Updated: Apr 26
Even in the struggles of a pandemic, the hospitality industry never stopped creating, and as a result, there is so much opportunity to see something new in your dream destination. After a year and a half of canceled plans, topped with a hefty dose of emotional recovery, we are inviting you to plan your 2022 travel with these 10 bucket-list trips.
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
With more than 150 acres of pristine natural landscape, you'll have plenty to explore, including a coffee farm, remote tribal village, and lush rainforest in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. Hacienda AltaGracia, a new resort from the Auberge Resorts Collection, is your gateway to paradise. Take it all in the caballista way, riding on horseback and enjoying your desayuno by the river each morning. Feeling even more adventurous? Leave the grounds altogether and hop onto one of the resort's ultralight flights to get a birds-eye view of all the rainforested area has to offer.
Maldivian vacation culture revolves around the one island, one hotel concept — and is there anything more luxurious than feeling like you're on your own private island? For your holiday in the sun, venture to the new Patina Maldives, by Capella Hotel, Group known for their luxury properties in Asia. This 90-villa resort designed by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan is spread between multiple private islands with a chic beach club and numerous fine dining options — all a 45-minute boat ride from the main airport. The Maldives is truly a bucket-list escape, and a perfect early 2022 trip.
Loire Valley, France
Nothing says bucket list quite like staying in an actual French château that formerly housed royalty. An hour-long train ride whisks you out of Paris to the northern edge of Pays de la Loire, where you'll find a château that was once under the ownership of an actual baron and baroness. Hotel Château du Grand Lucé opened to the public in 2019, but the property dates back to 1760 and is littered with statues given to the estate of Louis XV. While the Loire Valley is known for its wineries, this trip is all about the château life, biking through and picnicking in the flower-filled Jardin Exotique, and exploring the ever-quaint surrounding town of Grand Lucé.
Napa Valley, California
After struggling through the pandemic and a heartbreaking string of wildfires, Napa has rebuilt — and its resilience is on full display at the hotels, restaurants, and wineries in the area. Napa is simultaneously a once-in-a-lifetime trip and a destination you'll want to return to every year. Start your over-the-top Napa vacation in Calistoga, California. Calistoga is known for an eclectic mix of off-the-beaten-path wineries and Michelin-starred restaurants. On your 2022 trip to Calistoga, you'll also find the highly anticipated Four Seasons Napa Valley — the brand's first foray in Northern California wine country — where you can un(wine)d and dine in the lap of luxury.
Known for its luxury hotel scene, Kyoto is emerging as an iconic Asian city destination, and one of the most necessary stops on a trip to Japan. As it luxurious environment continues to surge, so does the city's culinary prowess, as more and more visitors realize how simple it is to tack a trip to Kyoto onto their Tokyo itinerary. To bring your trip to true bucket-list levels, the new FUFU Kyoto offers a wildly luxurious take on the classic Japanese ryokan. FUFU is home to exceptional hot springs baths (onsen) and, in true Kyoto fashion, a restaurant that sources local ingredients and prepares traditional Japanese dishes with contemporary flair.
Paterson, South Africa
Seeking for a South African safari other than the classic Kruger National Park expeditions, why not try out a private game reserve which makes the wildlife experience more intimate and deeply impactful. Shamwari Private Game Reserve, in Paterson, South Africa, offers two daily game drives, bringing guests in search of the Big Five (black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalo). These animals are actually native to the land Shamwari Private Game Reserve sits on. As a casualty of colonization, the animals left the area, but were ethically reintroduced when the private reserve was established in 1990. Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to eight luxury lodges — and only the guests of each lodge are allowed to safari here. The newest lodge, Sindile, is five-star glamping at its finest — the rooms offer plunge pools and views of the plains where you can see giraffes grazing from your sprawling balcony.
Sardinia is home to mesmerizing white sand beaches with glistening turquoise waters and an abundance of luxury resorts perfect for a triumphant return to travel. Opened in June 2021, Baglioni Resort Sardinia is set on a beautiful marine reserve, while Hotel Pitrizza offers next-level villas that ensure serenity and privacy. Finally, make sure to look into Hotel Cala di Volpe for a classic luxury see-and-be-seen experience on Costa Smeralda.
Taghazout Bay, Morocco
While exploring Morocco, you shouldn’t miss out south Morocco, where, 200 miles south of Marrakech near Agadir, you'll find Taghazout Bay, a fishing village turned luxury enclave right on the Moroccan coast. Just opened in July 2021, the new hot spot Fairmont Taghazout Bay has a number of superfluous beach villas and ocean-facing suites. At the new hotel, you'll experience an exemplary display of Middle Eastern and African hospitality, beautifully landscaped pools and grounds, and an exquisite stretch of the north African Atlantic coast.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is the pinnacle of Caribbean dream destinations with its white-sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. From the idyllic shores of Grace Bay to the private islands, like Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos offers some of the most lavish experiences in the Caribbean Sea. One of the must-book trips of 2022 will undoubtedly be The Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos — the hotel just debuted in summer of 2021 with ocean view suites, Club Level perks, two pools, and a spa, among other island offerings.
Visit Sedona this 2022 and immerse yourself in the healing culture and serenity of undiscovered hiking trails and the natural beauty of the red rocks to feed your soul. At Enchantment Resort, the newly opened Trail House connects you with guides who will curate the exact outdoor experience you need — whether that's learning to mountain bike in order to conquer your fear of heights, or take a guided hike through the legendary Sedona energy vortexes.