Despite the fact that 2021 was not the year of jet-setting travel that we had planned for hotels, we are crossing our fingers for 2022.
There’s an intriguing array of hotels opening throughout the world, from smart urban hideaways in Oslo, Sydney, and New York to far-flung island retreats in Mozambique, Indonesia, and the Maldives.
We’ve hand-picked 22 fantastic hotels that will open in 2021 and 2022 for you to vacation at — or fantasize about staying at — in the new year.
Where possible, starting rates are included.
Turks & Caicos, Rock House
Rock House is projected to be one of Turks and Caicos’ most opulent resorts when it opens in spring 2022, with 46 plush Mediterranean-inspired cottages with ocean-facing plunge pools.
The resort will feature a private beach, a European-style beach club, lush nature trails, and the largest infinity pool in Turks and Caicos, which will be hidden into the limestone cliffs of Providenciales remote north shore.
Rates begin at $665.
Iceland’s REYKJAVIK EDITION
The sleek ebony facade of the Reykjavik EDITION, which debuted on November 9, is fashioned out of burnt timber and blackened steel to evoke Iceland’s stunning lava landscape.
Inside, you’ll find a gorgeous lobby with volcanic rock floors, a luxurious spa with a hammam, and a Michelin-starred restaurant run by Gunnar Karl Gislason. The 253 rooms are modern and design-focused, with Icelandic artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, in keeping with the EDITION brand.
Rates begin at $540.
If you’re looking for remote luxury, look no farther than Kisawa, a verdant 300-hectare sanctuary on Mozambique’s hidden Benguerra Island. Kisawa first opened its doors on November 1st.
Each of the 22 castaway-chic bungalows is situated on an acre of seashore or forest, providing complete solitude. A wellness facility with tailored Ayurvedic treatments, seven restaurants featuring organic, sanctuary-grown produce, and an onsite marine research institute and ocean observatory are all located outside.
All-inclusive rates begin at $5,625 per night (the rate is for two adults and includes airport boat transfers, excursions, spa treatment, and private butler).
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences are located in the heart of New York City. California’s Napa Valley
The Four Seasons’ newest property in California Wine Country, Napa Valley’s first and only resort within an operating winery, will appeal to oenophiles and luxury seekers alike.
The farmhouse-inspired facility, which opened in November, features only 85 guestrooms and suites, each with a fireplace and a bathtub with sweeping vineyard views.
Guests can enjoy grape-to-glass winemaking and tastings at the onsite Elusa Winery in addition to the exquisite lodgings.
Rates begin at $1,200.
London, United Kingdom, NoMad
The NoMad London, part of the NoMad Hotels collection of elegant boutique hotels in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, made its worldwide premiere in May.
Its 91 rooms, which are housed in a renovated 19th-century courthouse in Covent Garden, are as hip and eclectic as one might anticipate, with a blend of modern and art deco design.
The hotel’s namesake NoMad restaurant is a standout, serving up colorful seasonal cooking and sophisticated comfort food (think roast chicken filled with foie gras and black truffles) alongside lovely English wines.
Rates begin at $750.
Explora El Chaltén Argentina
Argentina At Explora El Chaltén, a magnificent lodge set in a private, 14,000-acre natural reserve in Patagonia, adventure is the name of the game.
Guests have easy access to 15 acres of marked hiking paths, rock climbing routes, and ice-trekking adventures at neighboring glaciers, all of which are guided and included in the price of their stay.
There are 20 light, open, minimalist rooms with breathtaking views of Patagonia’s snow-capped peaks within.
The first night’s stay is $917.
Greece’s One&Only Aesthesis
The One&Only Aesthesis, which is set to debut in late 2022, offers guests the best of both worlds: it’s close to bustling Athens and iconic landmarks like the Acropolis while also providing leisure and solitude of a beachside retreat.
In reality, the resort feels like it’s on its own island, tucked away in 14 acres of thick coastal woodland. With lofty ceilings, woven leather, and muted tones, the hotel’s 127 guest rooms pay homage to mid-century design, and each offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.
Big Sky, Montana, United States
Montage Big Sky is Montana’s first premium five-star resort, having opened in December.
The $400 million resort features 150 luxurious guest rooms and suites as well as 39 villas with regional wood and stone finishes.
While the ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky’s world-class slopes is the main lure, the Montage is also a destination in its own right, with a 10,000-square-foot alpine spa, a bowling alley, and various restaurants, including a barbecue restaurant and smokehouse.
Rates begin at $676.
This minimalist hotel in Ishikawa Prefecture, which opened this year, is a tribute to nature, located just steps away from Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen Garden, which is regarded as one of Japan’s most beautiful planted gardens.
There’s an aroma distillery on-site, where guests can make essential oils from locally sourced forest materials to use in their rooms, as well as the hotel’s rooftop sauna and spa. With modest wood and stone finishes and a neutral design palette, the hotel’s 18 guest rooms are the epitome of Japanese minimalism, allowing the surrounding natural vistas to take center stage.
Rates begin at $320.
andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge
The Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge isn’t the only place to stay in the Serengeti.
Built as a tented camp in the 1990s, andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti will reopen in June 2022 as a beautiful luxury lodge.
Each of the hotel’s ten rooms has a large soaking tub and an outside balcony with a private plunge pool overlooking the Serengeti, yet the textures of the canvas, banana fiber, and hardwood harken back to the hotel’s previous tented iteration.
A state-of-the-art gym and an infinity pool overlooking a wildlife-filled watering hole are further features. But don’t be deceived by its opulent exterior: this resort prioritizes sustainability, using 80 percent renewable energy.
All-inclusive rates begin at $1,080. (includes game drives).
Spain’s Six Senses Ibiza
Though Ibiza may appear to be an unusual destination for wellness brand Six Senses, their newest resort makes a surprising amount of sense. The Six Senses Ibiza, built into a craggy cliffside and sprawling over 20 isolated acres, gives a much-needed feeling of serenity and tranquility to the buzzing island.
Each of the 116 airy, coastal-chic rooms and two townhouses has magnificent views of the Balearic Ocean. The spa, though, is the resort’s crowning jewel: it provides everything from cryotherapy to infrared saunas, and there’s even an on-site shaman to assist visitors in improving their spiritual well-being.
Rates begin at $570.
Indonesia’s Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape
Buahan, located in northern Ubud and surrounded by rice terraces and thick jungle, makes the most of its purely natural surroundings with its “no walls, no doors” concept, allowing visitors to feel at one with nature.
The resort, which will open in April 2022, will feature 16 balés with indoor-outdoor living areas and 180-degree panoramic views of nature. A zero-waste, farm-to-table, plant-based restaurant and a handful of discreet “Hideaway Spots” strewn throughout the grounds allow guests to read, relax, or simply commune with nature are among the highlights.
Rates start at $550 per night.
The Indian state of Johri
The Johri offers a tranquil and sophisticated sanctuary in the hectic heart of the city, hidden in plain sight in the Johri Bazaar, Jaipur’s gemstone market. It contains only five suites, each inspired by a rare jewel and lavishly adorned with soft textiles and Rajasthani art, and has been open for nearly a year.
The common areas are vast but appealing, with hand-painted jungle murals, antiques, and plenty of greenery. With daily “high-chai” afternoon tea service and complimentary yoga and meditation sessions, this is one of Jaipur’s most charming boutique hotels.
Rates start at $210 per night.
Sydney, Australia’s Crown
The Crown Sydney, which soars over Sydney’s skyline, is the city’s newest and most luxurious hotel. The gleaming, petal-shaped skyscraper houses 14 restaurants and bars (including the world-famous Nobu), an infinity pool with views of Sydney Harbor, and 349 spacious rooms.
A Roman bathhouse-inspired spa and a rooftop bar serving pricey artisan drinks and unrivaled views of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House are all highlights.
Rates start at $680 per night.
Maldives’ Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa
The Maldives’ newest resort, which opened in September, is equal parts opulent and family-friendly, with much to offer both adults and children.
The Lhaviyani Atoll’s natural tropical forests and clear waters are accessible through a variety of accommodations, ranging from tiny overwater bungalows to multibedroom beach villas. A lavish overwater spa, six restaurants, and a big kids’ club with its own pool are among the other attractions.
Additionally, sunrise villas start at $550 per night, making it one of the most affordable Maldives resorts.
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Aman United States of America, New York
Aman’s newest hotel, set to debut in May 2022, will provide a calm and luxurious retreat from New York City’s bustling streets.
The hotel, which will be located in Manhattan’s Crown Building, will have just 83 guest rooms and suites, each with its own working fireplace, which is a rare offering in New York. There are also 22 individual villas with outdoor terraces and heated pools if you don’t want to leave. The spa, though, is what you’ve come for: at nearly 25,000 square feet, it spans three stories and includes a hammam, 65-foot indoor swimming pool, yoga studio, and hydrotherapy facility.
Mexico’s Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo
When it opens in April 2022, the newest Four Seasons, carved into a cliff on a secluded peninsula on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, aims to bring a new level of mindful luxury.
It’s set within a 3,000-acre private eco-reserve, complete with a Discovery Center that educates visitors about the area’s natural animals and an eco-friendly architecture that blends in effortlessly. The 157 rooms, which are designed in stone, wood, and native fabrics, are spread across the beach, forest, and cliffs; the cliffside suites, with their individual infinity pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean, are the cream of the crop.
The newest boutique hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, opened in November 2021 and is the epitome of Southern hospitality. Guests are greeted with a “Nice to Meet You” Swizzle cocktail upon arrival and are treated to baked cookies and other local treats throughout their stay.
The hotel’s décor is equally welcoming and distinctively Charleston: the veranda-inspired lobby features live citrus trees and a repurposed Southern porch swing that invites guests to sit and relax, while the 50 guests rooms are furnished in Lowcountry blue, green, and gold.
Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of The Ravenel Bridge and the magnificent steeples that give the Holy City its name from the rooftop.
Rates start at $350 per night.
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