As you’d expect given the past 18 months, many of the new hotels opening in 2022 have a firm focus on health and wellness, with bolstered spa facilities and personalized treatment plans. In addition to wellness, the most exciting new hotels are thankfully recognizing their responsibility to encourage more meaningful and considered travel, with sustainability being high on the agenda.
Without further ado, from eco-lodges in South Africa to stately mansions in England, these are the most anticipated hotel openings of 2022.
The Homestead, Nambiti, South Africa – March
Original 19th-century structures will be combined with new buildings crafted from sustainable materials such as local ironstone and ethically forested wood / ©The Homestead
Kicking off our list of the most anticipated hotel openings of 2022 is The Homestead – an eco-luxury resort in South Africa’s Nambiti Game Reserve. The resort will feature 12 meticulously designed lodges – each complete with its own infinity pool – as well as world-class spa and fitness facilities, and a culinary outlet headed up by chef Kamarl John.
The resort is being created as consciously as possible with a design that seamlessly blends into the surrounding environment. The build will see original 19th-century structures combined with new buildings crafted from sustainable materials such as local ironstone and ethically forested wood. Once in action, The Homestead will operate almost entirely on solar power, with smart heat maintenance in place to limit overall energy usage.
The resort’s diverse programming will focus heavily on encouraging regenerative travel, with guests invited to embark on tailored game drives (delivered via a fleet of all-electric vehicles), educational anti-poaching workshops, animal photography sessions and more. Each of these excursions is designed to actively give back to the surrounding wilderness and wildlife, not just observe.
Svart, Meløy, Norway
Cradled within Norway’s stunning Helgeland coastline, the hotel will sit at the bottom of the Svartisen Glacier / ©Getty
Billed as the world’s first energy-positive hotel, Svart has been causing quite the stir since it was first announced way back in 2018. And while the official opening date remains under wraps, we’ve got our fingers crossed for 2022.
Cradled within Norway’s stunning Helgeland coastline, the hotel will sit at the bottom of the Svartisen Glacier, with its impressive circular structure intended to complement rather than obstruct its surroundings. In line with its energy-positive aims, Svart is being constructed using entirely solar-powered electric energy, with all operations relying on the same source once it’s open.
In addition to sustainability, one of the main focuses at Svart will be on wellness. The two-floor Spa, Health and Wellness Clinic will integrate traditional Nordic remedies into high-tech modern therapies for an all-encompassing approach to health. However, tech and advanced treatments aside, just visiting this amazing part of the world, where the summer weeks see no darkness and the winter skies are dominated by the dancing northern lights, promises to deliver a new meaning to the idea of wellbeing. We can’t wait to check in.
COMO Le Montrachet, Côte-d’Or, France
Le Montrachet will be thoughtfully spread across four 18th century heritage buildings / ©COMO
As the group’s first French property, COMO Le Montrachet is set to become a hotspot when it opens its doors next year. Located in the historical Burgundy region (which of course any wine fans will already be more than familiar with), the hotel will combine classic French elegance with COMO’s renowned level of conscious luxury.
Le Montrachet will be thoughtfully spread across four 18th century heritage buildings, with esteemed designer Paola Navone – who also assisted in bringing COMO Castello Del Nero in Tuscany to life – having been enlisted to help bring a contemporary yet sensitive touch. The hotel will have a total of just 31 rooms and suites, hinting at an impressively intimate and dedicated level of service.
Of course, Burgundy is not new territory to wine buffs, with the region producing some of the world’s most famous grape varieties, including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Naturally, Le Montrachet will be tapping into its prime spot in the heart of the Côte-d’Or region by offering guests unparalleled access to some of the finest Grand Cru vineyards.
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100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, UK – June
100 Princes Street will occupy an old department store with views out to Edinburgh Castle / ©Red Carnation
There’s nowhere quite like Edinburgh, with its historic buildings standing proud against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. Next year will see a brand-new addition to the city’s thriving hotel scene courtesy of Red Carnation which is opening its first Scottish property: 100 Princes Street.
Sitting in the heart of the city which bridges the gap between historic and modern Edinburgh, 100 Princes Street will occupy an old department store with views out to Edinburgh Castle. The project will see the building’s historical features carefully restored and proudly showcased, with local designers enlisted to create a host of custom-made artwork and furnishings.
The accommodations will be comprised of 30 sumptuous rooms and suites, with guests invited to enjoy the hotel’s Explorer Club – a residents-only bar with a custom wine wall and, of course, an incredible selection of Scotch whiskies. As with all Red Carnation hotels, the level of service is set to be unrivaled at 100 Princes Street, with an impressive 2:1 staff to guest ratio and a ‘whatever, whenever’ approach. The hotel will also join its sister properties in offering a range of eco-conscious experiences that showcase the surrounding area.
Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa, The Maldives – May
Faarafushi will be committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable way / ©Emerald Collection
If you thought the Maldives didn’t have room for any new resorts, you thought wrong. The year 2022 will see the opening of Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa, which marks The Emerald Collection’s second Maldivian property. Located on the 14.8-acre private island in the unbelievably beautiful Raa Atoll, the resort will have a total of 80 private villas, including a number of family-focused accommodations and one Presidential Villa, all of which have been designed to celebrate the beauty of the surrounding environment.
As with most Maldivian resorts, wellness will take center stage at Faarafushi. Among its amenities will be the Emerald Spa – a state-of-the-art facility with eight cocoon-shaped wellness suites elevated to hide within the lush palm trees. Here, therapists will perform a host of treatments that draw inspiration from traditional Balinese remedies. The expansive spa also features a steam room, yoga pavilion and plunge pools, as well as a range of fitness facilities.
Just like its sibling resort, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, Faarafushi will be committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable way. Day-to-day initiatives, such as limiting plastic usage and using electric vehicles and bicycles to navigate the island, already dominate at Emerald Maldives, with other efforts including composting waste and solar panel usage going on behind the scenes.
Fairmont Windsor Park, Windsor, UK – January
Fairmont Windsor Park will offer an impressive 200 rooms and suites throughout its stately build / ©Fairmont
In the past year, London has had an impressive number of exciting hotel openings, but for a more rural (but still well-connected) English vacation, the Fairmont Windsor Park looks like it will be ticking all the boxes. Sitting just next to Windsor’s historical Great Park, the hotel will combine English country charm with a touch of sophisticated modern style – all within just over 25 miles of central London.
Opening on January 1, the Fairmont will offer an impressive 200 rooms and suites throughout its stately build. The most lavish of all is set to be the Royal Suite, which will boast its own separate entrance and dedicated access to a private spa suite.
As with many other 2022 hotel openings, special attention has been paid to wellness offerings and facilities at Fairmont Windsor Park. The hotel will boast a sprawling spa, complete with a 65-ft swimming pool, a cryotherapy chamber, gym, Pilates studio and 18 treatments rooms. The dining offering is another key draw, with a total of seven restaurants and bars serving up delicious food and drink using locally sourced ingredients, some of which will be from the nearby Royal Gardens.
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Aman New York, New York, USA
Aman New York will uphold the impeccable Aman standards that we know and love with a super sharp design / ©Aman
A new opening from Aman is always big news, with the ultra-luxury hotel group playing host to some of the world’s most notable guests. Next year will see it open its first New York property as it breathes new life into the iconic Crown Building to create a chic urban retreat.
Aman New York will uphold the impeccable Aman standards that we know and love with a super sharp design, which is being imagined with architect Jean-Michel Gathy at the helm. From the outset, the vision has been to both celebrate the Crown Building’s striking architecture, while simultaneously injecting a good dose of Aman spirit and style.
In addition to the 83 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites (all of which have their own functioning fireplace), Aman New York will open with 22 full-service branded residences, including a five-story penthouse. Residents will have access to all of the hotel’s exclusive amenities, which is set to include three restaurants, a jazz club and, of course, an enormous Aman Spa.
andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, Tanzania – June
Super-cool yet relaxed interiors celebrate the beauty of the lodge’s surrounding environment / ©andBeyond
Although andBeyond Grumeti isn’t strictly new, the destination’s transformation following flood damage in 2020 is set to be an impressive reveal. What was once the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp will now be the andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, complete with reimagined accommodations and communal areas.
andBeyond’s take on understated luxury will remain in place, with Fox Browne Creative brought on board to create super-cool yet relaxed interiors that celebrate the beauty of the lodge’s surrounding environment. The guest rooms have almost doubled in size, with raised ceilings and taller doors allowing for an abundance of natural light. A state-of-the-art gym is another welcome addition.
As part of the lodge’s refit, designers have upped the sustainability initiatives with the installation of a new solar system that will allow it to run on 80% renewable energy. Wastewater will also be smartly re-used, and rainwater collected to fill the lodge’s pools. Together with andBeyond’s existing sustainability commitments, these initiatives will help cement Grumeti’s status as a leader in eco-tourism.
One&Only Aesthesis, Greece
Tucked away on the Glyfada coastline, the new hotel will open directly out onto the mesmerizingly blue waters of the Mediterranean / ©One&Only
With understatedly luxurious resorts in handpicked locations around the globe, One&Only is a safe bet when it comes to out-of-this-world vacations. Among its 2022 hotel openings is One&Only Aesthesis, which will throw open its doors in Greece’s Athens Riviera next fall.
Tucked away on the Glyfada coastline, the new hotel will open directly out onto the mesmerizingly blue waters of the Mediterranean, giving guests a private slice of paradise. Included in the resort’s 51-acre estate will be a lively beach club, dining destinations dishing up Greek delicacies and a Chenot spa offering tailored health and wellness programs.
In true One&Only style, the majority of the accommodations will be secluded villas with private pools. The hotel’s design will take inspiration from its stunning surroundings, using natural stones and timbers to create a serene sanctuary that invites guests to melt into the Grecian way of life. This is one 2022 hotel opening that you do not want to miss.
Sommerro, Olso, Norway – September
Neoclassical design is combined with contemporary touches to create a stylish sanctuary / ©Lars Petter Pettersen
We’re already sensing that Olso will be a 2022 hotspot among responsible travelers. Environmental sustainability is high on the Norwegian capital’s priority list, with bold aims to become carbon neutral through promoting electric vehicles, introducing green public transport and launching car-free zones.
Adding a touch of art deco glamour to the city’s hotel scene is Sommerro, which is set to open next September. Occupying an iconic 1930s building in one of Oslo’s oldest neighborhoods, Sommerro is bidding to become a community hub, welcoming both locals and international visitors alike to enjoy its rooftop bar and restaurant with panoramic city views, a 200-seat gilded theatre and an expansive underground wellness space.
Responsible for the 231-room hotel’s ultra-chic aesthetic is local design firm LPO Architects, which has collaborated with New York- and London-based studio GrecoDeco. Together, they have artfully combined neoclassical design with contemporary touches to create a stylish sanctuary. Like the city that it will soon call home, Sommerro is committed to sustainability with a focus on hyper-seasonal and locally sourced cuisine, partnering with like-minded brands for in-room amenities and smart use of green technology.
Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Jalisco, Mexico
Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo is promising to deliver a new level of conscious luxury to Mexico / ©Four Seasons
Hidden away on a private eco-reserve on Jalisco’s Pacific coastline, Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo is promising to deliver a new level of conscious luxury when it opens in early 2022. In addition to its 157 rooms and suites, the remote resort will offer a plethora of amenities across its 3,000+ acres.
Guests can indulge in a trip to the organic spa nestled within the tropical forest, a workout at the comprehensive fitness center, a lap or two in one of three pool areas, as well as round at the award-winning 18-hole golf course. All this is topped off with an impressive choice of four dining outlets, including an ocean-view restaurant and a beach bar.
To ensure the stunning natural beauty surrounding the resort is both showcased and protected, Four Seasons worked closely with a team of experts to support existing rewilding efforts and create a design that blends seamlessly into the environment. The resort will also be home to a Discovery Center, which will invite guests to embark on interactive activities aimed at educating children about the area’s diverse native flora and fauna.