As more people begin to think about traveling again, Massachusetts residents might not have to go very far for one of the best hotel stays in the world.
Travel & Leisure named 73 hotels on its “2021 It List” for the best new hotels in the world. Five of those are based in Massachusetts, including an all-inclusive in the Berkshires.
“Believe it or not, the past 12 months were big for hotel openings,” the website stated. “Our guide to the essential openings of the past year took us to 29 countries in pursuit of the unforgettable.”
Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa in Lenox is an all-inclusive stay that feels like a summer camp, Travel & Leisure said.
There are many activities including hatchet throwing, ropes courses, and “classes in primitive fire-building techniques, as well as workshops on beekeeping, rehabilitating birds of prey, and meditating with horses (a fascinating practice in which the horse responds to the guest’s energy).”
“Booze is generously available, and while baby-kale-quinoa bowls are offered at the smoothie bar, so is a sizable array of fresh-baked pastries,” the website states. “Treatments in the 28-room Life in Balance spa—such as the Kombucha Facial, which uses a tuning fork to release jaw tension—are similarly imaginative.”
Another new hotel The Newbury is in Boston.
“Forty-two of the 286 guest rooms still have their original wood-burning fireplaces, and it’s worth asking for one, particularly during those frigid winters when the perfect evening involves curling up by the fire with room service,” the website said. “It’s worth checking out the 17th-floor conservatory trattoria, the Rooftop, for some of the best views in the city. And don’t miss afternoon tea in the Newbury Salon or drinks in the Street Bar—despite the hotel’s modern refresh, you’ll still find a distinct feeling of old Boston here.”
Life House in Nantucket is a third Massachusetts hotel on Travel & Leisure’s list. It is also small with only 14 rooms.
“Hearty complimentary breakfast surprises—like chia and oats or smashed berries with almond butter on toast—give way to evening cocktail hours and small bites, making Life House a comfortably modern way to inhabit a seafaring dreamscape,” Travel & Leisure said.
The final two hotels on the list are both on Martha’s Vineyard.
Edgartown Inn is an “historic Martha’s Vineyard getaway.”
Although it’s not very big with only 12 rooms, it’s more affordable than some of the options on the list.
“Relatively wallet-friendly starting rates make this a welcome addition to what can be a high-barrier-to-entry hospitality scene on the island,” the website states.
Harbor View Hotel had a $15-million renovation, which includes a four-room penthouse, according to the website.
The editor, Flora Stubbs, is still thinking about the lobster rolls they ate while by the pool.
Of course, if Massachusetts residents are looking to get outside the commonwealth there are a number of other hotels that made the list, including a 19th-century mansion in Jaipur, India, a hotel in a tropical forest on Malaysia’s Desaru coast or safari lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.