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Each year Conde Nast reveal the 33 best new hotels in the world. With Australia’s gorgeous coastline and booming tourism industry, it was sad to see that none of our fine resorts or hotels made the list. About 510 hotels were evaluated in the categories of Beach, Design, Food, Family, Bargain, Over-the-Top, and Way-Out-There hotels.

The best beach hotels were:

Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

Mukul Resort, Nicaragua

Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun

Point Yamu by Como, Phuket

Salt House Inn, Provincetown

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Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun

Traveler magazine describes the lists criteria as:

“A sense of place: a hotel that celebrates where it is in the world. A sense of personality: a hotel where it feels like every decoration has been hand-chosen by a person, not by a committee. 

“A sense of intuition: a hotel where it feels like your needs are considered before you even know what they are.

“The result is a list that takes you around the world – from Kenya to Los Angeles, St. Petersburg to Phuket – and speaks to the passions and habits of the modern traveler.”

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Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii