ot been brave enough to plan your big 2022 holiday yet? With international travel still up in the air, you can hardly be blamed. However, with airlines and hotel groups adapting to the realities of the pandemic, many are now offering extended cancellation policies so you can book with peace of mind. And haven’t we all earned a lavish holiday after the tumult of the past two years?
Good news, then, that 2022 isn’t going to be short of luxurious new hotels to choose from. From an exquisite Raffles outpost in London to new Four Seasons and Aman resorts further afield, these are the best new hotels opening across the globe over the next 12 months...
Cali Mykonos, Greece
Why book a room when you could have an entire villa? That is the thinking behind uber-luxury new boutique resort Cali Mykonos. Comprised of 40 contemporary white-washed villas standing on their own private beach on Greece’s most famous island, each has gorgeous sea views, a private pool and al fresco dining space primed for private dinners. For those who wish to mingle, there’s also a communal 110-metre-long infinity pool, state-of-the-art gym and spa, on-site Mediterranean restaurant and a fleet of yachts and speed boats waiting to whisk guests off for sightseeing trips to nearby Paros and Tinos.
Opening: June 2022
Como Le Montrachet, France
The Como hotel group’s first opening in France promises to be one of 2022’s most unique. Located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region, the hotel will be housed in four heritage buildings arranged around a landscaped town square, each of which has been sensitively and beautiful restored by interior designer Paola Navone to blend seamlessly with the historic village surrounding them. Offering unparalleled access to the best of the prestigious Côte-d’Or wine region, the phased opening will see 31 suites and rooms offered from autumn 2022, while a full Como Shambhala retreat will open in the following years.
Opening: Autumn 2022
Raffles London, UK
Think there isn’t room for another grand dame five-star hotel in London? Think again. In 2022, the city will welcome a new branch of Raffles, which will open in The OWO as part of the major redevelopment of the Grade II-listed Old War Office in Whitehall. The hotel will be joined by 85 private residences and 11 restaurants and bars in The OWO, which promises to be a new social hub in the capital. Raffles itself, meanwhile, will offer 120 rooms, with key suites to be positioned in offices formerly used by Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and John Profumo, while there will also be a rooftop terrace with views over The Mall and Buckingham Palace and a comprehensive wellness space with spa and fitness centre.
Opening: Late 2022
Sommerro, Oslo, Norway
Just like The OWO above, Sommerro is as much an exercise in preservation and renovation as it is a gorgeous luxury hotel. Housed in an original 1930s Art Deco building in the historic neighbourhood of Frogner, which was formerly the HQ of electric company Oslo Lysverker, the 231-room property hopes to become a modern homage to local culture and heritage when it opens in September 2022. Original works by celebrated Norwegian artist Per Krohg will feature throughout, while, alongside its four restaurants, three bars and the city’s first rooftop pool, the hotel will host a 200-seater theatre in the tradition of classic hotels like The Savoy.
Opening: September 2022
Xenodocheio Milos, Athens, Greece
Located in downtown Athens, Xenodocheio Milos is the first luxury boutique hotel from the Greek restaurant group Estiatorio Milos, and aims to offer a refined stay that brings the best of the city’s culture, history and gastronomy together in one place. Designed around the idea of ‘philoxenia’, the art of making a stranger feel at home, the 43 rooms and suites are relaxed and modern with warm woods, velvet furnishings and luxurious marble bathrooms throughout. Food – a real highlight here – comes from chef Costas Spiliadis, an Athens native who cut his teeth across the globe before returning home to offer simple, elevated Mediterranean dishes using local ingredients.
Opening: 15 January 2022
Aman New York, USA
New York isn’t short on great hotels but this new project from renowned architect and designer Jean-Michel Gathy and luxury hotel group Aman is guaranteed to be up there among the city’s best. Housed in the beloved Crown Building (formerly the home of the Museum of Modern Art) on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the 26-storey hotel will feature 83 rooms, a three-floor spa and private members' club alongside a host of dining options, including a garden terrace with 7,000 sq ft of al fresco dining space, a jazz club and wine room. Aman New York will also be home to the group’s first urban private residences, with 22 high-end homes benefitting from access to the hotel’s amenities.
Opening: First half of 2022
Four Seasons Nashville, USA
While far from the only Four Seasons hotel to be opening in 2022, this new outpost may well be the largest, with 235 rooms and 143 private residences planned for this 40-storey five-star development in the home of country music. Boasting views over the Cumberland River, a location a block from Broadway and an expansive seventh-floor pool terrace with views over the city, its promises to be Nashville’s coolest new hangout. Primed for memorable social occasions and business travellers, there’s also an all-day Southern-Italy-meets-the-Southern states restaurant, and a spa with hair salon, nail bar and gym.
Opening: Spring 2022
Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, USA
Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Camelback Mountain, this exquisite sanctuary in Arizona has been designed to offer guests the best of both worlds. Located in 20 acres of desert surrounding the vibrant city of Scottsdale, Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley is a lush oasis simultaneously offering a retreat from the world while being moments from the action. Among its highlights are a 400-foot outdoor pool (one of the longest in North America), 215 luxurious casita-style rooms and suites, a restaurant serving dishes made with ingredients from the resort’s orchard and garden and a serene spa offering treatments inspired by the Arizona landscape.
Opening: Autumn 2022
Waldorf Astoria Cancun, Mexico
Occupying 100 acres of prime beachfront real estate on the Riviera Maya, the Waldorf Astoria’s new Mexican outpost promises a more refined experience than you might expect from this traditional party paradise. Each of its 150 bright-and-airy rooms and suites will offer expansive sea views, while its lagoon-style pool, elegant spa and five restaurants and bars, serving everything from authentic Mexican classics to fine dining seafood, mean you may just never want to leave. Step outside the resort’s confines, however, and you’ll also find yourself on the doorstep of some of the region’s most fascinating culture and history.
Opening: Autumn 2022
Emerald Faruufushi, Maldives
The younger sister to the highly regarded Emerald Maldives resort, Emerald Faarufushi will occupy a seven-hectare private island in the Maldives’ Raa Atoll. A classic barefoot luxury proposition, the hotel will offer 80 villas, including a spectacular beachfront Presidential villa, along with five restaurants and two bars. Hidden among the island’s lush vegetation will be a sprawling wellness centre, with a gym, sports centre, yoga pavilion and full-service spa. Elsewhere, the extensive water sports offering will include PADI-certified diving instructors and a Dolphin kids’ club.
Opening: 1 May 2022
The Lana, Dubai
The latest addition to the Dorchester Collection will see the group open its first property in the Middle East in the form of The Lana, a sparkling new 225-room property in Dubai’s Burj Kalifa district. The 30-storey tower has been designed by Foster + Partners, while Parisian duo Gilles & Boissier have been enlisted to take care of the interiors, all of which have been designed to make the most of the hotel’s panoramic views over the emirate's cityscape. Guests looking for the highest calibre of luxury should check into the 333 sqm Presidential Suite, which features two living spaces, a garden room, dining room and vast private terrace.
Opening: Late 2022
Conrad Shanghai, China
The Hilton’s luxurious Conrad chain is on something of an expansion mission in 2022, with six new hotels opening across the Americas, Europe and Asia. One of the earliest new launches will be the Conrad Shanghai, which throws open its doors in January to welcome guests to the group’s largest Asian hotel to date, offering more than 700 rooms. Occupying a prime spot on People's Square, Shanghai’s most popular tourist spot, as well as a key business district, it promises to be the perfect base from which to explore the city whether visiting for work or pleasure.
Opening: January 2022
The Residence Douz, Tunisia
Sure, beach breaks are lovely, but there’s nothing quite like the unique experience of holidaying among the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara. Set among 40 acres of desert, The Residence Douz, the Cenizaro hotel group’s second Tunisian location, promises to be an oasis on the edge of the famous desert. Designed to reflect and highlight local design and craftsmanship, each of the 50 villas will feature hand-woven carpets and traditional Tozeur bricks, as well as private terraces and swimming pools. The culinary experience, likewise, will draw on Tunisia’s international influences while the wellness offering comes in the form of Turkish baths, a hammam and eight luxurious treatment rooms.
Opening: Autumn 2022