The New Year means new trips to plan. Avid travelers may have their old standbys, but in 2010 you may want to try something new. Check out 2009ís highest rated hotels to fill some of your 2010 options.
Paris is one of the most common European destinations, but you can still find uncommon accommodations in the City of Lights. Prolific designer Philippe Starck teamed with architect Roland Castro to open Mama Shelter - A high-design, but surprisingly affordable, hotel located in an off-the-path area of the famed city.
This is not the place to go if you want to be at the center of everything. But if you like quirky design, gadgets (each room features an iMac computer), and a taste of ďrealĒ Paris, this is the place for you. Despite the humble pricing and location, the hotel was named one of Travel and Leisureís best design hotels of 2009. Grab a room reservation for as little at $125.
On the African continent, get a way from the hustle and bustle on a peaceful safari trip in Botswana. But donít be fooled - safari doesnít mean giving up the comforts of modern accommodation. The Xudum lodge in the Okavango Delta makes sure of that. The suites in the lodge are very spacious and very private. Making you feel as though you have your own African sanctuary. Prices start at $1,100.