Another year, another journey around the world to compile our Top 100 Suites. Last year, we laser-focused on the most sustainable suites. And while the suites you find this year still have the underpinning of strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) values, you’ll find the suites categorized by your vacation preference in this issue.
Traveling with family? Look at Soneva Fushi and its seriously fun water slide villa. Looking to recharge and refresh? A wellness mecca in Iceland with a private geothermal lagoon will more than suffice. You will also find a selection of the most exciting new openings from the last year.
Speaking of which, one of the most talked-about new hotel openings of 2022, Aman New York, has had tongues wagging since it opened its doors in the summer. Elite Traveler’s Irenie Forshaw speaks to the man behind all the glorious details — famed designer Jean-Michel Gathy — about capturing the essence of New York for the lofty project.
With the festive season comes eating, drinking and general merriment, and — of course — gifts. If you’re seeking inspiration for loved ones, look no further than our Gift Guide, where you’ll find a unique and wonderful curation of goodies. If you happen to receive a bottle of fine wine as a gift (or as a gift to yourself, no judgment here) then consider the optimum storage conditions.
Victoria Daskal heads underground into an old mine-turned-expert-wine storage-space with Octavian. Elsewhere in this issue, we go in search of some winter sun. Becca Hensley touches down in Barbados and revels in all that the colorful island has to offer, from the friendly food trucks to the rum experiences (this is the liquor’s birthplace, after all).
Alexandra Cheney goes against the grain in New Zealand at the lesser-visited North Island — the best way to take in the striking landscape is by road, as there are some 650 miles of roads that connect tip to tip. And as Alexandra summarizes, “every route is a scenic one.”
The road trip theme continues with this issue’s Hot List. I spent a week behind the wheel of a Porsche Taycan Gran Turismo, exploring the mythical fjords of Norway and the incredibly spectacular landscape; many an unplanned stop was made to brave the cold waters with a quick dip. And Oli Smith ventures into the Scottish Highlands to test out a Bentley Bentayga.
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This article appears in the 30 Nov 2022 issue of the New Statesman, Winter 2022/23