The Hotel Awards: the world’s 42 best hotels in 2022

We’ve browsed the world for the best brand-new hotel openings, from an ancient fort brought back to its previous magnificence to an urban retreat shining with glamour.

Published August 30, 2022

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This short article was adjusted from National Geographic Traveller (UK).

The National Geographic Traveller (UK) hotel Awards champs the brand-new and better homes that stick out from the crowd– whether it’s an interesting brand-new refurb, excellent eco qualifications, magnificent architecture or memorable gastronomic experiences. It’s been a tough couple of years, however travel is discovering its feet once again– and the world’s hotel scene has actually never ever looked much better.

Jump through areas by following the below links.


City Slicker
Best metropolitan hotel

Good Egg
Most sustainable hotel

Love Shack
Most romantic hotel

Boutique Break
Best store hotel

Grand Redesigns
Best significant repair

Leave the World Behind
Best outside escape

Comeback Kid
Best remediation

On the Money
Best-value hotel

Design Den
Best style hotel

Gourmet Getaway
Best premium hotel

Wellness Wonder
Best health retreat

Lord of the Manor
Best nation home hotel

Snow Queen
Best alpine escape

Best desert-island escape


These city nests struck all the ideal notes for visitors and residents alike.


Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh
Think Gleneagles and pictures of the grand Scottish resort come to mind: sweeping premises, distinguished golf courses and Georgian exteriors. The brand name’s brand-new metropolitan station provides a stylish foil to the nation stack. The 33- bed Gleneagles Townhouse is a des res with a distinction in the heart of the Scottish capital, including a personal members’ club, the all-day Spence dining establishment and a roofing system balcony bar with views of St Andrew Square. The ambiance is more flamboyant than the initial Gleneagles (believe Victorian elegant with a dash of Wes Anderson), with pink and blue home furnishings, chandeliers, cushions galore and dark-green restroom tiles. You’ll discover a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna in the structure’s previous vaults (it was as soon as a bank), while the Lamplighters bar, which takes its name from a Robert Louis Stevenson poem, is a visitor- and members-only haunt on the roof. Little marvel the hotel’s tagline is ‘a location to collect and be wonderful’. From ₤330


Hôtel Madame Rêve, Paris
There has actually been a stream of elegant brand-new openings in the French capital of late, chief amongst them Hôtel Madame Rêve, a bolthole in a previous post workplace near the Louvre. You’ll discover brilliant, vibrant art work at every turn, and the 82 spaces exude French modernist design, with walnut panelling and a 1970 s mustard combination. It’s the common areas that make this such a class act: the grand, ground-floor coffee shop stimulates a Viennese coffeehouse with its high ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers, while the roof bar is an option area for a night apéro. Make sure to stick around over the cinematic views of the city horizon and the gothic information of the close-by Saint-Eustache church. From EUR500(₤420).

Pendry Chicago, Chicago
A restarted Gatsby-era landmark on Michigan Avenue, the 364- crucial Pendry Chicago is a research study in art deco decadence– the gold-topped, 37- floor high-rise was integrated in 1929 as the local head office for chemical business Carbide And Carbon, whose name still embellishes the sleek black granite. Interiors have actually a downplayed beauty, with spaces going huge on white linen and white panelling. In other places, anticipate the sort of areas that F Scott Fitzgerald would have discussed: the airy, sage-green brasserie Venteux; or Château Carbide on the 24 th-floor roof, providing glasses of rosé, sushi and views over Chicago’s Loop area. From $250(₤200).

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Be it a wilderness camp or an urban nest, these hotels stick out for their dedication to environment, neighborhood or preservation.


Wilderness Safaris DumaTau, Botswana
In the wilderness of the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, African elephants stroll looking for water, food and partners. If they’re hampered, devastating damage to whole environments can take place. Wildlife passages such as Linyanti are for that reason seriously essential, with low-impact safari camps like DumaTau playing a crucial function in protecting them, while likewise supporting research study into threatened types, consisting of African wild canines. The intimate camp has simply 8 tented suites (each with its own plunge swimming pool), where design mixes regional acacia wood and handmade mosaics. An effective solar plant supplies DumaTau’s electrical energy, and even its menus are an experiment in sustainability: to reduce waste, visitors are welcomed to develop their own meals from seasonal, low-miles components. The wildlife-watching is naturally excellent, with elephants an emphasize. From ₤ 1,250


Oasyhotel, Italy
The only hotel situated in Tuscany’s WWF-affiliated Oasi Dynamo nature reserve (about 40 miles from Florence), Oasyhotel guarantees income goes towards saving and cultivating the 2,500- acre reserve of thick forest and Tuscan farmland. Long summertime days here are invested horse riding, e-biking, cheesemaking or tracking wolves– or simply loosening up in among 16 minimalist, Scandi-style lodges, concealed within the high yard. From EUR560(₤473).

Room2 Chiswick, London
Sustainability does not imply compromising design. That’s the message at Room2 Chiswick, a self-styled ‘green retreat’ that declares to be the world’s very first hotel developed to completely represent its carbon footprint (consisting of building and construction). Influenced by West London’s 19 th-century Arts and Crafts heritage, the 86 spaces were created in partnership with regional craftsmens, while all the bespoke furnishings was made within 10 miles of the home. Sustainable information likewise consist of carpets made from recycled fishing webs. From ₤156

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Tucked away in memorable places, these honeymoon-worthy hideaways are where high-end and personal privacy reign supreme.


The Rooster, Antiparos, Greece
This may simply be the supreme Aegean retreat. You’ll discover simply 16 private homes tucked into the dunes on a peaceful beach on the small island of Antiparos, a speck in the Cyclades. Inside and out merge each other, with a freshwater swimming pool (and outside shower) in each personal garden, and the sea glinting in the range. This is a wild, back-to-nature type of location– the gardens are landscaped with conventional Mediterranean scrub, the hotel is surrounded by 30 acres of unblemished seaside land, and there’s even a nudist beach around the bay. Not that this is a hectic beach location; the only individuals you’re most likely to run into are the anglers bringing their everyday catch to the dining establishment, where it’s served with a Greek salad used fruit and vegetables from the hotel’s own farm. From EUR700(₤592).


Borgo Santandrea, Italy
Slotted into a cliffside on the Amalfi Coast, right above the small fishing hamlet of Conca dei Marini, Borgo Santandrea uses blow-the-budget honeymoon happiness. The hotel merges a mid-century visual with an apparent Mediterranean feel, with and information consist of hand-painted, blue-and-white tiles made by regional craftsmens. Each of the 45 spaces, in addition to the 3 dining establishments and 2 bars, has heart-stealing sea views. Make your method (by lift, no less) to the hotel’s street-level garden balcony or personal beach stowed away listed below the cliffs. From EUR1,500(₤ 1,250).

Palma Riad hotel, Palma de Mallorca
The Majorcan capital is no complete stranger to delicious townhouse hotels, however this brand-new, adults-only addition– organized like a riad, surrounding a quite, palm-shaded outdoor patio with a pint-sized plunge swimming pool and radiant lanterns– practically appears purpose-built for romantic trips and honeymoons. Each of the 11 separately developed, sexy suites provides its own treasures in well-worn velour, jewel-toned fringe and swirling carpets, however make sure to tear yourself away for a big coupe of cava in the Morokko Bar. From EUR340(₤290).

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Stellar service, classy style and simply a handful of delicious spaces make these euphoric boltholes really stand apart.


Aristide hotel, Syros, Greece
Sleepy Syros isn’t as prominent as its neighbours Santorini or Mykonos, however therein lies its beauty. Commanding this Aegean suitable is Aristide hotel, a nine-suite retreat within a rosé-pink neoclassical estate with marble staircases and Doric columns. It’s intended directly at those looking for a quieter, more intimate stay, however is likewise eye-candy for design-minded tourists, too: walls are curtained in portraiture and metaphorical art, while the ice-blue swimming pools are constructed from sun-bleached stone. The food is a likewise attractive affair, with meals frequently including regional cheeses and courgettes– plucked from the veggie garden, served on a palm-shaded outdoor patio. Imaginative mixed drinks are served on the roof, finest drunk at sundown neglecting the Aegean. From EUR240(₤203), B&B.


Farmhouse 58, South Africa
Aimed at art-lovers and book lovers, this rural guesthouse and retreat near Krugersdorp is a rejuvenating take on a shop hotel. Instead of concentrating on full-blown high-end, it cocoons visitors in an environment of calm. Design is refreshingly minimalist, with polished cement floorings, exposed pipelines and cosy, pared-back spaces. The dining establishment keeps things basic, too, utilizing the natural kitchen area garden’s everyday harvest. Nature is a mild buddy: keep an eye out for the zebras, which can frequently been seen munching the yards after dark. From R45750(₤23), B&B.

Sublime Lisboa, Lisbon
Secreted away behind a stylish exterior near Praça do Marquês de Pombal, this 15- space bolthole feels more like the personal home of a long-lost (and incredibly well-off) relation than a hotel. Each space is separately styled in modern-classic style with soft main colours and geometric wallpaper; numerous included verandas or personal balconies fixed up with plant. The store residential or commercial property is likewise house to Davvero, a trendy, Mediterranean-style dining establishment, total with marble bar tops and an outside balcony. From: EUR235(₤199), B&B.

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After a major fixing up (and lots of financial investment), these prominent hotels are back and much better than ever.


The Langham, Boston
A two-year closure and a $200 m (₤166 m) change later on, this historical Massachusetts hotel is strongly back in service. The Langham is embeded in the marvelous surrounds of the previous Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, finished in 1922 in the Financial District. Fitting for a city that uses its history with pride, the structure’s storied touches stay undamaged, consisting of the murals of the starting daddies, the skyrocketing ceilings and marble floorings. It’s far from old-fashioned. Additions consist of a Boston-centric, modern art collection, a lobby with grand fireplaces and restored visitor spaces and suites in calming duck-egg blues, consisting of the brand-new Chairman Suite penthouse, with its own infant grand piano. As far as restorations go, this one’s right on the cash. From $595(₤485).


Belmond Splendido Mare, Italy
Reopened last summertime after an 18- month facelift, the 14- space Belmond Splendido Mare in Portofino has actually had a total overhaul from Paris-based Festen Architecture. There’s still a strong sense of la dolce vita here, with in your area crafted products taking centre phase. The mid-century home furnishings nod to Portofino’s 1950 s prime time, while Liguria’s vibrant homes are echoed in the mustard and sienna restroom tiles. There’s likewise a tasty brand-new premium dining establishment, DaV Mare, right on the well-known Piazzetta waterside. From EUR650(₤549).

Carton House hotel, A Fairmont Managed hotel, Ireland
This was among Ireland’s finest Palladian estates, and now it’s on an objective to turn into one of its finest hotels. Simply outside Maynooth, in County Kildare, Fairmont, Carton House was the veteran house of the Duke of Leinster, and is today the nation’s very first Fairmont resort, thanks to a huge, multi-year restoration. Emphasizes of the first-class consist of the elaborate Morrison Room dining establishment, casual dining in the previous servants’ kitchen areas and the intimate Whiskey Library. The old home is still the centrepiece of the hotel, while luxurious modern-day wings house a swimming pool, day spa and the airy Courtyard Bar. From EUR360(₤300).

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Need to avoid everything? Look no more than these remote gets away, where complete immersion in nature is ensured.


Explora El Chaltén, Argentina
Escaping all of it has actually never ever been so incredible. Set within Argentinean Patagonia’s 14,000- acre Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, this knockout riverside home (which was upraised off website and after that put together in situ to decrease ecological effect) uses an entrance to among the world’s most amazing wildernesses. The pledge of what’s to come sparkles through visitors’ bed room windows, with the rugged splendour of the Eléctrico Valley, the amazing Marconi Glacier and a string of rugged peaks all on program. To motivate expedition, multilingual guides lead explorations every day, be that travelling through Los Glaciares National Park or climbing up close-by mountains. Hearty, corrective meals wait for back at base, all made with the best produce sourced from regional farmers. From $1,920(₤ 1,568), consisting of board, transfers and trips.


Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
Deep in the Negev desert, above the Gulf of Aqaba, this is a memorable venture into the wilderness. Camels wait by the entryway to take you out for a trip, 4x4s are on hand for alternative off-road getaways, and Hummer buggies are readily available to blend visitors round the stretching resort, making it feel much more impressive. Every suite and vacation home has its own swimming pool, implanted into the landscape. The views are amazing, however nightfall brings an even much deeper immersion into nature, with prime stargazing available. From $850(₤695), B&B.

Tembo Plains Camp, Zimbabwe
The newest camp from National Geographic Explorers at Large Dereck and Beverly Joubert is the very first in Zimbabwe to sign up with the Relais & & Châteaux group. It’s a shining example of preservation in action: its Sapi Private Reserve utilized to be searching area however have actually now been meticulously rewilded for the supreme natural escape. Visitors can obtain professional-quality cams, while the camp’s green values encompasses the cooking area, where bush chefs create superlative vegan meals. From US$895(₤746), complete board, consisting of activities.

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Check into these previous landmarks, provided a new lease of life as amazing hotels that honour their heritage.


Six Senses Fort Barwara, India
It took practically 10 years to produce this rambling hotel in Rajasthan, however that’s a drop in the ocean when you think about the structure itself is a 700- year-old previous royal fort, 60 miles south of Jaipur. Ancient domes and temples now form breathtaking typical locations in the 48- suite home: the ayurvedic health club, for instance, is set within the initial females’s palace, and intimate yoga sessions are hosted atop the fort’s skyrocketing sandstone ramparts. Roses blossom amongst veggies in the hotel’s bijou garden, and there are 2 swimming pools to cool down in. The action continues outside the skyrocketing fortress walls; the Six Senses group are returning the hotel’s environments to their initial splendor by rewilding forests to the east and bring back a close-by spiritual lake to its previous charm. From INR 63,168(₤650), B&B.


Rosewood, São Paulo
Much of this home is housed in a brought back previous maternity healthcare facility, the birth place of more than 500,000 Brazilians. Rosewood’s revitalisation of this much-loved structure is the centrepiece of Cidade Matarazzo, a spread of early-20 th-century structures that have actually been changed into upmarket stores and houses. The Rosewood is loaded with sensational masterpieces, good-looking mixed drink bar Rabo di Galo stimulates the environment of a 1930 s jazz club, and the roof infinity swimming pool is the location to while away the sultry São Paulo days. From BRL2,800(₤450).

Matild Palace, Budapest
Things do not get more luxurious than this landmark hotel– a previous royal home that mixes baroque and art nouveau interiors with modern-day accents. Matild Café & & Cabaret stimulates the splendour of early 20 th-century coffeehouses, while Hungarian nouvelle cuisine comes thanks to Wolfgang Puck at Spago. Do not miss out on The Duchess trick library and roof garden, which was influenced by rumours Archduchess Maria-Klotild asked for a surprise roof bar for the initial 1884 style. From EUR450(₤380), B&B.

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Everyone likes a deal, so we’ve singled out the very best brand-new hotels using severe value.


The Goodtime hotel, Miami
The name states everything. This collaboration in between Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams and hospitality magnate David Grutman and has actually brought a healthy dash of A-list hedonism to Florida’s celebration city. The weekend DJ sets, indoor-outdoor health club and day spa aside, it’s the place that makes this such a take: the hotel is simply seconds from Ocean Drive’s buzzy bars, swaying palms and art deco exteriors, however held up adequate to indulge in an enjoyable, chilled-out ambiance of its own. The 266 spaces are cool and breezy in decoration, and lots of featured Atlantic views, although you’ll no doubt invest the majority of your time absorbing the sun at Strawberry Moon, a dining establishment and retro swim club and bar dressed up in candy-floss pink and coconut-white tones. It’s the location to be for Mediterranean-inspired poolside breakfasts, in addition to night mixed drinks, or to settle back on floral-patterned daybeds. From $161(₤132).


The Standard, Hua Hin, Thailand
A vacation hotspot for over a century, Hua Hin is barely except hotels, however The Standard’s arrival in 2015 is shaking things up. This isn’t your common Thai trip: the brilliant, modernist primary structures have a Palm Springs ambiance to them, with a tasty mango-and-cream scheme in the visitor spaces. The vacation homes– integrated in a comparable design– provide a more special escape, tucked in between banyan-dotted gardens and with personal plunge swimming pools. There are likewise 3 dining establishments and an al fresco health club, and Hua Hin’s long sweep of sand is minutes away. From THB3,150(₤73).

Mama Lisboa, Lisbon
Mama Shelter has actually been sharpening its mix of price and enjoyable given that 2008, and its very first Portuguese getaway now inserts that signature mix into the hip ‘hood of Príncipe Real. Visitor spaces are little however come to life with in your area motivated, maximalist style, from ceiling sardine prints to jungle-print couches. Lounge like a Lisboeta in the roof area, awaken with early morning yoga or delight in the night DJ sets. Menus have subtle French style and there are totally free in-room movies. From EUR89(₤75).

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One for style connoisseurs, this classification champs the most striking stays created by designers and interiors professionals.


Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto, Japan
The forests and lakes of southern Hokkaido are an expressive setting for this ryokan-style warm springs resort, however it’s the island’s native Ainu culture that’s the primary motivation behind the 2022 opening, set outside the town of Shiraoi. The Ainu have actually long resided in consistency with nature, therefore the exterior is quite brought within at the 42- space resort, with each space ignoring tranquil Lake Poroto and including a lot of silver birch and fresh, stone colors. The most distinguishing characteristic, nevertheless, is the striking, cone-shaped bathhouse (sankaku-no-yu) motivated by the architectural concepts of ketunni (homes of the Ainu individuals). With sunbeams streaming through apertures in the roofings, you can indulge in the dark, recovery thermal waters of the lake. It’s not the only warm spring center, either: the maru-no-yu bath is set below a domed ceiling with a main oculus that develops a nearly spiritual area, someplace in between ancient temple and underground cavern. From JPY 31,000(₤190), B&B.


Chisa Busanga Camp, Zambia
Although entirely major about the environment, Green Safaris has a wacky, spirited side, too, and their newest off-grid wilderness camp, Chisa Busanga, in Kafue National Park, shows it. Its ragged-edged, ball-shaped, treehouse-style spaces are influenced by the weaver bird nests that hang happily from trees and reeds all over Africa. Inside, you’ll be tight as an infant bird, waking to views of the Busanga Plains. Low-carbon experiences wait for: there are directed bushwalks, e-bikes and the opportunity to trip in Green Safaris’ electrical safari lorries, charged by the sun. One visitor space likewise has actually enhanced ease of access, thanks to an electrical lift. From US$700(₤570), complete board, consisting of activities. Open June to mid-November.

Maybourne Riviera, France
Claridge’s long-awaited Côte d’Azur cousin is manna for aesthetes. Created by stars consisting of André Fu and Bryan O’Sullivan, interiors are spirited and plain: in cheerful cobalt-blue, squishy chairs cover restaurants at Riviera Restaurant; while poolside sunloungers stimulate the colours of an Aperol spritz. Other style thrills are scattered throughout– most significantly, the hotel’s museum-worthy art collection, that includes pieces by the similarity Louise Bourgeois. Still, absolutely nothing matches the view. Cloud-free days indicate balconies deal with the impossibly blue Mediterranean, with amazing superyachts marking sky and sea. From EUR750(₤630), space just.

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Feast your eyes– and taste buds– on these tasty brand-new openings, where food and flavour take centre phase.


Casa di Langa, Italy
If you’re taking a trip to Piedmont for all things truffle, then this is the location for you. In the beginning glimpse, terraced down a hillside in the Langhe location, it feels more Californian than Italian, with spaces worn wood and regional granite, and tidy lines throughout. Step into dining establishment Fàula and you’ll be blended back to the unmistakeable food of Piedmont, with premium takes on the area’s meals, from ravioli del plin and tomatoes packed with garlicky, anchovy-rich bagna cauda, to sashimi of Fassona beef. When it comes to the truffles, they’re all over– shaved onto your food, found on a truffle hunt and under the eager watch of the truffle concierge, who’s on hand to assist you pick the fungi of your dreams, then deliver it house for you. From EUR455(₤385), B&B.


Casa Silencio, Mexico
The creators of spirit brand name Mezcal El Silencio lag this six-suite retreat on the distillery’s Oaxaca estate. Highlighting both modern-day and ancient structure methods, the hotel channels the landscape with recycled wood ceilings and sleek Salvadorean stone, brought to life with regional fabrics. Through mezcal-making and -tasting experiences, you’ll dive into customs surrounding the spirit’s development and intake. Suppers are shared around a common table and mixed drinks make complete usage of your house spirits– opt for a smoky paloma, made with grapefruit and lime. From MXN20,000(₤815), complete.

Nordelaia, Italy
Barbecued cabbage, onion tart, pasta with anchovy leaking– there’s something various about L’Orto, Nordelaia’s premium dining establishment. Its name, indicating ‘The Vegetable Patch’, ought to provide you an idea, as this almost zero-waste dining establishment serves meals focusing on regional veggies– plus fish from the Ligurian coast, 30 miles south. It’s a ground-breaking relocation in meat-centric Piedmont, however it’s not completely pescatarian– chef Charles Pearce cooks with remaining juices and fat from the dining establishment downstairs, which serves regional classics. The setting’s okay, either– views of the vine-braided hills make a deserving interruption from the food. From EUR300(₤250), B&B.

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From health retreats to tropical day spas, these are the very best hotels where you can turn off in design.


Joali Being, Maldives
A honeymooners’ sanctuary of indisputable appeal, the Maldives however experiences a specific harmony– identikit resorts can be tough to differentiate. That’s not the case at Joali Being in the Raa Atoll, which, possibly remarkably, is the very first resort in the nation dedicated to health in all its guises. Basically, whatever here is created to do you great. That implies meals are calorie mindful in addition to tasty; the stretching medical spa consists of a Pilates center and the island nation’s very first cryotherapy chamber. You will not lack professional help with team member consisting of PTs, naturopaths and nutritional experts, and at The Learning Centre, hands-on classes cover whatever from herbology to meditation practice. Include earth-to-table dining and classy rental properties in soothing cream tones and you’ll never ever wish to leave. From $2,340(₤ 1,915), B&B.


Six Senses, Ibiza
The White Isle has actually gone into a brand-new, full-grown age with eco-luxe Six Senses, relaxing throughout 20 sun-soaked acres on the island’s bohemian northern coasts. Health programs are used in a 1,200 sq-metre health spa; veg-centric, farm-to-fork fare comes thanks to chef Eyal Shani, and it’s all powered by self-produced renewable resource. From EUR570(₤480), B&B.

The Woodward, Geneva
Making the many of the Alpine air and calming blues of Lake Geneva, this grand quayside retreat is hectic going far for itself as a Swiss sanctuary of calm. The 26 suites are dressed up in stone and duck-egg blue colors, however it’s the huge medical spa that beckons most, with a 21- metre swimming pool, saunas, Swedish baths and treatments by high-end cosmetic brand name, Guerlain. From CHF1,100(₤965), B&B.

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These palatial stacks have everything, from rambling premises to luxurious boudoirs.


Cashel Palace hotel, Ireland
This previous archbishop’s house in Cashel, set amongst the green hills of County Tipperary, has actually had a multi-million-euro revamp. Step past the log fires and duration functions of the reception spaces and you’ll emerge into a walled garden, where views extend over fields to the Rock of Cashel, the middle ages castle that as soon as worked as the seat of the Kings of Munster. Glances of this grand heritage lie behind the hotel’s change– regally embellished areas with luxurious upholstery and luxurious art work. There’s a slick swimming pool and medical spa, too, a brand-new bed room wing and The Bishop’s Buttery dining establishment reboot, which currently has premiums whispering of Michelin stars. From EUR289(₤245), B&B.


The Retreat at Elcot Park, Berkshire
Just outdoors Hungerford, The Signet Collection’s 2nd home has all the urbane beauties you ‘d get out of an 18 th-century nation stack: croquet on the yard, landscaped gardens and a well-stocked whisky library. It’s complete of cautious modern-day additions, too, with pan-Asian great dining at Yu and a cabana-flanked swimming pool. From ₤180, B&B.

Raffles Udaipur, India
Set on a 21- acre personal island on Udai Sagar lake, India’s very first Raffles residential or commercial property is a picturesque base for visitors aiming to decompress after a day checking out. Have a look at the Raffles Spa, where the swimming pool uses prime sundown views, and visitors can toast their stay with the Long Bar’s signature Udaipur Sling– gin, guava and frangipani soda. From INR 45,000(₤465), B&B.

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These piste-side pads impress with mountain views, exceptional service and first-class style.


hotel de Len, Italy
This bijou 22- space opening totally reimagines what was hotel Impero, a faded landmark of upmarket Cortina-d’Ampezzo– among Europe’s earliest, chicest ski resorts, and host of the Winter Olympics2026 Hotelier Aldo Melpignano has actually brought earthy, southern Italian beauty to procedures: out goes old-school high-end chintz and in comes lively, modern alpine style. The titular ‘len’ (‘ wood’ in the regional Ladin language), can be found in huge, practically hypnotic amounts– much of it recovered– on walls, floorings and home furnishings in different shades and surfaces, versus which option pieces of colour-popping decoration contrast. A number of spaces have terraces with Dolomite views, however you can savour the vistas from the airy roof health club neglecting town and slopes if yours does not. That’s not all: the dining establishment serves meals that intend to make use of the very best regional, sustainable fruit and vegetables and there’s a cafe-bar and an intimate speakeasy. From EUR255(₤215), B&B.


hotel Eringer, Switzerland
A hit opening on the Swiss slopes last season for its modern style, this modern-day chalet in Thyon-Les Collons includes a first-floor dining establishment and sun-trap balcony, in addition to the Deck bar, which looks set to see some vibrant apres action this winter season. From EUR180(₤150), B&B.

Das Gerlos, Austria
This sustainably minded ‘modern-day hostel’ in Gerlos is 100% powered by renewable resource. Slick, minimalist spaces been available in earthy colours and natural fibers, and rates consist of natural breakfasts and afternoon tea on return from the slopes. From EUR75(₤65), B&B.

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Whether for the picturesque views, grainy beaches or the solitude, we’ve discovered the supreme desert island-style gets away.


Sussurro, Mozambique
There’s a factor this appears like the island retreat of your visions– Zimbabwean-born owners Sarah Birkett and Adam Humphreys thought up the concept for 6 thatched cottages on the edge of the Indian Ocean while operatin g in Europe. On a sandy peninsula within the safeguarded Bazaruto marine reserve, they’ve made their vision a truth. Sustainability is at the core of this barefoot, minimalist escape, work on solar energy and fitted with in your area crafted furnishings, with pottery, art work, woven carpets and antiques sourced from throughout the continent. Individual area remains in abundance, too, with each soothing, rustic-toned vacation home declaring sufficient area both inside and out. When it comes to the food, it’s hyper-local, with vegetables and fruit grown in the hotel’s own garden and fish captured daily from the intensely blue waters. From US$ 1,195(₤988), all inclusive, consisting of non-motorised activities.


Habitas Bacalar, Mexico
Habitas’s opening on the jungle-backed coasts of the Bacalar Lagoon in southeast Mexico, is a balm for the world-weary. Bed down in among 35 neutral, glamorous camping tents, each with forest or lagoon views, and wake early for daybreak stand-up paddleboarding. Both the medical spa and dining establishment, on the other hand, draw greatly on conventional Maya components from the area. From US$400(₤345).

Mango House, Seychelles
Photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri used his previous house on Mahé to Hilton’s LXR Hotels and Resorts group, who’ve changed it into a remote trip of 41 modern spaces. DIne in among the 5 dining establishments, or while away the days on Anse aux Poules Bleues, among Mahé’s a lot of ravishing beaches. From SCR7,953(₤500), B&B.

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The evaluating panel

Julia Buckley, freelance travel author
Lee Cobaj, freelance travel author
Emma Gregg, freelance travel author
Lauren Jade Hill, freelance travel author
Francisca Kellett, travel author and editor
James Litston, freelance travel author
John O’Ceallaigh, high-end travel specialist
Pól Ó Conghaile, travel author and editor
Nicole Trilivas, freelance travel author
The National Geographic Traveller ( UK) group

Published in the October 2022 problem of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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