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Jul 06, 2015 @ 4:45 pm
Courtesy of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

A glittering new icon in New York. A scenester escape in the U.K. countryside. A five-star hideaway en route to Machu Picchu. These are just a few of the hottest openings this spring and summer. Add them to your bucket list and pack your bags—it’s time for your next great getaway.

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The Cape, Los Cabos, Mexico (pictured above)

The Location: A secluded beach in Cabo San Lucas.

The Rooms: All the white-on-white you expect from an oceanside resort, plus freestanding copper-leafed bathtubs, wing-tipped leather headboards, and binoculars for whale watching.

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Suiran, a Luxury Collection Resort, Kyoto, Japan

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The Location: The hotel occupies a historic Japanese inn on the grounds of Kyoto's Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage site on the city’s far west side.

The Rooms: The five-star re-imagining of a ryokan, it includes Japanese screens, blonde wood-framed patios, and onyx desks—along with high-speed Wi-Fi and all the modern conveniences.

The Highlight: Ryokans offer the most authentic experience of Kyoto, but they’re rarely equipped to handle the many requests of American (or non-Japanese speaking) travelers. Here, guests get the best of both worlds.

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Sanctum Inle Lake, Myanmar  

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The Location: Sanctum is poised to be the most upscale opening in Myanmar’s pagoda-filled Inle Lake region.

The Rooms: Monastic yet sophisticated, with inlaid mahogany furnishings and stone-tiled bathrooms.

The Highlight: The staff will coordinate days visiting temples, seeing the area’s magnificent stupas, and shopping at Inle’s over-water markets.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan, Italy

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The Location: Four 18th-century buildings that offer easy access to of-the-moment neighborhood Brera, the financial district, and the city’s prime shopping avenues.

The Rooms: More Italian in style than Asian, in subdued shades of gray. Book a suite, where the all-marble bathrooms are so spacious that they have double vanities, oversized soaking tubs, and chaise lounges.

The Highlight: Al fresco dining in a lovely shaded courtyard, with food by Antonio Guida (who earned two Michelin stars at his previous restaurant, Il Pelicano, in Tuscany).

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