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What the world needs now is definitely love, sweet love, but a few new hotel openings can’t hurt either. From Miami to Mexico, here are three places to put on your holiday wish list…

ANDAZ MAYAKOBA RESORT, Riviera Maya: The newest Andaz is set to open on December 16 in Mexico’s Mayakoba resort area along the Riviera Maya. Expect the usual Andaz style—open layouts with natural furnishings and rustic accents—along with gratuitous amenities such as free WiFi, bottled water, and complimentary minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. A daily activity calendar will be packed with resort fun including sunrise yoga on the beach, stand-up paddleboard lessons, and trajinera boat rides (it’s similar to a gondola.) Elsewhere on the property are three outdoor pools, tropical gardens, and four restaurants, ranging from a casual buffet to an elegant dinner spot, and all serving fresh, local, fare made using authentic cooking techniques.


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SLS BRICKELL, Miami: At last, there’s another SLS Hotel to enjoy! SLS Brickell has opened in downtown Miami, across from the newly opened Brickell City Centre, with 124 seriously lavish spaces designed by Philippe Starck, along with two restaurants from chefs José Andrés and Michael Schwartz, and a sleek n’ sexy rooftop pool deck. The guest rooms are what you know and love about SLS meaning rosé-colored walls, polished chrome fixtures, and those naughty mirrors on the ceilings. Perfect for the selfie-obsessed town of Miami! But perhaps the most electrifying part of SLS Brickell is the multi-colored drip mural on the hotel’s exterior from artist Markus Linnenbrink. We likey. So very much.



Life is art, live yours in color.. #slsbrickell #markuslinnenbrink

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Some "R&R" time at Altitude Pool Deck #slsbrickell #pooldays #alwayssummer

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HOTEL DE JOBO, Paris: How do you solve a problem like an old convent in Paris? Facile! You turn it into an eccentric hotel decorated as one giant homage to Napoleon’s first wife, Joséphine. That’s what the just-opened Hotel de JoBo has done. Under the vision of designer Bambi Sloan, the Hotel de JoBo (see what they did there?) mixed and matched Joséphine’s wild style including pink roses, period wallpaper and leopard print curtains in each of the 24 guest rooms as well as the downstairs bar. A hotel room in Paris + leopard print curtains (and wallpaper) = we’ve found our forever hotel home.





[Photos courtesy of the hotels mentioned]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor HotelChatter.com. A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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