of Phuket, is a newly opened resort. Endowed with white sandy beaches, shady coconut groves, and surrounded by natural mangroves, it provides a perfectly secluded haven to escape the stresses of everyday life. The outdoor activities allow you to discover the unparalleled nature of Naka Island, with activities which include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, bike tours, and leisurely walks.

Monastero Santa Rosa

Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Majorca

The newly opened Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa offers guests an unforgettable stay, far from the usual beaten tourist trail. The spectacular hotel is nestled along the rugged coastline of northwest Mallorca. The family-friendly hotel boasts a number of excellent facilities, including the famed Talise Spa and wellness centre, five outstanding restaurants and bars, a pirate-themed kids club, and a state-of-the-art gym.

Coming soon

The Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is due to open in 2014, in 20 hectares of olive groves in the Palmeraie region of Marrakech. This hotel will provide the perfect environment from which to explore the region’s attractions and rich, cultural heritage.

The Mandarin Oriental, Maldives is due to open later this year; an exclusive hideaway developed on its own exclusive island.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka, is due to open in 2014, and will offer an 18-hole golf course, coconut plantations, and endless sand dunes.

Lord Balfour, Miami, due to open this winter, will bring some quirky chic to South Beach.

Six Sense Beyond Gale, Sri Lanka, is due to open later this year. The resort will deliver an exceptional entrance through a tall, fort-like gateway, and into a spectacular, enclosed courtyard.