The United States
Where: New York, NY
Why We're Excited: The hotel brings a light and airy touch to the Financial District, a neighborhood not typically known for its light and airy touch. The building began life in 1729 as the city's first stock exchange, and will now be home to 180 cozy rooms and suites, a warm and welcoming lobby bar and lounge with all-day dining, and a rooftop bar and terrace.
Feel-Good Factor: The Australian Paspaley family who own the hotel are a prominent force in the South Seas pearl industry. It's fitting that they partnered with Billion Oyster Project to help restore the health of New York Harbor by rebuilding its valuable oyster reefs.
Where: New York, NY
Why We're Excited: Know those hotels that are understated temples of serene minimalism? Yeah, that's not this. Designer Martin Brudnizki held nothing back at this NoMad project, piling on elaborately patterned wallpapers, kaleidoscopic chandeliers, moldings galore, fringes on velvets. 153 rooms and suites are divided between two buildings, the 24-story Tower, a new build, and the Mansion, a late 19th-century home turned art gallery rebuilt by McKim, Mead & White.
More New York Openings
- The Ritz-Carlton New York Nomad opening a new 250-room new tower hotel exactly between Ace Hotel New York and NoMad New York either signals the end of the neighborhood as an outpost of cool or the inevitable gentrification of every once-edgy area. But with the NoMad now sadly closed, luxury travelers will be glad for a sleek, luxurious place to lay their heads. (Spring)
- The Chatwal Lodge will open ten suites in a grand estate 60 acres on Toronto Reservoir Lake in The Catskills, delivering the best of Adirondack lodge living, from the fireplace to the farm-to-table cuisine. (April)
- Little Cat Lodge near Catamount Mountain gives New Yorkers yet another reason to head north. The charming, Alpine-inspired, 14-room inn overseen by NYC restaurateurs Noah Bernamoff (of Black Seed Bagels) and Matt Kliegman (The Smile) is one for all seasons. (Spring)
- Aman New York will be the company's first hotel in a U.S. city and will occupy the historic Crown Building (the first home of the Museum of Modern Art) with 22 private residences, from one to six bedrooms, and a private members club. The hotel will have 83 rooms, a Garden Terrace, and Bar with Central Park views, Italian and Japanese restaurants, a jazz club, and a three-story spa with a banya (Russian-style sauna), hammam, and hydrotherapy offerings. (May)
- Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York marks the US debut of Frenchie hoteliers Group Barrière. Residential Tribeca — whose wide, cobblestone streets already have a certain Parisian touch — will feel the frisson even more in the 97 Art Deco-inspired rooms and suites; at Fouquet’s, an outpost of Pierre Gagniere-led bistro on the Champs-Élysées; after a dip in the pool and a treatment at a Diane Barrière Spa, at a premiere in the screening room, or simply gazing out over the Hudson River from the rooftop terrace. (Summer)
- Canoe Place will mark Main Street Hospitality's entry into the New York market, delivering a touch of New England charm to the Hamptons. (Summer)
- Virgin Hotels New York City opens in NoMad with two floors of retail and a rooftop pool. (Summer)
- Life House Bushwick will open in Brooklyn in a 19th-century bank converted into a Beaux Arts home inspired by French vaudeville. (Fall)
- Wildflower Farms, the first of many Auberge Resorts Collection hotels you'll be reading about in this list, brings bungalow living to a converted and still active farm on 140 acres in the Hudson Valley, less than two hours from New York City. Just in time for the autumn harvest. (Fall)
Where: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Why We're Excited: Immortalized as a 1941 tune, and one of our most anticipated hotels from last year, it's finally time for the debut of what might be the coolest location for a hotel ever: the 1908 Chattanooga Choo Choo, the first train to run nonstop from Ohio to Florida, and its Beaux Arts terminal. The Pullman sleeper cars are being transformed into suites with French textiles and Art Deco furnishings; the dining car will debut as a '70s cocktail bar. Rather than walking down a hallway to your guest room, you'll stroll the train platforms. Also inside the terminal, an intimate cinema will stream black-and-white movies, a recording studio will host local musicians, and a spirited wine bar and restaurant will anchor it all to a bygone era of luxury steam travel.
Where: Napa Valley, California
Why We're Excited: The nearly century-old working ranch, set on 700-plus acres of farmland and vines, has evolved into a deluxe contemporary retreat — a mix of 70 residences, 40 villas, and 78 freestanding cottage suites with fire pits on each outdoor terrace. An Auberge spa, immersive experiences (hiking, hot air ballooning, hat making, wine tasting, oyster shucking), and four on-site dining venues will showcase the best the surrounding farms have to offer.
Where: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Why We're Excited: The great American roadside motor lodge trend continues, and we’re happy to have more options while road-tripping through the States. This throwback to mid-century design includes bunk rooms, suites with kitchenettes, a saloon, an RV park with full hook-ups, an all-seasons pool, hot tubs, fire pits, and a revival of the beloved (currently defunct) local institution, Billy’s Burgers.
Where: Telluride, Colorado
Why We're Excited: This is not a new hotel, but if reading about all these renovations has you wishing you could enjoy your own personal overhaul and tune-up, you might want to know about Reset Telluride, the forthcoming health and wellness program for these post-pandemic times. The six-day, eighteen-person retreats have the themes Reach (lots of rigorous trekking), Recharge (lots of meditation), and Roam (lots of rock climbing and paragliding), and all include daily hikes in the San Juan Mountains, oodles of massages and bodywork, healthy plant-based meals, oxygen treatments in the meditation rooms and while you sleep in special Reset rooms within Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection.
More USA Openings
- Esmé brings new panache to pedestrian Española Way in Miami Beach. The complex, with 145 rooms and five food and beverage outposts, occupies what was built in 1927 as the artists' colony Spanish Village. An artsy, boho air remains throughout this seriously attractive hotel, in rooms decorated in rich shades of rose and emerald, patterns upon patterns everywhere, and the occasional medieval touch (above-bed tapestries, velvet throne armchairs). One of the buildings is the standalone guesthouse Casa Matanza, which has its own storied past: It used to be Al Capone's gambling HQ. (January)
- Montage Big Sky had its soft opening in mid-December in time for the winter ski season at Big Sky near Yellowstone National Park. Adding a luxurious lure to Montana, a state so blessed by Mother Nature, special hotel features include a terrific spa with an indoor lap pool, a sports stimulator, and a bowling alley. But get outside! In addition to skiing, winter is for snowshoeing, ice skating, and dog sledding, while the the action in warmer climes centers around biking, hiking, and fly-fishing. (January)
- The Boca Raton, where the resort and members' club is preparing for its 2026 centennial with a $200 million overhaul of its 200-acre compound. Choose from five hotels — Cloister (home to an Alhambra-inspired spa), Tower (designed by Rockwell Group and new this spring), residential-style Bungalows, all-suite, adults-only Yacht Club, and beachfront Beach Club. Also new this year are restaurants by Major Food Group and, very excitingly, a FlowRider surf wave simulator at the Harborside Pool Club, which also has a 450-foot floating river. (January)
- Pendry Park City in Utah, the company's first mountain resort, has ski-in, ski-out access, an on-site gear rental depot, a pizza parlor, and the town's only rooftop pool and bar.
- Thompson Austin and little sibling Tommie Austin both opened in downtown. Thompson will have 212 rooms and suites, 17 residences, an impressive spa and sports complex, and restaurants overseen by beloved Savannah chef Mashama Bailey, The Grey Market and The Diner Bar. Tommie will no doubt appeal to millennial through touchless access and a strong selection of coffees, craft beers, and natural wines. (January)
- The Citizen Hotel in the building that was home to Tucson's first newspaper press a century ago, promises to deliver an "elevated Arizona wine experience," not only through daily tastings and events, but also in-room touches like a bathtub caddy that can hold a wine glass and bottle. Yes, please! (January)
- Short Stories Hotel is a stylish new West Hollywood boutique property with a Peruvian-by-way-of-California restaurant, a courtyard lounge, and a members' club. (February)
- Soho House Nashville brings the conversion of a former sock factory into a 47-room hotel and members' club with a bar, house kitchen, health club with outdoor yoga terrace, screening room, and a lively swimming pool overlooking the art hub of Wedgewood-Houston or We-Ho. (February)
- Hotel Clio is the chic, new Luxury Collection Hotel in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood where elegant decor comes with killer Rocky Mountain views. (March)
- High Country Motor Lodge, in the charming high-altitude town of Flagstaff, Arizona, is a converted roadside motel with the state's first Nordic spa, the largest pool around, and fire pits in cosmic cottages. (March)
- The Pinch is the answer when you realize a few days in Charleston isn't enough and you want to stay a while. The downtown hotel has 26 apartment-style spaces, all with full kitchens and washers/dryers, and two restaurants. It's the first non-Philadelphia property from Method Co., the hoteliers behind the brilliant Roost Apartment Hotels, Hiroki, and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. (Spring)
- Life House Berkshires is opening a 1970s lodge in Lenox (May); as well as Life House Palm Springs, California, in a marriage of mid-century modernism and Japanese minimalism (September; no website yet).
- The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern on the Central Coast in the Santa Ynez Valley is another century-old California spot a new lease on life — farmhouse, cottage chic — courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collection. (June)
- Arlo Hotels will open the first hotel in Miami's buzzy Wynwood Arts District — a modern and airy 217-room property featuring artwork by up-and-coming local artists, restaurant, beer garden, yoga deck, and a lively, cabana-dotted rooftop pool. (Fall; no website yet)
Where: Cortina, Italy
Why We're Excited: Cortina — Italy's answer to Aspen — welcomes its first new hotel in years, one that shuns glitz and flash and favors sustainability and well-being. "De len" means "of wood" in the local Ladin language of the Dolomites, and wood is the main material used throughout the minimalist hotel. The 22 rooms and suites are made of Swiss pine, which is thought to improve the quality of sleep, and fir, which helps rebalance body and mind. More wellness awaits on the top floor at the spa, where the view of the mountain and valley is its own form of therapy.
Feel-Good Factor: The hotel is being studied at University of Primorska, Slovenia, within the InnoRenew CoE (The Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Center of Excellence) for its use of wood for not only for its healing properties but also as a renewable construction material. This is the first time a hotel is the focus of such research.
Where: London, England
Why We're Excited: Lore Group (the hoteliers behind Sea Containers London Southbank and Fathom Favorite Riggs Washington D.C.), led by creative director Jacu Strauss, debut a big project on Shoreditch High Street: 258 rooms filled with original and vintage furnishings in a muted and relaxing palette and expansive city views. The on-site drinking and dining options include a British seafood restaurant; the Hatch, a grab-and-go stop for snacks; and Seed Library, another basement collaboration with cocktail emperor Ryan “Mr Lyan” Chetiyawardana.
Feel-Good Factor: The hotel partners with two local charities year-round through fundraising and awareness initiatives. Spitalfields Crypt Trust helps people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction; Refuge helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Where: Venice, Italy
Why We're Excited: If you prefer your Grand Canal experience to be a little less grand in the classic sense and a little more modern in the future sense, this one's for you. You may think you're entering a Freehand-Ace-Generator when you pass through Venice M'Art on the ground floor and see a shop filled with branded merch and cool kids sitting in the restaurant that spills onto a Rialto-facing terrace, but this one is next level. The 45 rooms spread over two palazzi have been individually designed by a global roster of gallerists and artists and filled with high-caliber artwork, with rates from 800-20,000 euros per night. The first hotel from the Venetian fashion brand Golden Goose, created the idea of "Postvenezianità" — embracing the future of Venice instead of simply holding onto its past.
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Why We're Excited: Lauded sporting resort in the Scottish countryside will open a sister boutique hotel in a grand, historic building (the old Bank of Scotland) on St. Andrew’s Square. The maximally decorated, 33-room townhouse will have an all-day restaurant, spa, members’ club, rooftop terrace bar, a help-yourself pantry, snug, and lots of cozy private sitting rooms.
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Why We're Excited: A new European hospitality brand has settled into Prague’s Old Town and is bending to the needs of the modern traveler: The hotel offers various room sizes and arrangements for short- and long-term stays, plus tech-enabled check-in, co-working space, self-service laundry, and fully equipped kitchens kitted out with Villeroy & Boch china. And it all looks good, too — the welcome lounge is an open concept with a groovy '60s modernist vibe, lots of peachy and orange tones, flexible seating, and cushions for lounging around.
Where: Tipperary, Ireland
Why We're Excited: Truly a palace experience — the estate was built in 1732 in the Greek-inspired Palladian style and brought back to its original shine by conservation architects. Forty-two bedrooms, including nine over-the-top suites, overlook extensive gardens and pastures. Formal, casual, and outdoor dining, as well as afternoon tea, showcase modern Irish cooking and its agricultural bounty. The decidedly contemporary spa has seaweed baths and a swimming pool bathed in light. And an Equine Concierge organizes horseback excursions of all kinds (there’s a legacy of thoroughbred racing; a famous stud farm is located nearby). Best of all, guests to the palace can casually refer to their holiday in the Golden Vale — which has a majestic ring to it.
Feel-Good Factor: The landmark property adheres to Relais & Chateaux’s best practices in sustainable restoration and sourcing.
Where: Capri, Italy
Why We're Excited: Capri's first and oldest hotel will celebrate its 200th birthday with a seriously rejuvenating makeover courtesy of Oetker Collection. And they invited an impressive gang to throw the party: Two teams of London and Roman architects redid the 50 rooms and suites; Michelin-starred local chef Gennaro Esposito is overseeing the eateries. Located just off the Piazzetta at the center of the island, the hotel will have a spa and rooftop restaurant on site, as well as a private beach club on the water at Marina Piccola.
Where: Dynamo Oasis Nature Reserve, Tuscany, Italy
Why We're Excited: Many hotels claim to have nature as a consideration. At Oasy, nature is everything. It's not so much a single hotel as it is an ambitious living-in-and-with-nature project that will eventually have multiple locations. The first will be in northern Tuscany in the triangle between Parma, Bologna, and Florence. The 1,000-hectare nature reserve that was once a hunting reserve is today affiliated with the World Wildlife Foundation and is home to happy and thriving wildlife (wolves and hares, buzzards and eagles). The hotel consists of 16 cabin lodges tricked out with all the amenities, two fine dining restaurants, and even a movie theater. Experiences can be active (horseback riding) or relaxing (forest bathing).
Feel-Good Factor: In addition to all of the above, there's agricultural sustainability (guests are served food produced on property), regenerative economics (profits from the Oasy Dynamo market are funneled into conservation projects), and stewardship (enhancing biodiversity through research and practices).
Where: Lake Como, Italy
Why We're Excited: It wasn't enough for the De Santis family to wow guests at their Grand Hotel Tremezzo, one of Lake Como's finest hotels. No, they had to outdo themselves and renovate a nearby 18th-century, 24-bedroom palazzo with hidden passageways, ancient stables, a glass house with fruit trees, a hen house with friendly chickens, an open-air gym in an olive grove and a bocce court by the vegetable garden, the largest suite on Lake Como, and manicured gardens rolling down to the lake. Is this your I-wish-I-was-George-Clooney fantasy come true? Pretty much.
Where: Mykonos, Greece
Why We're Excited: With its own private beach, 40 luxe villas with private pools, patios, chefs, and a fleet of yachts and speedboats at the ready, there is no FOMO for Mykonos' party here. The interior and exteriors flow seamlessly, as the property is centered around Greek resources that are both sustainable (local marble) and natural (sweeping views of the Aegean Sea at every turn). And if you're on the mend from your previous stops at the beach clubs, a state-of-the-art spa focuses on detoxification with ice, salt, and steam rooms among other wellness amenities.
Where: Blois, Loire Valley, France
Why We're Excited: Ever wonder how it would feel to live like a king? Or a king's brother? Two-Michelin-star chef Christoper Hay is the creative force behind the sustainably-minded renovation of a 17th-century palace that was the former home of King Louis XIII's frère. Food will take center stage, not only at the gourmet restaurant but also at the bistro and the pastry kiosk. The pool and the Sisley spa will be the place to recover from the feasts and prepare for the next one.
Feel-Good Factors: We love the many eco touches, like using keys made of wood instead of plastic card, replacing so much paper with digital tablets, crafting furniture of wood from sustainably managed forests, recuperating rainwater to water the gardens that source much of the produce, and running entirely on wind power.
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Why We're Excited: The heritage of the former Overseas League, a home away from home for Scottish explorers of yore, is the inspiration for this 30-room Red Carnation hotel with a focus on extraordinary service (with a 2-to-1 staff ratio, the working theme is “anything, anytime”). The Explorers Club will showcase wholly Scottish experiences to guests through design, food, and some of the world’s rarest libations. Expect custom-made tartan, views of Edinburgh Castle, roaring fires, and a wee bit of liquid gold available anytime.
Where: Oslo, Norway
Why We're Excited: In a big year for Oslo, with the opening of the Munch Museum and The National Museum, Nordic Hotels & Resorts — who we already love for their other Oslo hotels The Thief and Amerikalinjen — will debut the country's largest-ever preservation project, converting the 1930s Art Deco landmark in the Frogner neighborhood that was once the city's electrical company into 231 rooms in six categories (shareable lofts to opulent suites), four restaurants, three bars, Oslo's first year-round rooftop pool, an in-house theater, and a preserved Roman bath. Great care was taken in the meticulous restoration to retain as much of the original artwork and period touches as possible.
More Europe Openings
- Edition Hotels, having opened The Reykjavik Edition in late 2021, expands its European footprint with The Madrid Edition. (Early 2022)
- Mama Shelter will open Mama Lisboa in January and Mama Paris La Défense in the spring.
- Palazzo Rainis, a 16-room, Venetian-style hotel on the Adriatic in Novigrad, is just one more reason to make your way to Istria, the Croatian peninsula that maintains its Italian roots. And if you do get here, wind your way down the coast to Pula and check into Grand Hotel Brioni. (March for both)
- Brown Beach Corinthia, an hour west of Athens on the coast, is a cool and curvy stunner with rooms, suites, and bungalows, a rooftop bar and restaurant, and a private beach. (April)
- The Albion in Cardigan, West Wales, is a 23-room hotel built in two converted riverfront warehouses by the art-school couple behind fforest — a high-concept, simple-living development that includes a farm, cottages, bespoke "shacs," geodesic domes, and pubs. At Albion, they preserved historic touches like 19th-century maritime graffiti. (Spring)
- Virgin Hotels will open two hotels in Scotland — Virgin Hotels Edinburgh in the landmark 1864 India Buildings and Virgin Hotels Glasgow along the River Clyde. (Spring)
- Il Capri Hotel sees the transformation of a Neo-Gothic Venetian palazzo overlooking the Bay of Naples in Capri into a 21-room hotel with a rooftop pool, a 24-hour snack bar, and a subterranean nightclub that will be used as a movie theater and event space in the off season. (Spring)
- Castel Elvira is the place to go when a Puglia masseria (old farmhouse) sounds less tempting than a castello that has been carefully restored into a six-suite retreat after having been abandoned for a century. (Spring)
- The Standard, Ibiza welcomes guests to its adults-only, year-round, 67-key hotel with a freestanding private residence, rooftop restaurant, and pool with late-night bites and farm-to-bar cocktails. Begging the question: How has The Standard only now opened in Ibiza? If ever a hotel and a destination were made for each other, it's these two. A standalone building, Casa Privada, is group-ready, with 14 guest rooms, a gym, pool, and bar. (April)
- Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Santorini continues the company's fast-paced global expansion. A northeast coast location ensures great Caldera and Aagean views, a Nobu Restaurant is de rigeur, and a dual-level infinity pool sounds intriguing. (Spring)
- The Other House in South Kensington will be the first of six London projects that could herald the future of hospitality and services, a hybrid hotel/members' club/short term rental. The company aims to be ethically responsible, with five-star BREEAM sustainability certification, an anti-elitist attitude, and an app that will not only let you book services like haircuts and exclusive entertainment experiences but also check the energy use of your room to track your environmental footprint. (May)
- Lesante Cape, the newest addition to the Lesante Collection in Zakynthos, is designed like a traditional Greek village, down to the town square with a taverna, shops, and a folklore museum. (May)
- La Zambra on Spain's Costa del Sol will be the reincarnation of Byblos Hotel, the 1980s hotspot that kept Mick Jagger and Princess Di coming back for more, more, more. (June)
- Ett Hem, our favorite hotel in Stockholm, is expanding into the house on the other side of their garden, adding an additional ten rooms and three apartments, as well as an additional kitchen. (Summer)
- It's a big year for openings in Rome. Shedir Collection, the hoteliers behind Fathom Favorites Vilòn and Maalot (one of our best new openings of late 2021), will open two new small hotels this year: Palazzo Umiltà will have a modern design (April), while Palazzo Roma will have preserved historic frescoes, wood paneling, and marble floors (fall; no websites yet for either). The five-star classic Palazzo Naiadi in Piazza della Repubblica began its conversion into Anatara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel in January, starting with a glamorous new lobby and Art Nouveau bar, with more revamps to come throughout the year. Another grand hotel (literally) is undergoing a conversion: Grand Hotel Via Veneto will evolve into Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Roma (summer). Six Senses Rome will be an oasis of serenity off bustling Via del Corso, with an outdoor courtyard garden and rooftop terrace with sweeping city views (fall). If you're looking for a place to spend and earn your Marriott Bonvoy points, check into W Rome, which just opened in December near the Spanish Steps, or The Rome Edition, opening in Piazza Barberini (late 2022).
- Rosewood Vienna will open this year in a former bank on Petersplatz in Old Town. (Summer)
- 7Pines Resort Sardinia on the island's northeast coast near Porto Cervo occupies 15 hectares of gardens and coastline, with one private beach and four lovely coves. (July)
- Le Grand Mazarin will be the first city hotel from Maisons Pariente, the family-run company behind a growing collection of charming hotels in popular French destinations. This Marais outpost near Hôtel de Ville will have 61 stylish rooms and suites, a swimming pool, and an underground bar. (September)
- Broadwick Soho, is the 57-room Martin Brudnizki-designed project in Central London. The public spaces are all about stimulating the senses, while the rooms will be designed as calming retreats. The Sicilian-inspired restaurant with wraparound terrace will likely be a little of both. (Fall).
- One&Only Aesthesis opening in a converted 1950s jetset resort along a beach-meets-forest stretch of the Athenian Riviera means Athens finally gets the grand hotel it deserves. (Fall)
- Nolinski Venezia, from EVOK Hotels, the gatekeepers Parisian cool behind Sinner and Cour des Vosges, are crossing the Alps and opening their first Italian outpost in the former Chamber of Commerce near Piazza San Marco. (November)
- Raffles London at The OWO, the company's first in London, sees the total revamp (120 rooms and suites, 85 residences, and 11 restaurants) of the historic Old War Office on Whitehall, a government building never before open to the public. (Late 2022)
The Caribbean and Latin America
Where: Trancoso, Brazil
Why We're Excited: Fasano, creators of the coolest hotels in Brazil, have opened their latest in Trancoso, the beloved fishing village in Bahia that's been drawing a discerning crowd that prizes rustic chic beach living. You'll find it here, where "rustic" describes 40 bungalows set amid 300 beautiful hectares (one-third of which are an environmental preserve), a spa, a beach-facing Olympic-sized pool, a reflecting pool garden.
Where: São Paulo, Brazil
Why We're Excited: The hotel, which opened in January, occupies a former maternity hospital where more than half a million Brazilians entered the world. An auspicious beginning! The building now has a vertical garden tower, just one of the ways it was transformed by global team of creatives that included architect Jean Nouvel, designer Philippe Starck, and several dozen contemporary Brazilian artists who created work for the public spaces, rooms, and six on-site restaurants. Also hard at work are 10,000 bees making honey in the city's biggest hive.
Feel-Good Factor: Construction was entirely done with locally sourced and upcycled materials, and a biodiversity program is helping repopulate flora and fauna from the Mata Atlantica rainforest. Guest drinking water is filtered and bottled in-house; no Evian waste here. Finally, the hotel plans to run on 100 percent renewable energy within a year.
Where: La Paz, Bolivia
Why We're Excited: If this is your year to visit the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, you’ll need a base in the vibrant city-in-the-clouds: La Paz. The 76-room, design-centric hotel from Bolivian architect Ivan Valdez and NYC firm Los Designers has rolled out with an impressive art collection, a restaurant, bakery, lobby-bar hybrid, sophisticated wellness center with an indoor pool and outdoor garden, and tranquil rooms overlooking the Andes mountains.
Feel-Good Factor: As part of its conscious hospitality mission, the hotel will generate solar energy, use rainwater and groundwater, recycle, and avoid single-use plastics.
Where: Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Why We’re Excited: Grupo Habita, who for decades have created the country’s coolest trendsetting hotels, have transformed seven buildings in the jungle between the mountains the ocean into 14 connecting villas with private pools, outdoor bathrooms, and garden terraces; an open-air restaurant, and a communal circular pool and a hexagonal spa (three cheers for geometry). The vibe throughout very indoors meets outdoors, seen through the use of natural building materials, the color palette, and the whole oasis ethos.
Feel-Good Factor: Materials used in construction were sourced locally. The hotel is not only off the grid in spirit but in practice, as it runs entirely on solar power. That means instead of air-conditioning they cool spaces through clever building techniques. Materials used in construction were sourced locally.
Where: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Why We're Excited: It's rare on Turks & Caicos' beautiful Grace Bay to be perched on the cliffside and not have to share the precious white-sand real estate with several all-inclusive neighbors. These are but two of the luxuries found at the new Mediterranean-inspired resort with 42 spacious studio suites and homes, the new project by TCI's Grace Bay Resorts. Take in the views from the private over-water beach club jetty, the clifftop restaurant, and the 100-foot infinity pool. If you do want to leave the compound, the hotel's private excursion boat will take you snorkeling and diving in the crystal-clear bay.
Where: Papa Pochote, Costa Rica
Why We're Excited: Cue the waterfalls and the surf-ready waves, the lush jungle and the white-sand beach. Gather round the conversation fire pit and at the restaurant, then retreat to your eco-friendly room made from ethically sourced natural materials. This is a really easygoing vacation.
More Caribbean and Latin America Openings
Etéreo — Spanish for "ethereal" — is Auberge Resorts Collection's take on the Riviera Maya — 75 expansive, light-filled guest houses surrounding mangroves along a white-sand beach, where experiences include snorkeling the Great Mayan Reef just off the coast, discovering nearby underground cenotes, planting mangroves for tomorrow, and learning about Mayan traditions from the in-house shaman. (January)
Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort just opened a beautiful beach hotel on Barú island on Colombia's Pacific Coast, a great stop after a trip to Cartagena (and perhaps a stay at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, one of the city's most striking hotels), less than a half hour up the coast.
Susurros del Corazón, an Auberge Resorts Collection hotel, opens a resort with residences on a stretch of jungle-meets-sand beach in Punta Mita on the Mexican Pacific Coast. (Spring)
Habitas will open another Mexico location, Habitas Todos Santos next fall.
Where: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
When: Early 2022
Why We're Excited: It's a small-scale, 12-suite luxury eco lodge inside the Nambiti Private Game Reserve between Durban and Johannesburg with a sharp focused on sustainability and preserving its surroundings — 23,000 acres that are home to more than 50 species of wildlife. Guest experiences go beyond game drives with cooking classes, overnight camping excursions high in the mountains, and assisting with the property's sustainability initiatives. ,
Feel-Good Factor: The property supports the local community not only through staffing but also by relying on the elders to help guide the property's future.
Where: Nkombo Island, Lake Kivu, Rwanda
Why We're Excited: Sextantio made its name by reviving near-abandoned living structures in forgotten villages in Italy and turning them into the best possible example of preservation for modern living. Using historical sources from the local ethnographic museum, they will recreate structures to reorient travel to a forgotten island bordering Rwanda and Congo.
Feel-Good Factor: The goal, though challenging, is to reduce the cultural impact that African resorts have on local places and people. The entire project "will not have any profit purpose" and will fund Sextantio Onlus, a non-profit organization for social utility that helps the most deprived people seek affordable healthcare and effective treatments for treatable diseases in Rwanda.
Why We're Excited: While we're not sure we should even be spreading our tourist junk around Earth's most pristine continent, we can't deny the journey-of-a-lifetime appeal of White Desert's new eco camp, where activities include fat biking, skiing, mountaineering, and penguin admiring. Consisting of six polar pods inspired by space travel (talk about another destination we should not be colonizing...), the price tag for the exclusive-use camp makes it almost as prohibitive as going to Mars: Three nights, with luxury accommodations for up to 12, all food, and flights from Cape Town, will cost just over a half million dollars.
Feel-Good Factor: All White Desert camps are designed to leave minimal impact on the environment.
- R48 Hotel & Garden is Tel Aviv's newest, an 11-room boutique hotel with interiors by designer Liagre and landscape architect Piet by Oudolf of New York City's High Line. An outpost of R2M's Brasserie on the ground floor will anchor the food and drink options. (April; no website yet)
- Life House Hotels launches its first international location in Bali, Life House Seminyak, in a house that seeks to harmonize three core elements: Atma (human), Angga (nature), and Khaya (gods). If it sounds like a place you'd like to stay for a while, you'll be glad to hear there's a co-working lounge at the hotel. (Spring)
- Nordisk Hygge Circles Ugakei is a Danish-Japanese collaboration in Japan's Mie Prefecture that combines hygge and Scandi style with luxurious and sustainable Japanese camping. Sounds like a match made in aesthetic heaven. (Spring)
- The Langham, Gold Coast, the company's third Australia hotel, has 169 rooms and suites with sweeping Pacific Ocean on the Queensland beach Surfers Paradise. It's located within The Jewel, a three-tower development designed to look like, well, jewels. Culinary options will include the Cantonese restaurant T'ang Court and the more casual 26 & Sunny. Yes, high tea will be served at Palm Court. This is a Langham Hotel, after all. (June)
- Waterside at Royal Malewane, the new lodge at Royal Malewane, the Royal Portfolio's luxury safari experience in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park, will consist of six one- to four-bedroom suites, all with their own decks ad plunge pools. (July)
- Hoshino Resorts KAI Yufuin near Mt. Yufu is the company's latest hot spring auberge. The rice field-encircled ryokan is being designed by Kengo Kuma, the architect behind the National Stadium of Japan's recent Summer Olympics. (Summer)
- Patina Ubud in the rainforested highlands of Bali is the second Patina hotel from the Capella Group after their stunning 2021 Maldives debut.
- Doha, Qatar, home to the FIFA World Cup 2022 (and our top Gulf destination for cultural and equestrian attractions), will see many hotel openings throughout the year, notably Rosewood Doha in a two-tower complex in Lusail City, the four-island project north of the city center; The Doha Edition in the central business district's West Bay area; and The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort (no website yet) in Katara Cultural Village.