Another incredible year comes to an end. In between finishing up the remainder of 2021 with modest Christmas events and quiet champagne toasts at home, the mind naturally wanders. To what may be in 2022.
To the vacations we might finally be able to cross off our wishlist, whether it’s seeing the Scottish highlands from a luxury train fit for a queen or soaking in the same ochre-hued New Mexico scenery that fascinated Georgia O’Keeffe for many years.
Or to old haunts, we can’t wait to return to with a fresh perspective and peace of mind. Or to the fantastic new hotels that are waiting to greet us with wonderful service and luxury suites. We are still living in uncertain times, but we may fantasize about—and make preliminary plans for—the future. Here are the best places to visit in 2022.
It’s no surprise that visitors have gravitated to the little island of Bermuda for years. The immaculate beaches are famous across the globe for their delicate pink sand, and getting there is a breeze—just a 90-minute trip from New York City. In addition, two new hotels on the island offer the pinnacle of luxury. The St. Regis Bermuda, which made its debut to vacationers in summer 2021 and is situated on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the first. Expect avant-garde design with a local flair, as well as refined accents that are synonymous with the St. Regis brand. What else is on the world-class property? A golf course, a state-of-the-art spa, and a designated picnic area.
The beautiful cobblestone city of Geneva, on the western side of Switzerland, encircled by the Alps, is worth visiting for the vistas of Mont Blanc alone. While the cosmopolitan neighborhood is home to both the European offices of the United Nations and the Red Cross, the worldwide financial hub provides for a nice slow-paced retreat, or dare we say, fantastic leisure while on work.
The Woodward, the newest treasure in the Oetker Collection, should be on your list if you visit. Originally established in 1901, the resort has been reinvented by Pierre Yves Rochon and now has two Michelin-starred restaurants, L’Atelier Robuchon and Le Jardin, a Guerlain-appointed spa, and incredible scenery. There’s a reason it’s known as the lakeside home of exquisite living.
Lake Como, Italy
It should unsurprising that the gliteratti rushes to the gorgeous region of Northern Italy year after year (which also recently made appearances in The Morning Show, Succession, and House of Gucci). It’s no wonder that the location never goes out of style, what with visiting the ruins of ancient villages, sumptuous palaces, and, of obviously, the stunning lake.
Summer is when the region truly shines, and 2022 is the ideal year to create a special event of it at Villa Passalacqua. The grand palace, originally erected in the 18th century by Count Andrea Lucini Passalacqua (both Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill were known to visit), is the sister property of Grand Hotel Tremezzo and provides only the best in luxury. Consider this: 24 suites created by Paolo, Antonella, and Valentina De Santis, but with a focus on preserving the existing framework. Swimming on the lake, an open-air gym in the olive grove, vintage boat cruises from a private dock, farm-to-fork cuisine, and beautifully maintained gardens are also available at Villa Passalacqua.
No, this isn’t Dirty Dancing, but the Borscht Belt has seen a significant increase in tourism in the previous two years. From new hotels and resorts to a plentiful supply of AirBnBs, the hilly region of Southeast New York is again an it-destination for the Tri-State area throughout the summer, for leaf-peeping in the fall, and even during the winter months.
Whether you’re taking a fast ride around Kaaterskill Falls, traveling into Hudson for some window shopping and a snack at Lil’ Debs Oasis, or simply soaking in everything the region has to offer with a beautiful drive, your days will be filled with a broad array of exciting attractions. The Eastwind Hotel and, of course, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge are fan favorites, but if you want to get into the region’s classic resort heritage, try visiting Callicoon Hills.
There are countless compelling reasons to visit Ireland, whether you are a history geek, a literary lover (it is the birthplace of William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Sally Rooney, after all), or a golf enthusiast. But, whatever your passions, the island is temperate virtually all year and provides wonderful experiences ranging from gorgeous drives along the coast to picturesque national parks and even unique possibilities to witness the Winter Solstice. However, Adare Manor, located just outside of Limerick, is a must-see.
The Neo-Gothic estate was once home to the Earls of Dunraven, but now it’s a 5-star luxury resort surrounded by fascinating medieval remains, meandering gardens, and wooded walks where you may lose yourself—in the nicest manner imaginable. The guest rooms are tastefully adorned and furnished with Georgian-era furnishings, and the resort provides a variety of sports ranging from falconry and golf to clay shooting and fishing.
In terms of European cities, Madrid’s numerous attractions are difficult to match. The Spanish capital has everything: stunning old world heritage, blue-chip galleries, excellent gastronomy, lovely parks and gardens, great shopping, a wonderful residents’ atmosphere, and royal clout. The landmark Ritz in El Retiro Park was recently turned to a Mandarin Oriental resort, as did Villa Magna, another aged grande dame in need of a revamp, courtesy of Rosewood—in October it formally reopened as the Rosewood Villa Magna. The hotel, located in the affluent Salamanca area, includes 154 rooms meant to imitate the sense of a contemporary Spanish home, as well as a trademark restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Jess Sánchez.