Need some inspo for next year’s holiday planning? Look no further – we’ve rounded up 2022’s most exciting new openings from around the world, from British boltholes to tropical island escapes…
No.1 by GuestHouse, York – January 2022
Bring happy hotels to historic buildings on Britain’s most desirable streets, GuestHouse is a pioneering family hotel brand headed up by the three Guest brothers. After spotting No.1’s Regency Georgian good looks, the idea for No.1 by GuestHouse, York was born. Ready to welcome guests from early 2022, this Grade II-listed dreamy townhouse is made up of huge, sash windows and a sweeping central staircase surrounded by dark walls and a candle-lit entrance – an ode to York’s gothic past. We can’t wait to cosy up in one of the 39 bedrooms which are fit with original fireplaces and a colour scheme designed to radiate warmth and a hint of grandeur. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the main bar serves up local beers, excellent wines and creative cocktails, whilst Wild British Food is served up in the restaurant, Yorkshire style. Down in the cellar, you’ll find a cocooning world of bespoke spa therapies by talented experts using organic products.
Luxury tented suites at Three Mile Beach, Cornwall – Spring 2022
Located in the heart of West Cornwall, Three Mile Beach is a collection of 15 characterful beach houses just a stone’s throw from the golden sands of Gwithian Beach. In Spring 2022, the property will introduce four beautifully appointed luxury tented suites which promise to bring a new level of comfort and quality to glamping. Each spacious 30m² tented suite will be home to bold and colourful interiors, a super-king size bed, a freestanding bathtub, and full cooking facilities including a retro Everhot double oven, fridge and dining table. Outside, a spacious wrap-around terrace comes complete with a barbecue and seating area for al fresco feasting, as well as a cedarwood hot tub for tranquil evenings under the night sky. Where do we sign up?
Corner Barn at Bethlen Estates – March 2022
Sitting amidst the wilds of Transylvania, Bethlen Estates is a legacy project rooted in cultural heritage preservation, led by mother-and-son duo Gladys and Nikolaus Bethlen. In March 2022, the estate will open the doors to its third meticulously restored guest house, the Corner Barn. It will sleep up to eight guests across four spacious bedrooms and is the first house on the estate available to rent by room. Originally built over 300 years ago, a talented local team have ensured the Corner Barn celebrates its historic architecture, featuring original roofing, heritage tiles and exposed wooden beams. A cosy library with deep sofas and a tiled stove fireplace acts as a communal space for guests to gather and share stories, whilst elegantly designed bedrooms with en suites offer the perfect home away from home. Picture cosying up here with a book and steaming hot drink after a day out exploring Transylvania’s lush wilderness or nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bliss.
Vela, Indonesia – early 2022
Setting sail in early 2022, Vela is a brand new six-cabin, private-charter luxury yacht. Inspired by the spirit of adventure, Vela will sail bespoke itineraries to some of the most remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago, from world-renowned highlights such as Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, to the lesser-known Maluku Islands, diving with whale sharks in Cenderawasih, or exploring the hidden coves of Alor and Wakatobi. You can make the most of the crystalline waters with liquid thrills such as diving, snorkelling, water-skiing, jet-skiing and stand-up paddle boarding, while those in search of land-based adventures can enjoy island hiking, birdwatching and secret-beach barbecues. Back on board, six impeccably stylish cabins, a spacious lounge and bar with unobstructed ocean views and a discrete 18-person crew await. What more could you ask for?
Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam – March 2022
Opening its doors in March 2022, Regent Phu Quoc is an ultra-luxury all suites and villas resort set in an unrivalled private beachfront location in Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island, promising to bring a new level of service, comfort and experience to this idyllic Vietnamese island. Six dining venues await, including Oku, a Franco-Japanese Salon de Beouf; Bar Jade, an inventive cocktail bar; Rice Market for traditional Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine; and Ocean Club which serves up laid-back beachside fare. Guests are invited to indulge in a Vietnamese inspired wellness journey at the expansive spa, complete with spacious treatment rooms, an al fresco yoga deck and swimming pool, whilst younger guests are catered to in the innovative Kid’s Club. Recognised as a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, nearly half of Phu Quoc island is a National Park so you can rest assured fun-fuelled island ventures abound.
LUX* Tea Horse Road Ermei, China – May 2022
Deep in the mountainous northwest region of Yunnan, LUX* Tea Horse Road China is a fascinating 1,400-mile trail steeped in history. Between the 7th century and the middle of the 20th century, the Tea Horse Road carried precious Pu’er tea from its homeland in the deep south of Yunnan to the Tibetan Plateau, and then was added to by a route from a second source, the tea mountains of Sichuan. As a LUX* guest, you can travel along the trail on a variety of two-to-fourteen-night programmes, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides who have grown up in the region and have a deep understanding of the age-old trade routes, traditions and Tibetan cultures. And new for 2022, LUX* will introduce its 10th hotel in the Tea Horse Road series, LUX* Tea Horse Road Ermei. Watch this space for more…
Cap Karoso, Sumba – September 2022
Set in captivating, off-the-radar Sumba, Cap Karoso is a pioneering island getaway with meaningful community engagement and sustainability at its heart. Launching towards the end of 2022, this eco-conscious haven will comprise 47 rooms as well as 20 beachfront villas available for private buyers. A passion project by two ethically-minded French adventurers, Fabrice and Evguenia Ivara, Cap Karoso occupies eponymous Karoso beach in Indonesia’s pristine southwest Sumba: where megalithic tombs rub shoulders with uma mbatangu, peaked houses with soaring, 25-metre-high roofs. If you consider yourself a modern conscious hedonist who wants to truly immerse themselves in rich heritage and wild topography – this is the place for you.
The Cap Karoso Farm will provide almost all of the vegetables, eggs and dairy required in the restaurants. Run by a local Sumbanese team, the farm will also be home to artist ateliers and a creative Kid’s Club, as well as a school of agriculture to allow local communities access and education to eco-farming techniques. Other activities such as cultural visits, mindfulness walks and adventures by land and sea are all conceived to consciously explore the island’s nature and culture, connecting with – and giving back to – the local community. Social spaces designed to foster a sense of community will include Julang – a chef’s table restaurant -, Explorer’s beach club, an open-air cinema, gym and yoga platform.