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Condé Nast Traveler goes global with 2022 Gold List

Belmond Splendido Mare LVMH’s Belmond Splendido Mare in Portofino, Italy. Image credit: Tommy Picone/Belmond


As the luxury hospitality industry looks to 2022 with optimism for a sustained recovery, Condé Nast Traveler is honoring elite hotels with its annual Gold List.

The 2022 Gold List is the first edition to feature a single global list curated by the editors of CNT’s international editions. Hospitality brands Mandarin Oriental, Six Senses, the St. Regis and the Ritz-Carlton were among those to land on this year’s list.

“This year marks a truly impactful moment for the brand, with editors around the world — from New York to Dubai to Beijing — joining together to reveal their most beloved hotels, places and experiences,” said Divia Thani, global editorial director of Condé Nast Traveler, in a statement.

“These selections reflect the sensibilities and tastes of our editors and audiences across the world, who have as many preferences in common as they do unique traits when it comes to travel.”

Best of the best
The editors of Condé Nast Traveler’s seven international editions – the U.S., the U.K., Spain, Italy, India, the Middle East and China – collaborated to select the world’s best hotels.

This year’s selections include properties in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. The respective international editions have also supplemented the global list with regional additions based on the local market.

Many of the leading hospitality brands have representatives on the Gold List. About a third of the hotels are in Europe, with Spain and Italy each having three winners.

Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand. Image credit Basil Childers/Six Senses

Marriott International’s The St. Regis Florence in Italy and The Ritz-Carlton Abama in Spain were recognized, with the latter making it Gold List debut. Another newcomer is Barcelona’s The Cotton House, an Autograph Collection hotel.

In Asia, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Thailand’s Six Senses Yao Noi also appear on the list.

The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is one of two winners in the United Arab Emirates, alongside Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in Abu Dhabi. Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Lanai landed on the supplemental U.S. edition of the Gold List as well.

Similarly, Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia appears on the U.S. Gold List, joining New York’s iconic The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel from the global Gold List.

The Hotel Bel-Air and Peninsula Chicago rounded out the other U.S. properties to appear on the international edition of this year’s list.

French luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton had multiple properties on the global Gold List: the Bulgari Hotel Beijing and the newly renovated Belmond Splendido Mare.

Select markets, including the U.S., are also celebrating top cruises and destinations.

Winners include the Silversea Silver Muse, the Seabourn Encore, the Regent Seven Seas Explorer and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Featured destinations include Tuscany, Italy; Svalbard, Thailand; Goa, India and Scottsdale, Arizona.

The global Gold List can now be viewed online and on newsstands through early 2022.