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News24.com | The best revamped and new hotels on the planet 2016

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Cape Town - Those who travel the world will know that we are spoilt for choice when it comes to new locations, hotel modifications and innovative stays.

What travellers always take into consideration when planning an epic getaway is where to stay, of course. Will you be camping, glamping, backpacking or Airbnb'ing it.

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Something that never gets old is staying in a good hotel. Whether it is completely new or gorgeous revamped - room service, location and good service is always a chart topper.

If you would like to spice things up with a new and exciting stay at the world's freshest hotels - you might want to check these out.

According to Travel and Leisure's Best New Hotels on the Planet 2016 - the three main factors that define a good new hotel are: picture perfect location, spot on design and the ability to offer something new in the competitive industry.

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South Africa's very own Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve was placed on the hot list after the 23-year-old accommodation offering received an impressive makeover - setting the luxury bush bar even higher.

Most of the properties on the hot list opened in 2015, while some have completed impressive renovations and amenities. Travel and Leisure tested all the hotel's room service, spas, signature dishes and beds and this is what they came up with...

L'Horizon Palm Springs, California

This hotel prides itself in sexy chic California living and has been running since the early 50's accommodating the likes of Ronald Reagan and Marilyn Monroe.

L'Horizon has recently been updated by Steve Hermann - who added a new restaurant head up by chef Giacomo Pettinari.

If you love chilling at the pool while flirting with other guests, enjoying outdoor showers this is the ultimate VIP experience.

Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland

The spot on location - Rovaniemi - the very home of Santa Claus. Travellers can enjoy one of the best views of the northern lights in the world, explains Travel and Leisure.

Rovaniemi's new hotel is stylish and welcoming. It has a total of 57 rooms and has an 'arctic northernliness' look about it, borderline kitsch.

Staying in the Santa-themed suite will make a perfect Christmas treat for the children. Guests can enjoy outdoor dogsled rides and hearty winter dishes.

Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

The 12 gorgeous suites at the Singita Lodge now have new glass walls dividing the bedroom and veranda - allowing light to flow into the space. The lodge now boasts a new contemporary look seen in their funky new furniture and art.

Angama Mara in Masai Mara, Kenya

The Angama Mara looks over the Masai Mara, the spot where the movie Out of Africa was filmed.

The hotel which was once all about beauty and safari living now encourages guests to explore the Mara plain below and get to know Africa's wildlife in closer manner - hopefully creating awareness about the devastating effects of hunting and poaching.

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andBeyond Benguerra Island in Mozambique

There has been an influx of luxury accommodation openings in the Bazaruto Archipelago - a marine protected area off the coast of southern Mozambique.

andBeyond Benguerra Island is now being crowned the cream of the crop in the area after recent updates and refurbishments.

Travellers can stay in one of 13 suites sitting on the water's edge. andBeyond now offers dhow safaris, scuba diving and fine dining.

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Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The area, Cabo San Lucas, has one of the highest concentrations of five-star hotels in the world, reports Travel and Leisure. What makes Esperanza special is that it has had a complete revamp after Hurrican Odile left it in tatters.

There are 57 suites with colourful interiors, embroidered fabrics and their very own fancy binoculars for whale-watching, says Travel and Leisure.

Imagine something like Carrie's honeymoon in Sex and the City scaled up a few notches.

Ahilya by the Sea in Goa, India

Many travellers would not necessarily choose India as their typical beach holiday destination, but a stay at the Ahilya by the Sea may make you think very differently.

A stay at the chilled out beach hotel offer long afternoon naps, light and delicious food and elegance, explains T&L. It was originally built ten years ago as three private homes but has now been renovated into a nine room hotel.

There is an arty flare about the space, making for a perfect writer's escape or a yoga couple's retreat.

Pumphouse Point in Lake St Clair, Tasmania

This interesting little location was originally a 1940's hydro-electric station located in the middle of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - but it is now a fun 18-room hotel.

Guests will stay at the end of a 787-foot pier or a retro Art Deco Storehouse. Travellers who love hiking, fishing and wildlife sightings will enjoy the house in the woods feel and experience.

If you feel bitten by the travel bug, you should know that travellers can now book their own flights through Traveller24's own booking tool, powered by Travelstart.

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