nemo’s 2022 Hotel Hotlist

Nothing excites us as much as finding the perfect place to rest our heads when planning an escape. In our eyes, an exceptional hotel makes the overall travel experience, and in some instances, the hotel can be a destination unto itself. From the Amalfi to the Agafay, we’ve meticulously sourced the best hotels to elevate your adventures. Where should you head for 2022? Read on to see where team nemo are excited to rest our head this year.

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Borgo Santandrea

Set to open in April 2022, this romantic showstopper offers sweeping views that only the Amalfi can afford, and is sure to tempt travellers with its delicious dining and serene lounging areas. After a day driving the sun-drenched winding roads of the Amalfi coast, head back to this bolthole for a cold negroni by the dazzlingly blue pool.

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Principe di Salina

The interiors at this luxury boutique hotel are as calming as its Aeolian Islands surroundings, with its whitewashed walls and considered furniture creating a pleasant minimalist escape. Located north of Salina, the infinity pool offers a refreshing dip with ocean views, providing a great place to cool off before heading to a freshly prepared local fare at their on-site restaurant.

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Hotel Schgaguler

Perfect for city-dwellers craving nature and a change of pace. Inside this oasis, you’ll find minimal design and discreet colour combinations framed by the views of the majestic Dolomites – a considered design that seeks to accentuate the views, lending itself to a chilled out space to unwind after a day on the slopes or hiking through mountain trails.

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Kasbah Bab Ourika

Sat beside the impressive snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Bab Ourika provides an unforgettable stay in the Ourika Valley. With walls made out of rammed earth and interiors tastefully adorned with earthy-toned Berber fabrics, the naturally toned interiors seamlessly blend with the glorious exteriors. You’ll reap the benefits of staying next to one of the best vegetable patches in Morocco, as the chef uses only the freshest ingredients from the kitchens gardens. Whether you choose to relax by the sparkling pool, explore the gardens, or unwind at the spa, it’ll be a relaxing stay to remember.

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Kisawa Mozambique

If the untouched beaches of Benguerra Island aren’t alluring enough, the arrival of Kisawa Sanctuary to its pristine shores will be sure to entice you. Driven by the philosophy to build a bond between people and place, wilderness and wellbeing, newly-opened Kisawa’s vision is to work in harmony with the landscape. Each of the earthy-hued bungalows features a serene private pool, a slice of the beach, and the interiors incorporate the craftwork of local artisans. If you can pull yourself away from your haven, there are multiple dining venues, offering unique culinary delights. Idyllic days will be spent practicing paddleboard yoga outside your residence, spotting dugongs and dolphins from the Kisawa boat, or watching the sunset at a private beach picnic on the Red Dune.

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Angama Safari Camp

From the team behind Angama Mara, this nomadic camp is nestled in nature but luxurious in design and is sure to elevate your ‘back to nature’ Safari experience. Perfect for a multi-generational trip, the camp features exclusive use of four contemporary styled tents (donning bright and playful interiors) and offers all the bells and whistles of a 5-star stay, making it perfect for thrill-seekers looking for a glamorous adventure. We would expect no less from the sister property of Angama Mara.

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One&Only Aesthesis

Opening in June 2022 this outstanding new arrival to the Athenian coastline is gathering attention, and rightly so. Providing a sanctuary just moments from the vibrant metropolis, yet intimately surrounded by breath-taking blues and islands on the horizon – the location takes precedence in the design. It pays nostalgic homage to mid-century Grecian glamour, with high ceilings, muted tones and rooms designed to frame the natural beauty of the Grecian coastline – a hidden gem in its own right.

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A firm favourite, both by the team and nemo traveller’s alike, this is without a doubt one of our favourite boltholes in Europe. Everything from the wonderful food to the amazingly clear waters, with the wonderful feeling of being a little off the beaten track – Kyrimai offers a stay away from it all. This hotel combines well with the islands of Hydra or Spetses, which brings us onto…

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Yayaki Spetses

Yayaki is a breath of fresh air on Spetses – blending Cycladic and Provencal design, the hotel was opened in Summer 2021. Expect a warm welcome, fresh homemade breakfasts under the bougainvillaea lined terrace and a chic swimming pool under the Aegean sun. Exploring the island couldn’t be easier – whether it’s renting a buggy, a bicycle, or opting to venture out with Yayaki’s charming owners, Karl & Hannah, in the hotel’s very own Piaggio for a sunset picnic in one of their amazing secret vantage points.

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Costa Rica

Habitas Santa Teresa

Located just steps from the shore but engulfed by verdant jungle, you won’t have to wait long for the latest eco-conscious offering from the hip Habitas group, coming Autumn 2022. The hotel itself is designed to blend in with its jungle-fringed beach surroundings. If you can drawer yourself away from your room (you won’t have to venture far), The Nicoya Peninsula offers a slice of heaven for those looking to carve up waves. But there’s more, the hotel serves up a cutting edge and adventurous activities such as hydrofoiling, ATV “surfaris”, and underwater volcano snorkelling, so you’ll never be at a loss of things to do. After an active day, seek your inner zen through a sound meditation jungle-surrounded massages.

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Little Green Bay

Nestled on a secluded, pine-backed bay on Hvar, Little Green Bay is a serene example of barefoot bliss. In a harmonious juxtaposition, this renovated fishermen’s house boasts contemporary, smooth concrete interiors, and its earthy tones sprawl out into the pine-scented gardens and turquoise bay beyond, offering a place for total relaxation. Spend an afternoon sprawled on one of the jumbo beanbags (which also float!) before lazily wandering to dine on contemporary French cuisine and several glasses of quality Croatian, French and Italian wines.

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South Africa

Gorgeous George

Gorgeous George serves up a hipster hot spot in the heart of Cape Town. Celebrating South African art and design, Gorgeous George champions local designers’ artistic brilliance, there are quirky lounge areas, with intriguing objects collected over the years to catch your eye at every corner. The food here is good enough to draw even the most discerning foodie locals to its bar-lounge restaurant. As the sun goes down, take to the rooftop to soak up the panoramic views of the city’s architectural history, cold don Pedro in hand from the hotel’s rooftop bar, Gigi.

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T&T’s Luwi Riverbed Sleepout

Picture sleeping under the dazzlingly bright stars on a sandy riverbed in the South Luangwa wilderness – sounds pretty magical, right? We think so too. You’ll be accompanied into the wilds by a senior guide, an armed scout, a chef and a camp assistant, who will set up camp for you on arrival. Apart from helping to collect firewood for the campfires, all you need to worry about is whether to have a chilled beer or a G&T as the sun goes down. As the night falls, enjoy a laidback but delicious dinner together, before crawling into your bedroll to enjoy a night under the stars, listening to the night noises as you drift off peacefully.

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Sri Lanka

The Sandhya

The Sandhya is an adult-only design-led hotel situated on the unspoilt white sand beach of Kabalana in the laidback town of Ahanagama on Sri Lanka’s South Coast. The contemporary property features clean lines and elegant mid-century furniture. Each room has views of the ocean, complimented by floor to ceiling windows that frame the turquoise ocean beyond. Soak up the rays on a sun lounger in the garden or venture a few steps onto the beach to try your hand at surfing.

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Patina Maldives

Launched in May 2021, Patina brought zero-waste kitchens, energy-positive practices and biophilic, Brazilian design to this sun-drenched Maldivian island, breaking the mould of what it means to be a Maldivian resort. Encapsulating tropical minimalist design, and the free-flowing indoor-outdoor living that accompanies it, Patina’s built spaces serve up soft, earthy tones that blend with the natural world outside, bringing a little slice of urban cool to the tropics. They offer curated experiences to underpin your stay, think sensory deprivation tanks, transformative silent festivals, free-diving programmes and snorkelling under the stars. Offering a stylish, eco-conscious stay, Patina serves up the epitome of barefoot luxury.

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The Johri

Meticulously restored using traditional local crafts and materials from Rajasthan, what was once a 19th-century merchant family haveli is now a beautifully designed bolthole from which to explore the bustling bazaars – and is drawing in locals and travellers alike. The space is creative and private; think royal Rajasthani, a hint of Wes Anderson, and retro touches and antiques alongside hand-painted murals of the state’s wildlife. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu of vegetarian dishes with innovative flavours using farm-fresh produce, whilst the equally creative cocktail bar serves an exquisitely curated menu of drinks alongside long time favourites.

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