December 9, 2022


Just Do Travel

The best new hotels in the world: 2022 Hot List

Thompson Austin, USA

This new skyscraper is set to reenergise a sleepy corner of downtown Austin, thanks to two street-level restaurants by James Beard Award–winning chef Mashama Bailey; a design- and music-forward bar and pool on the fourth floor; and a two-hotels-in-one concept that attracts professionals and urban adventurers alike. It’s one of Hyatt’s early attempts to combine the Thompson and tommie (the little brother to the luxe brand). Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the city skyline, and rooms also have Nespresso coffee makers and bars that are far from mini with Texas-sourced snacks and spirits. Turndown includes Earlybird CBD gummies and a Skin Authority eye kit – a welcome upgrade from the standard dark chocolate and weather report. Rooms from £260. Stirling Kelso

Montage Big Sky, USA

Montage Big Sky has always been more rugged than refined, but the debut of this slopeside resort has Aspen and Jackson Hole loyalists rethinking their next ski vacation. With an 11,000-square-foot spa (the first true spa in the region), buzzy bar scene, and stellar restaurants, the property ensures that even non-skiers will keep occupied. Most of the 139 rooms, suites, and residences have terraces and balconies with mountain views, and gas fireplaces turn on with a flip of a switch. Head to Beartooth Pub & Rec for a menu of comfort foods, like Wagyu nachos and oversized hot pretzels served alongside cold-smoked beer-cheese dip. Rooms from £395. Jen Murphy

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, U.S.

Napa has a handful of excellent hotels and no shortage of fabulous wineries and tasting rooms, but this is the first full-on luxury resort that marries the two. The property’s 85 rooms and suites, as well as 20 private residences, are surrounded by acres of vineyards. The bar and dining space are gorgeous – soaring ceilings, a glassed-in kitchen, and a wall of glass doors that open onto a huge terrace with a firepit – but made cozy by comfy booths and warm lighting. The on-site winery and its tasting room are another way this resort stands out. It’s a dream to walk from your room to a tasting and not worry about driving or calling a car. Rooms from £960. Rebecca Misner

Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection, U.S.

For ages, Santa Fe has lured visitors with its rich history, cultural diversity, mystical landscape, and extraordinary art scene. All of these charms combine at Bishop’s Lodge, a century-old resort that reopened in the summer of 2021 after a $75 million renovation. It’s a high-end yet unpretentious place to immerse oneself in nature, adventure, spiritual healing, and local traditions, bundled in the signature comfort of the Auberge Resorts Collection. The Stream Dance Spa is sure to be the highlight of any visit. Rooms from £800. Sallie Lewis

Hotel Saint Vincent, U.S.

Set in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District, just beyond downtown, the splashy, 75-room Hotel Saint Vincent provides proximity yet sanctuary from the masses. Its myriad porches, shady palms, and subtle, attentive service are a gateway to Uptown, where time slows down and light filters through live oaks the same way it did a century ago. The Saint Vincent’s amenities alone could occupy you for a day and a night– two bars, two restaurants, a shop, and a pool – and the rooms, outfitted with sleek furniture, moody hues, and psychedelic, candy-coloured wallpaper, strike a balance between serene and playful. Rooms from £325. Leslie Pariseau

Faraway Nantucket, U.S.

Nantucket is a funny kind of beach destination, one where you go as much for the wide sandy beaches as you do for the charms of the towns and the history. Faraway leans into the latter, conveniently smack in the middle of town with bikes to get you to the sand, but a contemporary design and pumping patio scene to make you want to come back again. In a town filled with outdoor drinking terraces, the terrace you want to be on is at Faraway. It is a total delight, with its rattan furniture, vintage umbrellas, potted plants, and outdoor sofas making it the place to be for cocktail hour. Rooms from £195. Erin Florio

Resorts World Las Vegas, U.S.

The first new resort to be built on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade, Resorts World Las Vegas packs in celeb residencies, new-to-Vegas restaurants, and three distinct hotels into a single property. The crowd skews young here: These are tech-savvy partiers with some crypto to spend on entertainment and shopping. The suites vary by hotel, but some have features like in-room massage guns. In terms of dining, options range from headline-making $20,000 steaks to food stalls configured as a Southeast Asian street market. The Awana Spa is certainly worth setting some time aside for, if just to see what the coed Fountain of Youth facility is all about. Rooms from £55. Andrea Bennett

​​The Boca Raton, U.S.

The Boca Raton has undergone a $200 million metamorphosis, and it’s primed to show it off. The 200-acre resort is sandwiched between a half-mile of private beachfront and an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary (and bifurcated by Lake Boca Raton) – an elevated option to take in Florida’s famous sunshine and water activities, complete with pristine, light-filled interiors with views of towering palm trees, high-end amenities galore, and a deluxe outdoorsy lifestyle that beckons you to stay in the sun a little longer. The property has pontoon boats and catamaran cruises, plus two water taxis that transport guests to the private beachfront. Because if you haven’t been on the water in Florida, have you really been to Florida? Rooms from £380. Nila Do Simon