22 Places To Visit In 2022

With 2021 soon to be a distant memory, we’re looking ahead to next year with renewed optimism for adventures yet to come. And with international travel now back in (almost) full swing we’re here to help inspire your plans for that long overdue holiday! With our passports at the ready we’re excited to share the countries, cities and hotels that we simply cannot wait to explore in 2022. From eco-focused escapes in Costa Rica to an ultra-luxury private island in the Maldives, these are Best at Travel’s 22 places to jet off to in 2022…

The Amalfi Coast

With its hillsides dotted by pastel-coloured villas, views of endlessly blue waters stretching to the horizon and an undeniable romantic atmosphere, the Amalfi Coast is an Instagrammers paradise. For the best way to see it all, make like the celebrity A-listers who flock here during the summer months, and hop on board your very own private yacht. And if there’s one place to stay, it’s the island of Capri – and where else than the iconic Capri Palace Jumeirah!


Come explore the sun-soaked, spice-scented island of Grenada, an incredibly scenic and easy-going Caribbean isle that’s become a hotspot for luxury hotels. Scattered along Grand Anse Beach – rated one of the world’s best by Condé Nast Traveler – are a collection of intimate boutique properties radiating warmth and charm. We’re also sure you’ll love the island’s burgeoning chocolate industry, underwater sculpture park and rum distillery, uniquely powered by water wheel.


Lonely Planet describes Thailand as “friendly and food-obsessed, hedonistic and historic, cultured and curious” – and we couldn’t think of a better way to sum up one of our most popular destinations. When we go back we’re heading to The Siam in Bangkok, an exquisitely designed hotel located in the historic Dusit neighbourhood right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, renowned for its private Muay Thai lessons and the largest collection of movie memorabilia in South East Asia.

The Bahamas

Life is better in the Bahamas and it’s now easier than ever to reach its palm-fringed shores thanks to direct flights twice-weekly from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic. And if we had to pick just one place to stay, it would be The Ocean Club, a legendary Caribbean hideaway set on a five mile stretch of sand that offers remarkable seclusion. Expect Asian-French fusion dishes by a Michelin-star chef and coconut poultice massages in the Balinese-style spa villas.


2022 is Qatar’s year to shine. As the host of the next FIFA World Cup, all eyes will be on this tiny nation come November. With its year-round sunshine, ultra-modern capital, burgeoning arts and cultural scene and bountiful natural wonders, it’s no wonder Qatar is emerging as a top holiday hotspot in the Middle East. Be sure to explore the UNESCO-recognised Khor Al Adaid or ‘Inland Sea’, rich in wildlife and only accessible by thrilling 4X4 ride.

The Maldives

Surf enthusiasts, we’re going to let you in on a secret: the Maldives is becoming one of the world’s leading surfing spots thanks to its sensational (and uncrowded!) year-round swells… and it doesn’t hurt that the prime conditions are accompanied by overwater villas, feet-in-sand gourmet dining and picture-perfect ocean views. Stay at Cinnamon Dhonveli for exclusive access to Pasta Point, one of the most sought-after surf spots in the archipelagic nation.


Pre-pandemic, Vietnam was growing in popularity amongst our clients. A melting pot of cultures with a rich colonial history, there’s so much to do in and around the bustling former trading port of Hoi An. Explore the merchant houses and tea warehouses of the Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – enjoy mouth-watering street food or head to Phan Boi Chau Street to discover the city’s growing arts scene. When we return we’re staying at the Four Seasons Nam Hai.


It’s said that the best things come in small packages… and nowhere is that more true than Montenegro. This miniscule Balkan country has become one of Europe’s most exciting destinations thanks to its bounty of pristine beaches, forested mountains just begging to be hiked and medieval towns steeped in history. And then there’s the growing number of luxury hotels along the Adriatic Coast – our pick is the exclusive One&Only Portonovi.


Experience romance and intimacy holidaying at two of Jamaica’s best boutique hotels. Begin by soaking up sexy beach vibes at GoldenEye, the former home of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, taking midnight dips in the private lagoon or chilling out at the laidback rum bar. Then drive the 365 winding bends up into the Blue Mountains to Strawberry Hill, set 3,000 feet above the ocean, with just twelve cottages, a dramatic infinity pool and guided hikes to hidden waterfalls.


For ultra-luxury and lavish living in the UAE, look no further than the newest addition to the famed Palm Jumeirah: Raffles The Palm Dubai. With a Swarovski chandelier in the lobby, real silver and gold leaf touches in the rooms and suites and legendary 24-hour butler service for every single guest, there’s more than a hint of regality to this beachfront resort. Our highlight is the 3,000 square metres spa by award-winning Parisian brand Cinq Mondes.


Where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean is where you’ll find the Bodrum Peninsula, fondly nicknamed the ‘Turkish Riviera’. Enigmatic and intoxicating, Bodrum Town is a popular seaside destination for the jet-set crowd, with its whitewashed houses, yacht-lined marina and collection of boutique and luxury hotels that pepper the pristine coastline including the Six Senses Kaplankaya. Further afield there’s dramatic inland scenery, laidback villages with open-air markets and impressive archaeological sites.

Sri Lanka

Seeking a luxury safari experience in Sri Lanka? Look no further than Uga Chena Huts! With just 14 cabins, each with an individual plunge pool, all nestled between Yala National Park and the golden dunes of the island’s southern coastline, exclusivity, privacy and scenic splendours are guaranteed here. And that’s on top of the incredible wildlife encounters, from spotting elephants wandering the beach to complimentary game drives every day of your stay.


If you’re looking for a self-drive adventure, California’s Pacific Coast Highway is the epitome. Explore the lively seaside town, Monterey with its active harbour, fantastic aquarium and array of bars and restaurants. Enjoy the dramatic ocean views of Big Sur with its sun-drenched coastline and photo opportunities at every turn. Discover the laidback atmosphere of Santa Barbara with its Spanish influence and bask in the sun on Santa Monica Beach. With so much more than Hollywood, the Golden State has something for everyone.


While diminutive – you can drive round the island in about an hour – Nevis is an enchanting choice for low-key tropical paradise. A short ferry ride from sister island, St. Kitts, this is a place for relaxing, for soaking up the sun and for water-centric pursuits including catamaran cruises. And if there’s one place to stay it has to be the legendary Four Seasons, where attention to detail and impeccable service come as standard.

Costa Rica

With a coastline stretching for more than 800 miles and 30 national parks dedicated to preserving the country’s lush rainforests and diverse wildlife, it’s no wonder that Costa Rica draws travellers looking to indulge in nature. Along with its serious eco-tourism credentials and thrill-seeking attractions such as canopy ziplining and whitewater rafting, the country is emerging as a popular wellness destination thanks to the growing number of luxury eco-lodges offering everything from yoga sessions to farm-to-fork dining.


Golden dunes, awe-inspiring mountains, emerald wadis… the sultanate of Oman makes for an alluring destination. While modernity has crept into the capital, Muscat, you can still experience traditional Arabia throughout this independent nation, whether wandering maze-like souks or sailing on a wooden dhow. But the real draw here is exploring the country’s stunning landscapes from nights under the stars in the vast desert to hiking through the striking Al Hajar mountain range.

Utah, USA

Opened in 2021, Camp Sarika delivers a back-to-the-wild luxury glamping experience just a short distance from the main Amangiri hotel in the remote Utah desert. A cluster of 10 canvass-topped tented pavilions come with an outdoor terrace, heated plunge pool and a telescope for stargazing. Dine on campfire-style breakfasts, take a dip in the sleek swimming pool overlooking the awe-inspiring landscape or explore the surrounds your own way, whether on a guided hike or traversing the thrill-inducing Via Ferratas challenge.

The Grenadines

If you’ve been to Barbados and stayed in Saint Lucia, then it’s time to experience a more secluded side to the Caribbean with a ‘get away from it all’ escape in the Grenadines. Along with St. Vincent, this 32 island chain delivers the kind of luxury escapism that draws celebrities and royalty to its talcum powder sands. When you aren’t sunbathing at your private island resort, there’s exceptional sailing, hikes up a 4,000 foot volcano and swims with turtles.


If you like your luxury hotels sleek, sophisticated and striking, you can’t go past the boutique-style LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences. With interiors by famed British designer Kelly Hoppen, you can expect chic, elegant suites and villas that are light and airy, complete with terrazzo-tiled bathrooms and stunning vistas. They’re complemented by three distinctive dining concepts and exceptional facilities including the Indian Ocean’s first outdoor rooftop wellness experience.

The Thai Islands

Thailand is so high up our list of places we can’t wait to return to that it’s appearing twice, and we make no apologies for this! Eco-friendly, barefoot luxury escapes abound here. And nowhere more than Soneva Kiri. Treepod dining, private infinity pools, an outdoor cinema and personal butler service await at this ultimate Asian escape.

Dominican Republic

On the south eastern tip of the Dominican Republic you’ll find Cap Cana, an exclusive beachfront gated community within the Punta Cana district. This desirable enclave boasts a clutch of upscale resorts – we recommend Eden Roc – as well its very own marina, state-of-the-art equestrian centre and Jack Nicklaus designed Punta Espada Golf Club. And for adventure-seekers, there’s Scape Park, a natural theme park with ziplines, vibrantly blue lagoons and cave swimming.


Quintessentially Moroccan, the riads of Marrakech are places of pleasures with their rooftop terraces and hidden hammams. Traditionally located in the very heart of the medina, these atmospheric properties provide an oasis of calm from the bustle outside, with each centred around a courtyard or garden and promising the utmost privacy. We love to stay at Villa Des Orangers, a chic and discreet Relais & Châteaux property with just 27 rooms and suites, and 16-metre long heated pool.