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The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2023

From remote countryside retreats to slick city sanctuaries, there's plenty to be excited about.

By Kim Ayling

Another year, another plethora of groundbreaking hotel openings. Following an understandably stagnant few years for the travel world, 2022 came back better than ever with a bursting collection of new properties – Aman New York, Sommerro and Four Seasons Tamarindo are all worthy of special mention – but now, we look ahead to the most anticipated new hotels of 2023.

As always, we’ve scoured high and low to curate a selection of only the best destinations. And there’s plenty to be excited about as we head into a new year, from remote countryside retreats to slick city sanctuaries.

If just one trend has emerged in the most exciting hotel openings for 2023, it’s that travelers are more concerned than ever with engaging with the places they visit in a more meaningful way. Each of the properties listed below not only offers a sumptuous pillow on which guests can rest a weary head but also evokes the real spirit of its surroundings to meaningful effect.

[See also: Castelfalfi: An Idyllic Retreat in the Heart of Tuscany]

ULUM Moab, Utah, USA

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ULUM will be all about low-impact, design-forward luxury with a series of all-suite tented accommodations / ©Bailey Made, ULUM

As the first property from Under Canvas’s new sister brand, all eyes will be on ULUM Moab when it opens in spring 2023. Like its elder sibling, ULUM will be all about low-impact, design-forward luxury with a series of all-suite tented accommodations nestled within beautiful natural surroundings. Its inaugural property will be located just moments away from Utah’s famous Looking Glass Arch rock formation and will offer a series of immersive activities and excursions, from stargazing to hiking. Expect pared-back yet indulgent suites, extensive wellness programming and jaw-dropping scenery.

The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, California, USA

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With just 67 guest rooms and cottages, The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern will be wonderfully boutique / ©Auberge Resorts

A new Auberge hotel is always exciting news, and The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern is no exception. Slated to begin welcoming guests from February 2023, the resort is hoping to become a landmark destination in the Santa Barbara area and reignite its long-held status in Central Coast lore. With just 67 guest rooms and cottages, The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern will be wonderfully boutique and will boast a chic yet simple farmhouse interior vibe. Amenities will include an open-air restaurant, outdoor pool and a serene spa.

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[See also: Auberge Opens Wildflower Farms Resort in Hudson Valley]

Rosewood Munich, Germany

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Rosewood Munich will be located across two landmark buildings / ©Rosewood Hotels

Rosewood is continuing its impressive flurry of new hotels with the opening of its first property in Germany in 2023. Rosewood Munich will be located across two landmark buildings – the old headquarters of the State Bank of Bavaria and a former aristocratic residence – putting it in the heart of the city’s historic center. In typical Rosewood style, the 132 guestrooms and suites will reflect the property’s grand exterior with classically inspired décor laced with plenty of contemporary touches. A full-service spa will feature six treatment rooms as well as a pool and a gym, while the two distinct dining areas will invite guests to indulge in gourmet delights.

Atlantis the Royal, Dubai, UAE

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Atlantis The Royal will feature a Nobu beach club / ©Nobu

Making a statement in Dubai is no mean feat, with the City of Gold home to some of the world’s most glamorous hotels, resorts and restaurants. However, if anyone can do it, it’s Atlantis. Joining its sister property, Atlantis, The Palm, Atlantis The Royal will be spread across six interconnecting towers, with a 295-ft Skypool running the entire length. An astronomic total of 795 rooms will be spread across 43 stories, with 17 restaurants and bars to choose from. We crunched the number for you: this is going to be a massive hotel. There will also be a suitably lavish Nobu beach club, a waterpark and a fire-and-water fountain. Brace yourselves.

Peninsula Istanbul, Turkey

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The hotel is situated on the banks of the Bosphorus in the city’s historic Karaköy district / ©The Peninsula

Situated on a prime spot on the picturesque Bosphorus river, Peninsula Istanbul is set to be the latest of the city’s uber-luxe new hotels when it opens in February 2023. The property will boast a total of 177 accommodations across four waterfront buildings, each of which will be decked out with bespoke furnishings and original art. Taking the title of top suite will be the Peninsula Suite, with its own gym, rooftop pool and hammam. Back in the main hotel, guests can explore sprawling private gardens, a rooftop restaurant and an indulgent spa and wellness center.

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​​Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou, China

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Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou promises to live up to the lofty standard set by the luxury hotel group / ©Four Seasons

Covering 22 acres on a private island in the middle of Jinji Lake, Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou promises to live up to the lofty standard set by the luxury hotel group, and then some. Details remain limited for now, but we do know that the new hotel will have over 200 rooms, a spa, a gym and a premier Chinese restaurant with no less than seven private dining rooms. Catering for groups of all sizes, the new Four Seasons Hotel will also boast a series of oversized private villas, as well as a dedicated kids’ club and even a doggy daycare center.

Ngorongoro Lodge, Tanzania

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Accommodations will be spread across 52 rooms and suites / ©Meliá Hotels International

While Ngorongoro Lodge itself is not a new hotel, the property has recently undergone a significant refurbishment and will reopen under the Meliá Hotels International name in 2023. Set within Tanzania’s Ngorongoro, a protected conservation area with the world’s largest concentration of The Big Five, sustainability has been at the heart of the refurb with a heavy focus on protecting and promoting local flora and fauna. The hotel is also set to generate much of its own energy on-site and will have strict waste and energy management protocols in place. Accommodations will be spread across 52 rooms and suites, each of which will feature mesmerizing views across the crater.

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Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London

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Mandarin Oriental Mayfair will be far more boutique than its elder sibling / ©Mandarin Oriental

Since it opened way back in 2000, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has been a leading figure in London’s ever-impressive luxury hotel landscape. Over 20 years later and the brand still remains fresh, with plans to open its second property in the city next year. Set to open in spring on the famed Hanover Square, Mandarin Oriental Mayfair will be far more boutique than its elder sibling with 50 guestrooms and an additional 78 private residences, all with a chic design courtesy of Studio Indigo. The hotel will also be home to the first UK restaurant by award-winning chef, Akira Back.

Six Senses Rome, Italy

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Six Senses Rom is the group’s first Italian hotel / ©Six Senses

When it opens in early 2023, Six Senses Rome will take the title of the group’s first Italian property and the latest in a recent rush of Six Senses openings. Located a stone’s throw away from the Pantheon in a historic palazzo, the new hotel will put guests in the heart of the action. There will be 96 guestrooms in total, as well as two eateries, a signature spa and a stylish rooftop terrace. Like all Six Senses properties, the new Rome hotel will be a beacon of sustainability, with an eco-conscious design imagined by revered architect Patricia Urquiola, who puts natural light and breezy open spaces at the forefront of her work.

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