Keep these 23 hotels on your 2023 travel radar.
Whether it’s bragging rights, promotional rates, or the thrill of christening yet-uncovered corners, staying in a new hotel offers plenty of benefits. Luckily, 2023 will have exciting hotel openings for every traveler on every budget, everywhere, from Marrakech to Mexico and Belize to Bhutan. 2022 was a brilliant bounce back for hotels big and small. Sandals expanded to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, Panama City’s Hotel La Compañia stylishly launched a triple threat hotel with Panamanian, French, and American wings, and Coulibri Ridge welcomed guests in Dominica after a 20-year sustainability planning process. In 2023, several exciting hotels will finally make their long-awaited debuts. From a cantilevered mega hotel with a water fountain that “breathes fire” to a London landmark with James Bond connections, here are 23 hotels we can’t wait to visit in 2023.
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Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo - Opening January 2023
WHERE: Panama City, Panama
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo will be a sure thing for travelers that adore design-forward stays. With elements reminiscent of Panama’s bygone French era, the illustrious hotel opens in Panama City’s historic old town, a desirable cobblestoned neighborhood, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sofitel Legend is known for turning storied landmark buildings into lavish lifestyle sanctuaries for the modern-day discerning traveler, and this waterfront property is no different. It is located in the former Club Union building, Panama’s hyper-exclusive private members’ club, where Queen Elizabeth II and Albert Einstein made appearances. The 159 elegant rooms and suites will begin delivering delight in January.
Evolve by Ecoventura - Opening January 2023
WHERE: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
A setting as exceptional as the Galápagos Islands deserves an equally impressive vessel to cruise its waters. Enter Evolve by Ecoventura, a 20-passenger luxurious and sustainable expedition yacht, with its maiden voyage on January 15, 2023. The floating boutique hotel (with just ten premium staterooms) joins sister ships Origin and Theory as the only Relais & Chateaux yachts sailing the Galápagos archipelago, which surely needs no introduction as an ecological paradise. Onboard, there’s a round-the-clock concierge and a more than favorable guide-to-guest ratio during excursions to visit the giant endemic tortoises, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies that roam the islands.
Atlantis, The Royal - Opening Early 2023
WHERE: Dubai, UAE
Easily one of the most hotly-anticipated hotel openings in the world, Atlantis, The Royal will join sister property Atlantis, The Palm, and thoroughly reshape Dubai’s skyline. Over 43 stories, 795 high-ceilinged rooms will offer guests the epitome of ultra-luxury. Signature Penthouses come with private infinity pools as standard, and all rooms are “connected,” meaning guests can link their mobile phones and personalize temperature, lighting, and other in-room amenities with a touch of a button. The Jenga-like architectural marvel will also house an enviable collection of celebrity restaurants, including Heston Blumenthal’s first cocktail bar, Resonance. More than just a hotel, this entertainment resort will lay claim to the world’s largest jellyfish aquarium (21 feet high), a fire-breathing fountain (Skyblaze), and a 295-foot-long Skypool connecting the six outstanding towers.
Wayfinder Waikiki - Opening January 2023
WHERE: Honolulu, Hawaii
Be the first to know about Wayfinder, which opens a stone’s throw from Honolulu’s world-famous Waikiki Beach in January. Tucked slightly off the beaten path on the tranquil Ala Wai Canal, this new boutique hotel offers serenity, and tropical design touches in all 228 guestrooms. Think colorful floral and geometric prints representing water, sky, and land, and local artisan-made pieces inspired by Hawaii’s stories and sites. Guests can also drink in Hawaii at Wayfinder Waikiki’s on-site coffee shop (B-Side), sip Blue Hawaiians at tropical speakeasy Lost + Found, and have as-you-like-it poke bowls at Redfish.
Nobu Marrakech - Opening January 2023
WHERE: Marrakech, Morocco
Nobu Marrakech joins the luxury hospitality brand’s collection of perenially popular gastronomic hotels in January 2023. It will also be the first foray into Africa for Nobu, which is owned by actor Robert De Niro, film producer Meir Tepir, and globally-acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The 71-room property will occupy a smart building in the Hivernage district, steps from the souks of Morocco’s capital and the ever-lively Jemaa el-Fna square and marketplace. Guests will have a selection of dining venues where no doubt, exquisitely plated dishes will be served alongside meticulously crafted cocktails.
Eastwind Oliverea Valley - Opening January 2023
WHERE: Big Indian, New York
The much-adored Eastwind glamping resorts in New York State are getting a new sibling in the town of Big Indian. Eastwind Oliverea Valley is the place to get away from it all in slick, free-standing Scandinavian-inspired cabins with oversized windows designed to wholeheartedly welcome natural light. Dandelion restaurant will serve forage-to-table meals alongside beers and ciders from local breweries in the main pavilion. The outdoors will be yours for the taking with complimentary bikes, nearby hiking trails, and a communal fire pit where smores kits are thrown in for added coziness. Yet another promising prospect, an in-ground pool, joins the amenities list later in the year.
FirstName Bordeaux - Opening January 2023
WHERE: Bordeaux, France
Say “bonjour” to FirstName Bordeaux, which will be the first JdV by Hyatt brand to enter the French market. The modern hotel will arrive in January 2023 with 147 guestrooms and suites. Travelers can enjoy the spoils of Bordeaux—like Mirroir d’Eau, the world’s largest reflecting pool—before retreating to well-dressed accommodations with city or park views to rest their weary heads. Making good use of the hotel’s location in the famed French wine region, FirstName Bordeaux will house Le Bada, a restaurant with an impressive wine list and gourmet bites galore from Michelin-starred chef Cédric Béchade. Concerts on specific evenings will also form part of the programming.
The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection - Opening February 2023
WHERE: Los Olivos, California
All eyes will be on The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection, when it starts welcoming guests in February 2023. Located in the vineyard-studded Santa Ynez Valley just 30 miles from Santa Barbara, this property has a fabled history, including stints as a prohibition-era hangout and a stagecoach stop during the California Gold Rush. With just 67 farmhouse-inspired luxury rooms and cottages, you’ll never have to worry about dodging crowds or wrestling for space at this 6.5-acre oenophile retreat. Wine aficionados will be well catered for at the open-air destination restaurant, and spaces for spending downtime include a signature spa and a bar offering weekly live music serenades.
Hôtel Dames des Arts - Opening February 2023
WHERE: Paris, France
Not many hotels can boast a panoply of sense-stimulating offerings. Hôtel Dames des Arts on the Left Bank of Paris will treat guests to 109 visually sumptuous rooms—with views of the Eiffel Tower or Sacre Coeur—that are spritzed with a custom hotel fragrance and designed in the style of a Nouvelle Vague movie. Various audibly-pleasing DJ-curated playlists pulsate throughout, and gustative delights are served at the two restaurants or on the rooftop where the City of Lights beams with unobstructed 360-degree views. Hundreds of unique art pieces from the area are sprinkled around the hotel, thus firmly rooting it in its social and cultural context within the artsy Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris.
Aida - Opening February 2023
WHERE: Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City will soon be taking its place in the spotlight when it hosts the NFL Draft in April 2023 and then plays host again during the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Aida is set to become one of the city’s most stylish new hotels when it opens in February 2023 with just eight keys. The charming mansion dwellings range from king rooms to two-bedroom suites with 1960s-inspired décor that pays homage the building’s original owner, Aida Christopher. Travelers that are partial to exploring new destinations on foot will be in luck there; Aida is a short walk from Kansas City’s historic Country Club Plaza district and all its shops, thrills, and nearby museums.
The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne - Opening March 2023
WHERE: Melbourne, Australia
Ritz-Carlton is expanding its portfolio of glittering hotels to Melbourne, Australia, in March 2023. This will be the second Australian hotel for the Marriott-owned brand, which launched down under in 2019 in the coastal city of Perth. At Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne, luxurious touches will begin right at check-in, when guests will be whisked all the way to the 80th floor, where the grand lobby shall live. It will notably also be Australia’s tallest hotel, with a heated indoor infinity pool to boot. All 257 guest rooms and suites will feature handmade glass panels, and enjoy sweeping views of Melbourne’s skyline.
South Bank - Opening March 2023
WHERE: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos has a Rolodex’s worth of indescribably beautiful white sand beaches, storybook turquoise waters, and pristine reefs to peek at. Soak it all in at South Bank; a 31-acre managed residential resort and marina opening on Long Bay Beach in Providenciales in March 2023. You and your nearest and dearest can take up residence in a sun-drenched villa in one of seven waterfront neighborhoods with access to amenities like tennis and pickleball courts. The properties are managed by Grace Bay Resorts, which has a plethora of glamorous properties on Providenciales, including the recently opened Rock House resort, where a pretty private jetty stretches 130 feet into the true blue water.
Margaritaville Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize - Opening March 2023
WHERE: Ambergris Caye, Belize
The unrepentantly unpretentious Margaritaville brand will open the doors to its first hotel in the Central American paradise of Belize in March 2023. Margaritaville Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize, is a 55-key resort that promises to pamper guests with a duo of lagoon-like pools, waterside spa treatments, and a scenic boat ride to reach the property from the town of San Pedro. Decadent vistas are abundant on the secluded resort, and rooms lean into the island’s turquoise-water-meets-white-sand motif. Travelers can lose themselves in mangrove or Caribbean Sea views from their terraces and grab a bite at one of two restaurants. Ambergris Caye is a gateway to adventures in the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, therefore, it’s imperative to explore the underwater world there. An on-site adventure center will get guests kitted out for these obligatory water pursuits.
Belnem House - Opening Early 2023
WHERE: Kralendijk, Bonaire
Bonaire is quietly finding itself on the wish lists of serious divers, sustainable travelers, and fans of off-the-beaten-path, brag-worthy vacations. Embraced throughout by clear, warm waters shapeshifting from turquoise to deep blue, the colorful and multicultural Dutch Caribbean nation has some of the best snorkeling and dive sites in the world. Joining the list of boutique properties already dazzling guests on the small island (like SENSES Boutique Hotel & Apartments) is Belnem House. The sparkling new resort consists of 31 suites, penthouses, and apartments in the villa district of Kralendijk, Bonaire’s capital. In an attempt to snag Bonaire’s coveted Blue Destination Certification, the hotel will be almost completely energy self-sufficient. Guests will be able to recharge their batteries in accommodations powered by solar paneled roofs and hot water heaters.
Six Senses Rome - Opening Early 2023
WHERE: Rome, Italy
Six Senses Rome will open with 96 rooms in early 2023, just in time for the milder spring months when alfresco meals and outdoor jaunts are the name of the game. A mere five-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and other crucial Central Rome hotspots, the hotel is a 15th-century palazzo-turned-wellness sanctuary with a Roman bathhouse, yoga deck, biohacking rooms, and a spa influenced by Roman and Greek mythology. Its restaurant will utilize local and natural ingredients, while the NOTUS rooftop terrace shall serve light bites and graciously offer 360-degree views of the building’s mesmerizing surroundings.
One&Only Aesthesis - Opening Early 2023
WHERE: Athens, Greece
One&Only is on a roll with new sparkling resorts announced for Dubai, Montana, and two in Greece. Coming to the Glyfada seafront just outside Athens is One&Only Aesthesis. The 21-hectare beachfront estate will meet the ultra-luxury hotel group’s lofty standards, with the majority of the villas featuring private pools, separate areas for families and adults, and it shall boldly celebrate its location with Greek mythology-inspired design. Before opening, the 127-key resort already had its own signature fragrance inspired by the Athenian Riviera. It’s an enticing blend of amber, leather, and birch courtesy of perfume house Montroi. A Chenot Spa will be another treat for the senses at the stylish Grecian escape.
Rusty Parrot - Opening Spring 2023
WHERE: Jackson, Wyoming
Spring 2023 will be a special time for Jackson’s Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa. Reopening after a devastating fire ravaged the building in 2019, the reimaged family-run hotel will reopen with 38 rooms and two suites. Within walking distance from Jackson’s Town Square, the local icon will return better and bigger with custom furniture, valet parking, a larger outdoor hot tub, and a wildlife viewing deck. Wild Sage, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, will also receive a boost from a larger open kitchen and more seating. Priding itself on warmth and great service, Rusty Parrot will assist guests new and old in curating experiences at Wyoming’s household-name national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
JW Marriott Dallas Arts District - Opening Spring 2023
WHERE: Dallas, Texas
Keep your eyes peeled for the opening of JW Marriott Dallas Arts District in Spring 2023. You can have it all at this sleek 23-story, 267-room hotel, which has upscale amenities ranging from a ballroom and three restaurants to a state-of-the-art fitness center and a variety of meeting spaces. The star of the show will be the mid-air heated pool and deck with a generous 40-foot ceiling. Visitors will undoubtedly relish taking in starry nights at Vincent’s, the sky-level terrace bar that’s inspired by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The hotel’s prime location provides guests direct access to the city’s art scene; it’s just one block from the Dallas Museum of Art, which celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2023.
21c St. Louis - Opening Spring 2023
WHERE: St. Louis, Missouri
You’ll have to wait patiently until Spring 2023 for a look at 21c St. Louis, a particularly exciting YMCA-turned-art haven. Staying true to the Museum Hotels brand, this space will meld hospitality with art exhibits and cultural programs with a community focus. The 173-room hotel is housed in a 95-year-old 10-story building with spaces dedicated to curated exhibitions and installations. If you ever dreamt of going to bed and then waking up in a museum, this is your opportunity.
Raffles London at the OWO - Opening Spring 2023
WHERE: London, United Kingdom
Raffles London at the OWO is poised to become one of London’s smartest addresses when it swings open in spring 2023. It is located at the historic Old War Office in Whitehall, where spies, statesmen, and iconic British figures like James Bond penman Ian Fleming walked the walls. Various Bond films were even filmed there. The history-steeped Grade II* listed building has been exquisitely restored into a 120-key charmer with rooms overlooking St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace. Expect all the typical bells and whistles from Singapore-born Raffles: personalized service, restaurants to please the most devoted epicureans, and as the hotel brand that created the Singapore Sling, fantastic cocktails.
&beyond Punakha River Lodge - Opening September 2023
WHERE: Punakha Valley, Bhutan
Increase your gross happiness with a trip to Bhutan. The Himalayan country that famously eschews wealth as a marker of progress in favor of its citizen’s happiness will welcome &Beyond Punakha River Lodge in September 2023. &Beyond owns and operates unique camps and lodges in Africa and South America, and this is its first Asian location. Positioned on the banks of the Mo Chu River in the lush Punakha Valley, it features six tented suites, a family villa, and one honeymoon-friendly river house with a hot tub and plunge pool. However, the bespoke experiences and cultural programming set the lodge apart. You may join the locals for a spot of archery (“Datse” is Bhutan’s national sport), attend a Tshewang prayer ceremony, cook Bhutanese meals, or hike to take in views of the Himalayas with Swarovski binoculars no less.
Banyan Tree Veya Valle De Guadalupe Resort, Spa and Winery - Opening October 2023
WHERE: Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico
Baja California will get its very own Banyan Tree hotel in October 2023. More specifically, the hospitality group’s newly launched wellness-centered brand Veya is swaying in just south of the U.S. border. Bookmark the opening of Banyan Tree Veya Valle De Guadalupe if you love wine, restorative retreats, and private pools (every villa has one). Wellness is the name of the game at Veya, which launched in Phuket in March 2022. Like its elder sibling, this Valle de Guadalupe outpost will have certified multidisciplinary well-being hosts and provide personalized itineraries for guests. The 30-villa resort sits on 39 manicured acres of land with vineyards, a winemaking room, and a hilltop restaurant where local wines and nourishing meals—some of which incorporate indigenous medicinal plants from the area—will be served. Of all the accommodations, the Winemaker’s Villa will be the jewel in the property’s crown.
Rosewood Schloss Fuschl - Opening Late 2023
WHERE: Salzburg, Austria
After Rosewood Vienna opened in August 2022 with much fanfare, Rosewood Schloss Fuschl will be the second Austrian hotel for the luxury brand. Stays at this outpost will be nothing short of spectacular owing to the prime location on the banks of Lake Fuschl in a 15th-century castle. The 98 gorgeously appointed rooms (including 46 suites) will be perfect for lovers of woodland strolls, waterfront stays, and top-notch service. The landmark property—once a country escape for Austrian royals—will also feature indoor and outdoor swimming pools, six standalone chalets, and a strong emphasis on wellness.