Despite Covid, the luxury hotel sector continues to open new properties. But which ones are worth a visit?
This week we go to Jack Ezon, founder of EmbarkBeyond, noted for his expertise in picking out what’s hot and which new hotels and resorts are likely to deliver the experience you want.
Below we tap into the insider knowledge of Jack and his team of luxury advisors to bring you their picks for the spectacular Top New U.S. Luxury Hotels for 2022.
1. 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay (Hawaii)
2. Aman New York (New York)
3. Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences (Florida)
4. Ambient Resort (Arizona)
5. Asbury Ocean Club (New Jersey)
6. Chapter House (Massachusetts)
7. Hôtel Barrière Fouquet (New York)
8. Hotel Willa (New Mexico)
9. Keswick Hall (Virginia)
10. Montage Big Sky (Montana)
11. RESET Telluride (Colorado)
12. Residences at Zero George (South Carolina)
13. Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel (Florida)
14. The Chatwal Lodge (New York)
15. The Fifth Avenue Hotel (New York)
16. The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern (California)
17. The Lodges at Knapp Ranch (Colorado)
18. The Seagate (Florida)
19. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley (Arizona)
20. The Ritz-Carlton, New York, NoMad (New York)
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay (Hawaii)
Josh Geller, the Hawaii specialist at Embark Beyond and an avid visitor to the Aloha state, has been waiting for this moment for a long time. “Often overlooked by many of my clients due to a lack of truly luxe properties, the most stunning Hawaiian island of Kauai has been in desperate need of a resort-like the 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay to emerge,” he says. Clients will love the modern rooms and suites that still maintain Polynesian authenticity (many with views of majestic Hanalei Bay) along with an A+ wellness sanctuary. Perfect for families, couples, thrill-seekers, and those simply looking to relax and recharge, the 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay will certainly be a crowd-pleaser.
Aman New York (New York)
Set in the iconic Crown Building on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, Aman New York brings the brand’s ultimate Asian-infused luxury to the Big Apple with just 83 rooms, the smallest of which is 750 sq.ft. Set to open in May, amenities will include a private members club, jazz club, spa, 65-foot swimming pool, Japanese and Italian restaurant, cigar bar, and rooftop terrace.
Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences (Florida)
The mixed-use Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences, Singer Island, Palm Beach wellness beachfront compound, is a perfect blend of destination spa with a luxury resort. With an assigned wellness coach, guests can choose to stay and relax or join a set destination spa experience focusing on yoga and Indian-inspired wellness.
Ambient Resort (Arizona)
Ambiente: A Landscape Hotel in Sedona, Arizona, comprises 40 ultra-modern cubed-shaped Atrium rooms set on steel beams rising from the ground. The resort nestles into its surroundings without disrupting its natural topography. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls bring the dramatic Sedona red rocks into the minimalistic contemporary spaces. Sedona’s first new luxury hotel in more than two decades will focus on conservation and nature when it opens in June.
Asbury Ocean Club (New Jersey)
Asbury Ocean Club is a sleek glass tower overlooking the storied Asbury Park Boardwalk sites, just two blocks from the Morrison Avenue promenade brimming with galleries, boutiques, and cafés. Just a short helicopter ride from Manhattan, it is the perfect abode to enjoy the tony beachside towns on the upper Jersey Shore.
Chapter House (Massachusetts)
Chapter House, a historic inn with origins dating back to 1716, will debut in Yarmouth Port, Cape Cod, in Spring 2022, following an extensive renovation. The charming 21-room Inn sits on two acres of beautifully manicured lawn. It seamlessly blends the warmth and character of a traditional quaint New England inn with a contemporary hotel’s upscale amenities and bespoke services. Evoking the look and feel of a New England home, Chapter House consists of the Main House and the Carriage House, with guestrooms and suites eliciting thoughtful design details reflective of the coastal destination, all offering gorgeous views of the Inn’s gardens or sunset. The Main House provides architectural elements of a traditional three-story Victorian mansion complete with a four-season porch and a specialty cocktail bar. The Inn’s sprawling lawn is host to outdoor seating areas with fire pits for guests to relax or join in friendly competition with various lawn games. Chapter House is Baxter Hospitality’s second renovation project on Cape Cod. The group also owns and operates Sesuit Harbor House, just a 10-minute drive from the new hotel
Hôtel Barrière Fouquet (New York)
Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York blends Parisian panache with Tribeca cool. The entrant, due this June, delivers sophisticated hospitality on an intimate scale, befitting its location in the city’s most coveted neighborhood. It features 97 residential-style rooms and suites by world-renowned designer Martin Brudnizki; vibrant food and beverage destinations, including an outpost of historic French brasserie Fouquet’s; and amenities ranging from a Diane Barrière Spa to a majestic screening room and rooftop terrace. Barrière Fouquet’s New York is the first U.S. outpost of France’s family-run Groupe Barrière, known for its French art de vivre, and a new landmark on Tribeca’s cobblestoned streets
Hotel Willa (New Mexico)
Hotel Willa in downtown Taos, New Mexico, is a boutique hotel in New Mexico’s traditional adobe-style architecture. The interiors, by Los Angeles design studio Electric Bowery, will be adorned with textured terra-cotta-colored plaster walls, rich earth-tone fabrics, and what they describe as a painterly palette.
Keswick Hall (Virginia)
Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a classic 1912 golf resort that was “adopted” by the Hardie family in 2012 and has since become a trophy project that guests could only dream of. The property, which reopened last month, was completely reinvented and brought into the 21st century without compromising its bucolic sense of place. The centerpiece of the 48-room, 200-acre resort is the 18-hole Full Cry golf course by Pete Dye. Guests can also enjoy a host of activities, including tennis, archery, croquet, a Red Flower spa that will house eight treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and indoor cycling, an impressive newly redesigned infinity pool, and local farm-to-table cuisine by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Montage Big Sky (Montana)
Montage Big Sky is a year-round mountain resort located less than an hour’s drive from Yellowstone National Park. Adjacent to the famous members-only Yellow Stone Club, Montage makes the incredible destination accessible with every creature comfort imaginable. Enjoy ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort, an onsite 18-hole Weiskopf-designed golf course, nature-inspired spa, and unparalleled access to extraordinary outdoor pursuits.
RESET Telluride (Colorado)
RESET Telluride is a private, ultra-luxury wellness and trekking retreat set to debut in May 2022. The RESET experience is a six-night, six-day retreat with three personalized pathways that empower every guest to challenge and indulge in equal measure, all while experiencing boundless hospitality in the greatest outdoors. Each week, 18 guests begin the RESET journey with an intention and are guided by wellness experts toward their unique purpose and highest potential. At the heart of the Rexperience are daily, half-day treks with AMGA Certified Mountain Guides in the rugged beauty of the San Juan mountains. Daily trekking elevation gain ranges from 580-3,700 feet and fully immerses guests in untamed nature. To further curate the RESET experience for each guest, three distinct pathways are designed to meet guests where they are and guide where they want to go. The REACH pathway is high-impact and for goal-setters seeking heightened performance. ROAM centers around adventure and emphasizes the freedom to wander and uncover fresh perspectives. RECHARGE encourages guests to pause and unwind to awaken new energy.
Residences at Zero George (South Carolina)
The discreet Zero George Hotel in Charleston, which has been reserved for those “in the Know,” will open multi-bedroom residences adjacent to the 16-room hotel. Ideal for families or long-term stays, Residences at Zero George guests will have preferred access to its namesake restaurant with an elegant Southern crisp style, privacy, and creature comforts, all making this the most delectable home away from home.
Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel (Florida)
Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel will have sci-fi fans rejoicing at one of Disney’s most anticipated arrivals, where guests will be completely immersed in another realm. In classic Disney style, guests will board a launch pod and rendezvous with the magnificent Halcyon starcruiser, stay in a cabin or suite with an exquisite “view” of space. Throughout the “ship,” visitors will interact with an eclectic collection of characters, sit down to exotic galactic cuisine and have options to engage in several experiences such as a visit to see the inner workings of the legendary starship, learn the traditional art of wielding a lightsaber and even jump on a transport to the planet Batuu. The biggest issue is that you won’t even want to leave to hit the parks—opening March 1.
The Chatwal Lodge (New York)
The Chatwal Lodge in the Catskills is nestled within a 30-acre estate with panoramic views over the 1,000-acre Toronto Reservoir Lake. There are 12 chic accommodations that offer lush hiking trails dotted with bald eagles and pastoral mountains, onsite fly fishing, kayaking, and private music classes. Families will view the 1,000 sq.ft. treehouse of 850 sq.ft. glamping tent.
The Fifth Avenue Hotel (New York)
The Fifth Avenue Hotel is an architectural darling in the growing NoMad hotel scene in New York. Set in the 1908 Gilded Age mansion of socialite Charlotte Goodridge with the addition of an adjacent tower, The Fifth will have 182 rooms and suites. There will also be a 5,000 sq.ft. ballroom and a spectacular duplex restaurant with original 30-foot ceilings and arches. Opening Fall 2022.
The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern (California)
The Inn Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection is set in Los Olivos, California, and seeks to reinvent California’s Santa Ynez Valley (just outside of Santa Barbara) as they did in Napa Valley. Debuting this summer, the Inn will be the first luxury resort in the region with just 67 luxury guestrooms and cottages. Set in the former 1886 stagecoach shop come prohibition hangout, the Inn’s spa and open-air restaurants center around the region’s famous wines and bountiful produce.
The Lodges at Knapp Ranch (Colorado)
The Lodges at Knapp Ranch in Vail Valley, Colorado, is set to open around the end of the year. A sustainable family-owned on 270+ acres in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Knapp Ranch was founded by Betsy and Bud Knapp, the former owners and publishers of Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit magazines. They left the publishing world to commit themselves to land preservation and the study of high altitude farming. Up to 14 guests can enjoy and explore this exclusive ranch experience with year-round activities, including fishing, hiking, biking, farming, yoga, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, forest bathing, and more.
The Seagate (Florida)
The Seagate showcases design firm Studio Robert McKinley and hospitality group Long Weekend to create a buzzy getaway spot. The grand dame in Delray Beach, Florida, is a resort complete with a hotel, spa, beach, and country club.
The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley (Arizona)
The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley is on 20 breathtaking acres overlooking Camelback Mountain. It will offer a luxury experience inspired by its beautiful natural surroundings. Restaurants will feature produce sourced from the resort’s citrus orchard and garden, and the spa will showcase desert-inspired therapies. Stunning accommodations will reflect the style of traditional casitas, where guests can indulge in a true escape.
The Ritz-Carlton, New York, NoMad (New York)
The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad is located in the heart of one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods combining the brand’s legendary service with refined elegance. Newly built from the ground up and one of the tallest buildings in the area, the hotel is designed to serve as a gathering place for locals and guests. The 250 guest rooms and 16 branded luxury penthouse residences offer spectacular views of some of Manhattan’s most iconic sights, from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty. With a bold design, the hotel boasts legendary restaurants and bars by Michelin-starred chef José Andrés. Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. The hotel will house the signature 6,800 sq.ft. Ritz-Carlton Spa and Fitness Center, featuring eight treatment rooms, sauna, and steam rooms.