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Looking to stay somewhere new? Explore some of the most exciting new properties, found everywhere from New York City to Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

Whether you want to stay at a high-end retreat or a budget-friendly property somewhere near or afar, there are plenty of new and noteworthy properties across the globe to consider. To help you narrow down your options, we found 10 of the best new hotels and resorts that offer the right balance of superlative amenities and picturesque surroundings. From New York City to Rio de Janeiro, here are some standout hotel openings for 2016.

Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro

The Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, opening in spring 2016, will mark new territory for Hyatt in South America. Situated in the heart of the prestigious Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, the property's stunning beachfront location overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the magnificent Marapendi Lagoon. Best of all, the hotel's 436 guestrooms and lobby are designed by Yabu Pushelberg, an internationally acclaimed designer, and offer a sleek modern design that mirrors the area's striking surroundings, with a neutral color scheme and local fabrics and accents. Plus, each room is appointed with a Nespresso coffee maker and a balcony. The hotel will also feature three distinctive restaurants, a 24-hour business center and a full-service spa.

LondonHouse Chicago

Set to debut spring 2016, this trendy hotel is named after one of the country's most renowned jazz clubs and features a 22-story modernist glass tower housed inside the 92-year-old London Guarantee & Accident Building, a national historic landmark on the famed Magnificent Mile. Along with a convenient location near the city's major attractions, retail hub and business district, the hotel features guest rooms with striking views of the skyline and the Chicago River. The property also contains high-end amenities and facilities, including a spa, fitness center and a three-story rooftop with indoor and outdoor dining spaces offering dramatic city views.

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

Located on the Aegean Sea in Crete, Greece, this hotel recently joined Marriott's Autograph Collection. The first Autograph Collection property to debut in Greece in spring 2016, the hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar expansion to feature Dome Luxury Residences appointed with unique amenities, such as private gardens, heated pools and fully equipped kitchens. The all-suite property will also boast three new pools, a deli shop offering local produce, an open air theater and a clubhouse. Best of all, the hotel is a stone's throw away from the UNESCO protected islet of Spinalonga, the inspiration behind Victoria Hislop's best-selling novel "The Island."

The Beach House at Thompson Playa del Carmen

The Thompson Playa del Carmen unveiled its intimate, bohemian-inspired Beach House in Playa del Carmen in February. Designed with custom furnishings, Mexican-inspired patterns and textures and a turquoise and sand color scheme, the property offers a glamorous setting. Plus, the Beach House offers excellent ocean views from its perch directly on the beach. Meanwhile, the C-Grill provides a casual ambiance for savoring breakfast, lunch and dinner along the beach. And CATCH restaurant, located on the main hotel's 30,000-square-foot rooftop, offers 360-degree views of downtown and the Caribbean Sea. 

The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

Located in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur Sentral Precinct – nearby the Lake Gardens – this St. Regis outpost, set to open in April 2016, will offer set an enviable home base for exploration. During their stay, guests can admire Moorish architecture, shop at Bukit Bintang and check out the National History Museum. Plus, guests can savor fine dining at a variety of establishments, serving up everything from contemporary French cuisine to sushi and tempura. What's more, the 200 well-appointed rooms and suites will offer lavish amenities, like rainforest showers, 300 thread count linens and pillow menus.

Park Hyatt Mallorca

The new Park Hyatt Mallorca, the Park Hyatt's first hotel in Spain and first resort in Europe, will overlook the Canyamel valley with views of the Balearic Sea and the town of Canyamel. The property will feature 142 guest rooms and 16 suites filled with desirable amenities such as rainforest showers and sweeping balconies. Outside the upscale rooms, guests can unwind in the on-site plunge pool, join fitness classes and get pampered at the Wellness Centre and Spa. Plus, the property is an hour drive away from Palma International Airport, making it easily accessible.

The St. Regis Maldives Vummuli Resort

Situated on a private isle in the Dhaalu Atoll with a land area of approximately 22 acres, this St. Regis outpost is designed to evoke a sense of tropical island living. Set to open in September 2016, the resort will feature a tranquil spa, an infinity pool, a fitness center, a yoga area and an on-site International Padi Dive Centre dive center. Plus, water-based activities abound, from windsurfing to sea kayaking. And with three specialty restaurants and a signature bar, the resort will offer diverse culinary experiences filled with local staples, including curries and delectable seafood-centric dishes.  

The St. Regis Cairo

The St. Regis Cairo, set at the northern tip of Corniche Road, offers striking views of the Nile River and easy access to top attractions in the center of Egypt's buzzing metropolis. The property's design, created by architect Michael Graves, will feature Arabic accents and geometric shapes that carry offer from the modern restaurants and lounges to the pool and spa. Opening in fall 2016, the hotel will feature 292 guest rooms (including 63 suites), along with 117 St. Regis Tower residences.

Aloft Long Island City

Easily accessible from both LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, Aloft Long Island City will be within close proximity of art galleries, shops and restaurants, and just a subway ride to must-see attractions, such as Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Offering 176 rooms and 1,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the hotel will cater to both business and leisure travelers. Plus, guests have access to tech-forward amenities, free Wi-Fi access and signature brand amenities such as Re:Fuel by Aloft snacks and guestrooms outfitted with Bliss Spa bath products and 42-inch LCD TVs.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl will join two existing Hyatt hotels in the region. Designed by award-winning Austrian architect Dennis Lems, the contemporary resort will be located in the West Corniche area of Abu Dhabi Island, near the presidential palace. The 428 luxurious rooms, suites and full-service apartments will offer views across the capital's skyline, along the Corniche and Arabian Gulf. Plus, the hotel offers easy access to the city's dynamic business hub and shopping areas and boasts eight international restaurants, a spa, two outdoor pools, a spacious fitness center, private beach facilities and two intimate cinemas – all of which are sure to offer memorable experiences for guests.

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Sery Kim , trained as an attorney at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, has written for U.S. News Travel since 2015. Additionally, she currently appears on-air each month for ABC and FOX while writing stories for several publications including the prestigious Travel and Leisure Magazine, Food and Wine Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, Manifesto's Brand USA and Brand America, as well as Washington Life Magazine, Business Traveler USA and Fairmont Raffles Swisshotel Magazine. Recently, Sery also began writing for Fox News National Travel, as well as Town and Country Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine. You can find out more information about Sery on her personal blog www.AdventuresInSery.com.

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