Departures 100: The Luxury Hotels to Book in 2017

From soon-to-open luxury properties to revamped old favorites, here are the destinations around the world we’re excited about in 2017.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills
OF 28

Kids These Days

The latest trend in family travel? Children have it better than ever—perhaps excessively so.

At the One&Only Cape Town (rooms from $862; Dock Rd., V&A Waterfront, 27-21/431-5888; sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa has designed his first-ever children's menu, available at the newly revamped KidsOnly club. The Waldorf Astoria's Rome Cavalieri (rooms from $293; Via Alberto Cadlolo 101; 39-06/35091; goes behond coloring and movies at day care to offer gladiator classes. Instructors from the Rome Gladiator School teach combat techniques in the hotel's gardens (tunic, sandals, belts, and wooden training swords included). The Peninsula Beverly Hills (rooms from $575; 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-551-2888;, however, takes things the furthest: The hotel’s Red Carpet Kids package treats the little one like a Hollywood A-lister for a day. Upon arrival at the hotel, guests are checked in by “security” personnel and ushered onto a movie set complete with a film crew, makeup artist, and wardrobe. A director then leads the child star in a live-action film shoot with a green screen, props, and special effects. At the end of the day, the group is chauffeured to the Paley Center for Media for a private world-premiere screening—where the kid is greeted by paparazzi and reporters. All this starts at a mere...$12,000.