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Whether you seek a getaway to reunite with loved ones or a wellness retreat to get your pandemic-worn health back on track, a slew of new hotels will be ready to welcome you. For our annual list of top luxury hotel openings, we scoured the globe to find properties of all types, from high-end brands to boutique gems, with top-notch amenities, striking facilities and coveted locales.
From Kauai to Kuwait, here are Forbes Travel Guide’s most anticipated hotel openings for 2022:
Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, Napa
This 712-acre working ranch will feed your body (its restaurants use ingredients from local farms), spirit (the spa’s wellness experts will create personalized programs) and sense of wonder (snap a photo of the 60-by-40-foot Infinity sculpture). Unwind in the 78 rustic-luxe cottages and suites featuring terraces with fire pits and views of the Mayacamas Mountains and the property’s vineyards.
Steps from sister property Atlantis, The Palm, this resort will go big with 795 rooms; 17 restaurants from noted chefs like José Andrés, Ariana Bundy and Heston Blumenthal; the world’s largest waterpark; a flashy water and fire show; and a showstopping 22nd-floor, 295-foot-long infinity sky pool.
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh
Tucked along a premier shopping thoroughfare, this more-than-150-year-old building will have its façade and interiors restored. The boutique hotel will also have 30 rooms, an executive lounge and impeccable touches like a mural honoring Scottish explorers. But its best asset may be its unobstructed views of Edinburgh Castle.
Conrad will mark its first California foray with Los Angeles’ Frank Gehry-designed cultural corridor, The Grand LA. The 305-room property will have sweeping vistas of Walt Disney Concert Hall, a 16,000-square-foot rooftop pool and two José Andrés restaurants — one with Latin and Asian flavors and the other with classic Spanish fare.
This 13th-century refuge is steeped in history. The 108 unique rooms will reside in a former monastery, a 15th-century chapel will host weddings and there’s a 200-year-old botanic garden. But it will also offer modern perks: four restaurants from renowned chefs like Gert De Mangeleer, who will revive his famed Hertog Jan, and an innovative three-floor botanical spa.
If you need a sign that Tampa is on the cusp of a luxury travel resurgence, this spring opening is it. Nestled within the new 56-acre Water Street Tampa area, the hotel will have 172 rooms (including a vast 2,195-square-foot penthouse) and six restaurants and bars, including a rooftop lounge.
Located within The Avenues — Kuwait’s largest mall with more than 1,100 stores, an amusement park, a movie theater and more — the hotel will have easy access to entertainment. But with 200 sophisticated accommodations overlooking the skyline, Japanese restaurant ROKA Kuwait and a 13,560-square-foot spa, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in the hotel.
One of the tallest buildings in the area, the newly built hotel will afford views from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty. But your eyes will be locked on the property’s dining options — chef José Andrés will serve a mezze menu at Zaytinya and avant-garde cuisine at Bazaar and oversee the rooftop bar — and the 6,800-square-foot spa.
Raffles London at The OWO
Stay in the former offices of British prime ministers like Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George when Raffles opens in the Old War Office. The white Edwardian building will hold 120 rooms, dining from decorated chef Mauro Colagreco and a rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking Whitehall and Buckingham Palace.
Tech pioneer Larry Ellison will convert his Porcupine Creek home and golf course into a 230-acres desert wellness destination. Like its excellent sister property Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii, this retreat will adopt a science-based approach with a state-of-the-art diagnostic center, a slew of fitness and mindfulness programming, a spa and healthy fare by Nobu.
Along the Cumberland River and a block from Broadway’s honky-tonks, a glass tower will house 230-plus rooms, all with city or water vistas. Check out the seventh-floor terrace’s infinity-edge pool and alfresco restaurant and exclusive experiences like penning a country song with a local musician.
The 79-story skyscraper recently arrived on the scene with some of the largest accommodations in the southern China city and luxurious amenities like Diptyque toiletries and Dyson Supersonic hairdryers. Don’t miss the 68th-floor spa with a pool under cathedral ceilings and the modern Cantonese plates at The Bay by Chef Fei.
The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
Soaring above the city, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne will be Australia’s tallest hotel. Zip up to level 80 to check in and then take in sweeping views of the bay and the skyline. More riveting vistas will be on display from the 257 rooms and the indoor infinity pool.
The Inn at Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards, Virginia Highlands
Since 2013, family-owned Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards’ bucolic 450 acres showcased fare from James Beard-nominated chef Travis Milton, wine and yurts. But the mountain escape will add a 28-room luxury inn with a presidential suite, an infinity pool, a spa and a new restaurant from Milton called Hickory.
The alpine resort gets a modernist makeover at this ski-in/ski-out Canyons Village chalet. There’s a Japanese American steakhouse; a lively pizza parlor; après-ski in front of the lobby lounge’s fireplace or outdoors on Ski Beach; and Park City’s only rooftop pool and bar.
Portrait Milano — Lungarno Collection
The style tastemakers in the Ferragamo family will bring a new hotel to Italy’s fashion capital in an unlikely place: a former archiepiscopal seminary. The divine structure has a grand 1652 baroque entrance that opens onto an imposing nearly one-acre piazza framed by a double-colonnaded loggia. Its once hallowed walls also will contain restaurants, a shopping arcade and event space.