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It’s been a tough and uncertain year, to say the least. That was especially true for travel, with international trips having to be postponed or canceled, many hotels closing their doors, and airlines furloughing staff. But now, on the precipice of a new year, with two promising vaccines and the prospect of traveling finally on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking big and dreaming even bigger about the future.
Hopefully, that future will soon involve staying in beautiful hotels of the extraordinary and awe-inspiring variety. While the hotel industry took a massive hit this year due to COVID-19, that isn’t stopping big chains or boutiques from planning new openings for 2021.
The Aman New York will be opening its Gilded Age doors in New York City’s illustrious Crown Building this spring, complete with a garden terrace overlooking Central Park. Meanwhile, more intrepid travelers can soon spend a week at Canyon Madness Ranch, an all-inclusive adventure lodge that sits on a cliff overlooking 14,000 acres of canyons in the middle of Northeast, New Mexico. For some bonafide laid back luxury, consider sipping on handcrafted cocktails in a secluded Mediterranean style garden like the one at Palihouse Santa Barbara starting in April. Of course, lounging in a cozy robe after an arduous day of wine tasting and vineyard yoga in Sonoma’s newly opened Montage Healdsburg is another worthy option.
With so many amenities available to travelers at each of these hotels, it’s entirely possible to suggest that hotels will now serve as a destination in their own right next year. We certainly wouldn’t blame you for never wanting to step foot off these stunning properties. And it’s wise to start planning early. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel currently. Until the vaccine has been widely rolled out and we have more information on how that’s affecting the spread of COVID-19, it’s vital to continue to follow CDC guidelines, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear masks in public areas.
With that said, we can also begin to look forward to a hopeful return to normalcy in the near future. From a beach resort in Encinitas, California to a resplendent lakeside inn in North Carolina, these bucket list-worthy hotels at a range of price points have just opened their doors in the last few weeks, or will soon be welcoming guests in the new year.