Our list of where to stay in 2017. From city hotels and beach properties to safari lodges and eco escapes, these are the Steppes team’s picks for the year ahead.

Matetsi River Lodge – Zimbabwe

Brilliantly balanced in its inception. The new offering from &Beyond has exceptional guides and the type of service we have come to expect. The décor may wow you but the location, waterholes and anti-poaching units will make all the difference.

Why: Perfect proximity to Victoria Falls and plenty of wildlife.

The Leela Palace New Delhi and Udaipur – India

Absorb the diverse & vibrant cultures of India while experiencing the luxurious surroundings, service & facilities of The Leela Palace New Delhi and The Leela Palace Udaipur.

Why: Exceptional offer for a combined stay. Save £300 per booking.

One&Only Portonovi – Montenegro

Europe’s first One&Only resort, opening in June 2017 will be an unmatched destination in the med, with a state of the art marina and members only Yacht Club and an iconic collection of villa’s and residences.

Why: Montenegro is back in the spot light – and Portonovi is hotly anticipated.

Soneva Jani – Maldives

Newly open – 24 villas on stilts over the ocean with retractable roofs and water slides into the sea.

Why: When five stars just isn’t enough – why not a sky full? Star gaze from the comfort of your bed.

The Peninsula Beijing – China

Recently renovated. The perfect location, just 20 minutes’ walk from the Forbidden City with the largest guest rooms in the city and its own art gallery.

Why: It is the place to stay in Beijing.

Jabali Ridge – Tanzania

Opening in September 2017, Jabali Ridge will sit high on a rocky kopje, in Ruaha National Park. The 10 beautiful suites promise to have the best views in the park.

Why: A beautifully located base from which to explore wild Ruaha.

Grootbos Forest Lodge – South Africa

This unique lodge combines a private nature reserve renowned for its floral diversity with some of the best whale watching in Africa. Taking to the skies in its private plane is the best way to see these migrating cetaceans.

Why: The new overnight walking trail is the perfect way to explore the fynbos reserve.

Anantara Layan Phuket – Thailand

Quite simply a paradise seeker’s dream. A charming tropical sanctuary set in a tranquil bay on Phuket’s superb western coast. Read more.

Why: Anantara’s new flagship resort with secluded stretches of beaches and views of the Andaman Sea.

Atix, La Paz – Bolivia

New boutique hotel in La Paz, a member of the Design Hotels.

Why: Like nothing else currently in La Paz and represents the coming of age of Bolivia in luxury and service.

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Author: Steppes Travel