Travel: five holiday hotspots for 2022

“Of all the places I dream of returning to in 2022, this is at the top of the list,” Divia Thani told Condé Nast Traveler: Soneva Fushi, in the Maldives, draws its guests back time and again thanks to a combination of the tropical greenery seemingly as infinite as the expanse of blue sky and sea, and the little discoveries you make as you cycle to breakfast, like the rabbits sitting in the sand at your feet. Most memorable is Soneva’s commitment to sustainability, which began long before it became a buzzword. Other delights include the vegetarian restaurant, rooted in the organic garden, giving you a better understanding of the natural world. Overall, Soneva feels “like a place to see the bigger picture; the wind, waves and clouds remind us how we are all connected to the earth.” Villas from around £1,510, soneva.com

A wildlife adventure in Kenya

Founded in Kenya in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent is one of Britain’s best-loved tour operators, says The Times. In honor of its 60th birthday, the tour company will open Sanctuary Tambarare, in Kenya, a tent camp in June intended to host the “From Africa dream that originally captivated us with the land”. The ten rooms overlook the 90,000 acres of pristine, grassy plateau that makes up the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Big game spotting is the main activity, but it doesn’t stop at the big five. The last two northern white rhinoceroses in the world can also be seen. The tents are “an amalgamation of golden age details, such as teak floors and undulating muslin, and 21st century furniture and modern Masai art”. Mount Kenya can even be spied from their decks, nestled among the fever trees. Staying here offers the perfect balance between adventure and serenity. Doubles full board from £600, Sanctuaryretreats.com

A luxury spa in Windsor

Fairmont Windsor Park hotel

Fairmont Windsor Park started the year in luxury when it opened on January 1, Sarah Turner told The Mail on Sunday. And like its sister hotel, the Savoy in London, it manages to make a good first impression. Guests approach Fairmont Windsor Park via a tree-lined driveway in a “stunning location” on the edge of the royal estate. The 200 rooms and “huge” suites overlook 40 acres of land and have the associated facilities. Spread over 2,500 square meters, the spa and wellness facilities offer many high-tech treatments, as well as indoor and outdoor pools and gyms, plus a Japanese-style hammam and foot spa. Doubles from £420, fairmont-windsorpark.com

Capri: the land of sweet laziness

Hotel La Palma, Capric

The Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius built their villas on Capri, but it was not until 1822 that the island, known as the “land of sweet idleness”, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, saw its first locanda, Claire Wrathall told the Financial Times. Called Hotel La Palma in its latest incarnation, it will transform the Piazzetta neighborhood when it opens in the center of Capri’s capital in June. Fashionable London-based designer Francis Sultana has taken care of the “unusually understated interiors”, while the pool terrace, rooftop bar and restaurant – overseen by two-Michelin star chef Gennaro Esposito – have more than a little in common with his stable mate on the Riviera, Eden-Roc. Double rooms from €550, oetkercollection.com

New Melbourne Attractions

W Melbourne hotel

Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital, is gearing up to show off its vast array of architectural and culinary tricks, says Bloomberg Pursuits. New developments, including hotels from the luxury chains Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La, can be admired from the rooftop of Fable Melbourne, one of the city’s best new bars, serving Greek-inspired mezze and mythical cocktails. Local chef Scott Pickett also plays with food. His restaurant Higher Order leads guests through a series of theatrically staged rooms, where food is complemented by immersive performances and light installations. Meanwhile, this year’s W Melbourne hotel will have a “spectacular pool floating above the city”. But the biggest thrill is Curious, an underground bar whose mirrored panels and geometric installations make a visit like walking into a kaleidoscope. From around £200, marriott.co.uk

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