The pandemic may not be quite over yet. Still, the number of new luxury hotels projected to open this year reflects the optimism in the high-end travel industry. And as travelers, we are eager to check out the best of the 2022 Luxury Hotel Openings with our own eyes.
Judging by the number of new luxury hotels that actually opened last year — as our updated 2021 Luxury Hotel Openings list attests — you wouldn’t have guessed that international travel has been on pause. It’s going to be a similar story this year. So to keep everyone excited about the next luxe city getaway or indulgent beach holiday, we present you with the collection of more than 100 hotels, lodges, resorts, and safari camps set to go live this year. Enjoy!
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1Six Senses Kanuhura, Maldives
“Six Senses Kanuhura is a unique opportunity to combine our three best-loved ideals in life: sustainability, wellness, and locally themed experiences.” — Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses Resorts.
The first Six Senses branded resort in the Maldives, the Laamu — which we stayed at and reviewed — was for us the perfect actualization of the brand’s concept of sustainability-focused rustic luxury. Kanuhura is the second Six Senses property in this picture-perfect destination. Having taken over the management of an older resort and after rebranding and refurbishment, Kanuhura opens with eighty private villas located on or off the beach and positioned for sunset or sunrise views. The redesigned accommodation includes spacious family villas and over-water villas with pools. The resort occupies three private islands, two of them uninhabited, promising the experience of deserted white-sand beaches, dive sites rich in marine life, inventive dining concepts, and restorative wellness through the excellent Six Senses spa. All this can be found on Kanuhura, a 40-minute seaplane flight from the international airport in Malé.
Website: Six Senses Kanuhura, Maldives. Opening: Late 2022. Photo © Six Senses
2Cap Karoso, Sumba, Indonesia
Cap Karoso is a new resort conceived by first-time hoteliers who fell in love with the location and its beautiful, undiscovered nature. The resort is inspired by the layouts and traditions of a local village, but its high-quality interiors and modernist architecture offer a sophisticated take on the 21st-century resort design. The living spaces draw from the local Marapu themes, using carved wooden panels and local objects and art. Common areas are set up under thatched roofs, while the villa roofs are covered with live greenery, making a conscious connection to the landscape. The on-site farm is an integral part of Cap Karoso, and the founders strive to create an eco-conscious property. The resort has twenty beachfront villas and forty-seven guest rooms, and its facilities include a Julang restaurant, a spa, a swimming pool, and a beach club. Guests can also enjoy an open-air cinema.
Website: Cap Karoso, Sumba, Indonesia. Opening: July 2022. Photos © Cap Karoso
3Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
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“Serenity and adventure” is the premise behind this stunning new five-star getaway in Raa Atoll, located 45 minutes from Malé by a seaplane. Surrounded by a beautiful house reef, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives is designed with eighty villas; roughly half of them hidden among the tropical greenery for top privacy and with direct beach access, and half over water on stilts, allowing to descend to the sea and enjoy the turquoise waves right from the extensive private decking. Like many other resorts in this class, Alila Kothifaru Maldives offers a full range of facilities, with recreation and water sports centers, spa wellness, and a spectrum of dining options.
Website: Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, Maldives. Opened: April 2022. Photo © Alila Hotels & Resorts
4One&Only Aesthesis, Athens, Greece
“This exclusive beachfront location, just outside of the city center of Athens, is […] the perfect destination to begin, or end, any Greek adventure, through an ultra-luxury experience.” — Philippe Zuber, CEO, Kerzner International.
Located in a twenty-one-hectare estate on a 1600-meter stretch of a beachfront in Southern Athens, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, “where lavender lands meet sapphire waters.” One&Only Aesthesis is designed to offer sleek luxury in a resort situated in a refurbished property initially constructed in the mid-1950s. The accommodation pays homage to mid-century design and creates a soothing atmosphere thanks to calming colors and natural stone and timber. Inspired by ancient mythology, the collection of rooms, suites, and villas embody the glamour of the Aegean vacations. The range of dining options offers distinct flavors, and the Chenot Spa tailors treatments for optimum health. The highlight of the resort is its nostalgic beach club.
Website: One&Only Aesthesis, Athens, Greece. Opening: 2022.
Images (including the leading shot at the top of the article) © One&Only Resorts
5Aman New York, USA
Located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the 83-room hotel features two restaurants, Wine Library, an underground Jazz Bar, and a Garden Terrace overlooking Central Park. The trademark Aman Spa is spread on three floors and includes a 25-meter swimming pool. All hotel rooms have working fireplaces, and many will enjoy views of the park. Finally, The hotel offers twenty-two private Aman Residences, and a single five-floor penthouse, on top of the building. Massively delayed year after year, Aman New York is still our most anticipated opening in NY.
Website: Aman New York, USA. Opening: Aug 2022. Images © Aman Group
6Six Senses Rome, Italy
“As stewards of such a cultural and historical site, we are responsible for celebrating its past and conserving its potential for future generations.”
— Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
Six Senses continues its push for urban resorts with its first Six Senses property in Italy. The 95-room hotel is housed in the Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini, a UNESCO-listed building that dates back to the 18th century, restored with interiors by award-winning designer Patricia Urquiola. With an emphasis on wellness, delicious food, community, and sustainable design, the Six Senses Rome features Six Senses Spa, a five-star restaurant, an outdoor courtyard garden, and a rooftop terrace offering expansive views of the city rooftops. The hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of the Eternal City; only a short walk away from the Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, and other sights.
Website: Six Senses Rome, Rome, Italy. Opening: 2022. Image © Six Senses
7Patina Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Following the natural topography carved by the Wos River, Patina Ubud’s buildings cascade down a valley slope, with a long infinity pool, 102 guestrooms, suites, and villas facing the river. The valley ensures panoramic views, while the mist rising from the rainforest in the morning invites you to discover the island’s natural beauty. The serene design of the Patina Ubud’s interiors and the expansive windows of guest rooms inspire tranquility and relaxation. The hotel has an excellent location; the Ubud town center with its enchanting temples and shrines, quaint shops, and countless restaurants is only a short walk away, through a private pathway.
Website: Patina Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Opening: 2022. Image © Capella Hotel Group
8andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, Tanzania
The beloved andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge reopens after a complete transformation. The place has ten new suites, with one Family Suite as a two-room unit that can host two adults and two children. All suites have doubled in size and now feature large private decks with circular plunge pools. The decks are perfect for enjoying the views. The camp overlooks a river, a tributary of the Grumeti River, where proximity to water draws wildlife throughout the day and night. The lodge feels brand new after this overhaul. Guests can enjoy the infinity swimming pool, devote time to a workout in the gym, or arrange a pampering session through the in-room massage service. The lodge is located in the remote western parts of the Serengeti. The far-flung location means very few other lodges are in the area, ensuring an exclusive safari experience.
Website: andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Opening: June 2022. Images © andBeyond
9Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
“Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea is an invitation to explore a region that is undiscovered and untrodden. […] It’s an opportunity to bring life wellness and sustainability to an exciting new destination that is opening to a wider global audience.” — Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses
Inspired by the ancient incense trade routes, Six Senses Southern Dunes aims to take its guests on a journey into discovering little-known culture and rarely-experienced nature in Saudi Arabia. The resort features seventy-six accommodations, from open-plan guest rooms with outdoor terraces to villas offering various bedroom options (up to four), all positioned for the best views over the desert landscape. At the heart of the resort is The Oasis. It’s a hub of activity, housing a boutique, meeting spaces, and dining venues under one roof. The Oasis is inspired by a desert flower and is designed to blur the lines between the nature-inspired interior and the desert plants and water features outside. A Six Senses resort wouldn’t be complete without the spa, and the Southern Dunes does not disappoint. The shaded spa has beautiful water features and offers a whole spectrum of treatments and facilities.
Website: Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.
Opening: Late 2022. Image © Six Senses
10Sommerro, Oslo, Norway
One of Oslo’s most extensive renovation projects is that of the former headquarters of Oslo Lysverker, the city’s original electrical company. Now, this landmark 1930s building houses Sommerro, a sublime art deco hotel that celebrates Norwegian design and perfectly balances form and function. The place fuses contemporary aesthetics with original elements in its two hundred thirty-one rooms and luxury suites, including fifty-six residences. The guests enjoy four restaurants, three bars, as well as a year-round rooftop terrace (first such in the city), a place to pop in for light bites in the summer, and sauna treatments during the colder month. The hotel also offers a sprawling wellness facility and meeting and events space. There is even a 100-seat theatre.
Website: Sommerro, Oslo, Norway. Opening: September 2022. Image © Sommerro
11Raffles London at The OWO, UK
Raffles London at The OWO is the brand’s debut in London and Raffles flagship hotel in Europe. This luxury hotel takes residence in the iconic Old War Office, a historic building that served as Winston Churchill’s headquarters during the Second World War. Raffles London at The OWO opens with 120 rooms and suites and eighty-five residences. Serving the guests and residents are nine dining venues, an extensive spa with a twenty-meter indoor swimming pool, and an outstanding grand ballroom. Raffles’ hallmarks are gracious and intuitive service and timeless ambiance. All these are defining characteristics of their London hotel, too. Located opposite Horse Guards on Whitehall, the property is just a short walk from St James’s Park and the Mall.
Website: Raffles London at The OWO, UK. Opening: Late 2022. Images © Raffles
12The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai, Mexico
The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai is the brand’s first opening in Mexico. This luxury hotel offers 180 rooms and suites, with an exclusive Penthouse Suite that wows with its size and design. As part of the hotel experience, the guests can enjoy fine dining at the signature restaurant, a destination spa, a pool bar, and a beach club. The hotel is well set up to cater for events, with ample meeting spaces and an outdoor deck for large-scale parties.
Website: The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai. Opening: 2022. Image © Marriott International
13The Peninsula Istanbul, Turkey
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The Peninsula Istanbul is a key property in Galataport, a waterfront revitalization project encompassing a promenade, museums and art galleries, restaurants, boutiques — and a modern cruise ship port. The hotel is perched on the bank of Bosphorus, the strait that is the meeting point of Europe and Asia in Turkey’s biggest metropolis. The classical-inspired building of the hotel offers 177 rooms and suites, including the astonishing Peninsula Suite. Guests can enjoy a selection of restaurants and the excellent Peninsula Spa with hammam steam baths. Landscaped gardens adorn the site, as do the swimming pools, one of which is placed for the best views of the Bosphorus. The hotel is located within walking distance of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks such as Galata Tower and the Sultanahmet District.
Website: The Peninsula Istanbul, Turkey. Opening: Late 2022. Image © The Peninsula Hotels
14Alila Dalit Bay Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Malaysian Borneo is a fascinating tropical destination, relatively untouched by tourism. But now, the Alila Hotels and Resorts puts it on the map for discerning travelers. Located on the island’s northern coast, Alila Dalit Bay Sabah will have a white-sand beach setting and eco-friendly approach without sacrificing modern luxuries and comforts. The resort features 152 suites and bedrooms, multiple dining outlets, swimming pools, and an outdoor wedding chapel that reflects Alila’s ambition to offer a fully-fledged beachfront resort. Seventy-four villas are set aside for private ownership.
Website: Alila Dalit Bay Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Opening: 2022. Images © Alila Hotels
15Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize
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The first Four Seasons resort in Belize is a unique development on a private island, sharing the space with Four Seasons Private Estates. The 280-acre private island is a neighbor to the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site — and Belize’s largest marine sanctuary. Besides guest accommodation (100 rooms and suites, 35 residences, 50 private estates), the resort facilities include an 18-hole golf course and a conservation institute founded by the explorer Fabien Cousteau. There is also a private airfield and heliport for arrivals in style, but a luxury boat ride from the mainland takes only 30 minutes. The resort offers off-island adventures such as visiting Mayan ruins in the mainland jungle and open-water excursions to the famous Great Blue Hole.
Website: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel.
Opening: Late 2022. Image © Four Seasons Hotels
16COMO Le Montrachet, Burgundy, France
COMO Hotels and Resorts is one of the names that regularly appear on our lists of the Top Hotels, often the ones listing our top picks in Asia. But COMO is present in other parts of the world — including Europe. Their newest luxury boutique opening is in the heart of Burgundy, France. Le Montrachet was born from a successful collaboration with designer Paola Navone, who transformed a historic 18th-century property with contemporary aesthetic and sensibility. The hotel offers thirty-one rooms and suites spread across four heritage buildings. The property will also house a COMO Shambhala Retreat, the Asian-inspired wellbeing experience. COMO focuses on emphasizing wellness and healthy cuisine, and the Le Montrachet guests can expect an exceptional experience in one of France’s famous wine regions.
Website: COMO Le Montrachet, France. Opening: 2022. Photo © COMO Hotels and Resorts
17Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Mexico
“Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo [is] a tropical oasis set within a captivating landscape, tranquil beaches and rocky cliffs descending into the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to a magnificent 18-hole golf course.”
— Pedro Verea Hernandez, CEO, Paralelo 19.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts partnered with Paralelo 19, a real estate developer from Mexico City, to create a unique luxury resort as part of a massive El Tamarindo development on a private Pacific Ocean peninsula. The hotel takes advantage of the elevation of up to 120 meters above sea level, ensuring breathtaking views from many spots in the hotel — including from most of the hotel’s 155 rooms. The dining and beverage venues include an ocean view bar and restaurant, beach bar and grill, and golf club restaurant. A full-service spa, three pools, a fitness center, and other sports facilities complete the resort’s facilities.
Website: Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Mexico. Opening: Mid 2022. Photos © Four Seasons
18The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, USA
Purpose-built in one of the tallest skyscrapers in the heart of Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton brings to NYC a sleek blend of refined elegance, legendary service, and modern city luxury. There are 250 rooms here and sixteen penthouse residences that offer unparalleled comfort and great Manhattan views. The hotel is a dining destination, too, thanks to its restaurants and bars led by a Michelin-starred chef. Book a table at Zaytinya to sample innovative mezze dishes inspired by Middle-east and Mediterranean cuisines, or go to The Bazaar for innovative, avant-garde dining. Guests looking to escape the city’s relentless haste can book a session at the hotel’s signature spa, featuring eight treatment rooms, steam rooms, and a sauna.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Nomad. Opening: May 2022. Image © The Ritz-Carlton
19100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
100 Princes Street is an exclusive address of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) — and the hotel taking the residence here embraces the heritage of this former private club. Inspired by the rich history of Scottish adventurers and explorers, the restored and refurbished building retained some of its features, including a central staircase featuring a hand-painted mural. This is a Red Carnation Hotels’ debut in Scotland, and the group brings a level of service defined by the “anything, anytime” approach — and a 2:1 staff ratio. 100 Princes Street has only thirty luxurious rooms and suites, many offering beautiful views towards Edinburgh Castle. The hotel’s standout amenities include a collection of fine wines and acclaimed Scottish whiskies.
Website: 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh. Opening: June 2022. Photo © Red Carnation Hotels
20Janu Montenegro, Montenegro
Here comes the big news from Aman Resorts, one of our favorite hotel chains (you could say we are addicted): the group is launching a new luxury brand to allow travelers to taste Aman’s legendary hotel experience at a more affordable rate. Starting with Montenegro, Janu plans to open high-end hotels in locations that are easier to access (famously, their resorts tend to be very remote), also when it comes to their room rates. The brand promise is centered on the concept of building human connections, and their Montenegro hotel focuses on developing social spaces, such as indoor and outdoor dining, bar areas, multiple swimming pools, as well as Janu Spa lounge. The Janu hotel in Montenegro borrows from the parent Aman brand a high level of service, timeless design, and a strong sense of place, anchoring it in its destination.
Website: Janu Montenegro, Montenegro. Opening: 2022. Images © JANU
21The Hoxton, Barcelona, Spain
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Website: The Hoxton, Barcelona, Spain. Opening: Spring 2022.
22Rosewood Vienna, Austria
Rosewood Vienna is the brand’s fifth hotel in Europe. Housed in a historic 18th-century building — formerly the headquarters for Erste Group Bank AG — with the address on Petersplatz in Vienna’s Old Town. The hotel offers ninety-nine expansive rooms and suites and a range of dining and entertainment facilities. There is a rooftop bar with views of the city, a charming restaurant surrounded by a garden, and a spa. The hotel’s central location places it just steps away from the city’s most luxurious shopping and dining and its celebrated historical sites — and makes it a luxurious basecamp from which to explore Vienna, one of Europe’s most charming destinations.
Website: Rosewood Vienna, Austria. Opening: July 2022. Photo © Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
23Bvlgari Roma Hotel, Rome, Italy
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As the spiritual home of Bvlgari, Rome holds a special place in the brand’s identity; now, the Eternal City is finally welcoming the first hotel from this Italian luxury name. The Bvlgari Roma Hotel opens in the heart of the Campo Marzio neighborhood, housed in a modernist building from the 1930s. The property faces the Mausoleum of Augustus (the Roman emperor) and is a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps — and the Bvlgari flagship store on Via Condotti. The hotel features over 100 rooms and suites and is sure to become a dining destination, with the prestigious Il Ristorante led by Michelin-starred chef as the main attraction. The design of Bvlgari Roma references imperial Rome through travertine marble and earthy-red brick elements. The interiors feature a rotating collection of fine art and ancient artifacts, drawing from the rich legacy of Rome.
Website: Bvlgari Roma Hotel, Rome, Italy. Opening: 2022. Image © Hotel Name
24One&Only Kea Island, Greece
“Hellenic in style, contemporary in spirit, the resort will showcase authentic cuisine, blissful wellness, inspiring local adventures, and matchless relaxation under the Greek sun.” — One&Only Resorts.
Offering spectacular sea views and a sandy beach, One&Only Kéa Island Resort is spread across more than sixty hectares of the sheltered western coastline of Kéa, the closest Cycladic island to Athens. It is the second One&Only in Europe, and it is designed as an idyllic beachfront resort. The property comprises seventy-five resort villas and a limited number of exclusive private homes (available for purchase). There are two bars and three restaurants designed around distinct culinary concepts. The Spa is set to provide natural healing and indulgent pampering, with an expertly balanced menu of modern treatments and holistic therapies. The fitness hub features indoor and outdoor spaces.
Website: One&Only Kea Island, Greece. Opening: Late 2022. Images © One&Only Resorts
25The Peninsula London, UK
The Peninsula Hotels is one of the most prestigious hospitality brands — established in 1928, today managing luxury hotels in ten major cities, from the flagship property in Hong Kong to Tokyo, Paris, New York, and others. Now it’s London’s turn. Set in the heart of Belgravia, overlooking Hyde Park Corner, this elegant hotel features one hundred and ninety guest rooms and suites, with restaurants, a spa, a grand ballroom, and retail space with nine luxury brand boutiques. The rooms benefit from an abundant natural light coming through floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as triple-glazed windows and extensive soundproofing. Given Peninsula’s reputation as “the living legend,” synonymous with impeccable service, the new hotel in London is sure to set the bar high.
Website: The Peninsula London, London, UK. Opening: Late 2022. Image © The Peninsula Hotels
26Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel, Boston, USA
Raffles is synonymous with the highest standard of luxury that includes butler services and state-of-the-art facilities — and such is the brand’s property in Boston. It’s the chain’s first mixed-use venture in North America, combining a hotel with private residences. The hotel is housed in a 35-story building in Boston’s affluent Back Bay neighborhood and features 146 residences and 147 hotel rooms. The standalone architectural feature of the hotel is the striking lobby that cuts through three floors of the building starting on the 17th — making an excellent first impression for the guests checking in. Raffles Boston Back Bay features six dining venues, including a speakeasy bar and a rooftop garden terrace lounge. The state-of-the-art Raffles Spa features a 20-meter indoor pool.
Website: Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel, Boston, USA. Opening: Late 2022. Image © Raffles
27Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
The Banyan Tree group is applying its vast luxury spa and hospitality experience to launch Escapes, a new brand focused on human wellbeing and immersion in nature. Perhaps inevitably, their first Escape opens on the “island of gods,” in the heart of Ubud. The resort positions itself as a luxury sanctuary for those who cherish the essential quality of healthy food, sound sleep, and heightened privacy. There are only sixteen villas here, and they blend indoor and outdoor spaces (per the “no walls, no doors” philosophy), enabling panoramic views of the misty river forests. The spa and wellness concept, The Secret Garden, is named for its hidden nature, highlights ephemeral notions such as a sense of touch, self-introspection, and emotional awareness.
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Website: Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape. Opening: April 2022.
Photos © Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
28W Sydney, Australia
“The launch of the W Sydney symbolizes the changing landscape of hotels in Australia. We are moving […] to the tomorrow hotels that hit the millennial mindset of traveling.” —Richard Crawford, senior director of development at Marriott International
Housed in The Ribbon, a spectacular $700M development in Sydney’s Darling Harbour (designed by international awarding-winning architects HASSELL), the Marriot’s W hotel adds a touch of youthful glamour to the architectural marvel of the building. W Sydney comes with 593 guestrooms, an infinity pool overlooking the harbor, an upgraded IMAX theatre, a casino, Sea Life Aquarium, and a whole spectrum of other facilities. This opening joins W Brisbane, establishing a stronger presence of the company in Australia.
Website: W Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Opening: November 2022. Image © Marriott International
291 Hotel Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
The luxury lifestyle hotel brand 1 Hotels is inspired by nature and the philosophy of caring about the world — since we only have that one world, after all. The 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay Resort, located on Kauai, “the garden island,” follows this inspiration with sustainable design and a vision of a wellness destination. Set amid a tropical ocean and surrounded by moss-covered cliffs and lush greenery of the island, this is a wellness retreat designed to be in harmony with the natural world. The guest experience starts before the arrival, with planning for personalized wellness packages. Daily physical and nutritional itineraries are prepared during the stay, while the spa offers restorative therapies, from Ayurvedic treatments to “infrared sauna” sessions. The extensive health and wellness facilities feature a fitness center, swimming pools, and a massive spa center, available to guests in 252 rooms and suites. Five food and beverage options focus on fresh, local, and sustainably sourced cuisine.
Website: 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai, Hawaii. Opening: Summer 2022. Image © 1 Hotels
30Ultima Cannes Le Grand Jardin, Cannes, France
Ultima Cannes Le Grand Jardin occupies a property rooted in the region’s deep history; this historic, walled private estate hosted French royals, such as Louis XIV. And as the only private property on the island of Sainte-Marguerite, it’s an exclusive hidden sanctuary offering an exclusive experience on the Cote d’Azur. Accessible by a boat (10 minutes from Cannes) or helicopter, Le Grand Jardin offers a secluded destination and a thoroughly-curated stay designed to cater to all senses. This island estate offers only twelve bedrooms, located in five separate buildings: the Governor’s House, the fortress tower, three cottages, and a guest house. Some of these trace their history back to the 13th century. An impressive stone fort protects the property, encompassing a working garden and botanical park, a wine cellar, and a library. A heated outdoor pool, a spa, and even an open-air cinema complete the facilities.
Website: Ultima Cannes Le Grand Jardin, Cannes, France.
Opening: Spring 2022. Images © Ultima Collection
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31Habitas Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico
Following the success of a Habitas Tulum and a later opening of Habitas Bacalar, this attractive new hotel name is launching Todos Santos as the third Habitas hotel in Mexico.
It is a seafront hotel nestled amid coconut groves and beach dunes, built with organic materials and a minimalist, low-impact approach. It comprises thirty-five guest rooms, several restaurants (including temporary pop-ups on the beach), and wellness and health facilities.
Website: Habitas Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico. Opening: Spring 2022.
32Ace Hotel Sydney, Australia
This is Ace Hotels’ first opening south of the equator, launching with casual well-considered comfort of its 264 rooms. The hotel occupies Surry Hills’ former Tyne House Brick Factory and stands out with its design that’s pays an honest homage to the history of the neighborhood and the warm color palette of the Australian landscape. The interiors contrast natural textures and tones, from the striking ochre on the lobby staircase to the straw walls in the rooms. The rooms are offered in several options, but even within each category, they are “all a little different.” A restaurant, bar, and cafe are available in the hotel’s communal lobby and another restaurant and bar on the rooftop.
Website: Ace Hotel Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Opening: Early 2022. Photo © Ace Hotel
33Boca de Agua Bacalar, Mexico
Situated on the Bacalar Lagoon and immersed in the Yucatán jungle in southeastern Mexico, Boca de Agua is “a low-density alternative tourism project” that embraces the principles of conscious eco-tourism development.
The resort aims to have minimal impact on the environment. The architect Frida Escobedo designed the Boca de Agua using regional construction materials only on a 32-acre site that mostly remained untouched. The resort’s villas and private residences are designed to maximize wellbeing and privacy and minimize energy consumption. The hotel also positions itself as a destination for world-class cuisine, promoting local culinary methods and traditions.
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Opening: October 2022. Photo © Boca de Agua
34The Maybourne Riviera, Côte d’Azur, France
The Maybourne Riviera in France is located on a rugged peninsula above Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on Côte d’Azur. The coastline views here are dramatic, and the seventy-nine rooms and suites of the hotel make the most of their floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and terraces. Set among gardens peppered by citrus orchards, the Maybourne Riviera features indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a spa, and guests have access to the nearby Maybourne Riviera Beach Club. The dining follows “the rhythms of the land and sea,” offering diverse menus created by world-renowned chefs. The hotel is the new addition to the small portfolio of Maybourne Hotel Group — which includes Claridge’s and The Connaught in Mayfair, The Berkeley near Knightsbridge in London, and The Maybourne Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
Website: The Maybourne Riviera, Côte d’Azur, France. Opening: Soft opened in November 2021, fully operational in Spring 2022. Photo © Maybourne Hotel Group
35Six Senses Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Six Senses Crans-Montana is an alpine ski hotel located in the spectacular canton of Valais. Easily accessible by road or rail from Geneva, the area is one of the most prominent ski destinations in this part of Switzerland. Six Senses Crans-Montana is well set up to cater to winter sports enthusiasts. There are only forty-seven rooms and suites here, promising an intimate experience. Still, the property offers a full range of facilities, from restaurants and extensive wellness facilities (most importantly, the Six Senses Spa) — to the retail space and relaxation areas, including lounges and a swimming pool.
Website: Six Senses Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Opening: 2022. Images © Six Senses Resorts
36Rosewood Doha, Qatar
The Rosewood Doha offers a luxury hotel experience infused by the Middle-Eastern sense of affluence, but it stands out first of all thanks to the striking architecture of its twin towers, their intricate facades inspired by the coral reefs off the Persian Gulf coast. The property is only partially a traditional hotel. Alongside 185 rooms and suites, Rosewood Doha also offers 173 serviced apartments for long-term stays and 300 apartments for sale. The facilities include no fewer than eight different dining food and beverage venues, and the hotel also introduces an innovative wellness center at the Sense Spa. Book a stay at Club Room or Suite to access the signature Manor Club executive lounge with personalized services and exclusive benefits.
Website: Rosewood Doha, Doha, Qatar. Opening: 2022. Image © Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
37InterContinental Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
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Here is one of the more unique 2022 luxury hotel openings. The design of InterContinental Khao Yai National Park in Thailand references the area’s history of rail transportation that made it the gateway to north-east Thailand and tells a romantic story of luxury rail travel. Designed by the renowned hotel architect Bill Bensley, the hotel offers sixty-four guest rooms in total, most housed in a building inspired by a colonial railway station. There are also sixteen premium suites in repurposed (or upcycled) heritage train cars. The spa and Tea House are also set in converted train cars. There is one hotel restaurant, Somsri’s Kitchen, but there is also a pool bar. As expected at an InterContinental Resort, other facilities include a Club Lounge, kids’ club, and a wedding chapel.
Website: InterContinental Khao Yai National Park, an IHG Hotel, Thailand.
Opening: October 2022. Image © IHG
38Four Seasons Hotel Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Four Seasons Hotel Fort Lauderdale offers an experience influenced by the classic yacht club lifestyle. Located in a prime beachfront address, Four Seasons offers 189 rooms and suites (nineteen of them) and forty-one Hotel Residences. All accommodation options provide Atlantic or coastal views, and they come with unrivaled service, as expected from a Four Seasons resort. The hotel facilities include a spa, Ocean Terrace restaurant, and two infinity-edge pools. The city’s main attractions — from shops and restaurants to marinas and entertainment — are just a stone’s throw away.
Website: Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States.
Opening: Early 2022. Image © Four Seasons Hotels Limited
39Shangri-La Shougang Park, Beijing, China
Situated in the New Shougang High-end Industry Comprehensive Service Area (or the Shougang Park), Shangri-La took over an abandoned complex, turning it into an architectural gem through a brilliant fusion of contemporary luxury with heritage industrial structures. From the Main Building (where the common areas are located) to the Guestrooms Building, the hotel’s interconnected structures create an integrated property with an old structural framework enclosed in glass and raw concrete, revealing a skeleton of the industrial past. The interiors are filled with greenery, while the 283 rooms and suites are infused with natural light and a tranquil atmosphere. The hotel has Shangri-La’s group first standalone restaurant. Other facilities include a children’s playground and well-equipped meeting spaces.
Website: Shangri-La Shougang Park, Beijing, China. Opening: 2022. Images © Shangri-La
40Jumeirah Bali, Uluwatu, Indonesia
We always look for a good excuse to come back to the “island of gods.” The opening from Jumeirah offers such an excuse. Situated on the southern tip of Jimbaran, the resort comprises some eighty suites and twenty-five villas. They are designed to utilize greenery and water and combine contemporary comforts with cultural heritage in the refined Jumeirah style. Three dining outlets, a fitness center, and a clifftop wedding venue promise a fully realized beach vacation.
Website: Jumeirah Bali, Bali, Indonesia. Opening: 2022. Image © Jumeirah
41The Hoxton, Brussels, Belgium
The Hoxton in Brussels is housed in a brutalist tower that used to house the European headquarters of IBM, just north of the city center. But the property is an address for two establishments, the hotel itself and Working From_, the Hoxton’s coworking brand that has already been operating in London and Chicago (in Brussels, it occupies five floors transformed to startup-like spaces). As for the hotel, there are almost two hundred rooms, designed with subtle 1970s vibes, a restaurant and a bar, a rooftop terrace, and additional meeting and events facilities. The central space of the hotel is the soaring lobby, cut through two floors of the building. The Hoxton is close to the bars and boutiques of Dansaert, the Parc Royal de Bruxelles, Palais Royal, and the Botanical Garden.
Website: The Hoxton, Brussels, Belgium. Opening: Summer 2022. Photo © The Hoxton
42Capella Sydney, Australia
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Capella debuts in Sydney with a $300-million development as a luxury destination hotel a short walk from Sydney Harbour. With 274 rooms and suites, the hotel is fully equipped to cater to a discerning clientele through a range of facilities. These include the Sandstone Spa, a restaurant and bar, events spaces, and an indoor swimming pool overlooking Bridge Street and Sydney Harbour. Capella Sydney’s address within the heritage-listed, former Lands and Education Buildings influenced its style — from the sandstone of the architecture to the artifacts and selected heritage pieces from the Lands Building’s collection inspired by Australia’s intrepid explorers.
Website: Capella Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Opening: 2022. Image © Capella Hotels & Resorts
43Casa Cook Samos, Greece
The vernacular of a Samian hamlet and Greek traditions influence the design of the Casa Cook Samos hotel. Surrounded by the island’s lush nature and facing the Aegean Sea, this 128-room adults-only resort integrates the concept of a greek living through nature-inspired, inclusive design and a village layout. For example, the hotel’s six swimming pools are at the center of small “neighborhoods.” Indoor and outdoor meet in shaded outside spaces, while the design is defined by earthy textures and natural tones from leather finishes, stone paths, and wooden partitions. The rooms are luxe spaces in various sizes and amenities (the 70m2 villa is the largest). Besides the numerous swimming pools, guests benefit from a wellness center with spa suites.
Website: Casa Cook Samos, Samos, Greece. Opening: May 2022. Images © Casa Cook
44Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza, Spain
The Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza, originally constructed as the first purpose-built hotel on the island, is reborn by the Paris-based Experimental Group to showcase the sophisticated side of Ibiza. The heritage facade hints at elegance inside, but the crisp, contemporary interiors (designed by the award-winning French designer Dorothée Meilichzon) deliver a genuine wow factor. The thirty-three high-tech rooms and suites are set in monochrome tones warmed by natural wood and touches of Art Deco. The hip restaurant and rooftop lounge, after a complete redesign, are a new destination dining in Ibiza Town. The menus offer a fusion of Spanish and Middle Eastern flavors.
Website: Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza- Experimental Group, Ibiza, Spain.
Opening: Summer 2022. Photo © Experimental Group
45Cali Mykonos, Mykonos, Greece
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Mykonos continues to be one of the top Greek destinations, and now a new luxe resort adds to the highly-competitive hotel scene on the island. Cali Mykonos combines a high level of luxury and a secluded, wind-sheltered location, boasting a private beach (Kalafati Beach) and luxe facilities. The highlight is the spa with ice, salt, and steam rooms, but dining facilities are also well-worth recommending, be it the on-site high-end restaurant or a sushi bar. The massive infinity pool is perfect for lounging, but there is also a private pool at each of the forty guest villas. The hotel is well set up to arrange excursions and adventures, thanks in part to a small fleet of speed boats and yachts available to the guests.
Website: Cali Mykonos, Mykonos, Greece.
Opening: June 2022. Image © Cali Mykonos
46Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, Netherlands
The heritage building on Dam Square housing Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky has a long and illustrious history. In 1866, a Polish tailor A.W. Krasnapolsky opened a coffee house here, later expanding it into a hotel. The 155 years of history that ensued shape the hotel’s experience today. Dining is the highlight, with The White Room led by a three-star Michelin chef, the tradition-infused Grand Café Krasnapolsky, and the award-winning cocktail bar The Tailor — serving, quite literally, “tailored” cocktails. Then there is the Wintergarden, a 19th century, glass-covered conservatory, where breakfast is served. Anantara Spa is bound to be a standout facility, with three specialized treatment rooms, a sauna, and a hammam. Krasnapolsky has 402 rooms designed in a contemporary style.
Website: Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Opening: Early 2022. Image © Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
47Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey
Mandarin Oriental Etiler hotel occupies one of the three purpose-built towers, with two others housing Residences at Mandarin Oriental, set to be among the most exclusive homes in the city. Developed in the residential Etiler neighborhood, close to the city’s central business district, the property is connected by terraced walkways, peppered with boutiques, and surrounded by carefully landscaped gardens. The five-star hotel comprises one hundred fifty-eight rooms and suites and sixteen serviced apartments. Mandarin Oriental Etiler also features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a wellness center with a fitness studio and spa, three restaurants, bars, events venues, and a cinema.
Website: Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey. Opening: 2022. Images © Mandarin Oriental
48The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley is an exclusive sanctuary located on 20 acres of private land. Surrounded by a lush landscape near the grand Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, the resort is filled with meandering paths, citrus orchards, gardens, and lawns. The resort invokes a sense of playfulness through unique amenities (such as the unique oxygen ionization system to purify guest rooms), large events and entertainment spaces, and a 400-foot swimming pool. There is world-class dining and shopping here, and the luxury accommodation includes a massive Presidential Casita that features six bedrooms and a private swimming pool.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley. Opening: Fall 2022. Image © The Ritz-Carlton
49The Rome EDITION, Rome, Italy
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The Rome EDITION is the first hotel in Italy from this renowned hotel brand. Guests have ninety-five guest rooms and suites to choose from, but the top pick has to be the Penthouse, sporting a large terrace. Dining options include a signature restaurant with outdoor dining space and Punch Room Bar. The Rooftop Terrace is available for private bookings, and this is also where a swimming pool is located. Guests have access to a state-of-the-art gym, and the spa rooms offer a “couple’s massage” experience. The Rome EDITION has an excellent address just a short walk from Via Veneto and Bernini’s Tritone Fountain in Piazza Barberini. Many top sightseeing sites are within easy reach, including Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens and Gallery.
Website: The Rome EDITION, Rome, Italy. Opening: 2022. Image © Marriott International
50Banyan Tree AlUla Resort, Saudi Arabia
Accor’s first Banyan Tree resort in Saudi Arabia is located fifteen kilometers from the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra. The Al-Hijr Archaeological Site, to use Hegra’s full name, is a place of ancient ruins from the enigmatic Nabatean Kingdom. Referencing the heritage location and the desert landscape surrounding the Ashar valley, the Banyan Tree is a tented property of eighty-two tented villas (one, two, or three-bedroom), with a Spa and a selection of gourmet dining venues. Designed by AW² studio, the luxury villas are set in a neutral palette of sandstone-colored hues, and they blend indoor and outdoor spaces. The resort grounds feature cozy outdoor fire pits, which become perfect places to stargaze, thanks to minimal light pollution.
Website: Banyan Tree Ashar AlUla Resort, Saudi Arabia.
Opening: Opening Q2 2022. Images © Banyan Tree Hotels
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51Nobu Hotel Marrakech, Morocco
As Nobu’s debut in Africa, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech is a new destination hotel that draws chic travelers thanks to its range of luxury facilities and quality accommodation. Guests of the hotel’s seventy-one spacious rooms and suites can enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an extensive spa and fitness center, and several dining venues that include rooftop lounges. Nobu Hotel Marrakech took up residence in the Hivernage district, neighboring Djemaa el-Fna and the city’s souks.
Website: Nobu Hotel Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco. Opening: Autumn 2022.
52The St. Regis Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico
St. Regis’ ambitious expansion plans include as many as eleven resorts, set to open over a few years. The St. Regis Kanai Resort in Riviera Maya looks particularly exciting. As part of the exclusive Bonvoy name, this is the most luxurious Marriott hotel in the region, opening with 124 rooms and suites and 32 villas. The villas are designed with private swimming pools, positioned for the best sea views, but the entire resort benefits from a superb seafront location, surrounded by tropical forests. The resort offers five-star services and facilities, from private butler to excellent dinings in four restaurants and two 18-hole golf courses. The resort stuns with its impressive architecture, especially the combination of white concrete and semi-transparent glass. The Kanai is located a short drive from Playa del Carmen, with easy access to the Cancun airport.
Website: The St. Regis Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Opening: Fall 2022. Image © Marriott International
53El Vicenç de la Mar, Mallorca, Spain
“The beauty of the location is that guests can enjoy any number of activities in the area, no matter the season.”
— Ruben Zamora, General Director, Mallorca Ç Collection.
The Mallorca Ç Collection is a newcomer in the industry, and the Vicenç de la Mar is only their second opening, following El Llorenç Parc de la Mar, launched in 2019. The new resort is designed to repeat the success of its predecessor, offering the same five-star service in a boutique hotel style, albeit in a beachside setting. This seafront hotel offers thirty-five beautifully appointed guest rooms (including four suites and one Penthouse suite), some with a private terrace, jacuzzi, or a swimming pool. The hotel’s focal point is the stunning swimming pool on the multi-tiered rooftop terrace, with a cocktail bar and restaurant. Vicenç de la Mar offers a range of amenities and services, with two restaurants, wellness facilities with a heated 18m pool, and even a movie theater.
Website: El Vicenç de la Mar, Mallorca, Spain. Opening: April 2022. Image © El Vicenç
54The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza, Japan
The highly competitive EDITION Hotels brand is on a spending spree, launching several new properties in the last few years. The Tokyo hotel in Ginza is the second opening from the EDITION in Japan, following the Toranomon hotel. This time, the hotel opens in one of the most prominent shopping and entertainment destinations in the metropolis, on Chuo Street. The purpose-built property offers seventy-eight guestrooms and suites, a meeting studio and fitness center, and food and beverage venues. Among them is an excellent rooftop bar.
Website: The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza. Opening: Late 2022. Image © Marriott International
55Hotel La Palma, Capri – Oetker Collection, Italy
As Capri’s first hotel, constructed in 1822, Hotel La Palma has been the social scene hub on the island as it hosted notable artists, musicians, poets, writers. And now it transformed into an elegant, luxurious property, thanks to two architectural firms, brought in to reimagine Capri’s original hotel. The project resulted in a reduced room count (from eighty to fifty rooms, now including eighteen suites) and the unveiling of redesigned or entirely new features: a rooftop restaurant and bar, a newly built pool deck, a spa — and even high-fashion boutiques. There is also a beach club. All this is located mere steps from the famous Piazzetta of Capri.
Website: Hotel La Palma, Capri – Oetker Collection, Capri, Italy.
Opening: Spring 2022. Images © Oetker Collection
56W Algarve Hotel & Residences, Algarve, Portugal
W is a chain of Marriott-owned hotels that cater to youthful clientele with their extravagant, quirky brand. And it is expanding rapidly, with several high-profile luxury hotel openings in recent years. Now also Portugal welcomed its first W, in Algarve. The hotel has a coveted location on the waterfront, with three beaches and a golf course nearby. W Algarve is designed with 134 rooms and eighty-three suites and has ninety-five units set aside as exclusive residences. All hotel rooms benefit from sea views, and suites also have plunge pools. The 5-star facilities include a two-level hotel pool and a sky deck to enjoy beautiful views of the Algarve coastline.
Website: W Algarve Hotel & Residences. Opening: April 2022. Image © Marriott International
57The Homestead, Nambiti Game Reserve, South Africa
“The Homestead combines palatial accommodation with an eco-conscious ethos for the best of all possible worlds. This is a place to indulge, reflect and connect to reach a new understanding of the world around you.”
— The Homestead Luxury African Safari, South Africa
The Homestead is a gorgeous destination with twelve luxury suites designed to blend into the natural landscape of Nambiti, a little-explored Private Game Reserve — and a hidden gem of South Africa. The ethos of this exclusive lodge Homestead centers on sustainability, with the local hard ironstone used as the primary building material and a range of initiatives as part of the lodge’s daily operations: rainwater tanks, tree planting, and solar farm that powers almost all of the lodge. The suites, or bungalows, are designed to be authentic five-star luxury accommodations. Six suites feature individual infinity pools and are the best pick for couples or solo travelers, while the six garden suites are designed for families or groups. The lodge’s most prominent feature is an elevated 180-meter-long elevated structure that connects The Homestead to the nearby watering hole. It houses a world-class restaurant, dining spaces and bars, an infinity pool, and a viewing platform to spy on the wildlife.
Website: The Homestead, Nambiti Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
Opening: Early 2022. Image © The Homestead
58Hotel Terrestre, Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Hotel Terrestre near Puerto Escondido is a Mexican jungle retreat designed to champion sustainable living that promises to reconnect with nature. The hotel relies entirely on solar energy, and it uses innovative structural solutions to cool the interiors — instead of energy-demanding air conditioning. Fourteen interconnected villas come with individual private pools. The guest accommodation style invokes a deliberate harmony between the in- and outdoor, with slotted wooden windows and doors, direct connections between bedrooms and private garden terraces, and an earthy color palette. Hotel Terrestre features a wellness area and a standalone open-air restaurant and offers a casual beach club a short walk away.
Website: Hotel Terrestre, Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
Opened: Early 2022. Photos © Hotel Terrestre
59The Madrid EDITION, Spain
The Madrid EDITION was taken over by the Asian-Dutch investment group Archer Hotel Capital. The investors promised to bring us one of the most exciting 2022 luxury hotel openings in Europe (according to Dominic Seyrling from AHC). In any case, this is the second EDITION-branded hotel in Spain (the Barcelona EDITION being the first), and it offers 200 beautifully appointed rooms and suites. The guests can enjoy five dining outlets, bars, a rooftop terrace, as well as an outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness club, and a spa. The hotel is located in a tranquil square, surrounded by historic buildings near the Puerta del Sol square and within walking distance to The Golden Triangle of Art.
Website: The Madrid EDITION. Opening: Early 2022. Photo © Marriott International
60Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Regent Phu Quoc is situated on the Phu Quoc island, half of which is a National Park and part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The resort’s location offers easy access to beautiful private beaches and excellent diving and snorkeling sites, but the hotel is a destination in itself. Regent Phu Quoc fuses traditional Vietnamese design and modern aesthetics, and the accommodation is top-class. It’s a suite-and-villa resort, and the rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows that diffuse the tropical sun into the tranquil, relaxed spaces. The spa experience is the highlight of the stay for many guests. It’s a Vietnamese-inspired wellness facility that offers immersive, rejuvenating treatments. Then there is dining. From authentic Vietnamese and Chinese menus to Franco-Japanese dishes, the hotel celebrates world cuisines in its six food and beverage venues, located in various places, such as rooftop or beachfront.
Alternatively, book Regent Phu Quoc via: Expedia | Agoda | Hotels.com or see what others think on TripAdvisor.
Website: Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Opening: Spring 2022. Photo © IHG
61Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp, Belgium
Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is a true beauty. Hidden behind the medieval walls of a 12th-century monastery, it blends a sense of history with modern aesthetic sensibilities and the highest levels of service and luxury. Located within the Botanical Garden, the hotel combines heritage architecture, meticulously-crafted interiors, and high-quality furniture with a sustainability-focused ethos to create a laid-back atmosphere. This urban retreat consists of one hundred and eight luxurious rooms, including spa suites. The botanical garden inspires the spa, reflecting the centuries-old traditions of growing healing plants and herbs. Dining options range from an international bar and authentic Belgian bistro to a sophisticated fine-dining dining venue led by Michelin-starred chefs. Guests benefit from access to shopping — literally within the hotel walls — and multi-functional events spaces.
Alternatively, book Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp via:
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Website: Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
Opening: February 2022. Images © Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp
62The Hoxton Berlin, Germany
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As its Berlin outpost, The Hoxton took up a residence in the Charlottenburg neighborhood in West Berlin, admired as an eclectic food destination and close to the Kurfürstendamm shopping area. The hotel has 239 rooms in various categories, a restaurant and bar, a winter garden, and the meeting and events space called The Apartment. The interior design offers an exciting mix of the gritty influences from East Berlin and the decorative inspiration from Jugendstil with its soft palettes and elegant patterns.
Website: The Hoxton Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Opening: Summer 2022.
63Noūs Santorini, Greece
We are happy to re-visit Santorini at the first opportunity, and Noūs Santorini might provide an excellent reason to look up the flights to Greece’s most spectacular island. This gorgeous new hotel redefines the typical Santorini hospitality through a strong focus on design and art, e.g., featuring contemporary Greek artists. All suites come with private pools, and the adult-only spa offers a wellbeing space designed to provide holistic treatments. Noūs Santorini is the fourth hotel in the Yes Hotels portfolio and their first opening anywhere other than Athens.
Website: Noūs Santorini, Santorini, Greece. Opening: 2022. Image © YES! Hotels
64Andaz Prague, Czech Republic
“We created a very strong concept tied to the local Prague legends everyone enjoys when visiting the beautiful city.”
— Maria Brime, design principal and owner at BrimeRobbins.
The city of Hrabal, Mozart, and Mucha continue to draw crowds of travelers, and Hyatt recognized the opportunity to bring its affordable luxury brand to the capital of Czechia. Andaz Prague occupies the heritage building of the former Sugar Palace hotel, originally built in 1916. Its renovation focused on recreating the neoclassical doors and windows, authentic moldings, and other elements of the building’s original fabric, maintaining its authenticity. Rooms and suites blend the building’s heritage with modern creativity, offering comfortable luxury. There are 175 rooms in total; there is also an ample events space, three distinct food and beverage venues, a fitness center, and a spa. Located on Senovážné Square, Andaz is only a short walk from the Old Town.
Website: Andaz Prague, Czech Republic. Opening: March 2022. Photo © Hyatt Corporation
65The Lana, Dubai, UAE
The Lana is a 225-key hotel occupying 30 levels of a purpose-built tower designed by Foster+Partners. The interiors, by Parisian duo Gilles & Boissier, draw inspiration from the cosmopolitan and uber-contemporary city that is Dubai. The light-flooded rooms include sixty-nine suites, but all accommodation is designed to maximize the views Dubai affords, from Burj Khalifa to the hazy sunsets through floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms feature deep-soaking bathtubs, many positioned by the windows. The Lana has multiple dining options, from a Mediterranean restaurant offering indoors and outdoors dining and an Italian café to the signature restaurant and lounge on the 18th floor, with an experiential concept “unlike anything else in Dubai.” The spa and wellness center is on the 29th floor, and the thirtieth is taken up by the rooftop pool, which transforms into a lounge come nightfall.
Website: The Lana, Dubai, UAE. Opening: Late 2022. Image © Dorchester Collection
66Park Hyatt Jakarta, Indonesia
Set to be one of the finest among luxury hotels in Jakarta, Park Hyatt launches with 220 rooms and 36 suites, with sophisticated interiors from the award-winning studio Conran+Partners. The hotel’s design reflects Indonesia’s rich diversity and Jakarta’s urban lifestyle. Park Hyatt Jakarta offers five food-and-beverage venues, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Guests can look forward to enjoying stunning views of Jakarta starting from the 25th floor.
Website: Park Hyatt Jakarta, Indonesia. Opening: Early 2022. Images © Park Hyatt
67Alila Taihu, Suzhou, China
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Taihu is one of Asia’s most exciting 2022 luxury hotel openings, promising bold architecture, dramatic views, and the hotel experience defined by a sophisticated atmosphere and top service. Located on Xishan Island, known for the BiLuoChun tea, Alila Taihu is set on a beautiful hillside overlooking Taihu Lake on the island’s northeastern coast. A traditional fishermen’s village inspired the resort’s design, and its layout and style blend the — typical for Alila — modernist buildings with lush greenery. The resort facilities include dining venues and event spaces alongside wellness and fitness amenities. The resort offers forty-two rooms and fifty-six private villas, with one or two bedrooms.
Website: Alila Taihu, Suzhou, China. Opening: 2022. Image © Alila Hotels & Resorts
68The Ned NoMad, New York City, USA
The Ned is an offshoot of Soho House, the chain of exclusive private clubs and hotels, and the Ned NoMad in Manhattan is the first international opening for the brand following the original launch of the Ned in London in 2017. Taking over the former NoMad Hotel in Johnston Building, constructed in 1903, famous for its beaux-arts architecture and domed tower. The new occupant of the property opens with a range of facilities and stylish spaces, which includes an open to public restaurant and a bar, and the members-only Ned’s Club (automatically open to staying guests), featuring bars in a mezzanine and on the rooftop, and a terrace restaurant. The 167 bedrooms of the hotel are designed in a warm palette and a subtle vintage style.
Website: The Ned NoMad, New York City, USA. Opening: Summer 2022. Image © The Ned
69Habitas Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
“Home to a confluence of cultures that have settled on its shores, this sleepy surfer’s paradise is unlike any other place in the world.” — Habitas Santa Teresa, ourhabitas.com
Santa Teresa in the Nicoya Peninsula is “a surfer’s paradise,” known for white-sand beaches, long-breaking waves, and thick jungle. It’s an idyllic destination for travelers seeking adventure and discovery — and this is where Habitas chose to build their first property in Costa Rica. Habitas Santa Teresa is an eco-sustainable retreat nestled in a beachfront jungle in the Papa Pochote community. Habitas focuses on social and environmental sustainability. Its Costa Rica resort was built with minimal disruption to the environment and various initiatives to promote conscious eco-tourism in Santa Teresa. Resort rooms were constructed from ethically sourced materials, and sustainability is a high priority in the spa, restaurant, and pool.
Website: Habitas Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Opening: Mid 2022. Image © Habitas
70Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh, UK
“The Glorious Playground” ethos of the Gleneagles country estate might not make an obvious match to the city life, but that is just what the brand is attempting, with its first opening in the capital of Scotland. What is consistent is Gleneagles’ approach to this new venture, proposing a blend of a modern city hotel with an exclusive members’ club. Formerly home to the British Linen Company and later the Bank of Scotland, the Gleneagles Townhouse is an urban gateway with thirty-three bedrooms designed with a sense of understated luxury and quirky references to the building’s historical purpose. As such, the wellness space’s changing rooms occupy the old bank vault, with original vault doors as part of the decor, and the exclusive member’s lounge is in the bank’s former boardroom. The hotel features an all-day restaurant and two bar areas, including a rooftop space with a terrace, offering views of the city.
Website: Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh, UK. Opening: March 2022. Images © Gleneagles
71The Standard, Bangkok, Thailand
The story of this opening is already a little complicated. The launch of a luxury hotel in Bangkok’s tallest building — known as the “Pixel Tower” and sporting Thailand’s highest observation deck (the Mahanakhon Skywalk) — was repeatedly delayed. And now, taken over by The Standard, the 155-room hotel is the brand’s flagship property in the region. As the newest luxury destination in Bangkok’s central business district, The Standard Bangkok Mahanakhon places a strong emphasis on culinary experiences, offering multiple food and beverage options, from the Tea Room to the Standard Grill, as well as Thailand’s only Mott 32 restaurant.
Website: The Standard, Bangkok, Thailand. Opening: 2022. Photo © The Standard Hotels
72Fasano Trancoso, Brazil
Hotel Fasano Trancoso opens on Itapororoca Beach, in one of the most celebrated locations in southern Bahia, Brazil. The property is surrounded by more than three hundred hectares of forested areas, a third of which is a protected nature area. Forty bungalows of this luxury resort are designed in a rustic but sophisticated style inspired by the harmonious dialogue with nature. The hotel complex launches with two swimming pools, restaurants, a spa with four treatment rooms, and other facilities, including a tennis court.
Website: Fasano Trancoso, Brazil. Opening: Winter 2022. Image © Fasano
73Kimpton Naranta Bali, Indonesia
Kimpton Naranta Bali is an exclusive estate in Nusa Dua, nestled on a volcanic hillside in a land of cascading rice terraces, lush tropical forests, and stunning beaches. The resort offers barefoot luxury and a laidback atmosphere, with fifty private villas designed in a sophisticated Balinese style infused with a bohemian vibe. There is also one Residence, an indulgent, 375 square-meter refuge. Most villas feature private saltwater plunge pools, but all accommodations have Balinese-style outdoor bales with the Maj Valley, Mount Agung, or the Indian Ocean views. The resort focuses on wellness and rejuvenation, with the on-site spa, Samskara, offering a menu of modern healing techniques and ancient Balinese rituals. Dining options include comfort foods pics at Maya’s Pantry and a barbecue restaurant Aki & Jack’s, with a mix of Japanese and Western cuisine. The open-air Gong Bar is perfect for sunset drinks.
Alternatively, book Kimpton Naranta Bali via:
Agoda | Hotels.com or see what others think on TripAdvisor.
Website: Kimpton Naranta Bali, Indonesia. Opening: 2022. Photo © Kimpton Hotels
74Bvlgari Hotel Moscow, Russia
The Bvlgari-branded opulence is the perfect match to the sense of luxury coveted by the Moscow elites. Bvlgari Hotel Moscow is ceremonial and splendid with an address as prestigious as they get — only 300 meters from the Kremlin and Red Square and occupying an entire city block. Blink, and you may miss it, though — on the outside, the hotel perfectly blends with the district’s architecture, placing its elegant facade in harmony with its surroundings. On the inside, that’s another story altogether. The richly appointed hotel is infused with modern Italian style throughout its spaces, from the lavish restaurant to the extraordinary spa featuring a 25-meter lap pool. The hotel has only sixty-five luxuriously-appointed rooms, with the 300-square-meter Bvlgari Suite as the top accommodation choice. Bulgari comes to Moscow with its trademark attention to detail, meticulous service, and exquisite amenities.
Website: Bvlgari Hotel Moscow, Moscow, Russia. Opening: Late 2022. Images © Bvlgari Hotels
75Waldorf Astoria Cancun, Mexico
Waldorf Astoria Cancun is a beachfront hotel located on a hundred-acre estate. It offers its guests 173 beautiful rooms and suites in different categories. The rooms come with ocean views and private balconies; some also have plunge pools. The Oceanfront Swim-Up Master Corner Suite is a ground-floor suite benefitting from great ocean views and an outdoor terrace with a private swimming pool. But the top accommodation is the Oceanfront 1 Bedroom Presidential Suite. It is equipped with a pool table two plunge pools, and its layout includes a dining area for ten, multiple balconies, and even a library that can function as a movie theatre. This luxury hotel features the signature Waldorf Astoria Spa, a gym, meeting spaces, and five restaurants and bars. The food and beverage offering includes the all-day brasserie and seafood, a fine-dining eatery, and a pool-side cocktail service.
Alternatively, book Waldorf Astoria Cancun via:
Hilton | Expedia or see what others think on TripAdvisor.
Website: Waldorf Astoria Cancun, Mexico. Opening: Fall 2022. Photo © Hilton
76Rock House, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The tiny archipelago of Turks and Caicos is a magnet for well-to-do travelers, and thus luxury resorts hotspot. A newcomer to this exclusive destination is Rock House, a hotel inspired by the allure and elegance of vacations in the Mediterranean. This island resort provides an intimate escape in several accommodation options, from Poolside studios to the sprawling four-bedroom Oceanfront standalone villas. The resort’s standout facilities include the Beach Club at Rock House, resembling destination beach clubs in Europe, and an infinity pool spanning 100 feet, the largest in Turks and Caicos. This is a sister property to Leading Hotels’ Grace Bay Club. It stands apart from many all-inclusive resorts in the region as an intimate escape, defined by private shower gardens and Scandinavian custom-made furniture.
Website: Rock House, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
Opening: Early 2022. Image © Rock House
77Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Muscat, Oman
Reflecting Oman’s growing popularity as a destination for business and leisure, Jumeirah launches Jumeirah Muscat Bay, a luxury resort featuring 206 spacious rooms, a world-class Talise Spa, and extensive conference and banquet facilities, in addition to bars and restaurants. The resort is located only fifteen minutes south of Muscat city center, in Bandar Jissah, a secluded cove between the Gulf of Oman and Al Hajar Mountains. This exclusive location ensures that guests enjoy the stunning coastline and watersports, including diving.
Website: Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Muscat, Oman. Opening: Early 2022. Image © Jumeirah
78The Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York, USA
The Fifth Avenue Hotel is a unique property featuring two buildings, the Gilded Age structure dating back to the second half of the 19th century and the adjacent new purpose-built 24-story glass tower. The hotel combines both into a luxury hotel, with one hundred fifty-three rooms split between The Tower and The Mansion. None of the rooms look the same; they feature distinctive art and design, underscoring a new hotel concept designed around tailoring guest experience and fostering curiosity. The Fifth Avenue Hotel features a restaurant, bar, and terrace. The address at the 5th Ave & W 28th St intersection places the hotel within walking distance to Madison Square Park and the Flatiron.
Website: The Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York. Opening: Spring 2022. Image © The Fifth Avenue Hotel
79Lesante Cape Resort & Villas, Zakynthos, Greece
Lesante opens in Akrotiri, not far from Zakynthos Town, in an area where the island’s noble families used to build. Inspired by the layout and vernacular of a traditional Greek village with a square at the property’s heart, the Lesante Cape embraces the authenticity of its location. The conventional Zakynthian architecture with its tall arches, white stones, straw-made décor, and earthly color palette come together in a unique, five-star hotel of ten villas and fifty-five suites. Lesante Cape is situated above a secluded private beach and features a wellness center, high-end dining, and swimming pools.
Website: Lesante Cape Resort & Villas, Zakynthos, Greece.
Opening: May 2022. Images © Lesante Collection
80Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto, Japan
The concept of Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto is structured around the traditional onsen ryokan (a Japanese-style inn built on hot springs) and is inspired by the culture of the indigenous Ainu people. In the Ainu language, “Poroto” means “a large lake,” and Lake Poroto is part of the hotel experience. The hotel features a bathhouse set on the lake’s surface, inviting guests to try a traditional open-air bath. And all forty-two rooms of KAI Poroto enjoy views of the lake, surrounded by the forests of Hokkaido and with Mt. Tarumae in the distance. This tranquil country retreat offers an authentic experience with local cuisine and a traditional wellness offering.
Website: Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto, Japan. Opening: January 2022. Image © Hoshino Resorts
81Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London, UK
This is Mandarin Oriental’s second London opening, with the address on Hanover Square in the heart of the Mayfair neighborhood. But rather than just a hotel, Mandarin Oriental Mayfair is a collection of private residences. There are only fifty rooms and suites but eighty Residences at Mandarin Oriental, advertised as the most exclusive private homes in London. On top of a dedicated residential concierge, their owners have access to the full range of hotel facilities, such as a fitness and wellness center or an indoor pool. There is also five-star dining, a stylish bar, and a private rooftop bar. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Mandarin Oriental Mayfair London is a boutique hotel with an intimate atmosphere enveloped in contemporary luxury.
Website: Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London. Opening: Spring 2022. Photo © Mandarin Oriental
82Casa Chablé, Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Tulum, Mexico
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Chablé is a small Mexican brand of hotels and resorts designed to evoke a sense of wellbeing and transformation. They pick locations surrounded by unspoiled landscapes and nature — and such is Casa Chablé. This new resort is situated in the Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve. The reserve is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its naturally rich wetlands and lagoons, mangroves, tropical forest, cenotes, and sandy beaches. Casa Chablé occupies a stretch of Quintana Roo’s coast south of Tulum, remote enough to feel completely disconnected. There are only five standalone beachfront villas, plus a large private villa featuring five suites (perfect for groups or families). The rooms and villas feature private terraces, a sense of barefoot luxury, and access to some two hundred meters of a white-sand beach.
Website: Casa Chablé, Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Tulum, Mexico.
Opening: May 2022. Photo © Chablé Hotels
83Anantara Ubud Bali Resort, Indonesia
Taking inspiration from the terraced rice fields that surround the resort, Anantara Ubud Bali blends with the surroundings with a low-rise
architecture. This boutique luxury resort is a peaceful hideaway that appeals to sophisticated travelers. Anantara features seventy suites and pool villas, offering a spectrum of five-star amenities. These include several dining venues, a bar and pool lounge, a gym, a spa, and an events space.
Website: Anantara Ubud Bali Resort, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Opening: Summer 2022. Image © Anantara Hotels
84The Ritz-Carlton Tamuda Bay, Morocco
Tamuda Bay is an attractive new destination for beach vacations in the Mediterranean basin. And no wonder. The beaches here are vast, the major city of Tangier is nearby, and the local infrastructure is well-established. The Ritz Carlton spotted the opportunity and has committed to invest in a fully-serviced luxury beach resort in the area. The new Ritz-Carlton Tamuda Bay launches with a beach club, multiple restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, and a range of other luxury amenities. The design of the generously-sized guest rooms fuses Moroccan traditions and contemporary aesthetics through a well-curated selection of furniture and sophisticated decor.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Tamuda Bay. Opening: Late 2022. Image © Marriott International
85Casa Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico
Casa Polanco is a five-star luxury villa, initially constructed in the 1930s as a private residence for aristocratic families. Today it is restored and reimagined as a boutique hotel that turns heads with its well-considered design blending modern aesthetics with a classic “colonial revival” architecture. A careful four-year restoration brought many of the building’s original features to their original splendor — and the nineteen suites of the hotel blend old with new and intimate with spacious. Casa Polanco also features an honors bar and a signature restaurant. Its address in the center of the upscale neighborhood of Polanco makes it a great pad from which to explore the greater Mexico City area.
Website: Casa Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico.
Opening: Spring 2022. Photo © Casa Polanco
86Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York, New York, USA
The French Groupe Barrière debuts in the US with a hotel located at 456 Greenwich Street in the heart of Tribeca. Launching in an eight-story building with nearly one hundred residential-style guest rooms and suites and luxurious hotel amenities such as a spa, a state-of-the-art cinema, and elegant meeting rooms. The food and beverage options include a branch of the iconic French brasserie Fouquet’s and a private club. Blending Parisian chic with Tribeca cool, Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York brings a sophisticated style and an intimate atmosphere to one of Manhattan’s most coveted neighborhoods.
Website: Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York. Opening: Summer 2022. Image © Barrière Hotels
87Hotel La Compañia, Panama City, Panama
La Compañia occupies a building dating back to the 17th century, located in Casco Antiguo, one of the city’s most historic districts. The hotel has been restored and designed with heritage themes, highlighting various architecture, design, and art periods, multi-layered in luxurious, grand interiors. Originally a Jesuit mission, the building stands alongside the ruins of a 300-year-old church and offers almost ninety accommodation options, individually designed to reflect the site’s history. Guests have a selection of five restaurants and two bars to choose from for food and beverage — and this includes an excellent wine list from the 300-year-old cellar. Hotel La Compañia is Hyatt Corporation’s first hotel in Central America under the Unbound Collection brand.
Website: Hotel La Compañia, Panama City, Panama.
Opening: April 2022. Images © Hyatt Corporation
88Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya, Tulum, Mexico
The popularity of the Quintana Roo area is not waning any time soon, as attested by more and more resorts popping up on Yucatan’s eastern coast. One of them is the newly-constructed Conrad Tulum, located on an expansive stretch of beach between Tulum and Akumal. It opens with 349 guest rooms and suites (all with sea views), designed in calming tones inspired by the beach. The resort has five swimming pools and an extensive spa with sixteen treatment rooms and a menu of treatments providing an escape for body and mind. As many as eleven different food and beverage options are available to guests, exploring a spectrum of flavors, from the Mediterranean to Japanese, as well as the traditions of “chiringuitos” beach bars found all around the Caribbean Sea.
Website: Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya, Tulum, Mexico. Opening: January 2022. Photo © Hilton
89Fleur de Loire, Loire Valley, France
Fleur de Loire is located in the property formerly owned by the brother of King Louis XIII. After refurbishment, it launches as a modern 5-star hotel with eco-conscious design and practices guiding its creation. Guests can choose from among thirty-three rooms or eleven suites, and they can enjoy a gourmet restaurant led by a Michelin-starred chef Christophe Hay, a world-class spa, and other facilities, including a swimming pool.
Website: Fleur de Loire, Loire Valley, France. Opening: June 2022. Image © Fleur de Loire
90Bvlgari Hotel Tokyo, Japan
Virtually all Bvlgari Hotels have been designed by the Italian architects from the Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel studio. Such is the first Bulgari Hotel in Japan. A fabulous blend of contemporary design, meticulous craftsmanship, and sophisticated style from Italy is featured in Bvlgari Hotel Tokyo.
Located a walking distance from many attractions in the area, including the Ginza shopping district and the Imperial Palace, the hotel occupies six floors of a brand new skyscraper (from 39 to 45 floors) and features ninety-eight luxury rooms and suites in various categories, including twin and double rooms, with the extraordinary Bvlgari Suite as the top accommodation choice. Among the hotel facilities are the “signatures,” such as Il Bar, Il Ristorante, and the Fireplace Lounge (they feature outdoor terraces). The wellness facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness center and 25-meter indoor pool, and The BVLGARI Spa promises the ultimate experience with innovative treatments.
Website: Bvlgari Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
Opening: Late 2022. Image © Bvlgari Hotels
91The Cashel Palace Hotel, Ireland
The gardens and basement bar at The Cashel Palace are said to have witnessed the birth of the world-famous Guinness beer in the 1740s — and with a heritage like that, you can be sure to be in for a treat at this luxurious destination hotel. The Cashel Palace Hotel features forty-two opulent rooms and suites, expansive gardens, restaurants and tea parlors, and a world-class spa. The spa has a heated pool, outdoor seaweed baths, and a steam room and sauna. The hotel also enjoys excellent views of, and a private pathway to, the Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop with a cluster of remarkable medieval buildings.
Website: The Cashel Palace Hotel, Ireland. Opening: March 2022. Image © The Cashel Palace Hotel
92Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy
Passalacqua was constructed in the 18th century as one of the largest villas on Lake Como. Over the years, it hosted many prominent guests from the world of culture and politics (such as Napoleon Bonaparte or Winston Churchill). Today, Passalacqua reborn pays homage to the heritage through original architectural features, such as hidden passageways or centuries-old beams in suites in the former stables. There are only twenty-four suites at the hotel, most situated within the main residence. They include the largest suite in the Lake Como area, with a double-height music room. The hotel facilities include the lakeside swimming pool, an open-air gym, spa and yoga space, and even an open-air cinema. The property grounds feature olive groves and glasshouses with centuries-old fruit trees.
Website: Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy. Opening: June 2022. Photo © Passalacqua
93The Pavilions El Nido, Palawan Island
“The new resort truly embodies our philosophy of delivering unique experiences to our guests. We’re also very excited to be the first international luxury resort brand in El Nido.” — Gordon Oldham, Pavilions Hotels & Resorts.
El Nido Beach Spa & Resort is a destination resort for couples and families alike. Set on a 10-hectare beachfront estate alongside the pristine white-sand beaches on Palawan Island, the resort experience is designed around various adventures. The guests staying at the ninety-six pool villas are offered Curated Journeys, personalized itineraries that may include multiple activities in the resort’s unique adventure park. Among them are nature park walking trails with waterfalls and fountain ponds, rock gardens, cable car rides, and alpine slide adventures. There is also a diving center, and rounding off the offering are more typical facilities, such as wellness and dining spaces. There are one and two-bedroom villas, and twenty of them are Maldivian-style over-water structures, each with a private plunge pool and direct access to the sea.
Website: The Pavilions El Nido, Palawan Island. Opening: End of 2022. Image © Pavilions Hotels
94Raffles Al Areen Palace, Bahrain
A resort designed to redefine luxury hospitality in Bahrain sounds just like Raffles — and it’s what Al Areen Palace has set out to achieve. The brand took over an older hotel and transformed it into a magnificent new property with almost eighty generously-sized pool villas surrounded by palm trees and manicured gardens. Most notably, Raffles Al Areen Palace features one of the biggest wellness centers in the region, with extensive spa facilities. Dining offers a good variety, with a Maldives-inspired floating breakfast in the spotlight, and guests can also expect top-notch butler service and tailor-made experiences. The resort wows with aesthetics, tastefully balancing opulence with Middle-Eastern inspirations drawn from the local culture.
Website: Raffles Al Areen Palace, Bahrain. Opening: Summer 2022. Images © Raffles
95The Residence Douz, Tunisia
The Residence Douz is the second Cenizaro hotel in Tunisia, after The Residence Tunis, with two more hotels planned in the future. Set on fourteen hectares of rolling dunes and surrounded by palm trees, the Douz is a desert resort of only 50 villas. Their design creates a sense of desert romance, with style referencing local vernacular in patterned Tozeur bricks, glowing lanterns, handwoven carpets under the four-poster beds, and outdoor canvas canopies. Guests can look forward to a refreshing swim in the swimming pool after a day of adventures under the African sun.
Website: The Residence Douz, Tunisia. Opening: Q3 2022. Image © Cenizaro
96The Westbund Hotel Shanghai, China
This new opening in Shanghai’s Xuhui District aims to appeal to the sophisticated tastes of one of the cosmopolitan centers in China. Housed within the top floors of a 52-floor skyscraper, the Westbund Hotel Shanghai features 219 rooms; other facilities include a Spa with a 25-meter infinity pool, a rooftop Sky Bar with an outdoor terrace, and an English tea room, modeled on the group’s Brown’s Hotel in London. True to the city’s international nature, the hotel interiors draw on Chinese art and Eastern aesthetics but are imbued with Western-born, 21st-century luxury.
Website: The Westbund Hotel Shanghai. Opening: 2022. Images © Rocco Forte Hotels
97The Chedi El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt
Developed from an older beachfront resort, the Chedi El Gouna brings the signature Chedi service and five-star luxury to the shores of the Red Sea on one of the area’s white-sand beaches. The timeless design and architecture take inspiration from a Nubian village and infuse it with Asian aesthetics. With less than ninety rooms and suites, this is a boutique resort, but its features include two spectacular palm-flanked swimming pools, an Asian fusion restaurant, and a world-class spa and wellness center. The concierge can arrange scuba diving trips and sightseeing in Egypt’s historical sites.
Website: The Chedi El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt. Opening: Spring 2022. Image © GHM
98Wildflower Farms, Hudson Valley, New York, USA
City dwellers looking for tranquil escape need only take ninety minutes to drive from Manhattan to Wildflower Farms, an upscale resort located on a 140-acres of land bordering a quiet, meandering river. The estate is peppered by orchards, vegetable gardens, and, of course, filled with wildflowers. Sixty-five freestanding cottages, bungalows, and suites offer an elegant luxury in a contemporary cabin style with large terraces fireplaces, cozy window seats, and natural materials, including wool. The hotel also features a large spa with an indoor saltwater pool, hot tubs, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Website: Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection, Hudson Valley, New York, USA.
Opening: Fall 2022. Image © Auberge Resorts Collection
99Portrait Milano, Milan, Italy
“[…] the seminary in Corso Venezia is an architectural jewel in our urban fabric, […] set to become a major destination for any visit to Milan not least for the architectural value of the colonnade and the Renaissance perfection of its proportions.” — Michele De Lucchi, architect.
Portrait Hotels is part of a small Lungarno Collection portfolio, and the opening in the capital of fashion, Milan, marks the third hotel launched under the Portrait brand. And what opening it is: in a former Archiepiscopal Seminary (Europe’s oldest), with a beautiful baroque entrance designed in 1652 by Francesco Maria Richini — and a 3000 square-meter piazza surrounded by a double colonnaded loggia. The carefully restored building at 11 Corso Venezia has restaurants, shopping arcades, and event space. The renovated and redecorated hotel welcomes guests with a restrained luxury. The style brings out the building’s classic beauty, combining heritage architecture with modernized interiors.
Website: Portrait Milano, Italy. Opening: Summer 2022. Image © Lungarno Collection
100Castle Elvira, Puglia, Italy
This unique property has a sad genesis story: it was built in the 1880s by a wealthy couple for their daughter’s seventeenth birthday, but her tragic passing has left the place empty. But now, after having been abandoned for a hundred years, Castle Elvira opened its doors to curious vacationers after a three-year restoration project. The sensitive restoration kept many original features, integrating the latest technology into the fabric of the building, while an eclectic collection of antique furniture sits alongside vibrant modern art. The hotel features en-suite bedrooms, a cinema, a swimming pool, and a large sunken jacuzzi. There is also a bar and a roof terrace, offering views across the property’s private gardens. A café located in the gardens provides an authentic Puglian menu.
Website: Castle Elvira, Puglia, Italy. Opening: 2022. Photos © Castle Elvira
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Phew! What a list. What a selection! And if you are still reading, we are tempted to swing the sword and ask if you are not entertained enough — but then, fair enough — we are not quite finished either. The Luxury Hotel Openings of 2022 runners-up haven’t made it to the main arena, but even if we gave them the thumbs down, they are worth at least a mention.
The Best 2022 Luxury Hotel Openings: Africa & Middle East
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- Nobu Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Debuts in 2022.
- The Jeddah EDITION, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Late 2022.
- Raffles Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Debut in 2022.
- Shangri-La Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Debut in 2022.
- Janu AlUla, AlUla, Saudi Arabia. Late 2022.
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, UAE. March 2022.
- W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Dubai, UAE. Opening: 2022.
- 25hours Hotel One Central, Dubai, UAE. Jan 2022.
- The Anantara Sharjah Resort, Sharjah, UAE. Opening: 2022.
- The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl, Qatar. 2022.
- The Doha EDITION, Doha, Qatar. Late 2022.
- Raffles Doha, Doha, Qatar (image below left). Late 2022.
- The Plaza Doha by Anantara, Doha, Qatar. Opening: 2022.
- Fairmont Doha, Doha, Qatar. Late 2022.
- The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, Doha, Qatar. Summer 2022.
- Waldorf Astoria Kuwait, Kuwait. June 2022.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Amman, Amman, Jordan. May 2022.
- The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam, Morocco. Early 2022.
- Park Hyatt Marrakech, Morocco. Late 2022.
- Conrad Rabat Arzana, Rabat, Morocco (image below right). Fall 2022.
- La Maison Palmier, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Feb 2022.
- The Mighty Fine, Johannesburg, South Africa. Debut in 2022.
- Leopard Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa. Early 2022.
- Sanctuary Tambarare, Kenya. Opening June 2022.
- TOA Hotel & Spa, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Launching May 2022.
- Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya, Livingstone, Zambia (image below, middle).
- Lolebezi Safari Lodges, Zambia. Launching 2022.
- Sextantio Rwanda, The Capanne (Huts) Project, Nkombo Island, Rwanda.
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- Avani Fares Maldives Resort, Maldives. Opening August 2022.
- Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa, Maldives (image below left). Early 2022
- Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa, Raa Atoll, Maldives. May 2022.
- Meliá Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand. February 2022.
- Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand. Debut in 2022.
- Shangri-La Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Debut in 2022.
- The LungMār Snow Leopard Camp, India. Jan 2022.
- The Luma Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Spring 2022.
- The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong, China (image below, right). Opening in Q2 2022.
- Conrad Shanghai, Shanghai, China (image below, middle). Jan 2022.
- Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China. Early 2022.
- Mandarin Oriental Nanjing, China. Late 2022.
- Raffles at Galaxy Macau, China. Early 2022.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Harbin, China. Debut in 2022.
- The Ritz-Carlton Jiuzhaigou, China. Debut in 2022.
- LUX* Puer, China. Late 2022.
- Hotel Okura Kyoto Okazaki Bettei, Japan. January 2022.
- Kimpton Margot Sydney, Sydney, Australia. 172 rooms and suites in a heritage 1930s Art Deco property with a rooftop pool. Opens January 2022.
- The Ritz Carlton, Melbourne, Australia. 2022.
- Shangri-La Melbourne, Australia. Debut in 2022.
- The Langham, Gold Coast, Australia. Spring 2022.
- Mondrian Gold Coast, Australia. Summer 2022.
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- Life House Bushwick, New York, USA. Opening 2022.
- The Wall Street Hotel, New York, USA (image below left). An urban retreat with 180 spacious rooms and suites, a fine dining restaurant led by a Michelin-starred chef — located in the city’s first stock exchange building. Opens March 2022.
- The Chatwal Lodge, Bethel, New York, USA. Summer 2022.
- The Aurum, Catskills, New York, USA. Fall 2022.
- Pendry-Washington D.C., Washington, USA. Debut in 2022.
- The Tampa EDITION, Florida, USA. Winter 2022.
- Andaz Palm Springs, California, USA. December 2022.
- Stanly Ranch, Napa Valley, California, USA. Early 2022.
- The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Los Olivos, California. Early 2022.
- Conrad Los Angeles, USA. Spring 2022.
- Sensei Porcupine Creek, Rancho Mirage, California, USA. 2022.
- Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis, MN, USA. Mid 2022.
- St. Regis Chicago, Chicago, USA. It is a 191-key hotel with a sleek design and great views of Lake Michigan and the city from its location in a tall skyscraper. The hotel has a range of dining options and an excellent wellness center. Opens in March 2022.
- The Line Hotel – San Francisco, USA. Early 2022.
- 1 Hotel San Francisco, San Francisco, USA. January 2022.
- Soho House, Nashville, USA. Winter 2022.
- Conrad Nashville, USA. Spring 2022.
- Pendry Park City, Utah, United States. Launching January 2022.
- Moxy Mexico City by Marriott, Mexico City, Mexico. 2022.
- Hotelito by MUSA, Guerrero, Mexico. Winter 2022.
- Susurros del Corazón, Punta de Mita, Mexico. Early 2022.
- Habitas Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Early 2022.
- Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Early 2022.
- Botánika Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. April 2022.
- Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski Cuba, Cuba (image below, middle). January 2022.
- MET Hotel, La Paz, Bolivia (image below, right). January 2022.
- Ace Hotel Toronto, Canada. Early 2022.
- W Toronto, Canada. Opening: February 2022.
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- Chateau Denmark, London, UK. Spring 2022.
- The Hoxton, Shepherd’s Bush, London, UK. Winter 2022.
- Park Hyatt London River Thames at Nine Elms, London, UK.
- 1 Hotel London, Mayfair, London, UK. Debut in 2022.
- The Twenty Two, London, United Kingdom. Spring 2022.
- Amano Covent Garden, London, UK (image below, middle). Spring 2022.
- GuestHouse No.124 – Brighton, Brighton, UK. Autumn 2022.
- Fairmont Windsor Park, Windsor, UK. January 2022.
- The Vices York, York, UK. January 2022.
- W Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Winter 2022.
- Maison Delano Paris, Paris, France. Debut in 2022.
- Revīvō Château de Fiac, France. Late 2022.
- Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel, Nice, France. 2022.
- Hotel Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Madrid, Spain. Q1 2022.
- The Standard Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain (image in the second row, middle). A 67-room hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar, and a large swimming pool. Summer 2022.
- La Zambra, Costa del Sol, Spain (image below left). A 1984 Byblos hotel reborn with 197 rooms, a wellness center, and three swimming pools — and access to two 18-hole golf nearby. Spring 2022.
- Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Roma, Roma, Italy. Summer 2022.
- Vocabolo Moscatelli, Umbria, Italy. Spring 2022.
- Parkhotel Mondschein, Bolzano, Italy. Due to open in 2022.
- Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia, Sardinia, Italy. April 2022.
- Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini, Greece (image in the second row, right). A great hotel expanding with the new Santo Wellness Suites. April 2022.
- Palazzo Rainis, Novigrad, Croatia. Due to open in 2022.
- Hotel Palasa Beach, Albania. A new addition to the Meliá Collection, opening on the Albanian Riviera in 2022 as a seafront resort with 142 rooms and five private villas. Opens in 2022
- The Pavilions Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. Due to open in 2022.
- Hotel Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal. Debuts in 2022.
- The Curator Lisbon, Portugal. End of 2022.
- Viceroy Ombria Resort Algarve, Portugal. Opening Autumn 2022.
- Wilmina, Berlin, Germany. Spring 2022.
- sly Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Summer 2022.
- Lanserhof Sylt, Germany (image below, right). Spring 2022.
- Grand Hansa Hotel, Helsinki, Finland (image in the second row, left). Debut in 2022.
- The House Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia. Q1 2022.
- Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel, Budapest, Hungary.
- Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, reopens with a fresh new design that pays homage to the history of the building and its surroundings.
See our previous Luxury Hotel Openings lists:
The Best Luxury Hotel Openings of 2021
The Top 100 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2020
The Top 50 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2019
The Top 80 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2018
The Top 70 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2017
The Top 60 Luxury Hotel Openings of 2016
Africa’s 20 hottest hotel openings of 2016
The 50 Hottest Luxury Hotel Openings of 2015
*Note: All opening dates in this article are subject to changes as hotels experience delays.