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There are some fabulous hotels that have opened or are opening up around the world. Here are five that have caught our eye.

• L’AND Vineyards, a 22-suite boutique hotel located in Montemor-o-Novo, 45 minutes from Lisbon, offers a unique getaway in the Portuguese countryside as it merges the intimacy of a country villa with the modern style and amenities of a luxury escape. Your clients can even make their own wine or roll back the roof and see the stars from their Sky Suite, which also offers up a private interior garden with heated “plunge pool.” We’re hooked, and so will you if you visit l-andvineyards.com.

• As the only new resort opening in Los Cabos this year, we thought it fitting to showcase this beauty—the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas. Our Mexico editor was just there and she’s got nothing but great things to say about it so look for her complete onsite in the July issue. The property is located at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, literally at the tip of Land’s End, and any of the 119 suites you book will give your clients inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean—and here we thought Nirvana was unattainable. Here’s the link to this Mexican paradise: solmar.com.

• In Thailand, there’s a new heavenly property that’s a member of Design Hotels that’s had us daydreaming for quite some time now. It’s Casa de la Flora Resort in Khao Lak—a modernist beauty right along the shoreline and set into lush vegetation. This place is for indulging, with only 36 contemporary grey cube villas in eight categories—from “fabulous” to “out of this world” (actually, from beachfront villas to the presidential suite) offering private pools, gardens, terraces and yes, of course, views out to sea. Most fun is the onsite Dream Maker, who can fulfill any guest wish, from arranging a cake for a birthday celebration to an over-the-top romantic beachside dinner. Start your client’s Thailand getaway with a click of the button: designhotels.com/casadelaflora.

• In LA, what’s got the whole town talking is the debut of the Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Bel-Air. Past guests will appreciate that the Spanish Colonial architecture splashed in “Bel Air pink” is still present, complemented now by different design themes representing the glamorous eras of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s conveyed in a fresh, youthful and elegant manner. Guests will have access to 103 guestrooms and suites, as well as a brand-new, 12,000-sq.-ft., Spanish mission-style structure featuring a new bell tower, fitness studio, and three unique Loft guestrooms with open floor plans, double-sided fireplaces and dramatically high ceilings, as well as the brand-new, 4,134-sq.-ft. Spa by La Prairie. To get in on the buzz, visit hotelbelair.com.

• The Eccleston Square Hotel in London might be Old World outside—it’s even located on a picturesque garden square—but inside it’s an ultra-high-tech urban cocoon, where guests are comforted and soothed by luxurious products and swathes of futuristic gadgets. Techies will find their muse and then some in all 39 rooms as each comes equipped with blue tooth iPod connections, VoIP phones and a programmable “wake up and sleep” experience that takes control of the curtains, heating and lighting, not to mention 46-inch 3D TVs with 3D Blu-Ray players. There are even black crystal chandeliers in the lobby as well as herring bone pattern floor tiles in the lobby, mingling with muted colored furnishings where clients will love to sit back and see and be seen. To find out more about this cool hangout—which, by the way, is another Design Hotels beauty—click on ecclestonsquarehotel.com.