October 5, 2022

World’s 50 best bars for 2022 have been revealed

Posted on October 5, 2022 by


The World’s 50 Best Bars is one of the most prestigious awards on the planet: the official guide to the most outstanding places to drink around the globe. The list is updated annually with an awards ceremony, normally held in London, but this year, for the 14th edition of the awards, the event took place in Barcelona.

Nominees gathered in the Catalan capital on October 3 to partake in an invite-only bartender’s feast. The World’s Best 50 Bars gala event followed the next night, and the awards ceremony was streamed live on Facebook and Twitter. The winner was decided by an academy of more than 650 anonymous drinks aficionados spread across the globe.

Special awards were also announced. The first was the Campari One To Watch—an award for a rising star bar currently in the 51-100 list, but with the potential to break into the top rankings. This year it was awarded to Röda Huset in Stockholm, a Scandinavian bar known for its minimalism and locally foraged ingredients.

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Other special awards of the night include the KetelOne Sustainable Bar Award, which went to the Little Red Door in Paris, and the Altos Bartenders Bartender Award, which went to renowned Colombian owner and founder of Alquímico, Jean Trinh.

Last year saw London named the drinking capital of the world, with The Connaught Bar titled the best bar on the planet in 2021 (it ranked at number eight this year). Tayēr + Elementary came in second in 2021; Paradiso in Barcelona came third and The Clumsies in Athens ranked fourth.

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Atlas Bar, Singapore

Which is the best bar in the world?

Dramatic, dimly lit and boasting an impressive list of imaginative cocktails, the best bar in the world for 2022 has been named as Paradiso, in Barcelona. Located in the city’s trendy El Born district, the speakeasy bar is hidden inside a deli. Open the fridge door to enter, where a curved, dark wooden bar leads on to a red-tinged back room with lily pads on the ceiling and palm tree decor on the walls. The cocktails are as breathtakingly creative as you might expect.

Which country has the best bars in the world?

The U.S. comes up triumphant this year, with New York City repping six spots on the 2022 list. London was the city with the second greatest number of winning bars, followed by Mexico City with four and Barcelona with three.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022

50. Bulgari Bar, Dubai, UAE
49. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm, Sweden
48. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
47. Employees Only, New York
46. L’antiquario, Naples, Italy
45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai, UAE
44. Carnaval, Lima, Peru
43. HIMKOK, Oslo, Norway
42. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
41. Cantina OK!, Sydney, Australia
40. Red Frog, Lisbon, Portugal
39. Locale Firenze, Florence
38. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
37. A Bar With Shapes for A Name, London
36. Dante, New York
35. 1930, Milan, Italy
34. Overstory, New York
33. Manhattan, Singapore
32. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
31. Line, Athens, Greece
30. Swift, London
29. Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
28. Argo, Hong Kong
27. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
26. Sidecar, New Delhi, India
25. Kumiko, Chicago
24. Tropic City, Bangkok, Thailand
23. Satan’s Whiskers, London
22. Attaboy, New York
21. Cafe La Trova, Florida
20. Baba Au Rum, Athens, Greece
19. The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
18. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
17. Coa, Hong Kong
16. Drink Kong, Rome, Italy
15. Salmon Guru, Madrid, Spain
14. BKK Social Club, Bangkok, Thailand
13. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
10. Alquímico, Cartagena, Colombia
9. Katana Kitten, New York
8. The Connaught Bar, London
7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
6. Double Chicken Please, New York
5. Little Red Door, Paris, France
4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico
3. Sips, Barcelona, Spain
2. Tayēr + Elementary, London
1. Paradiso, Barcelona, Spain



Why sleep tourism is booming

Posted on October 5, 2022 by


The rise of sleep tourism.

 Going on a vacation might seem like a rather unconventional way to try to improve your sleep habits.

But sleep tourism has been growing in popularity for a number of years, with an increasing amount of sleep-focused stays popping up in hotels and resorts across the world.

Interest has skyrocketed since the pandemic, with a number of high profile establishments focusing their attention on those suffering from sleep-deprivation.

Over the past 12 months, Park Hyatt New York has opened the Bryte Restorative Sleep Suite, a 900-square-foot suite filled with sleep-enhancing amenities, while Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently launched a collection of retreats called the Alchemy of Sleep, which are designed to “promote rest.”
Zedwell, London’s first sleep-centric hotel, which features rooms equipped with innovative soundproofing, opened in early 2020, and Swedish bed manufacturer Hastens established the world’s first Hästens Sleep Spa Hotel, a 15-room boutique hotel, in the Portuguese city of Coimbra a year later.


Pandemic impact

The Bryte Restorative Sleep Suite,  filled with sleep-enhancing amenities, launched at the Park Hyatt New York in January.

The Bryte Restorative Sleep Suite, filled with sleep-enhancing amenities, launched at the Park Hyatt New York in January.

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So why has sleep suddenly become such a big focus for the travel industry?

Dr. Rebecca Robbins, a sleep researcher and co-author of the book “Sleep for Success!” believes this shift has been a long time coming, particularly with regards to hotels.

Before pointing out that the hotel industry has primarily been focused on things that actually detract from sleep in the past.

“People often associate travel with decadent meals, extending their bed times, the attractions and the things you do while you’re traveling, really almost at the cost of sleep,” she adds.

“Now, I think there’s just been a huge seismic shift in our collective awareness and prioritization on wellness and well being.”

The global pandemic appears to have played a huge part in this. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that 40% of the over 2,500 adults who took part reported a reduction in their sleep quality since the start of the pandemic.

“There has been heightened attention to sleep in the Covid-19 era, and likely, because so many people have struggled with this [sleep],” says Dr. Robbins.


Prioritizing sleep


Hypnotherapist, meditation and holistic coach Malminder Gill has also noticed a change in attitudes towards sleep.

“Because it’s no great surprise that sleep is an important aspect of our lives. Lack of sleep can cause lots of different issues in the body, and for your mental health.

“So, anxiety, depression, low mood, mood swings — all sorts of things, on top of the tiredness.”

Gill has partnered with the Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel in London, to create a special service catered to guests with sleep issues called the Sleep Concierge.

The service includes a sleep-inducing meditation recording, a pillow menu with options that cater to guests who may prefer to sleep on their back or side, the option of a weighted blanket, a bedtime tea developed specifically for the service, and a scented pillow mist.

“Different things work for different people at different stages of their life,” Gill says of the different items offered within the service.


Sleep-inducing practices

Brown's Hotel in Mayfair, London, launched the two-night 'Forte Winks' experience in October.

Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, London, launched the two-night ‘Forte Winks’ experience in October.

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“We’ve tried to stack the odds in our favor. If you combine all of those things, I would say there’s a higher chance of a better quality sleep. But I don’t think there’s a one size fits all.”

The types of sleep-focused programs and/or retreats offered by hotels and resorts also tend to vary, with different establishments approaching the concept in different ways.

Luxury hotel brand Six Senses offers a variety of full sleep programs, ranging from three to seven days or more, at a number of its properties, while Brown’s Hotel, a Rocco Forte hotel in Mayfair, London, recently launched, ‘Forte Winks’ a two-night experience especially created to help aid guests “into a serene sleep.”

“Sleep is so important and we noticed there was a trend in sleep tourism happening, and wellness in general, after lockdowns and Covid,” explains Daniela Moore, senior group PR manager for Rocco Forte Hotels.

“So we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase Brown’s as a hotel that cares about you getting the best night’s sleep.”

For Gill, the emergence of more and more of these types of experiences is a sign that the “narrative of staying up to get things done,” is being challenged, and people are beginning to have a deeper understanding of just how important sleep is.


Quick fix?

Park Hyatt New York's Sleep Suite  features a king-size Restorative Bed by Bryte and sleep-enhancing products such as essential oil diffusers, Nollapelli Linens and sleeping masks.

Park Hyatt New York’s Sleep Suite features a king-size Restorative Bed by Bryte and sleep-enhancing products such as essential oil diffusers, Nollapelli Linens and sleeping masks.

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But can short term sleep-focused travel experiences actually have a long term impact on a person’s overall sleep?

According to Dr. Robbins, travel experiences centered around “healthy sleep strategies” that aim to supply guests with the tools they need to improve their sleep can be hugely beneficial, provided a reputable medical or scientific expert is involved in some way to help to determine whether there may be something else at play.

“If someone comes to one of these retreats, and isn’t seeing any progress, it could be because they have an untreated sleep disorder,” she explains, pointing to conditions such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or insomnia as potential examples.

“That’s why it’s vitally important to make sure that hotels are partnering with scientists and medical professionals that can impart these strategies carefully.”

Mandarin Oriental, Geneva has taken things a step further by teaming up with CENAS, a private medical sleeping clinic in Switzerland, to curate a three-day program that studies guests’ sleeping patterns in order to identify potential sleeping disorders.

Although the majority of sleep-focused establishments and experiences tend to fall within the luxury travel sector, Dr. Robbins believes that all hotels and resorts should be making this a priority.

“There are ways to make it meaningful for each level,” she adds, pointing out that “it doesn’t cost much at all to leave a pair of earplugs next to the nightstand.”

As sleep tourism continues to grow, Dr. Robbins says she’s looking forward to seeing “who really continues to pioneer and think creatively about this space,” stressing that there are countless avenues that haven’t been fully explored yet when it comes to travel and the science of sleep.

“The notion of travel actually rejuvenating you and allowing you to return home refreshed and restored is a really exciting proposition,” she adds.