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 Ranch at Laguna Beach
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Orange County Is Having a Moment

Just south of Los Angeles, a flurry of openings has upped the luxury ante in California’s beach community.

When the Ranch at Laguna Beach (rooms from $350; 31106 S. Coast Hwy.; 800-223-3309; theranchlb.com) opened in October in the Aliso and Wood Canyons, the 97-room hotel became a sophisticated alternative to the area’s surfside properties—and the only one with a golf course. Nearby, the 23-room Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa (rooms from $300; 2510 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-2996; casalaguna.com) has been completely reimagined by Martyn Lawrence Bullard with the interior designer’s own fabric prints. In Dana Point, Monarch Beach Resort (rooms from $395; One Monarch Beach Resort; 949-234-3900; monarchbeachresort.com) finished a $40 million transformation last summer with a 400-room redo and a new Miraval spa. Up the coast in Newport Beach, Lido Marina Village (3434 Via Lido; 949-673-1400; lidomarinavillage.com) is a new SoCal-oriented dockside shopping destination adjacent to 47 boat slips.