2024 Wellness Guide


Haute Hotels

Where to stay on your next city, beach or mountain holiday

Irene Rawlings

Guest rooms at The Langham, Boston (above) feature classic American décor and marble baths. The signature Loft suites’ two-story brass-framed windows are left from the hotel’s days as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Murals by legendary artist N.C. Wyeth adorn the former bank president’s office, now an event space. Guests who purchase access to The Langham Club receive access to the exclusive lounge on the eighth floor and culinary offerings throughout the day, including premium bar service. A partnership with XO private aviation provides priority access to the company’s dedicated fleet of super mid-sized jets. From $525; langhamhotels.com

Tennessee’s famed Blackberry Farm resort is branching out into North Carolina and Wyoming. With a private lake, small cottages, and forested hiking trails, High Hampton Resort (from $595; highhampton.com) in Cashiers, North Carolina, was a popular family destination when it opened in the 1930s. The mountain property remains charmingly rustic, but now enjoys the know-how and hospitality genius of the Blackberry Farm team. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Sandy Beall, co-founder of Blackberry Farm, has become a personal investor in the outdoor activities–oriented Snake River Sporting Club (from $2,400; snakeriversportingclub.com). In addition to fly-fishing, horseback riding, golfing, shooting sporting clays, and hiking, expect a new lodge (below) and culinary upgrades as the property begins operating year-round. The historic ranch will also be restored for weekly rodeos.

Shou Sugi Ban House, a popular wellness retreat in the Hamptons, expands its footprint to include the adjacent Shou Sugi Ban Inn. There’s the five-room bed-and-breakfast, which includes three suites and two rooms, and two standalone residences separate from the inn with five or seven bedrooms for short-term rentals—all decorated in a relaxing, Japanese minimalist style. Enjoy plant-rich breakfasts designed by Mads Refslund, co-founder of three-Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen. Inn residents have priority access to Shou Sugi Ban House’s spa and wellness offerings while on property. From $795; shousugibanhouse.com

Perched like a fortress on the private, 43-acre Buck Island in the BVI, The Aerial is a restorative retreat with nutritionist-chefs, yoga instructors, and other wellness practitioners on staff. Activities can include watersports, guided writing workshops, immunity-boosting treatments, and nature walks. The five rustic-luxe residences feature big window-walls that completely open to nature. During select getaway weeks, individual parties may book a room, but the island is typically sold for the exclusive use of up to 30 guests for $40,000/night, all-inclusive with a three-night minimum. aerialbvi.com

Opening in Montenegro’s “New Riviera” on the idyllic Boka Bay is One&Only Portonovi (below), a sprawling 60-acre resort with 123 spacious rooms, suites, and villas looking out to the Adriatic and the Black Mountains. Sabia, helmed by Chef Giorgio Locatelli (his London restaurant has a Michelin star), serves southern Italian cuisine. The poolside Tapasake Club offers pan-Asian dishes, sake-inspired drinks, and chill DJ sets. Personalized, multiday wellness programming from Swiss-based Chenot. From $580; oneandonlyresorts.com

Thompson Austin opens in January with 212 rooms and suites. The design celebrates the Texas college town’s rebel spirit and Hill Country heritage: concrete walls warmed by dark wood, soft leathers, and lush greenery. Chef Mashama Bailey and Johno Morisano put a Texas spin on Southern food at Diner Bar. Stop at Wax Myrtle’s Club + Pool on the fourth floor for great views, clever cocktails, and bold bites. From $330; thompsonhotels.com

At The Cloudveil (above) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a 3,000-pound boulder serves as the front desk and sets the tone for the 100-room hotel that is a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Find the property centrally located on the Town Square, but with a nod in design to Wyoming’s ranching heritage. Guest rooms have spigot-inspired taps, horseshoe-shaped towel racks, saddle-like benches, and leather-covered chairs. From $450; thecloudveil.com

Located on the water in New York City’s Battery Maritime Building (formerly a Beaux-Arts ferry terminal), the 47-room Casa Cipriani has been transformed with nautical themes and custom Italian furniture by interior designer Thierry Despont. Many rooms have private balconies with views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. From $850; casacipriani.com

The first and only property of its kind from the Swedish luxury mattress company, Hästens Sleep Spa Hotel opens in Coimbra, Portugal. The bathroom in each of the 15 rooms is adorned with 1,200 hand-carved and gold-plated book spines—a tribute to the UNESCO-listed Biblioteca Joanina just next door. An even bigger draw: the rooms’ handmade Hästens beds, which have a cult-like following worldwide. From $600; cbrboutiquehotel.com

The new Beaverbrook Town House in London pairs with sister property Beaverbrook in Surrey to create the quintessential town-and-country experience. The 35-room estate in the Surrey Hills rekindles the spirit of the roaring twenties, honoring its charismatic former owner, Lord Beaverbrook, a press baron and wartime MP. Beaverbrook Town House, with 14 suites, recalls the Lord’s colorful life in London, where he hosted his illustrious friends, including Ian Fleming, Winston Churchill, Rudyard Kipling, Elizabeth Taylor, and Laurence Olivier. The atmosphere of both hotels is like staying in the home of a generous, eccentric friend. From $615; beaverbrooktownhouse.co.uk

In the UNESCO World Heritage town of St. George’s and overlooking the white sands of St. Catherine’s Beach, The St. Regis Bermuda Resort (bottom right) has 120 guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony. The cuisine is certainly island-centric, but also includes BLT steak. There are separate adult and family pools, as well as a spa and 24-hour fitness facilities, a children’s club, and the brand’s signature Butler Service. From $595; stregisbermudaresort.com

Rosewood Villa Magna in Madrid has been reimagined as a serene and elegant private residence, albeit one with 155 rooms and suites decorated to reflect their location in the historic, sophisticated Salamanca district. Tardeo bar offers both indoor and terrace dining and at the Rosewood signature Sense Spa, find an authentic Turkish hammam. From $760; rosewoodhotels.com

Welcome Beyond is a Germany-based website for cool and unusual accommodations: beach houses, artist house-ateliers, 18th-century hunting pavilions, and restored townhouses in medieval cities. Locations span the world—from Iceland and South Africa, to Brazil and Indonesia. welcomebeyond.com