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    2023 Travel Forecast:

    12 New Hotel Openings 

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    2023 Travel Forecast: 12 New Hotel Openings 

    Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway, to learn about a new culture, or a property that offers the rest and relaxation you’re craving in the new year, these 12 new luxury hotels are sure to impress. 








    It’s been quite a year: Over the past 12 months, much of the world has reopened once again and with it, the demand for travel has skyrocketed. But travelers aren’t just hopping on planes and hitting the road for the sake of it. They’re seeking out a more in-depth connection, with local and cultural experiences that deepen their relationship with the place they’re visiting—even if it’s a place they’ve been before. 


    And—lucky us!—many hotels and resorts are meeting this desire head-on. On tap for 2023 are a number of luxury properties dotting the globe—from Mexico to Italy, Texas to Dubai—that offer leading-edge amenities, innovative experiences, and, perhaps most importantly, a place for travelers to call home as they more fully explore new and favorite destinations alike. Read on for 12 hotels and resorts topping our list: 

    Naviva’s Tent and Grand Tent accommodations offer guests an immersion in nature.

    Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico 

    While this resort technically opened at the tail end of 2022, we’re adding it to our 2023 list since it’s sure to be a popular choice as we move into the new year—especially for honeymooners. That’s thanks to the unique amenities the boutique, adults-only hotel boasts, including just 15 private, tented pool villas for true luxury indoor and outdoor living, a private beach and activities like coffee tastings, cliffside yoga, and even a half-day retreat option in the resort’s “spa pods”. Bonus? Access to the neighboring Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita resort.  

    Atlantis the Royal Dubai, Dubai 

    The sheer size of this ambitious ultra-luxury Dubai property, with its 795 guest rooms and 43-story tower, is stunning—not to mention all the features that come along with that. Opening in January, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the architectural firm responsible for London’s Covent Gardens and Hudson Yards in NYC was tapped to design the connected, six-tower structure. Find 17 restaurants, including Nobu Matsuhisa and Jose Andres hotspots, private beach and the jaw-dropping Skyblaze Fountain.

    The Peninsula, Istanbul, Turkey

    Kicking things off on Valentine’s Day, there are lots to love about this property, starting with its location right on the Bosphorus Strait in the Karaköy neighborhood of Istanbul, which provides guests with the best of both worlds: The water on one side and Old Town just steps away. There are 177 rooms and suites, with three of the four buildings that make up the hotel renovated historical spaces from the turn of the last century. Prepare to be wowed by the 18,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, rooftop restaurant, outdoor swimming pool overlooking the water, gorgeous gardens, and, of course, their signature Afternoon Tea in the lobby bar.

    The terrace view from the Lata Suite at Six Senses Rome, Italy.

    Cloud 22, Atlantis the Royal Dubai’s day club pool deck on the hotel’s  22nd floor.

    The exterior of The Peninsula Istanbul in Turkey.


    The Mandarin Oriental Costa Navarino sits beachfront. 

    The Riviera Maya EDITION will be situated within the luxurious Kanai development.

    Six Senses Rome, Italy  

    Marking Six Senses debut in Italy, this property, which begins welcoming guests at the very end of February, makes its home in Rome on the famed Via del Corso in Piazza di San Marcello. The 96-room property has deep historical roots—the building’s façade and main staircase underwent a complete restoration—along with innovative amenities, including an aerial yoga studio, a sustainability focused Earth Lab, and Roman baths. Opt for a larger suite to take in the city views from your terrace, before heading out to explore the city, including many of the in-walking-distance sites, like the Trevi Fountain.

    Mandarin Oriental Costa Navarino, Greece 

    Just in time for warm-weather travel to Greece, the Mandarin Oriental will be opening its first property in the country in the spring. Accommodations at the beachfront resort are a mix of guestrooms and pool villas, from which you can immerse yourself in the prime location overlooking the Costa Navarino from your outdoor terrace. After you spend time at the resort—there will be five drinking and dining options—head out and see the area, which boasts four golf courses, an outdoor movie theater, and more.

    The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai, Mexico 

    Joining outposts in New York, Florida, and West Hollywood, the Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai marks the Ian Schrager and Marriott International brand’s first location in Mexico. Set in the Kanai development in the Riviera Maya—a gated, beachfront community that’s home to other luxury hotels, including the St. Regis and Auberge’s Etereo—the resort is slated to open in the summer of 2023. From a pool bar to a beach club to a large outdoor deck, they’ll be making great use of their gorgeous surroundings, which include the beach, as well as a mangrove reserve and forest.

    Son Bunyola Hotel includes two striking Tower Suites – one of which was originally a defense tower built in the 13th century.

    A room with a terrace at Janu Tokyo.

    Son Bunyola Hotel includes two striking Tower Suites – one of which was originally a defense tower built in the 13th century.

    A room with a terrace at Janu Tokyo.

    Son Bunyola, Spain 

    Dreaming of a stay on a Spanish estate? Along with the three luxury Virgin Limited Edition villas on the 800-acre Son Bunyola in Mallorca, the brand is taking things up a notch with the debut of a hotel on the same property next summer. The diligently restored 15th-century manor house—known as the Finca—will offer views of the island’s rustic coast and feature 28 well-appointed rooms. (Definitely worth your consideration for the cool factor alone: The Tower Suite that was once a medieval defense tower.) 

    Janu Tokyo, Japan  

    Introduced in 2020 as a sister brand to Aman, Janu is poised to offer a similar luxury experience, but with a contrast in tone. They put it best, describing Aman as “a sanctuary, whereas Janu is connectedness; Aman offers refined respite, whereas Janu offers an energetic vibe for those seeking greater purpose with inner contentment.” In 2023, Janu Tokyo, the first of three hotels under this new brand is set to open. (The other two, in Montenegro and Saudi Arabia, will be arriving in the subsequent two years.) As with all the Janu properties, expect spacious rooms, forward-thinking food options, and a variety of wellness offerings, from classes to treatments.

    Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, Hawaii

    Big Island bound? After an extensive renovation—the former space had been closed since 2011—Rosewood will open its 150-room Hawaii property next year. Local culture is prominently highlighted here, from a focus on Hawaiian food at the multiple dining destinations to the spa offerings. The stand-alone rooms, too, will allow you to completely enjoy the area ambiance thanks to their outdoor space, with signature suites boasting upwards of four bedrooms and private pools.

    Big Island Presidential Suite at Kona Village, Hawaii.

    Big Island Presidential Suite at Kona Village, Hawaii.

    Nolinski Venezia offers 43 rooms and suites designed by Lecoadic Scotto.

    The exterior of Bowie House in Texas.

    The Standard Singapore offers 143 rooms, including access to the shopping and entertainment on Orchard Road as well as cultural touch points like the Singapore Botanical Gardens. 

    Nolinski Venezia, Italy 

    Also opening in 2023 is this new 43-room Venice property, which is Nolinski’s second outpost (the first is in Paris) and only one in Italy. Close to the iconic St. Mark’s Square on Calle Larga XXII Marzo, plan to indulge in some high-end Italian designer shopping— Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Ferragamo are all nearby—before taking in the sites or enjoying a meal on-site at Palais Royal Restaurant by  Michelin-star chef Philip Chronopoulos. 

    Bowie House, Texas 

    If you’re headed to Texas in the latter part of the year, add Auberge’s new Fort Worth property, Bowie House, to your list. Slated to open in late 2023, the 106-room hotel makes the most of its prized Cultural District location, with some of the must-see sites—from the Kimbell Art Museum to the Fort Worth Stockyards district—easily accessible. With multiple gathering spaces, including a private garden, billiards room and outdoor pool, a signature restaurant, and spa, there’s lots to do right on property, too.  

    The Standard, Singapore

    Last up? The Standard, Singapore, which rounds out a trio of new Southeast Asia properties for the brand, including The Standard, Hua Hin and The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, which opened in Thailand in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The 143-room ground-up property, which is close to the shopping and entertainment on Orchard Road as well as cultural touch points like the Singapore Botanical Gardens, is set to debut at the end of the year.

    To book these and other new properties opening in 2023, reach out to us directly at

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