It’s usually when the page turns on another year that we begin etching away vacation time on our calendars. This year, perhaps greater than any other before it, the yearning to travel meaningfully is particularly pronounced. More than mere escapes from the mundanities of everyday life, we’re actively seeking getaways that have the potential to wholly transform the way we see the world. After all the obstacles to global travel over the last two years, it looks like 2022 will finally be the year to schedule the trips we’ve put on hold—the ones meant to celebrate a milestone, rediscover your sense of self, reconnect with family, or immerse yourself in fascinating cultures abroad. The one trip that could change our lives.
When you’re ready to lock in accommodations for that long-awaited trip, look no further than the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands to inspire incredible moments and experiences in unforgettable destinations around the world. With more than 100 Marriott Bonvoy member properties recognized in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, and seven landing in the number one spot of their respective categories, the modern traveler agrees. Here are eight stunning RCA-winning hotels to book now that guarantee life-changing adventures in 2022.
Be enriched by immersive cultural experiences abroad.
Housed in a striking 19th-century neoclassical building—the former headquarters of Barcelona’s Cotton Textile Foundation—The Cotton House has preserved many of its impressive original architectural features, including a spiral staircase that was constructed in 1957. Beyond design nods to the landmark’s storied history, The Cotton House offers guests immersive experiences tied to textile production, like artisanal shirt tailoring by the sartorial legends of Santa Eulalia, which takes place in the same atelier space frequented by guild members in the past.
The Romanos is a plush waterfront resort that brilliantly captures the magnificence of Greece’s lesser-traveled Peloponnese region. Through its curated catalog of authentic experiences developed with Costa Navarino’s Messinian Authenticity program, the property serves as a gateway to a rich cultural legacy that spans nearly five millennia. Access to three nearby UNESCO-designated sites is just the start. At The Romanos, you can partake in Messinian cooking classes, wine and olive oil tastings, guided art and philosophy tours, and more, gaining a new appreciation for one of Europe’s oldest cultures.
Retreat into wellness and harness the restorative benefits of travel.
Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali — U.S.A.
Situated on Maui’s picturesque west coast, Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali recently underwent an expansive renovation that touched nearly every corner of the beachfront property, including its public areas, guest suites, and a new luxury Hōkūpaʻa tower. The lavish 15,000 square-foot Heavenly Spa by Westin also received a facelift. It’s an unrivaled setting for an array of multisensory treatments and rejuvenating therapies, from soothing CBD facials to romantic couples massages. Skilled attendants employ authentic Hawaiian wellness principles and products from the spa’s custom Hualani line to promote relaxation and mind-body alignment.
Staying at JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is certainly a pinch-me experience. Not only are you resting your head inside a former 16th-century convent surrounded by ancient artifacts, but with an exclusive spa rooted in Inca wellness traditions, you’ll return home renewed and refreshed. All spaces inside the JW Spa are designated quiet areas, with a special mindful spot located in an outdoor patio surrounded by herbs and spices. In addition to personalized experiences and treatments inspired by age-old Andean medicinal practices, arrival amenities are also connected to local rituals, including a kit to make an offering to Mother Earth.
Reconnect with loved ones and strengthen bonds with the entire family.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe — U.S.A.
When it comes to ensuring families have the trip of a lifetime, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe means business. The luxury resort’s concierge provides a seamless introduction to the best of family-friendly Tahoe, from ski-in, ski-out access to Northstar Mountain and Burton Snowboard Academy in the winter to summertime adventures in nearby historic towns and on Northern California’s prestigious golf courses. Oh, and there’s also a heated pool open year-round for the kiddos—and you—to enjoy.
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa has all the trappings of an unforgettable family getaway: two 18-hole championship courses for dad, a full-service spa for mom, and the sprawling Tidal Cover Water Park for the little ones. The five-acre aquatic playground is home to a series of spiraling waterslides, plus freefall loops, gravity-defying raft rides, and a lazy river. The greatest highlights? A 60-foot seven-slide water slide and, for those looking to shred some gnarly surf, the first-ever Flowrider Triple wave machine. Back at the resort, the Turnberry Kids camp offers supervised arts and crafts, sports, and custom fitness classes.
Embrace your individuality and rediscover your passions.
W Doha — Qatar
Exploring one of the world’s most futuristic cities requires a home base that inspires creativity through daring design and run-ins with like-minded people. At W Doha, Qatar’s iconic lifestyle hotel, you’ll catch both guests and locals mingling surrounded by sweeping views of the city skyline in the buzzy lobby or at the outdoor lounge, Wahm. Food lovers will also be happy to learn that the hotel’s restaurants, Market and Spice Markets by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, COYA, and La Spiga by Paper Moon, are major hotspots on the Doha dining scene.
Moxy Times Square — U.S.A.
It says a lot when local New Yorkers, a group that notoriously eschews Times Square, will head to the frenetic entertainment district just to chill at the Moxy Hotel. Designed by powerhouse firm Yabu Pushelberg, the ultra-contemporary Moxy Times Square is a next-gen hospitality emporium with 612 calming micro suites outfitted with smart technology, four dining venues by TAO Group, and the city’s largest all-season indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop lounge. At its essence, the Moxy is Midtown Manhattan, elevated.
Whether you’re ready to unleash your wanderlust solo in new places—or see old mainstays in a new light with the entire family—now is the time to take those bucket-list trips that have so far remained inside the realm of daydream fodder. Partner with Marriott Bonvoy to discover the world’s most fascinating destinations and all the life-enhancing experiences that await.
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