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These new hotels offer great food and design and glorious escape—whether snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or learning yoga in the Himalayan foothills.
Oil paintings from a Paris flea market hang in all 52 rooms of The Dean, in an early 1900s brick house. Downstairs are a karaoke bar and an Austrian beer hall. Doubles from $109; thedeanhotel.com.
Vana, Malsi Estate, is an ultramodern yoga and wellness retreat in the forest; Indian dishes use herbs and spices grown on-site. From $515 per person, all-inclusive; vanaretreats.com.
The Shangri-La Hotel is in London’s tallest skyscraper, the 87-story Renzo Piano–designed Shard. The Champagne bar and Malaysian restaurant overlook the whole city. Doubles from $715; shangri-la.com.
The Great Barrier Reef
The luxurious One&Only resort is on Australia’s private Hayman Island. Guests can explore the unspoiled reef without seeing another soul. Doubles from $681; oneandonlyresorts.com.
Two minutes from the ferry is the breezy 21 Broad. Guests can get together in the cold-pressed-juice bar during the day, and around the fire pit come evening. Doubles from $389; 21broadhotel.com.
An opulent former bank houses the Park Hyatt—the pool is in an old vault. There’s Viennese coffee, local wine and Wiener schnitzel at the Pearl Bar. Doubles from $520; vienna.park.hyatt.com.