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Luxury hotels have been popping up all over the map this year, and with an abundance of over-the-top amenities, exclusive suites, and ultra-luxurious spas, it's hard to tell which resorts are truly the crème de la crème. Luxury Travel Advisor is here to set the record straight with our list of the Top Luxury Hotel Openings for 2012.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel by Anantara, Abu Dhabi - This resort offers both the the beauty of the mangroves and the excitement of the city. Guests can relax on the rooftop lounge overlooking the city skyline or embark on a kayaking adventure form the onsite marina. The entire resort is outfitted with earth tones and the finest décor - think 18-carat gold accents.
Selman, Marrakech - The star of this resort is most definitely the Riad, five of them to be exact. Think over-the-top luxury - each with a private garden, heated pool, and 24-hour butler service. The hotel simply invokes relaxation, with soothing tones throughout and a 12,000-square-foot spa with seven treatment rooms and four Hydrotherapy rooms. Other amenities include an indoor pool, massage jet pool, Hammam, sauna, fitness facilities, Relaxation Room, Spa Suite with private Turkish bath, two outdoor heated pools and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa - Jumeirah's first European resort does not disappoint. Set atop a rugged cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this resort is complete with two restaurants, four bars, two pools, and the Talise Spa. The spa is extra-special, with ten treatment suites and a thermal area equipped with a Hammam, an ice room, a glass-panelled sauna overlooking the valley, a relaxation room with fireplace and an outdoor heated Hydropool.
Palazzo Margherita, Southern Italy - Three words: Francis Ford Coppola. With interior gardens and painted frescos, the director's new Italian resort is simply delightful. Think the laid-back lifestyle, with a private pool and the option to dine wherever you choose. In the evenings, guests can head to the salon for private screenings from Coppola's collection of classic Italian films and documentaries.