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The best luxury hotel openings in 2023

An incredible number of luxury hotel openings are slated for 2023. From France to the Balearic Islands, London to Dubai, all boasting spectacular architecture and attention to detail that is top of the new hotel game. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite luxury hotel openings in 2023. Which one takes your top pick?

Atlantis The Royal

Where: Dubai
When: January 2023

Destined to be the new iconic landmark of Dubai and crafted by the world’s leading architects, Atlantis The Royal is the latest ultra-luxury offering from the Atlantis group. Across 43 storeys, 795 rooms and suites (44 with private infinity pools) boast views of the Dubai skyline. While a stylish infinity pool, available to all guests, is positioned on the 22nd floor. Seventeen world-class restaurants, including eight helmed by celebrity chefs, range from Michelin-starred concepts to gastronomic showstoppers, including Nobu on the Beach. And a Heston Blumenthal cocktail bar with the largest jellyfish aquarium in the world.

Destined to be the new iconic landmark of Dubai © Atlantis The Royal

The Peninsula London

Where: London
When: January / February 2023

One of the most prestigious addresses in the British capital, overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the Wellington Arch, The Peninsula London is bringing the best of British – culture, art, and cuisine – to this new build in Belgravia. Enter via a stately entrance and colonnaded courtyard lobby and check into one of the 190 rooms and suites. Expect sleek and understated elegance in room while several destination restaurants, a Peninsula Spa and a grand ballroom are also on-site. The Peninsula London also features a one-storey shopping arcade, with nine retail shops housing international luxury brands keeping luxury style very close at this new central London location.

The Peninsula London luxury hotel openings
One of the most prestigious addresses in the British capital © The Peninsula London

Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel

Where: Nice, France
When: February 2023

The arrival of Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel in a revamped 19th-century architectural jewel on Nice’s boardwalk marks a triumphant return of one of the most storied hotels on Côte d’Azur. Following an extensive two-year renovation back to its Belle Époque era glory, interiors now blend old-world elegance with contemporary luxuries across 151 rooms, including 38 suites. Many with sea-facing balconies.

Centrally located at Nice’s Golden Square, Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel overlooks the glittering Promenade des Anglais – the most famous stretch of seafront in Nice. While inside, Les Colonnades is a glamorous Caviar and Champagne lounge, and a new Anantara Spa boasts a hammam and a sauna. The stylish rooftop restaurant and bar, SEEN by Olivier, offers a taste of the Mediterranean from Portuguese chef-entrepreneur Olivier da Costa. Complete with spectacular 360-degree panoramic views.

Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel
The stylish rooftop restaurant and bar © Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel

The Rebello

Where: Porto, Portugal
When: February 2023

Also opening in February 2023 is The Rebello, a bold Portuguese conversion of several warehouses. The magnificent building blends innovation and heritage, housing 103 suites (half hotel, half standalone residential apartments), three restaurants, a destination spa and a rooftop bar with spectacular views over Porto. It’s a lifestyle hotel that meets local homestay with unexpected design touches and ultra-luxe, comfortable rooms. And a toast to the past with a curated list of drinking and dining from the nearby Douro Valley, a food destination in this popular part of Portugal.

The Rebello Porto
The building blends innovation and heritage © The Rebello

Capella Sydney

Where: Sydney, Australia
When: March 2023

The first property for Capella Hotels and Resorts to open in Australia has transformed the heritage-listed Department of Education Building into a luxe listing that balances the architectural features of this 100-year-old building with contemporary interior design. Over eight levels, 192 guest rooms and suites feature walnut wood, natural stones and deluxe textiles with standalone tubs, custom Italian Frette linen and Haeckel’s amenities in the bathroom. Three ground-level bars and restaurants include Brasserie 1930 and McRae Bar is a modern rendition of a Victorian-era drinking den. On level six is an Aruga spa, fitness centre, yoga platform and 20-metre heated indoor swimming pool. While the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are all within walking distance.

The first property for Capella Hotels and Resorts to open in Australia © Capella Sydney

Shinta Mani Mustang

Where: Nepal
When: March 2023

Nestled in what’s known as The Forbidden Kingdom, award-winning designer Bill Bensley is bringing his art and upcycling flare to the interiors at Shinta Mani Mustang. To connect the dramatic landscapes of this Himalayan region. “Mustang” in Tibetan translates to “Plain of Aspiration” and the hotel is bordered by the Tibetan plateau that rises 8,167 meters above sea level. All 29 suites feature an open-plan bedroom, a living area, and a separate bathroom designed with a traditional Tibetan home in mind. Nilgiri Restaurant, named after the majestic mountain in view, will serve modern Nepalese and western cuisine using locally sourced and foraged produce. While in the Wellness Centre, floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning mountain views while you recline in the hot plunge pool, steam room and sauna.

Ritz-Carlton Melbourne

Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: March 2023

Soaring 80 stories above the Victorian capital, the 257-room Ritz-Carlton Melbourne on Lonsdale Street will be the tallest hotel in Australia when it opens in March. The design will blend the best of the brand’s refined luxury and the destination’s authentic Australian ethos, with sweeping views of the city and Port Phillip Bay, a signature restaurant and library bar. Interiors feature custom leather and velvet furniture, handmade glass panels and marble bathrooms with art works by local artists gracing the walls. While a wellness space includes a heated indoor infinity pool, spa, sauna and yoga studio.

At the heart of the new Melbourne landmark is its signature restaurant, Atria, and bar, Cameo, both are on Level 80, with interiors that pay homage to the Victorian art deco luxe of the 1920s. Executive Chef Michael Greenlaw will take the helm with a vision to create hyper-local, innovative and inspiring cuisine. Easily making the list of luxury hotel openings to watch out for in 2023.

luxury hotel openings Ritz-Carlton Melbourne
Design will blend the best of luxury and the destination’s authentic Australian ethos © Ritz-Carlton Melbourne

The Raffles OWO

Where: London, UK
When: March / April 2023

The Old War Office on Whitehall (OWO) is undergoing a meticulous restoration to create the Raffles’s first UK hotel. With 120 rooms and suites, nine restaurants, and three bars including one gracing the rooftop with views across The Mall on to Buckingham Palace. Hundreds of artisans have been commissioned to restore the historic interior of hand-laid mosaic floors, oak panelling, chandeliers, and a sweeping marble staircase. Soon you can book the ballroom, which has seating for up to 600 people, for private events. A wellness space features a luxurious Guerlain Spa, PILLAR training programmes, a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, saunas and steam rooms, all designed by Thierry Despont.

Steeped in history, the Old War Office dates back to 1906 and is famed for housing influential leaders. These include Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and John Profumo. And inspired Ian Fleming to write the James Bond series after working here as a key liaison.

The Old War Office on Whitehall (OWO) is undergoing a meticulous restoration © The Raffles OWO

Relais & Chateaux La Nauve Hotel & Jardin

Where: Cognac, France
Opening: April 2023

Relais & Chateaux is a belle époque mansion set on a gorgeous estate which guests can access via boat along the Charente River. This former 19th-century cognac distillery features four hectares of the park. Plus, a vegetable garden, a stone fishery, two dovecotes and picturesque French-style formal gardens. The property intends to utilise the finest local produce, including homegrown herbs and vegetables from the gardens. With a menu that will offer guests an epic regional culinary experience. Including exceptional cognac and wines, naturally. Architecture uses local materials, and the double spiral staircase rendered in Avy stone will be a centrepiece of awe. La Nauve Hôtel & Jardin will unveil a new addition to their collection in the first quarter of 2023.

La Nauve Hôtel & Jardin
This former 19th-century cognac distillery features four hectares of the park © La Nauve Hôtel & Jardin

Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort

Where: Maldives
When: May / June 2023

Luxury hotel openings on water are always a highly desired with Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve top of the game. It’s also the first hotel to open in this highly coveted area for more than three years. A new-build property, set on a natural tropical island, will have easy access to the world-renowned Hanifaru Bay. With 176 accommodations available, including four-bedroom beach pavilions and three-bedroom over-water villas.

A private beach. in-villa dining, plus seven restaurants dishing up Maldivian and international-inspired cuisines. All using organic produce sourced from the resort’s mini farm and catch of the day delivered daily by local fishermen. While young guests can enjoy the first kids-only restaurant in the Maldives.

Swim, snorkel and dive at the 220-metre Avani house reef, teeming with marine life including turtles and dolphins. And the nearby Fares reef, which is 600 metres off the shore. The resort boasts AvaniFit’s new gym concept and AvaniSpa plus AvaniKids. All this a mere 35-minute journey by seaplane from Velana International Airport.

Avani Maldives new hotels 2023
A stunning new private island resort, this new-build property is set on a natural tropical island © Avani Maldives

Relais & Chateaux Le Cap Menorca

Where: Llucalari, Balearic Islands, Spain
Opening: June 2023

A 15-suite hotel nestled on a private Mediterranean coastline on the island of Menorca is joining the Relais & Chateaux portfolio. Seventy four acres of gardens featuring more than 15,000 types of flora is a natural oasis for guests to retreat. As is the hotel spa for reviving treatment – just a few of the reasons it’s one of the luxury hotel openings to watch in 2023. Inspired by its leafy surroundings, sustainable materials from the island have been used in the architectural design. With each suite boasting a private garden and plunge pool, making for the ultimate intimate getaway. While in the kitchen, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at the two on-site restaurants come via innovative modern menus.

Le Cap Menorca luxury hotel openings
30 hectares of gardens featuring more than 15,000 types of flora © Le Cap Menorca

&Beyond Punakha River Lodge

Where: Bhutan
When: September 2023

&Beyond is set to launch its first venue in Asia, with Punakha River Lodge scheduled to open in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in September. Nestled on the banks of the Mo Chu River, the lodge draws inspiration from its natural surroundings with uninterrupted views of the Himalayas and access to the famed stupa, Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten.

Punakha River Lodge will feature six safari-style tented suites suspended from a traditional Bhutanese timber structure. Plus, one- and two-bedroom villas each with a private pool. The riverside setting is ideal for al fresco lunches and activities. Expect yoga, massages and swimming, with exclusive experiences including paddy field lunches and picnics boasting unique river.

Bhutan villa with private pool
Bhutan villa with private pool © &Beyond Punakha River Lodge

W Sydney

Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
When: October 2023

Expect all the modern pizzazz of the W brand when its Sydney space becomes one of the years best luxury hotel openings. With 585 stylish guest rooms and suites over occupy 25 floors with spectacular Darling Harbour views. London design agency Bowler James Brindley’s vision for the interiors is inspired by the waterside location. Think powder blue tiles, deep circular tubs, and stunning Sydney views. It’s a spectacular waterfront piece of architecture part of The Ribbon development that includes IMAX theatre and a retail wing. W Sydney features a two-storey rooftop bar, Level 29 WET® Deck with a heated 30m infinity pool, AWAY® Spa, FIT gym, all-day restaurant, Living Room bar, 1300sqm of event space and direct access to Darling Harbour waterfront precinct, and links across Cockle Bay and Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC).

W Sydney luxury hotel openings
Expect all the modern pizzazz of the W brand when its Sydney offering opens © W Sydney

And the best beyond 2023 – mark your diaries…

Amanvari, Mexico

Where: Baja Peninsular, Mexico
When: May 2024

Situated in Baja’s East Cape – neighbouring the recently opened Four Season Costa Palmas and fronted by the Sea of Cortez – the tranquil Amanvari will be comprised of 20 individual bi-level pavilions set within a beachfront mangrove jungle. Perched on stilts over a stunning waterway the design appears to be like floating islands. Each accommodation will feature wrap-around decks, private pools and ground-floor indoor/outdoor lounging areas with hammocks and fire pits. Framed by the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, the property was once the site of a historic hacienda. And will offer visitors three restaurants including a major name chef yet to be announced. Plus, a library and lounge, an infinity pool with four hot tubs and a spa pavilion.

Six Senses Tel Aviv

Where: Tel Aviv, Israel   
When: 2025

Six Senses Tel Aviv is set to combine five 110-year-old preservation buildings with sophisticated sustainability into a stunning hotel slated to open in late 2025. Rothschild 10 Tower is a modern 42-floor skyscraper that will house the 140-room Six Senses hotel over 10 floors. It’s the largest and most important preservation project in Tel Aviv with the original five buildings date back to 1909, the remains of the Ahuzat Bayit settlement.

A state-of-the-art spa and wellness facilities over two floors, including a Holistic Anti-Aging Center, will take centre stage. As will a sky pool on the 17th-floor housing a cocktail lounge with a panoramic view of the Gush Dan area. An additional 55 stylish residences, all serviced by the hotel group, will make up the Six Senses operation. Its prime location into the heart of Tel Aviv’s city life will also act as an entry point to explore Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and the Six Senses Shaharut in the Negev Desert.

Six Senses Tel Aviv
Six Senses Tel Aviv © Six Senses

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