To be considered for the Editors’ Choice Awards, hotels must also have been reviewed in a 2021 edition of the monthly Hideaway Report. Properties must be relatively small in size, possess a strong personality and demonstrate a dedication to personal service.
This year, Four Seasons Sensei Lanai, an adults-only wellness resort on the secluded Hawaiian island of Lanai, has taken the top honor of Hideaway of the Year. Guests can create a personalized wellness journey focusing on three paths — movement, nourishment and rest. “Few properties create an extremely positive first impression,” says the Hideaway Report‘s editor-in-chief, “and manage to only get better from there. This was one such rare and happy occasion.”
“The pandemic kept people close to home,” he continues, “but with travel starting to rebound, Andrew Harper members will once again have the opportunity to discover the world’s most glamorous destinations, where they can create cherished memories, while enjoying the best that life has to offer.”
Hideaway Report editors spend the year circling the world to explore exotic and unusual locales, as well as perennial favorites such as Italy and France. They travel incognito and pay their own way, never receiving concessionary rates from the places they visit, so they can deliver their reviews with complete independence and authenticity.
Using a rigorous vetting process that takes into account character, comfort and personal service, the editors’ task is to distinguish the merely excellent from the truly enchanting. Hotels that fail to meet the required standards are immediately removed from the list of recommendations.
Each January, the team looks back on its previous 12 months of globetrotting to select the Editors’ Choice recipients, focusing on the hideaway hotels and the associated experiences that proved the most enduringly memorable.
In addition to the Hideaway of the Year, the 2022 awards also recognize 14 other favorite hotels, plus notable restaurants and bars. Additional categories include best wine tastings, amenities and indulgences. Awards are also given for best travel experiences, including wildlife encounter of the year, most memorable hike, best driving tour and best outdoor adventure.
See below for the full list of this year’s winners of the Editors’ Choice Awards 2022.
Hideaway of the Year: Four Seasons Sensei Lanai, Lanai City, Hawaii
Favorite Hotels of the Year
- The Maker, Hudson, New York
- Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
- Commodore Perry Estate, Austin, Texas
- Montage Healdsburg, Healdsburg, California
- Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, California
- Hotel Esencia, Playa Xpu-Ha, Mexico
- Nayara Tented Camp, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
- Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, Versailles, France
- Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé, Le Grand-Lucé, France
- The Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
- Belmond Castello di Casole, Casole d’Elsa, Italy
- Castello di Reschio, Lisciano Niccone, Italy
- Angama Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
- Little Chem Chem, Burunge Wildlife Management Area, Tanzania
Restaurants of the Year
- Porto, Chicago, Illinois
- Buccan, Palm Beach, Florida
- Pierre’s Restaurant, Islamorada, Florida
- Hestia, Austin, Texas
- Addison, San Diego, California
- Miro Kaimuki, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Assa, Blois, France
- Arnolfo, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy
- Pedro dos Leitões, Mealhada, Portugal
Most Memorable Tastings
- Lunch at Cāpo Creek, Healdsburg, California
- Enoteca Falorni, Greve in Chianti, Italy
- Tenuta Canto alla Moraia, Castiglion Fibocchi, Italy
- Desert Door Distillery, Driftwood, Texas
- Quinta de Lemos, Dão Region, Portugal
- Chef of the Year: Mauro Colagreco
- Staff of the Year: Belmond Castello di Casole, Casole d’Elsa, Italy
- Sommelier of the Year: Victor Bigot, The Maybourne Riviera
- Most Innovative Hoteliers: Count Benedikt Bolza, Castello di Reschio, Lisciano Niccone, Italy
- Guide of the Year: James Kirisia from Ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya
- Best Pool: Castello di Reschio, Lisciano Niccone, Italy
- Best Beach: Hotel Esencia, Playa Xpu-Ha, Mexico
- Most Glamorous Bath: Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe, California
- Best Room With a View: Angama Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
- Best Spa: Four Seasons Sensei Lanai, Lanai City, Hawaii
- Most Unconventional Indulgence: Thermal spring water bathtub at Castello di Velona, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy
Best in Class
- Best City Hotel: Commodore Perry Estate, Austin, Texas
- Most Charming Hotel: Les Sources de Cheverny, Cheverny, France
- Most Glamorous Suite: Villa 1, Sanctuary Olonana, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
- Most Romantic: Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, Versailles, France
- Best Hotel Restaurant: Ceto, The Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
- Most Family-friendly: The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Favorite Ecolodge: Kasiiya Papagayo, Matapalo, Costa Rica
Best Travel Experiences
- Wildlife Experience of the Year: Elephants in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
- Most Memorable Hike: Hidden Craters Hike, Big Island, Hawaii
- Best Driving Tour: Tuscany
- Best Itinerary: Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania
- Best Outdoor Adventure: Swimming with manatees in Mexico
Unforgettable Memories of 2021
- Gazing at Lake Nicaragua from my hot tub, ORIGINS, Costa Rica
- Driving through a deserted Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
- Visiting the Burel factory, Manteigas, Portugal
- Rainbow and coyotes on the last hole at Silvies Valley Ranch, Oregon
- Glamour-fishing on sunset cruise off Lanai, Hawaii
- Rare bee spa treatment, Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys
- Space Walk at Primland Observatory, Virginia
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