While travel might have slowed down over the past couple of years with border closures and travel restrictions, it is certainly picking back up again this year with plenty of highly anticipated luxury hotel openings all over the world. While I have my tried-and-true favorite properties I frequent over and over again, I also love discovering new hotels to visit and add to my favorites list. This year, we have so many exciting options to choose from, whether you’re looking for a unique glamping adventure in Saudi Arabia, to stay in Winston Churchill’s old WWII headquarters, or visit a world-class spa for some rest and rejuvenation, there is somewhere on this list for everyone.
Banyan Tree AlUla: AlUla, Saudi Arabia
Banyan Tree AlUla is located in Saudi Arabia, but the incredible rock formations and peaceful desert surrounding the resort make it look like it’s on another planet. Inspired by the nomadic nature of Nabataean architecture, the all-villa, tented resort epitomises Banyan Tree’s commitment to local influence. The fundamental principles of the resort are designed around three concepts that allow guests to immerse themselves in the unique resort and the unexpected destination.
The Homestead: Nambiti, South Africa
Opening in the Nambiti reserve—home to 50 species of wildlife—is the new eco-luxury lodge The Homestead. This super boutique hotel will only have 12 suites—yet set upon over 23,000 acres of wilderness. The Homestead will offer everything from tailored game drives to cooking classes and birding adventures.
The Peninsula Hotel: Istanbul, Turkey
Located in the new Galataport district, home to some of Istanbul’s best museums, the waterfront property will consist of four historic buildings, three of which date back to the early 1900s. The Peninsula Istanbul will feature unobstructed water views, lush gardens, a private boat deck, 177 rooms and suites, a spa, and a massive rooftop restaurant and bar.
Le Grand Mazarin: Paris, France
Soon to arrive in the heart of the Marais is Le Grand Mazarin, a Martin Brudnizki-designed hotel that features 17th-century-inspired decor. It’s the first urban property by Maisons Pariente, the group behind ultra-chic hotels like Lou Pinot in Saint Tropez and Le Coucou in Méribel.
The Rosewood: Munich, Germany
The 132-room Rosewood Munich is set across two historic buildings upon Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse: the first, the former State Bank of Bavaria; the second, the Palais Neuhaus-Preysing. Great care is being taken to preserve the original facades and detailings of the 18th and 19th-century buildings, which are located within walking distance of the central Marienplatz square.
Son Bunyola Hotel: Mallorca, Spain
This summer, Richard Branson will open a new hotel in Mallorca under his Virgin Limited Edition brand, set upon an 810-acre estate in the Serra de Tramontana. Its 15th-century building is undergoing a massive renovation to include 28 guest rooms, two restaurants, lounges, several terraces, and a swimming pool with views of the famed Foradada.
Raffles OWO: London, England
The OWO—or the “Old War Office” in London, which acted as Churchill’s headquarters during World War II—gets a second life this year as Raffles’s first hotel in the United Kingdom. Along with 120 suites and 86 residences, Raffles at the OWO will feature nine restaurants, three bars, and a Guerlain spa.
The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern: Los Olivos, California
Opening this winter in Los Olivos is the Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, an Auberge Resort. It has an illustrious past—in the 1800s, the tavern was a stagecoach stop during California’s infamous gold rush. Now, it’s getting a luxurious new life as a ranch-style resort with 67 guest rooms, several cottages, a spa, and a pool set amid an idyllic olive grove. This opening is major for the area, which was overdue for a luxury property such as an Auberge to open its doors.
Vineta Hotel: Palm Beach, Florida
The company behind the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc will open The Vineta, a boutique property housed in a nearly 100-year-old Mediterranean Revival building two blocks off of Worth Avenue. In addition to their 41 guest rooms, there will be an al fresco courtyard restaurant and a bar.
Soho House: Mexico City, Mexico
Soho House will open its first Latin America hotel and club in Mexico City’s Colonia Juárez neighborhood. Soho House transformed a formerly private Baroque home into a sprawling creative retreat with multiple guest rooms, three lounges, an outdoor courtyard, and a pool. Soho Home, their interior decor group, filled the new property with authentic furniture by local makers and over 100 paintings from Mexican artists.
Maroma, A Belmond Hotel: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Nestled between 200 acres of lush tropical jungle and the secluded white sands of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the legendary property will be completely reimagined with Mayan culture at its core – and will be the first, extensive transformation within Belmond’s North America portfolio under LVMH ownership.
1 Hotel: Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
Located in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay will bring a world-class wellness resort and flagship sustainable sanctuary to Kauaʻi’s North Shore.
Montage Cay: The Abacos Islands, Bahamas
Montage is headed to the Caribbean—with plans to open Montage Cay, an exclusive 48-acre private-island resort and residential community in The Abacos Islands, Bahamas.
Rosewood Kona Village: Kona, Hawaii
Located on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the iconic Kona Village Resort will once again open its doors and welcome back ‘ohana (family) to the historic and culturally rich destination in 2023. Spanning 81 acres of stunning geologic landscape and richness, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort will draw inspiration from the history of the site, local culture and natural elements.