Nicola Brady tracks down the hottest new properties for 2013
Alta Vista Suites, Santorini
Perched high on the cliffs of Imerovigli, the Alta Vista Suites (0030 228 602 8866; altavista suites.com) are a romantic hideaway with some of the most stunning views in Santorini.
There are only three suites in total, each on their own level, so privacy is guaranteed. This seclusion, in combination with the dreamlike surroundings, makes this the perfect location for a romantic getaway.
All of the suites have expansive outdoor space, as well as access to the infinity pool and eating area. You can even watch the sun go down while enjoying a private candlelit dinner.
Details: Rates start at €180pn, including a Champagne breakfast.
Refinery Hotel, New York
Fashionistas will think they've boarded the mother ship at the Refinery Hotel (001 646 664 0310; refineryhotelnewyork.com). Located in the middle of the garment district, this former millinery factory is filled with fashionable touches, from the prohibition-style bar in the lobby to the desks resembling 1900s sewing machines.
The 12ft loft ceilings flood the bedrooms with natural light, and the executive rooms boast great Manhattan views. Top couture fashion houses are right around the corner, and you can gaze upon the Empire State Building from the rooftop bar, artisanal cocktail in hand.
Details: Rooms start at $399pn (€305).
The Cliffs at Oil Nut Bay, Caribbean
The exclusive Caribbean resort of Oil Nut Bay was, until recently, open only to those who owned one of the pristine properties. But now, on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda, the resort has created The Cliffs (001 284 393 1000; oilnut bay.com/cliffs), three holiday apartments which are the pinnacle of luxury.
With unobstructed views of the sea, the suites all boast floor-to-ceiling sliding windows, an outdoor shower and a private plunge pool on the terrace. And if that isn't Bond enough? The only way to reach the suites is by boat or helicopter.
Details: Suites start at $1,500pn (€1,146).
Vivanta by Taj Bentota, Sri Lanka
Re-opening this month after a major renovation, the Vivanta by Taj Bentota (0094 345 555 555; vivantabytaj.com) is a lavish resort settled in the heart of a tropical paradise.
Drink in the sea views from the expansive pools, or hide away in the secluded spa, tucked between the lush gardens.
There's a colonial feel to the rooms, with red-tiled roofs sticking out between the palm trees.
And if the guilt of being in paradise becomes too much, you can help out at the local Kosgoda Turtle conservation project or visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Details: Rooms start at £150pn (€178).
Great Northern Hotel, London
Designed by Victorian master Lewis Cubitt, the Great Northern Hotel (0044 203 388 0800; gnhlondon.com) has just undergone a major facelift. The original spirit of the building remains intact, with broad hallways and wrought iron staircases.
In the bedrooms, elegance is key, with Farrow & Ball walls and black walnut furnishings, while on each floor, a 'pantry' is stocked with homemade cakes, pastries, coffee and magazines for guests.
Most of the ground floor is taken up by the sleek GNH bar, and the Plum and Spilt Milk restaurant is attracting a major crowd of London foodies.
Details: Rooms start at £245pn (€289).
Waldorf Astoria, Panama
Located in the hip 'Calle Uruguay' district, the new Waldorf Astoria Panama (00507 294 8000; waldorfastoriapanama.com) is the luxury chain's first hotel in Latin America.
The hotel features sleek design touches, high ceilings and exotic furnishings.
Award-winning executive chef Kalych Padro Alvarado oversees four restaurants and bars, where you can sample diverse cuisines from around the world.
The rooms are as plush as you would expect, with deluxe linens and marble bathrooms. There's also an extensive spa, and the outdoor pool is lined with gold mosaic tiles.
Details: Rooms start at $169pn (€129).
Hotel d'Angleterre, Copenhagen
Established in 1755, the Hotel d'Angleterre (0045 3312 0095; dangleterre.com) is considered a historical landmark in the Danish capital. Following an ambitious and lengthy restoration, the hotel has just reopened, with a revitalised decor and a sumptuous Champagne bar.
Located in the heart of the city, there are 90 rooms, including 60 suites with sumptuous furnishing and grand bathrooms.
Many of the suites have balconies overlooking the Kongens Nytorv, but the Royal Suite has the best view of them all – over the Royal Danish Theatre and Nyhavn.
Details: Rooms start at DKK3,500 (€470).
Prima Donna Hotel, Turkey
There are just five woodland lodges at the Prima Donna (0044 207 722 2288; hotel primadonna.com), all overlooking Turkey's picturesque Lycian Coast.
Named after movie icons – Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, etc – the lodges all have their own private outdoor area and are designed in a funky and eclectic style.
Opt for the Brigitte Bardot, where the garden features an outdoor hot tub.
In keeping with the movie theme, there's an outdoor cinema and the De Niro bar, and all the lodges come with a media player stocked with 50 complimentary films.
Details: Rooms start at £225pn (€266).
Prince de Galles Hotel, Paris
Since its inception in 1928, the Prince de Galles Hotel (0033 153 237 777; luxury collection.com) has been considered one of the most stylish hotels in Paris. Now, the residence has completed an extensive makeover, securing its place as a sophisticated bolthole in a prime location.
The restoration took two years to complete, with the rooms designed to feel like private apartments from the Art Deco period, when the hotel was originally built.
The location is ideal, with the Champs-Elysees moments away, and Dior and Cartier are just around the corner.
Details: Rooms start at €600pn.
Converted from old Menorcan farm buildings, the Torralbenc (0034 971 377 211; torralbenc.com) is billing itself as the first luxury boutique hotel on the island.
Whitewashed buildings sit on 70 acres of peaceful countryside, surrounded by local vineyards.
The hotel has only 27 rooms, all full of light, with limestone, wood and natural fabrics. The former harvest storehouse has been transformed into a restaurant, with Michelin-starred chef Paco Morales serving up Mediterranean gastronomic delights.
Guests can relax at the saltwater pool, or borrow bikes to visit the sandy beaches nearby.
Details: Rooms start at €165pn.