The best hotels to book in 2023


The best hotels to book in 2023

The coming year is looking to be a promising one for travel, with restrictions disappearing in many countries, new flight routes launching, and the hotel industry bringing its A game after two years of uncertainty.
From next-level luxury escapes in Dubai, Mozambique and the Maldives to hip urban hideaways in Paris, Sydney and Palm Springs, this year’s exciting array of new hotels has something for every traveler (and budget!).
We’ve handpicked 20 incredible hotels with openings in 2022 and 2023 for you to stay at — or dream of — in the new year.
Starting rates are included where available.
andBeyond Punakha River Lodge, Bhutan

Known for its beautiful African safaris, the luxury travel company andBeyond will be launching its first lodge in Asia with the opening of Punakha River Lodge in Bhutan in September 2023.
The lodge will feature just six safari-style tented suites, plus two villas with private plunge pools and hot tubs (depending on the season). With its spectacular location on the banks of the Mo Chhu River deep in the Punakha Valley, each suite boasts stunning 360-degree views over the surrounding Eastern Himalayas.

Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
Situated on a lush tropical island on a glittering turquoise lagoon in the Raa Atoll, Emerald Faarufushi is the literal definition of paradise. Here, guests can choose from 38 castaway-chic beach villas, or 42 equally luxe overwater villas, perched on stilts above the ocean, each with its own private plunge pool.
There’s also a sprawling spa, a dive center, one of the biggest kids’ clubs in the Maldives and five restaurants (which you’ll enjoy even more knowing the resort is all-inclusive). Emerald Faarufushi, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, opened in October 2022.
Hoshino Resort KAI Yufuin, Japan
It doesn’t get much more scenic than KAI Yufuin, a luxurious hot spring ryokan nestled between Mount Yufu and the famous rice fields of Oita. The stunning property — opened in August 2022 — was designed by Kengo Kuma (named the world’s most influential architect in 2021 by TIME) and features just 45 rooms hidden amidst cascading rice terraces.
What you’re really here for, though, are the onsen (hot springs) — there are three on site for guests to enjoy. But for the ultimate relaxation, book yourself a suite with its own outdoor onsen, so you can soak in the healing, mineral-rich waters in total privacy.
Rates start from $250.
When luxury hotel group Conrad made its first foray into California, it spared no expense: the Frank Gehry-designed Conrad Los Angeles opened in summer 2022 and features 305 plush rooms framed by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the City of Angels.
Highlights include not one, but two signature restaurants from celebrity chef José Andrés: San Laurel, an upscale Spanish-Californian eatery and the rooftop Agua Viva, which serves up cocktails and Latin-Asian bites.
There’s also a luxurious, 7,000-square-foot spa that offers guests the latest in wellness technology — think circulation-boosting compression boots and wearable bio-hacking discs that deepen relaxation. Next-level stuff.
Rates start from $490.
The St. Regis Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico
The St. Regis Kanai stuns from the outset with its otherworldly design, drawing inspiration from the geometry of local mangroves and the constellation Pleiades, a star cluster with significance to Mayan culture. The resort, hidden in a 620-acre nature reserve along Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, is split into intersecting circles, built from white concrete and reflective crystal.,12775089,1.html


All 124 guestrooms and 20 suites will have ocean views; there are 32 additional villas with private plunge pools. There’s also a spa, two golf courses and five restaurants (including a tequila and mezcal bar, naturally). The St. Regis Kanai is slated to open in May 2023.
Rates start from $1,015.
The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne, Australia
With a high-speed elevator that whisks guests straight up to the 80th floor lobby, The Ritz-Carlton is set to be Australia’s tallest hotel when it opens in March 2023. The “sky lobby” — and the hotel’s 257 rooms and suites — will boast unparalleled views of the Yarra River, Marvel Stadium and the city skyline.
Other hotel highlights include an infinity pool framed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows (indoors and heated, of course, in a nod to Melbourne’s notoriously erratic weather) and a sprawling wellness center featuring a yoga studio, a sauna, two vitality pools and six treatment rooms.
Rates start from $450.
The Homestead, Nambiti, South Africa
This new eco-conscious luxury safari lodge is what bucket list dreams are made of: it’s tucked in the heart of the wildlife-rich Nambiti Private Game Reserve and features 12 suites that are as sustainable as they are plush.
While many safaris focus solely on game drives, The Homestead will offer a range of experiences, such as animal photography classes, biking excursions, cooking with local ingredients and taking part in sustainable initiatives. For the more relaxation-inclined, there’s also an infinity pool with views out onto the savannah, perfect for lounging with a G&T in hand. The Homestead is slated to open in late 2023.
The Homestead, Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith, 3370, South Africa
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, Hawaii
1 Hotels is bringing its distinct brand of sustainable luxury to Hawaii with the opening of its Kauai outpost in February 2023. Its 252 rooms will feature reclaimed wood furnishings, beds dressed with organic cotton linens and plenty of native greenery.
Like all 1 Hotels, the resort is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified and carbon neutral, and will limit single-use plastics and work closely with local farmers and fishermen to provide ingredients for their restaurants.
Sustainability aside, the hotel’s biggest draw is its location. Nestled on the shore of Hanalei Bay beneath the lush, soaring cliffs of Makana Mountain, it offers some of the most breathtaking views in Hawaii from the hotel’s sweeping Sunset Terrace.
Ace Hotel Sydney, Australia
Known for its chic boutique hotels in Brooklyn, Palm Springs and Kyoto, Ace Hotels’ latest outpost in Sydney (its first and only hotel south of the equator) might just be its coolest one yet.
The sleek 264-room property sits at the heart of hip Surry Hills, flanked by cafes, bars and art galleries. In a nod to its eclectic address, its rooms feature exposed brick walls, handwoven wool blankets, vintage record players and acoustic guitars.
Hotel highlights include a killer Australian art collection scattered throughout the property and rooftop restaurant Kiln, which serves up thrilling contemporary Aussie fare — with views to match.
Viceroy at Ombria Resort Algarve, Portugal
Though Viceroy Hotels is best known for their sleek oceanfront hideouts in Saint Lucia, Los Cabos and Santa Monica, its newest outpost in Portugal will be nestled amidst 150 acres of lush, hilly countryside.
The 76-room hotel makes for the perfect country escape, flanked by miles of citrus groves, small farms and quaint cobblestone villages. But don’t let its pastoral surroundings fool you: in signature Viceroy style, the property is as plush as any resort in Capri or St. Tropez — complete with infinity pools, a sprawling spa and an 18-hole golf course.