Rovos Rail – The perfect opportunity for a ‘bleisure’ trip
- Richard Moss
Hotel openings of 2022; undeniably there were hundreds, as the world of hospitality continues to bounce back post-pandemic. Our team of travel experts have hand selected their favourite hotel openings of 2022. Explore each of them below. Want to know more? Also have a particular travel enquiry? Please do get in touch! Our experts are always on hand and happy to assist.
The Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo is a luxury hideaway in a secluded paradise amongst Mexico’s wilder and more rugged coastline. It is carved into the cliffside at the end of a long jungle-lined road. Join a team of resident biologists on a hike through the hills of the nature reserve, where the promise is always more animal footpaths than human.
Expect true sustainability here, with zero-mile, root-to-dish dining. Each of the hotel restaurants serve produce from the resorts 35 acre on-site allotment and farm. Also on-site is an 18-hole golf course, a spa and multi-tiered infinity pools. At this gorgeous retreat expect nothing other than exceptional Pacific views. Whether you book the Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo for company incentive, retreat with family, friends or colleagues or as a solo adventurer, it is the perfect spot for a mindful breakaway from everyday life.
Located on the picturesque Petersplatz in the historic former Erste Group Bank building is the Rosewood. Make use of the luxurious Asaya spa, the fitness centre, beautiful Brasserie or the Pavilion event space. 99 spacious guestrooms and suites make up the elegant Rosewood accommodations. From almost every room, suite and lobby, expect a glorious view of the city with horse drawn carriages, the Hofburg palace and the green dome of St. Peter’s church within sight. The Rosewood is aptly positioned for St. Stephen’s Cathedral as well as the vast galleries, museums, concerts and palaces within walking distance.
Black velvet ropes guard the entrance to the Aman, one of the most expensive hotel openings of 2022. A three-story, 25,000 square foot spa offers upscale treatments including cryotherapy and nonsurgical facelifts. Japanese inspired artwork and flora and fauna can be found all over the hotel, from the lobby to your room or suite. On-site you can dine at either the rustic Italian Arva or Japanese inspired Nama. Be sure to make a reservation at the popular Jazz Club bar to sip Aman cocktails and muse over the city’s best musicians. The Aman New York is much more than a big city hotel, it is truly an experience.
Overlooking St. Andrew’s Square is the part private members club part luxury hotel in a beautiful and historical building that was once a bank. 33 guestrooms, The Spence restaurant, The Lamplighters bar and The Counting Room private event space all feel exceptionally decadent, like residing in a grand Scottish castle. The Gleneagles brand is known for it’s spa and wellness facilities so you must venture into the state-of-the-art gym and indulge in an after treatment. The gym is situated in what was once the banks vault, the big steel vault door is no longer functional, but a great photo backdrop. While Gleneagles is a part of Accor’s Ennismore collection of lifestyle hotels, it does not accept points redemptions.
Following the successful launch of The Barcelona Edition in 2018, comes The Madrid Edition hotel opening of 2022. It is located in Madrid’s historical centre, close to most sightseeing. An impactful floating staircase rises from the moodily lit entrance, a stark contrast to the all-white luxurious minimalism style of the guestroom interiors. The hotel boasts flexible working studios for meetings and events, an outdoor pool, state-of-the-art gym and spa. In addition, there are five unique food and beverage outlets including a signature restaurant, cocktail bar, pool bar and rooftop terrace. 177 guestrooms, 21 spacious suites and two unique penthouses (complete with private infinity pools) make up the impressive Madrid Edition. Earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points here.
A short Uber ride away from most sightseeing attractions you will find the new Voco Johannesburg Rosebank. Redeem or earn IHG points here at the portfolio giants new boutique brand. Funky meets Art Deco styling in shades of flamingo and navy in the trendy hotel of Rosebanks work-play district. Expect large-screen smart TV’s mixing with local artwork in the guestrooms, alongside vast workspaces and comfy beds. All guests have access to the corporate and event facilities of Workshop17 The Bank Rosebank, with it’s 60+ private offices, lounges and meeting rooms, only a five minute walk around the corner. The luxurious restaurant and wine bar Proud Mary and a fitness centre complete the offering at this new Voco hotel.
Australia’s first Kimpton hotel, Kimpton Margot Sydney, opened it’s doors on Valentines day 2022. With a rooftop pool, Art Deco lobby and restaurant run by one of Australia’s best-known chefs, the Kimpton Margot Sydney certainly makes a superb first impression. Whilst it is slightly out of the main touristy spots, there is still plenty on offer nearby. The manicured Hyde Park is only a stones throw. Also, the popular Royal Botanical Gardens and Sydney Opera House are still an achievable distance by foot. Two boardrooms and a flexible large space that separates into three stylish meeting rooms offer distinctive areas for corporate or informal events alike. All 172 rooms and suites benefit from espresso machines, local teas, natural Australian amenities, Smart TV’s and oversized bathrooms with uniquely designed robes. Earn and redeem IHG points here.