(CNN) — The hospitality industry is back in full swing and in recent years a host of exciting new hotels and spas have opened around the world.
The shortlisted projects have been selected from over 5,000 entries from over 90 countries, but the top three participating countries are the US, UK and China. The hotels and spas that have made their mark in the interior and architecture categories have delivered a strong performance from Europe and North America, especially Mexico.
Here are seven of the best-designed new hotels and spas for 2022, according to Dezeen. The finalists will be announced in November this year.
Bath & Barley (Brussels, Belgium)
Beer spas — bathing in tubs of hops, herbs and water — have long been a tradition in the Czech Republic, but despite its beer history, Bath & Barley is the first beer spa to ever open in Belgium.
The Antwerp design agency WeWantMore had an excellent template to work with: a centuries-old building in the old city center of Brussels, with a beautiful vaulted cellar. The renovation uses historic materials such as copper, grain, and stained glass, allowing visitors to create a relaxing space to soak in the wooden baths, before trying one of the draft beers on tap.
Swan Locke (Munich, Germany)
Easily the classiest way to do Munich’s Oktoberfest – the Theresienwiese site is just a few minutes away – is a hotel-house hybrid, with 151 spacious studio apartments.
The shared living spaces include a gym, co-working space, coffee shop, retail stores and the BAMBULE! restaurant-bar, run by the team behind the local Michelin star restaurant Mural.
De Hoxton Poblenou (Barcelona, Spain)
The Hoxton chain opened its 11th hotel – and first Spanish outpost – in Barcelona earlier this year.
The Ennismore design team was inspired by the late Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, who was known for his use of geometric shapes.
The 240-room hotel features a rooftop pool and taqueria, as well as a pizza patio and deli.
Downtown LA Proper Hotel (Los Angeles, California)
A historic 1920s building gets a playful, modern makeover in these 148 rooms in Downtown LA. Latin American and Moroccan influences can be found in the frescoes and finishes, with site-specific installations by local contemporary artists Abel Macias, Ben Medansky, Morgan Peck and Judson Studios.
The rooftop pool offers views of the entire city, but if you want the water all to yourself, there’s always the Pool Suite, with its own large indoor pool.
Casona Sforza (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)
This adults-only resort will open in 2020 in Oaxaca and the building by architect Alberto Kalach is a truly remarkable design.
The 11 vaulted suites feature tropical woods, natural materials and neutral colors, each offering panoramic views of the azure sea beyond. A real balance between design and nature.
Hotel Terrestre (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)
Also in the port town of Puerto Escondido, Hotel Terrestre is a 100% solar powered boutique hotel built from local materials such as concrete, white mud brick, maqui wood and natural pine.
The building is tucked away in a garden paradise with rich vegetation, and each room has its own outdoor shower and private garden with sand and flowers.
Hotel Terrestre, Carretera Salina Cruz- Pinotepa, 71983 Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
Clubhouse Valle San Nicolas (Valle de Bravo, Mexico)
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos is the team behind this clubhouse for a residential development in Mexico’s Valle de Bravo.
The town is a center for water sports and this circular building makes the most of its lakeside and mountainside setting.
The concept for the structure is a boat anchored in the lake and floating on the water.