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Four best travel destinations for 2022


A room at the Il Tornabuoni hotel in Florence © Stefano Scatà
Restored frescoes in the Beatrice suite at Il Tornabuoni
Restored frescoes in the Beatrice suite at Il Tornabuoni © Stefano Scatà

As you go through places, Via Tornabuoni is as beautiful as in Florence. Pedestrianized years ago, it puts you about a five-minute walk to everything from the Marino Marini and Palazzo Strozzi museums in Procacci (mid-afternoon brioche al tartufo, check) to the lovely pretty Ginori 1735 shop – not to mention all the other big luxury brands. It now has its own lively hotel: Il Tornabuoni, whose 62 rooms and suites occupy the 12th-13th century Palazzo Minerbetti, beautifully located directly opposite Palazzo Spini Feroni, aka the headquarters of Ferragamo. The design is full Renaissance maximalist (really, full; the obverse of colors should think twice): jewel tones – stripes, solids, chevrons – cover walls and ceilings, velvet and trimmings are everywhere, and exotic equatorial prints hang everywhere. But there is a certain joy to the whole. And the Procacci buns (worth saying twice). iltornabuonihotel.it; from 400 €

Views over the rooftops of Florence from Il Tornabuoni hotel
Views over the rooftops of Florence from the Il Tornabuoni hotel © Stefano Scatà

Find your Anguilla

Aurora d'Anguilla
Aurora Anguilla © Darren Ornitz
Aurora Anguilla is a reimagining of former Resorts & Residences by CuisinArt
Aurora Anguilla is a reimagining of former Resorts & Residences by CuisinArt © Darren Ornitz

Anguilla might not be as perfect as neighboring St Barts, or as easy to get to as Antigua, but its beaches, water, and corals compare to anywhere on Earth. This month, the former Resorts & Residences by CuisinArt (an unkind name, but long one of the island’s prettiest spots, at Rendezvous Bay) reopens after a complete reimagining by new owners like Aurora Anguilla. The upgrade is packed with mind-boggling factors, starting with the resort’s private air charter service, which is offered from key continental US markets (that means you, NY / Boston / DC / Miami; commercial flights, meanwhile). , land in St Martin, a 30-minute ferry ride). Then there’s the Aurora International Golf Club, which sees the championship course – the only one on the island – redesigned by Greg Norman, who is also installing a new nine-hole short course on-site. Finally, the food: everything is overseen by Abram Bissell, who ran the kitchens of The Modern and Eleven Madison Park in New York City (which makes him a five Michelin star), and who has created a hydroponic farm and orchard on resort land to furnish its five restaurants here. The decor is fresh and modern – white, wood, rattan, drops of daylight. And this beach? Fortunately, it is completely unchanged. auroraanguilla.com, from $ 999


Made in mexico

Casa Polanco in Mexico City
Casa Polanco in Mexico City

Casa Polanco opens in a neocolonial mansion from the beginning of the 20th century

Casa Polanco opens in a neocolonial mansion from the beginning of the 20th century

Architect Claudio Gantuz restored the hotel in four years

Architect Claudio Gantuz restored the hotel in four years

Rather feeling like a chic friend’s house – the aspiration of so many hotels with variations on this description – Casa Polanco opens this month in Mexico City, in an early 20th-century neocolonial mansion that housed previously a chain of prominent Mexican families. Architect Claudio Gantuz designed an adjacent contemporary response, connected by an elegant wood and glass corridor, bringing the rooms to a total of 19. All of them overlook the greenery: some the property’s interior garden, others the Lincoln Park. The four-year restoration has retained enough of the original architectural design to make things feel like Old Mexico – tiles; antiques and maps; seriously ornate plaster and stone – while low-slung Italian art and furnishings are all 21st century CDMXs. casapolanco.com, from $ 380


Your own private Galapagos

Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands
Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands © Aqua Expeditions
The 50m superyacht Aqua Mare and seven cabins
The 50m superyacht Aqua Mare and seven cabins © Aqua Expeditions

There will be a compelling new reason to put the Galapagos at the top of the 2022 wishlist next spring with the launch of Aqua Mare, a private 50m yacht and seven cabins from Aqua Expeditions, the outfit that sails the sea. ‘Peruvian Amazon, the Mekong and Indonesia’s “Coral Triangle”. It may be a new destination for them, but this archipelago is familiar territory to the company’s founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro, who previously worked for a private shipping company in the Galapagos. This expertise combines with a product offering on the Italian-built vessel that is hard to beat: state-of-the-art stabilization technology, a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising range of 4,800 nautical miles, which surpasses everything. another yacht in the region. Four decks, huge suites, indoor-outdoor lounges and menus created by Peruvian super-chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will provide comfort; military annexes, exceptional access; and the two naturalists aboard Aqua will be there to put the land, sea, history and wildlife in context. aquaexpeditions.com, from $ 9,450 per person for a seven-night cruise

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Naturalists aboard Aqua to assist Galapagos expeditions
Naturalists aboard Aqua will assist expeditions to the Galapagos © Aqua Expeditions