Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced its expansion plans for 2022 and beyond.

The company plans to open four properties this year in Tamarindo (Mexico), and the US cities of Fort Lauderdale, Nashville and Minneapolis. This comes after the opening of properties in Napa Valley, New Orleans and Italy’s Taormina last year.

There is also a strong focus on residential properties, with plans to open three standalone Private Residences – these are properties that are not connected to a hotel or a resort. The collection, which currently includes properties in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles, will see new residences in Dubai, Lake Austin and Marrakech.

Meanwhile, the company will open residential developments connected to an existing or soon-to-open Four Seasons property in Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Nashville, Mumbai, Cartagena and Belize.

Four Seasons has a total of over 50 new projects under planning or development stages in countries such as Belize, China, Colombia, Italy, Japan and Spain, along with key markets in the US.

On the sustainability side, Four Seasons plans to remove all single-use plastic from the guest experience by the end of the year.

There will also be new digital features on the Four Seasons app, following a 300 per cent increase in use since 2019.  This will include the introduction of a mobile key and mobile payments, along with enhancements to the restaurant and bar digital experience.

John Davison, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, commented:

“2022 marks an important moment in the evolution of Four Seasons as we sharpen our development focus in key markets, strengthen our leadership position as an iconic luxury brand and capitalise on new opportunities that will continue to drive and diversify our growth.

“Realising these opportunities means investing in our greatest competitive advantage – our people. For more than 60 years, the strength of Four Seasons has been grounded in our unmatched commitment to service excellence. As we grow with intention, so too do the opportunities for our people, ensuring we create an environment in which they can flourish.”

The company’s longstanding shareholder, an affiliate of Cascade Investment LLC, closed this month on its acquisition of a majority stake in Four Seasons. The company says that this provides it with “resources to accelerate growth”.

Four Seasons currently has a portfolio of 122 hotels and resorts, and 48 residential properties in 47 countries around the world.