Here are those that made the list in the Caribbean, Austrialia and the Pacific. Our staff and contributors vetted more than a hundred recently opened hotels and resorts, from West Africa to Miami, and found that what stands out are the properties that combine old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity. You might even think of them as the new cultural touchstones.

Author: Conde Nast Traveler

Sixteenth-century houses have been transformed into this intimate seven-room hotel that feels like the second home of your dreams.

Category: Design Stars

The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

On Marlon Brando’s private atoll, Tetiaroa—30 miles off Tahiti—has 35 thatched-roof villas with private plunge pools that alone are worth the flight.

Category: Remote and Wild

El Blok, Vieques, Puerto Rico

Brutalist architecture is set against a tropical backdrop at this 22-room hotel, where carved louvers transform the bright sun into artistic shadows.

Category: Design Stars

Malliouhana (An Auberge Resort), Anguilla

This classic 44-room Caribbean charmer overlooking postcard-perfect Meads Bay has taken on a new life.

Category: Beachside Escapes

Belle Mont Farm on Kittian Hill, St. Kitts & Nevis

Eighty-four guest-houses—each with a wraparound veranda—are spread across a 400-acre organic farm that grows a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables.

Category: Good Food

Aro Hā Wellness Retreat, Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

Overlooking Lake Wakatipu, on New Zealand's South Island, this intimate 20-room lodge is all about yoga, meditation, and health food that doesn’t taste like it.

Category: Remote and Wild

One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

An old-school 1950s-era resort in the Whitsunday Islands, off the Great Barrier Reef, gets a glam makeover with 160 rooms and villas.

Category: Beachside Escapes