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Indagare’s Most Booked Hotels in 2021

As we cap off yet another year of travel uncertainties and spot lockdowns, Indagare’s most-booked hotels of 2021 reflect the world’s ongoing pandemic realities.

Domestic travel remained hot, with beach getaways to Florida and Hawaii and outdoor escapes to Jackson Hole and Utah, among top trips. But when Europe started reopening, we saw a spike in bookings for Indagare favorites in France, Italy and Iceland as well. Sadly missing from our list again this year are our usual most-booked hotels in Africa and Asia, which we now hope will rebound in 2022.

Wherever they were, Indagare Members tended towards pampering retreats with myriad on-property amenities that appeal to couples and families alike. Even when urban stays factored into itineraries—which they did, from New York to Rome—they chose stylish pied-à-terres with high-touch services. Essentially, the kinds of hotels where you can feel at home and have breakfast in bed.

Below are the 23 most-booked hotels by Indagare members this year, grouped by the most-popular trip types: mountain and lakeside retreats, urban hideaways, and beach escapes.

Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to plan a getaway to any of these hotels for 2022 and get perks like upgraded rooms, late check-out, and more. As always, we can also recommend destinations that are right for you, provide the latest Covid travel intel and much more.

Related: Indagare’s Most Booked Hotels in 2020

MOST BOOKED MOUNTAIN & LAKESIDE RETREATS

Villa La Coste, Provence, France

This extraordinary boutique hotel within a wine estate in a remote corner of Provence doubles as an open-air museum, with hundreds of acres studded with artworks by the likes of Tadao Ando, Louise Bourgeois and Richard Serra.

Who Should Stay: Contemporary art and design lovers, couples and families with older children
Don’t Miss: Touring Château La Coste, the 600-acre wine estate surrounding the hotel

Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa, Dolomites, Italy

This refined, alpine-cozy hotel in the Dolomites has been family-owned and run for generations—and their attention shows in the details, from its lavish spa to well-appointed rooms. After a day out exploring nearby mountains, you’ll love returning to its cozy public spaces and excellent restaurant.

Who Should Stay: Couples and families alike looking for a year-round mountain getaway that also happens to serve up terrific food and spa treatments
Don’t Miss: Its three-Michelin-starred St. Hubertus, which put the Alta Badia region on the Italian culinary map

Deplar Farm, Iceland

Outdoor adventure and elevated pampering co-exist perfectly at this fabulous, far-flung Indagare Index property located in the rugged wilds of northern Iceland. Days can be spent skiing summit-to-sea slopes, skeet shooting or visiting exclusive salmon runs. At night, plush rooms await, with complimentary minibars stocked with craft chocolates and local beer.

Who Should Stay: Families with children of all ages, couples and groups of friends. All of the activities are tailored to guests’ skill levels and interests.
Indagare Booking Tip: Deplar Farm is particularly well-suited for a takeover. The house-party atmosphere, array of activities and on-site landing strip that can accommodate large jets also make it perfect for a big celebration trip.

Amangiri and Camp Sarika, Utah

Positioned in the middle of the Southwest’s “grand circle”—with Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon national parks all within a day’s drive—this special property and its new sister tented camp handily qualify as among the world’s most scenic. Amangiri was also one of Indagare’s most booked in 2020—when everyone wanted to retreat to the great outdoors. Its minimalist concrete structures blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and its glam swimming pool built into a massive boulder is the place to lounge each afternoon.

Who Should Stay: Families and couples. The vibe is serene and quiet and this Indagare Index property is large enough to accommodate everyone comfortably.
Don’t Miss: Dinner, with a tasting menu focused on Native American cuisine, prepared with ingredients sourced from local co-ops and farms

Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy

The first summer palace built on the shores of Lake Como is now one of Europe’s most luxurious waterfront playgrounds, with 25 acres of fountain- and statuary-filled gardens dotted with tennis and squash courts. The show-stopping pool that floats over the lake is a favorite hangout.

Who Should Stay: Couples and mature families looking for an epic hotel experience on Lake Como. (This Indagare Index resort is the region’s top hotel for good reason.)
Don’t Miss: Aperitivo hour on the lakefront terrazza, followed by dinner with live music overlooking the gardens (dressing up is encouraged).

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole’s most luxurious slope-side resort is a perennial Indagare favorite, notching top member bookings for the second year running. It sits right at the base of the mountain, with large picture windows framing stunning panoramas of the Tetons. Beautifully designed interiors, with stone-clad fireplaces and a warm color palette of chocolate browns and deep reds, make it feel surprisingly cozy. The large guest rooms are also oases of calm in winter.

Who Should Stay: Avid skiers and families who want to roll out of bed and be on the slopes with the perks of a five-star resort to return to after a day on the mountain
Don’t Miss: Après-ski Champagne at the resort’s dome-shaped Fahrenheit Forty-Seven bar, which is back for the 21/22 ski season.

 Related: Indagare Ski Report 2021: What’s New at Ski Resorts from Aspen to Sun Valley

No. 1 Most-Booked: Blackberry Mountain, Tennessee

Indagare’s most-booked outdoor escape in 2021 occupies 5,200 bucolic acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountaintop Indagare Index resort debuted in 2019 as a passion project of the Beall family, who sought to create an adventure- and wellness-focused counterpart to their world-famous Blackberry Farm hotel nearby. The notable property features rustic-chic rooms and villas, a sterling culinary program and outstanding daily fitness classes. It also ranked among our most booked hotels in 2020.

Who Should Stay: Couples and families who want lots of hiking and outdoor adventure but seriously pampering accommodation, plus anyone seeking a holistic approach to health and wellness with robust programs
Don’t Miss: The holistic spa treatments, including acupuncture and aromatherapy massages

Related: Indagare’s Favorite U.S. Hotels with Private Cottages or Villas

MOST BOOKED CITY HIDEAWAYS

The Dewberry, Charleston, South Carolina

A mid-century haven for stylish locals and visitors alike, this hip hotel within walking distance of Indagare favorite restaurants 167 Raw and The Ordinary celebrates Southern heritage with contemporary flair from its chandeliered lobby to in-room botanical motifs.

Who Should Stay: Couples and families with older children looking for a stylish Charleston base and who value the feel of a boutique hotel with the amenities of a five-star property
Don’t Miss: Sunset drinks and bites at the hotel’s happening Citrus Club cocktail bar, located on Charleston’s highest rooftop

Related: Foodie Travel Guide 2022: The 15 Best Cities for Everyone Who Loves Food

The Connaught, London

Long one of London’s top luxury hotels, The Connaught has been setting the standard for poise and polish since it opened in tony Mayfair in 1897. The staff at this Indagare Index property remains impeccable, and the setting, venerable, with a collection of over 3,000 artworks, two Michelin-starred restaurants, and award-winning cocktail bars to boot.

Who Should Stay: Traditionalists who want five-star service and a true English sensibility
Don’t Miss: A martini from the martini trolley at the Connaught Bar, a winner of The World’s Best Bar Award (among many accolades)

The Lowell Hotel, New York

This discreet and comfortable hotel on East 63rd Street provides a refined Upper East Side experience, with beautifully decorated rooms—some with wood-burning fireplaces—and in-the-know concierges who excel at providing VIP access to New York.

Who Should Stay: Those visiting New York who seek an under-the-radar but well-appointed option on the border of Midtown and the Upper East Side
Don’t Miss: Sophisticated afternoon tea service in the Pembroke Room

Related: The 19 Best Romantic Winter Getaways for a Couple’s Trip

Hôtel Ritz Paris

Iconic, decadent and grand, with a privileged address right on Paris’s glitzy Place Vendome, the Ritz continues to cocoon visitors in Old World luxury while staff lavish incredible personal attention on each guest.

Who should stay: History buffs who seek classic Parisian luxury and glamour on the Right Bank
Don’t Miss: The oak-paneled Bar Hemingway, which remains virtually unchanged since the writer held court here.

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Rosewood Washington, D.C.

Intimate, residential vibes abound in this elegant Georgetown hotel, whose well-chosen decorative details—antique parquet wood floors, chandeliers and contemporary artwork among them—wouldn’t be out of place in one of the neighborhood’s well-appointed townhouses. To that end, the hotel debuted townhomes of its own last year. Expect 1,000 square-feet of subtle, residential-style luxury, with full kitchens and access to a personal butler.

Who Should Stay: Travelers who want a chic pied-à-terre with a cozy, luxurious, intimate feeling
Don’t Miss: The heated rooftop pool and lounge reserved for guest-use only

Hotel de Russie, Rome

This inimitably stylish hotel provides a tranquil oasis in the heart of Rome, with large guest rooms, a romantic spa with Turkish steam room and an elegant garden restaurant, all just steps from the Via dei Condotti, Piazza de Popolo and the Spanish Steps.

Who Should Stay: Travelers who want to stay at the most iconic, sceney five-star hotel in the city (known for its celebrity guests)
Don’t Miss: An al fresco aperitivo in the beautiful Le Jardin de Russie restaurant, overlooking the property’s secret garden

Related: Foodie Travel Guide 2022: The 15 Best Cities for Everyone Who Loves Food

The Whitby Hotel, New York

This playful Kit Kemp-designed boutique hotel steps from Central Park and several leading museums and luxury department stores was also one of Indagare’s most booked hotels in 2020. The hotel succeeds at feeling like a small, eclectic retreat, even as it sits in the amidst the skyscrapers of Midtown. Private public areas invite guests to ensconce themselves with a book or cocktail. Rooms feature mod design and unique headboards.

Who Should Stay: Design-minded travelers who want to shop and sightsee and who appreciate a quirky aesthetic in Midtown (for downtown, book the Whitby’s sister property, the Crosby, below).
Don’t Miss: Afternoon tea served on Wedgewood china in the elegant orangery

Related: The Best New Restaurants in NYC to Try in Fall 2021

Relais Christine, Paris

The bustle of St.-Germain-des-Près turns into a hush as you arrive at the door of this handsome, honey-hued hôtel particulier tucked down one of the sixth arrondissement’s most charming side streets. The individually decorated rooms inside this Indagare Index gem mix French designer fabrics, styles and patterns for a look that’s bold, confident and one-of-a-kind.

Who Should Stay: Stylish couples who prefer to be based on the Left Bank and who appreciate the setting and style of a smaller boutique hotel (and can forgo amenities like room service at 2:00 a.m.).
Indagare Booking Tip: Splurge for one of the larger room categories. Some come with a separate sitting room.

Related: The 19 Best Romantic Winter Getaways for a Couple’s Trip

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

This world-famous pink hotel in the heart of exclusive Beverly Hills ranked on Indagare’s most booked hotels in 2020 and continues to live up to its reputation: Marlene Dietrich and Howard Hughes liked the Grand Dame well enough to live here, and celebrities still pop in for meals, a stay and a dip in its famous, cabana-rimmed pool.

Who Should Stay: Travelers who enjoy the central Beverly Hills location, a Grand Dame vibe and a happening scene.
Don’t Miss: The charming, banana-leaf wallpapered, counter-only Fountain Coffee Room that’s beloved by locals for its homey breakfasts and afternoon ice cream and pie.

Related: 11 New Restaurants Not to Miss in Los Angeles

No. 1 Most-Booked: Crosby Street Hotel, New York

Indagare’s most-booked city hotel in 2021 is a deluxe, homey and hand-crafted boutique property with a convenient SoHo address just up the street from Balthazar. At this chic downtown sister to Kit Kemp’s uptown Whitby Hotel (above), huge casement windows flood the colorful rooms with natural light. Intimate indoor and outdoor public spaces also offer true respite from the city outside for guests (and their guests).

Who Should Stay: Those who want to be Downtown and who appreciate cozy, British, feminine décor.
Indagare Booking Tip: Upper floor rooms are blessed with marvelous skyline views, spanning the East Side and down to the Brooklyn Bridge on one side and across SoHo and Uptown on the other.

Related:  Indagare’s 9 Most-Booked Hotels in New York City: 2019-2021

MOST BOOKED BEACH ESCAPES

COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

The secluded atmosphere and sugar-white sand beach on this small private island in Turks and Caicos is so appealing, this Indagare Index resort ranked among the few international destinations on last year’s list of Indagare’s most-booked hotels. Main building guest rooms epitomize barefoot-chic, but the villas are the standouts, with light-filled interiors, private pools, direct beach access and butlers.

Who should stay: Travelers who enjoy a relaxed, beach-chic aesthetic and who are looking to spend quality time together. Families will especially appreciate the villas and excellent kids’ amenities.
Don’t Miss: A spa treatment at the resort’s COMO Shambhala Retreat.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island, Hawaii

The ultimate five-star resort on Hawaii’s Big Island marries lushly planted gardens and scenic pools to create a luxurious sense of space. Add on tennis courts, a championship golf course and the ‘Ulu restaurant—one of the island’s best—and it’s easy to see why this Indagare Index resort is a destination in itself.

Who Should Stay: Couples and families whose ideal vacation includes lots of beach or pool time and who plan to spend most of their time at the resort.
Don’t Miss: Marine biologist-led teach-ins at the King’s Pond, a swimmable aquarium that’s home to thousands of tropical fish

1 Hotel South Beach, Miami, Florida

Repurposed woods and materials foster a nature-inspired aesthetic from the moment you step to this hip, eco-friendly hotel that occupies an entire oceanfront block just above South Beach. In addition to its 600 feet of beautiful beachfront, the hotel also has a private beach club, four pools (including a massive rooftop one), and a highly regarded health and wellness sanctuary with free programming for guests.

Who Should Stay: Travelers who want a large resort with lots of amenities and activities, plus a hip, stylish atmosphere in Miami.
Don’t Miss: The complimentary Sunday morning yoga sessions—a great way to detox after a long weekend

Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Surfside, Florida

Top-notch service and sleek accommodations draw guests to this discreet South Florida hotel with an original Art Deco building and newer Richard Meier-designed glass towers. Bold contemporary artworks are also part of the expertly curated design elements in the hotel’s public spaces.
Who Should Stay: Families looking for a sophisticated resort that still has amenities for kids; couples looking for a smart, romantic Florida getaway removed from but within easy reach of the Miami scene (the resort is 20 minutes up the coast).
Don’t Miss: The intimate spa, which uses the cult French brand Biologique Recherche

The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

This Indagare Index property embodies the concept of “Grand Hotel” like few others. Inspired by the villas of the Italian Renaissance, the Palm Beach icon opened in 1896 as the Palm Beach Inn, and its Belvedere towers, hand-stenciled coffered and vaulted ceilings, arched loggias and 560 guest rooms built on 140 acres of private Atlantic beachfront still make a lasting impression. A perennial Indagare Member favorite, it was also among our top-booked hotels last year.

Who Should Stay: Guests seeking stellar sports facilities, a kids’ club, spa and extensive on- property dining options. Families with children will love the beach and pools.
Don’t Miss: Renting a bungalow for the day, serviced by dedicated concierges who meet every need.

No. 1 Most-Booked: Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai, Hawaii

Indagare’s most-booked beach resort in 2021 is a sleek and romantic Indagare Index resort with a stunning bayside setting on the tiny island of Lanai, Hawaii (population: 3,102). Inside, expect organic materials and artwork by Hawaiian artisans. Outside, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, two freestyle pools, and outstanding restaurants beckon, including the poolside Malibu Farm whose organic menu is sourced primarily from the resort’s harvest garden.

Who Should Stay: Honeymooners and couples looking to add a few nights of pure relaxation to their Hawaii itinerary.
Don’t Miss: Golfers will love the fact that the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is open only to resort guests, effectively making it a private club.

Related: Where to Go in 2022: The Trends Indagare Is Seeing

Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to plan a getaway to any of these hotels for 2022 and get perks like upgraded rooms, late check-out, and more. As always, we can also recommend destinations that are right for you, provide the latest Covid travel intel and much more.

– Arabella Bowen on December 15, 2021

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