Hotel openings we’re looking forward to in 2022
The travel and hospitality industry has had an uneven 2021, with a big return tempered by COVID waves and restrictions. Bookings are way up for 2022, however, and it seems poised to be a banner year. We could sure use a vacation, and these new hotel openings have us dreaming of deluxe journeys ahead.
Facing the newly restored mausoleum of Caesar Augustus, one of three hotel openings from the luxury brand in 2022 comes to the Eternal City. Augustus boasted of taking over a city of brick and leaving it in marble, and the Bulgari Roma incorporates Travertine marble in its design, hearkening back to that imperial glory. The building is a modernist 1930s structure with a completely revamped interior that features mostly suites among the hotel’s 100-plus rooms.
The first African offering from the collection mixing modern luxury with Japanese tradition and the culinary offerings of chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the 71-room boutique should open in the fall after a pushed-back opening date. In the Hivernage district close to the heart of the city, the hotel will feature more than 20,000 square feet of spa and fitness amenities with indoor and outdoor swimming pools. So, there will be ample opportunity to work off those sumptuous meals.
Opening in April, just in time for beach season on Portugal’s southern coast, the 83 residences and 134 rooms and suites — each with their own balcony — will face the setting sun. Three beaches are within walking distance, and the expansive pool area provides guests ample opportunity to soak up the sun. Usher in the day with sunrise yoga and end it with tapas and craft cocktails at Living Room. In between, the choice is yours.
With a design inspired by the coral reefs in the surrounding gulf, the ultraluxe towers in the Qatari capital will be one of the new hotel openings in time for the World Cup, which will take place in November and December to avoid the hottest parts of the desert summer. In addition to 185 rooms and suites, the Rosewood Doha will feature serviced apartments for longer stays and 300 residences for sale. It will be the first property to debut Asaya, a signature wellness concept.
A 230-acre estate surrounded by mountains and the Coachella Valley, the wellbeing retreat from Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus features a personalized wellness regimen that seeks to promote sustainable living practices through data-driven technology. The innovative dining menus come from the mind of Nobu. The concept of wellbeing guided by knowledge and evidence-based practices promises unwinding in the digital age by maximizing the upside of tech.
From Grace Bay Resorts comes the latest in Turks and Caicos luxury. The 42 residences will be perched on cliffs steps away from the turquoise waters. With a private beach club below the cliffs, the resort evokes the spirit of the French Riviera or Capri but with a distinctly Caribbean feel. After COVID-driven delays, Rock House will serve as an escape from the challenges of pandemic life.
On a quiet Cycladic island of 2,500 residents but less than 40 miles from Athens, the latest from One&Only sits on a secluded bay overlooking the Aegean Sea. With 3,500 years of history and excellent diving, the island is a haven for those looking for a break after exploring the ruins of Athens and partying on Mykonos. Guests will be able to lose themselves in time and forge their own histories to add to the island’s legend.
A new brand from Aman Resorts, Janu (“soul” in Sanskrit) aims to connect travelers to their destination, to themselves, and to others. Social spaces encourage community as private relaxation spaces allow for thoughtful reflection. Through it all, a commitment to sustainable wellbeing pervades. On a pristine stretch of Adriatic coast, Janu Montenegro serves as a sister property to Aman Sveti Stefan but with a communal vibe all its own. It’s one of three hotel openings (others set for Saudi Arabia and Tokyo) to launch the Janu brand.
With 56 guestrooms and 12 villas with no building taller than a palm tree, Grenada’s new wellness destination will blend in with its surroundings. Gardens, native fruit trees, and fish sourced from local fishermen will provide ingredients for the restaurants and spa, and the resort will be free of single-use plastics. Along with sustainability, Six Senses’ other pillar is wellness, and La Sagesse will deliver with a spa overlooking a lagoon delivering traditional Caribbean treatments utilizing indigenous plants and herbs.
The poshest address in cities full of them, Peninsula properties are used to standing out in a crowd. The upcoming London and Istanbul hotel openings are sure to continue the tradition. The Peninsula London will be in the heart of Belgravia overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the Wellington Arch just across the garden from Buckingham Palace. Its personalized service will showcase the best of British hospitality and culture while providing a peaceful place to lay your head in one of the world’s busiest cities.