Travel Place, Another extraordinary year is almost over. Between wrapping up 2021 with quiet holiday parties and champagne toasts at the home, the mind wanders. What could 2022 bring? To the many trips that we might finally be able to tick off our bucket list. Whether it’s to see Scotland from a luxurious train or to soak up the same New Mexico scenery that Georgia O’Keeffe loved for so many years.
Or too old haunts that we can’t wait for a new perspective and peace of heart. Or to the new luxury hotels that are ready to offer us exceptional hospitality and luxurious accommodations. We can still dream and tentatively plan for the future in these uncertain times. Below are 17 top destinations that you should add to your travel list for 2022.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is undoubtedly one of America’s most unique cities. It has a rich Native American history and strong Spanish influences. Canyon Road also features a variety of galleries, including Fernando Botero sculptures and handwoven Navajo rugs. There is Ghost Ranch, a 21,000-acre retreat located in Abiquiu, an hour’s drive from Santa Fe. O’Keeffe lived there for 40 years and featured its landscapes prominently in her art.
It’s worth a trip to the city just to see the newest hotel, Bishop’s Lodge. This historic 150-year-old landmark was converted by Auberge Resorts into a luxury property on 317 acres adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest. The property is a beautiful tribute to the city’s Southwestern heritage, offering activities such as sunrise horseback riding or guided pueblo tours.
New York City
NYC has been slowly recovering from the devastating pandemic of 2020. A brand new Ritz Carlton will open in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood by February. It conveniently fills the gap left by the abrupt closing of the NoMad Hotel earlier in the year. Jose Andres will be joining the Ritz as a celebrity chef. The Ritz will also open a new outpost of Zaytinya in DC, and a restaurant called the Bazaar later this year. A rooftop bar will be part of the 250-room hotel’s most sought-after NYC hotel amenities.
Travel Place Scotland
While that is reason enough to travel to London to see the official celebrations at Buckingham Palace, in June, why not pay tribute to the longest-serving monarch of the UK with a pilgrimage through Scotland? It is easy to see why she goes to the Highlands every summer for a rest at Balmoral Castle.
Begin in Edinburgh, the capital, to admire its unique mix of medieval, Georgian, and modern architecture. Next, check into the Balmoral Rocco Forte hotel for a night of 5-star pampering or Michelin-starred food.
It’s then up to the Scottish Highlands, Braemar, and the Queen’s Balmoral to stay at the Fife Arms. This former Victorian-era coaching Inn was transformed by Iwan and Manuela Wirth to become an incredible jewel box, with over 16,000 pieces of art. You’re not so sure about driving on the opposite side of the road. The Royal Scotsman is a Belmond Train that offers the most luxurious way to enjoy the breathtaking countryside.
Big Sky, Montana
The luxury ranch trip is a rite of passage for a subset of the population. Montage was the latest to take advantage of this opportunity. On December 15, it opened the doors to a new resort in Big Sky in Montana. This is the first-ever luxury ski hotel built in this beautiful region.
It is a unique location. It is located just 45 minutes north of Yellowstone National Park, surrounded by the Spanish Peaks mountain chain. There are many things to do. There are endless things to do: direct access to Big Sky’s 5,800 acres of ski terrain, a championship golf course designed and maintained by Tom Weiskopf, and snowshoeing. Horseback riding, fly fishing. Hiking.
Travel Place Ireland
You have many compelling reasons to visit Ireland. The island’s temperate climate means that it is pleasant almost all year. It offers breathtaking drives along the coast, beautiful national parks, and unique opportunities to view the Winter Solstice. Adare House, is a must-see, just outside Limerick.
Although the Neo-Gothic manor once belonged to the Earls, Dunraven now calls it a 5-star luxury resort. It is surrounded by beautiful medieval ruins, winding gardens, and woodland paths where you can lose yourself in the most relaxing way. The resort features a variety of activities, including falconry, golf, clay shooting, and fishing.