Borders may have been closed due to the pandemic – but many new hotels (and refurbished classics) have opened over the last couple of years in some of the world's great cities. This is our edit of our favourite new luxe openings to be across.
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
After a two-year overhaul and two years of closed borders, the grand dame is back on top of our to-do list. A stay here feels like being suspended in history. Though the eating and drinking at Anne-Sophie Pic's divine La Dame de Pic and revved-up Writers Bar is in step with Singapore's heightened hospitality scene.
From $1030 per night.
Rosewood São Paulo, Brazil
For Rosewood's first South American property, the boutique luxury all-stars enlisted celebrity architect Jean Nouvel to design a monumental tower, and wrangled an acclaimed international food and beverage team to make this new city stay sizzle.
From $820 per night.
The Londoner, United Kingdom
London has a new contender for the hottest hotel title. The Londoner calls itself "the world's first super boutique hotel", and on our inspection the elegant Leicester Square five-star stay is a glamorous toe dip into the luxe London life. There are five buzzy bars and restaurants to share with the city but a highlight is The Residence; a drawing room, whisky room and cocktail bar for guests' eyes only.
From $900 per night.
Aman New York, United States
2022's most longed for hotel is about to open its Fifth Avenue doors. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, we are expecting Asian serenity to meet NYC grandeur and pinch-me moments to ensue.
Prices to be announced.
W Rome, Italy
This butterfly-inducing 162-room hotel burst into central Rome in late 2021, and it's confirmation the ancient city has its groove back. Two 19th century palazzos are met with energetic design flourishes in a major Italiano moment. The flagship restaurant, Giano, is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Ciccio Sultano, while the rooftop bar is the place for aperitivi.
From $1340 per night.