September 26, 2021

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The 20 Most Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings For 2022

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From a spectacular cliffside retreat in Montenegro to a historic urban hotel in London, I have curated a list of highly anticipated hotel openings for 2022 worldwide. Many of these properties have continued construction despite COVID-19 as long-range investments but could still be delayed in opening due to any new restrictions from each country.

This year I have listed all new properties and residences by hotel brand so that luxury travelers can visit their trusted favorites. Also, for the first time, a theme park hotel has made the list of luxury openings due to its high-end price.

AMAN

The luxury brand is known for its wellness offerings also launched the new Janu brand of hotels which focuses on wellness and activity. New Janu openings are planned for 2022, including Montenegro. Aman resorts see a push back for the scheduled Baja, Mexico Amanvari to 2024, with no property launches scheduled until 2023.

AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION

Wildflower Farms (Hudson Valley, New York)

Located 90 minutes from Manhattan, Wildflower Farms offers up 140 acres along a lazy river that embraces free-standing cabins with views of the Shawangunk Ridge. With 65 free-standing bungalows, cottages, and suites, all in contemporary cabin-style aesthetic featuring individual fireplaces and large terraces. There is also a Spa with an indoor saltwater pool, outdoor swimming pool, and spa tubs.

Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection  (Riviera Maya, Mexico)

Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection will debut in early 2022 on a pristine Caribbean oceanfront site in Riviera Maya. Each of the accommodations at Etéreo has dramatic mangrove and ocean views, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows framing the natural landscape. Large terraces, private plunge pools and expansive sliding doors complete the setting for extraordinary indoor-outdoor living. Both the architecture and interiors juxtapose contemporary aesthetics with regionally inspired design elements, and natural materials. Expansive suites offer floor plans ranging from 1,400-3,900 sq. ft. with full ocean views. With private terraces, plunge pools, floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor living space and butler service.

CONRAD

Conrad Rabat Arzana (Morocco)

Located near Rabat’s town center, the new 120-room hotel will be part of the exclusive Arzana development, a community of luxury residences nestled within lush green gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. From its elevated waterfront spot, with views of a tranquil lagoon and beach, the new property will have two all-day dining restaurants alongside its lobby and pool bars, a fully appointed spa and salon.

Other planned 2022 launches for Conrad include Shanghai, Bahrain, Spain, and Sardinia, with the new Conrad Tulum opening around New Years.

EDITION

The Riviera Maya at Kanai (Mexico)

With 180 guestrooms and suites, the Riviera Maya Hotel will be situated within the luxurious Kanai development and home to six food and beverage outlets, including a signature restaurant, pool bar, and beach club, destination spa, and an expansive 206sqm (2,217 sqft) Penthouse Suite. In addition to multiple meeting spaces, the hotel will also house an extensive outdoor deck for large-scale events and parties. Located on a stunning beachfront site, EDITION Hotels’ first property in Mexico will be positioned along the Caribbean coastline.

EDITION will also launch locations in Madrid, Milan, Doha, Dubai, and Ginza Tokyo in 2022.

FOUR SEASONS

Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena (Colombia)

Four Seasons third property in Colombia will be comprised of a Hotel and Private Residences in a collection of historic buildings very close to the walled city. Four Seasons will revitalize and restore several buildings dating back to the 16th century. The new Hotel will feature 131 rooms, including a Royal Suite and a Presidential Suite boasting 4,200 square feet. The property will also include 16 Private Residences.

KIMPTON

Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort (St Georges, Grenada)

Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort will be a partial adaptive reuse with new-build expansion. The five-star resort will offer 146 guestrooms and suites, plus an infinity-edge pool, spa, specialty restaurant, lounge, and beach bars. Nearly every suite will include a private pool overlooking Grenada’s stunning Grand Anse Beach.

With an aggressive rollout other Kimpton launches in 2022 will include Mallorca, Frankfurt, Mexico City Roatan and Rotterdam.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL

Mandarin Oriental Etiler (Istanbul)

This new development comprises three stand-alone towers and is located in the exclusive Etiler residential area, close to the city’s central business district. One of the towers will house Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul, with 158 guestrooms, suites, and 16 serviced apartments. The remaining two towers will house 251 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental.

Mandarin Oriental will also open a property in Nanjing, China in 2022.

MONDRIAN

Mondrian Gold Coast (Australia)

With an oceanfront location on Queensland’s Burleigh Heads beach, the 208-room Mondrian Gold Coast will feature a fitness center and spa, as well as several restaurants and pools. The property will also include 89 residential apartments.

More future Mondrian properties announced include; Dubai, Hoi An, Mexico City, Cannes, and Bordeaux.

NOBU HOTELS

Nobu Hotel Marrakech (Morocco)

Nobu Hotel Marrakech will be located in the Hivernage district, steps from the city’s historic heart, souks, and Djemaa el-Fna. Transformed into a luxury lifestyle destination, the hotel will house 71 large guest rooms and suites, a unique selection of dining venues and rooftop spaces, a large spa, and fitness center, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

ONE&ONLY

One&Only Aesthesis (Athens)

Situated along an exclusive beachfront estate in Southern Athens, the 127 room resort will offer up stunning view suites and private villas. There will also be a Chenot Spa and two signature restaurants.

One&Only will also launch a second Greece property, the beachfront One&Only Kéa Island in 2022.

THE PENINSULA HOTELS

The Peninsula London (London)

Overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the Wellington Arch, in the heart of Belgravia, the Peninsula London will welcome guests in late 2022. The elegant, newly built hotel, will include an expansive inner courtyard, destination restaurants, a Peninsula Spa, nine retail boutiques for shopping luxury brands, and a grand ballroom that will host London’s most glamorous events. The 131 guest rooms and 59 suites will feature abundant natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows, cutting edge technology, Peninsula’s signature triple-glazed windows and soundproofing installations, views of the city skyline, and interiors by designer Peter Marino. Additionally, 25 exclusive luxury residences will be available.

RAFFLES

Raffles London at The OWO (London)

Raffles London at The OWO will be the capital’s first Raffles property with a historic building that served as Winston Churchill’s base during the Second World War and was the birthplace of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Many original architectural details have been preserved while also allowing room for updated design elements. The hotel includes 125 rooms and suites, 85 residences, a collection of nine restaurants and bars, and an immersive spa.

Other Raffles properties will include 2022 launches in Boston and Jeddah.

RITZ-CARLTON

The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Located on 20 acres near the spectacular Camelback Mountain, the 215 room Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley is an exclusive sanctuary offering secret gardens, oxygen-enriched guest rooms, on-site citrus groves, and a huge 400-foot swimming pool.

Ritz-Carlton also plans on launching two properties in Morocco; Tamuda Bay and Rabat Dar Es Salam.

ROSEWOOD

Rosewood Doha (Qatar)

Located in two stunning modern towers inspired by the coral reefs surrounding Qatar’s seas, Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residences Doha will consist of an ultra-luxury hotel with 185 exquisite guestrooms and suites, 173 serviced apartments for longer-term stays, and 300 residences available for purchase. The hotel will also be a culinary destination with eight innovative venues. The hotel will also introduce Sense, A Rosewood Spa, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center. Rosewood’s signature Manor Club executive lounge concept will also offer Club Room and Suite guests curated services with added convenience and privacy.

Rosewood Vienna (Austria)

Housed in a historic 18th-century building which was the former headquarters for Erste Group Bank AG, Rosewood Vienna, the hotel will be located on Petersplatz, one of the most famous squares in Vienna’s Old Town. The hotel will offer 99 expansive rooms and suites and will feature a variety of dining and entertainment options, including a rooftop bar with views of the city and an intimate restaurant in a garden setting. There will also be a Sense, A Rosewood Spa.

SIX SENSES

Six Senses Rome (Italy)

The Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini was built in the 18th century and is located in the center of ancient Rome, just blocks away from the Fontana di Trevi and Pantheon. This is the first Six Senses property to open in Italy and will offer up 95 guest rooms and suites, a spa, restaurant, outdoor courtyard garden, and rooftop terrace with a 360° view of the city.

There are numerous planned openings for Six Senses, although those could be pushed into 2023, including; Six Senses New York, Six Senses Crans-Montana in Switzerland, Six Senses Kitzbuehel Alps in Austria, Six Senses Rome, Six Senses Loire Valley in France, Six Senses Ossura Valley in Iceland and Six Senses Grenada by the end of 2022.

ST REGIS

The Residences at The St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira (Mexico)

The Residences at The St. Regis Los Cabos will be located within the Award Winning community of Quivira in Cabo San Lucas. Located along Playa el Faro. The hotel will encompass 120 guestrooms, with 60 residences, all with ocean views and St Regis Butler Service. There will be fitness and wellness facilities, swimming pools, a saltwater lagoon, and luxury cabanas.

W HOTELS

W Algarve (Portugal)

This will be the brand’s first entry into Portugal. Located on the Algarve coast, the 134-guestroom property offers direct access to three beaches and head on sea views from every room. 23 suites include duplex apartments with private plunge pools and an Extreme WOW suite with a hot tub. The Sea Sky rooftop bar provides stunning views of the Algarve coastline.

W Hotels will also open a new location in Toronto in 2022.

WALDORF ASTORIA

Waldorf Astoria Cancun (Mexico)

Set on 100 acres of secluded Mayan coastline, Waldorf Astoria Cancun will offer 150 rooms, all with terraces or balconies overlooking the sea. There will be a signature Waldorf Astoria Spa, five restaurants and bars, exclusive resort amenities. five restaurants and bars.

Additional properties in London, Cairo, and Seychelles will open in 2023

WALT DISNEY RESORTS

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel (Orlando, Florida)

Walt Disney World announced more details about its new Galactic Starcruiser 100 cabin hotel, opening in the spring of 2022, an immersive, two-day “Star Wars” experience. At the cost of $5,299 for two nights’ accommodations for two guests and a child in a studio, the hotel is now in the price range of many of the world’s top resorts.

According to a Disney spokesperson, “You and your group will embark on a first-of-its-kind Star Wars adventure that’s your own. It’s the most immersive Star Wars story ever created — one where you live a bespoke experience and journey further into a Star Wars adventure than you ever dreamed possible.” 

“Arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort terminal, board a launch pod, and rendezvous with the magnificent Halcyon starcruiser. Stay in a cabin or suite with an exquisite view of space. Throughout the ship, you’ll interact with an eclectic collection of characters, sit down to exotic galactic cuisine and perhaps even plot a secret mission together.”

THE REST

Saudi Arabia is planning to become a major new tourist destination with numerous hotel projects in the works, including the Red Sea Project, Qiddiya, located near Riyadh, promoted as the world’s biggest entertainment city with the world’s fastest roller coaster. Also opening will be a new Habitas Al Ula, a Banyan Tree Hotel & Resort, and the stunning underground Sharaan Resort located within the Sharaan Nature Reserve in the Al Ula desert.

Among the numerous others planned include; Sensei Porcupine Creek-California, Pendry-Washington D.C., The Langham Gold Coast– Australia, Hotel Barriere-New York, Raffles-Moscow, 1 Hotel-London, Viceroy– Ombria, Rock House-Turks and Caicos, Cheval Maison-Frankfurt, and Delano-Paris.

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