From soon-to-open luxury properties to revamped old favorites, here are the destinations around the world we’re excited about in 2017.
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Monaco on the Radar
The principality is expanding, enhancing, and more enticing than ever.
After opening the Yacht Club de Monaco in 2014 and Tour Odéon in 2015, the city-state continues to buzz with building. The legendary Hôtel de Paris(rooms from $685; Place du Casino; 377-98/063-000; hoteldeparismontecarlo.com) is renovating its entire property to increase the size of its rooms and suites and creating a courtyard garden and a rooftop villa. The overhaul will be finished in late 2018, but some of it will debut in time for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in May.
Nearby, the 15 boutiques once located in the Sporting d’Hiver event center (demolished in 2015) are being housed in temporary pebble-shaped pavilions while the area is redeveloped into the One Monte Carlo complex. Also set to open in 2018, it will have 48,500 square feet of shopping space.
Land reclamation is nothing new in Monaco; it has grown 25 percent, to three-quarters of a square mile, in the past 145 years. Among Prince Albert II’s most ambitious projects is a man-made island that broke ground in September. The $2.2 billion, ten-year venture will extend the principality by 15 acres in the easternmost Larvotto district and include apartments, a marina and port, and parks.