It's hard to believe that so many great hotels debuted last year ... and even wilder to think that there are more (more! more!) exciting openings on the horizon. It's boom time for the travel industry, and the people know what they want: something new, something fresh, something rooted in a sense of place and filled with good energy, serenity, outrageous views, nice objects, and that feeling, upon crossing the threshold, that You. Have. Arrived. What else excites us about hotel trends for 2023? Preserved land, sustainable buildings, adaptive reuse, cutting-edge technology, and above-and-beyond service. We applaud everything about that! Here are our favorites.
The United States
Eagle's Nest Lodge
Why We're Excited: Opening just in time for heli-ski season (which runs until June), Eagle's Nest is an 8,000-square-foot alpine basecamp a twelve-minute flight from Anchorage. Boutique operator Third Edge Heli chose the location to take advantage of Southcentral Alaska's microclimates (chasing weather and time, always!), and to access five key mountain ranges, including Denali and Tordrillo. A high guide-to-guest ratio on the single-load helicopter tour provides more safety and focus on the slopes. The private, exclusive-use digs are comprised of seven bedrooms and baths, a cozy living room, dining room, fireplace, sauna, hot tub, yoga room, and outdoor fire pit. A five-day summer program for summer surf, kayaking, and other tailor-made adventures will also launch this year. Inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Santa Monica, CA
Why We're Excited: No matter if you're driving up or down the Pacific Coast Highway, it's hard to miss the vibrant turquoise Period Revival-meets-Art Deco oceanfront landmark from the 1930s that once hosted Monroe, Chaplin, Gable, and their ilk. This year, the iconic property gets a much-anticipated and welcome revamp to its 84 guest rooms and 24 suites. The iconic Sunset Terrace, Dining Room, and Sunset Bar will be restored to their glamorous yesteryears.
Where: Catskills, New York
Why We're Excited: The "hygge-design" hotel company continues its upper New York expansion with a new locale nestled in Ulster County. Expect lots of the Eastwind vibe they've established: 30 Scandinavian-inspired rooms, lofts, and signature A-frame Lushna cabins, a wood-barrel sauna, hammocks, and fire pits. Some of the most popular hikes in the valley are easily accessible — Giant Ledge, Panther Mountain — but guests will feel nature's presence even indoors at cozy, plant-forward, sustainably-minded Dandelion restaurant and bar.
Feel-Good Factor: Chef-owner Daniel Cipriani built relationships with local farmers and deepened his foraging skills to develop the local and seasonal menu at the brand's first full-service restaurant.
Where: Los Olivos, California
Why We're Excited: If you'd like to find yourself driving California's Central Coast on Highway 101 through Santa Barbara wine country, you'll also want to stop to check out Santa Ynez Valley, a idyllic swath of rolling vineyards, independent shops, and restaurants — and the hotel that befits its growing status as a vinicultural destination. A stagecoach stop built in 1886 has been transformed into a tavern and inn with 67 rooms and cottages, a restaurant, outdoor pool, old-growth palms, and a spa. Guests can take part in a number of cool experiences like making campfire pies, infusing their own bottle of olive oil, and harvesting and preparing sea urchin alongside experts.
Where: Palm Springs, California
Why We're Excited: After a trendy build in Cabo, the hospitality brand is opening a 30-key hotel in the California desert with a variety of room sizes, including four-bedroom options for large groups. Moorish and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural cues are delivered in a neutral color palette with modern updates. A pool with a bar and cabanas will be the centerpiece; upscale Baja fare will be served all day.
Also! Drift Santa Barbara, another California location opening in January, has a modern, minimalist atmosphere, a raw bar, and a cafe serving Good Citizen Coffee Co.
Where: New York City, New York
Why We're Excited: A Gilded Age landmark (24 suites) is paired with a new skyscraper (129 rooms), and the result feels both intimate and grand. Sign us up! (We've been waiting for this to open a while: We had already pegged it as a favorites due in 2022.) Martin Brudnizki's design is romantic and colorful and maximalist — with elaborate window treatments, chinoiserie, and old-world marquetry.
Where: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Why We're Excited: Much of the lodging in Hawaii feels stuck in the '80s (dark wood furniture, palm tree textiles, condo vibes), so it's exciting to see an affordable and adorable option pop up. The 228 rooms here include city view doubles and a spacious pool house suite for families — all painted in pleasing blues and greens with eclectic wood furnishings, unique light fixtures, and bold patterns mixed and matched in the headboards and throw pillows. It's what you would imagine you'd find at some young, cute surfer girl's pad. With tropical cocktails and poke bowls to match.
When: Technically open with limited rooms (and fully open this spring)
Where: Charleston, South Carolina
Why We're Excited: The young and fresh-feeling hotel softly opened 25 guest rooms last year. The full vision, opening this spring, is comprised of two Victorian-era buildings and one new build that will accommodate long-term stays (30+ days) in "residences" that have a full kitchen and washer/dryer. Rooms and suites have personality — think bold wallpapers, Roman shades, marble farmhouse sinks, handpicked artwork, Moroccan floor tiles, cocktail kits, living plants. The beautiful 40-seat oyster bar already operating below the hotel will be joined this spring by a destination restaurant (French baseline techniques with a Charleston twist) with several special dining areas, including a 19th-century carriage house with a wood-burning fireplace and a cobblestone courtyard.
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Why We're Excited: Philly design firm ROHE Creative is the driving force behind the warm and feminine interiors of this 122-room newbie from Bunkhouse hotels. It's more than just ponies and brown liquor around here (though the hotel is collaborating with neighboring Rabbit Hole Distillery): Genevieve promises a "vivacious" art program, a mini market, restaurant, and Parisian-inspired rooftop bar that's a nod to King Louis XVI, the city's namesake.
Where: Detroit, Michigan
Why We're Excited:High design meets extended stay within 118 handsomely furnished apartment-hotel units located on four floors of the Renaissance-style Book Tower, one of the city's well-known architectural landmarks. Besides two restaurants, a bakery, and a rooftop event space, guests will stop in their tracks the moment they walk into the soaring lobby and see that show-stopping glass atrium.
Where: Palm Springs, California
Why We're Excited: The lifestyle-savvy hotel group that's won over the heart of Miami, Denver, the Berkshires, and even Nantucket, is finally heading west for their first California outpost. As in Old Hollywood days, the destination will lure travelers looking for the perfect balance between relaxing and indulging, with an outdoor pool lounge and bar, vibrant desert landscaping, Midcentury design, and terraces overlooking the mountains.
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Why We're Excited: As everyone seems to be a multi-hyphenate in Williamsburg, it’s about time its hotel scene became one, too. The team behind the NoMad, LINE, and Freehand hotels is debuting a hybrid hotel and apartment-style housing for Bard College graduate students and long-term NYC explorers. The 118 guest rooms will feature fully equipped kitchenettes; the hotel will offer a plant-filled rooftop lobby, two outdoor terraces, and rotating public art.
Feel-Good Factor: That art will be curated in collaboration with local non-profit arts organizations LAND Gallery and Pure Vision Arts, who provide resources, studio space, and representation to artists with developmental disabilities.
Where: Yellowstone, Montana
Why We're Excited: You'll soon be able to glamp-hop from point to point in Yellowstone National Park at the new Under Canvas outpost set on 50 acres of expansive Paradise Valley ranch land. Let's call the movie version of this:A Yellowstone River Runs Through It. Off-site adventures will include horseback riding, river float trips, fly-fishing off the lodge’s main tent, and white-water rafting.
Where: Estes Park, Colorado
Why We're Excited: We can’t get enough of the new breed of hotel companies that build their brands and accommodations around the great outdoors. Trailborn makes its debut this year with locations slated for Rocky Mountain National Park, Mendocino, the Grand Canyon, and Highlands, North Carolina. (See ya later, city breaks.) The ethos is as 21st century as can be: relaxed design that’s sustainable and local, a strong roster of guest events and experiences, family-friendly spaces and offerings, and open public spaces with strong food and drink programs. The first opening will be a two-in-one: Trailborn Rocky Mountains (the base hotel, with 40 rooms and Casa Colina restaurant and bar) and Trailborn Rocky Mountains Outpost (46 rooms and the pool) are refurbished inns located within a mile of each other.
Feel-Good Factor: Trailborn’s Keep Extraordinary initiative is designed to protect the land (a percentage of every stay is donated to land conservation programs) and the planet (by using renewable energy, building sustainably, and reducing single-use plastic and water consumption).
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Why We're Excited: Minneapolis continues to emerge as a hip and burgeoning U.S. city, as evidenced by the fact that Salt Hotels (you know them from Los Angeles, Miami, Nantucket, and the Hudson Valley) has joined the party, taking over four historic buildings along the Mississippi River in the North Loop neighborhood. The property will include a fireside lounge, a library, a stone cellar cocktail bar, a social rooftop, communal work spaces, and a new restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Tim McKee of La Belle Vie, Solera, and Barrio fame.
Where: Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Why We're Excited: This summer, Faraway, the young-at-heart island getaway of Nantucket, drops its second anchor on Martha’s Vineyard in the historic former Kelly House. The midcentury, laid-back design was inspired in equal parts by the island’s adoration of summer flowers and the free spirits that tend to them. A new pool, gym, and spa will lure the wellness crowd, while the outdoor sushi restaurant and bar will lure local seafarers.
Where: Denver, Colorado
Why We're Excited: The good-times-rolling American heritage brand with properties in Nashville and the Catskills is headed for its namesake wild west, transforming the historic 1800s George Schleier Mansion in Denver. The two-story carriage house will become an 18-room hotel showcasing the brand's whimsical and maximalist style, including the signature clawfoot bathtubs and custom wallpaper, along with found and repurposed decor from Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana for that true rustic cowboy vibe. Their "arrive as strangers, leave as friends" motto will live on through a lively restaurant and bar. In a non-western touch, the pizzas will come from Roberta's in Brooklyn.
Warren Street Hotel
Where: New York, New York
Why We're Excited: Firmdale Hotels expands its Manhattan footprint, adding Tribeca to its SoHo (Crosby Street Hotel) and midtown (The Whitby) locations. While there's no website yet, we can expect that designer Kit Kemp's warm and maximalist spin on glassy, contemporary constructions will be, as ever, a feast for the eyes. This one will have 57 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and a dozen residences over eleven floors. (Cue spectacular downtown cityscape views.) A drawing room, orangery, and an all-day restaurant and bar also be in the mix.
More U.S.A. Openings
- Moxy Brooklyn Williamsburg is the latest from Lightstone Group, the developers behind the Moxys we love in Chelsea, the East Village, the Lower East Side, and South Beach. Located right off the Williamsburg Bridge within a stone's throw of destination restaurant Francie and local favorite Diner, Moxy will have its own Middle Eastern restaurant, a cool lobby, a chill courtyard, and a great rooftop (those views!). The compact and thoughtful rooms with flexible configurations deliver for solo and small groups, and do it for less than you might expect. (February)
- Bluebird Lake Placid is the latest in Lark Hotel's Bluebird portfolio of cute and cheerful inns in laid-back settings, this one with a Japan-meets-Scandinavian vibe in the Olympic town in New York's Adirondack Mountains. (February)
- The Virgin Hotel NoMad tapped local design teams (Brooklyn-based MARKZEFF) for its 460-room hotel in NYC with floor-to-ceiling city views and a pool with a backdrop of the Empire State Building. (February)
- Leo Kent Hotel is opening in Tucson, Arizona, in one of the town's most iconic buildings. Part of the Marriott's Tribute Portfolio of hotels, the rooms and lobby space have a dash of personality thanks to neat patterns, jewel-tone colors, and a variety of design materials. (March)
- Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences marks the North American debut of the the award-winning Asian hotelier known for luxury, service, and its Singapore Sling cocktail. A new 35-floor building will house 146 guest rooms and suites and 147 residences, a handful of restaurants, a rooftop garden and terrace, and an impressive spa. (Summer)
- Conrad Orlando will open adjacent to Walt Disney World (where else?!) with 433 rooms, including 51 suites and ten spacious family suites, lots of corporate meeting space, and a rooftop experience. (Summer)
- Salt House Nantucket, operated as a pop-up last summer, becomes a permanent fixture this summer. The bed-and-breakfast in Brant Bay has 18 rooms and outdoor spaces outfitted with fire pits and Adirondack chairs. (Summer)
- White Elephant Nantucket, not one to be outdone by newcomers, will celebrate its 100th birthday with a full renovation of its 66 rooms and 11 cottages. The new artwork throughout the property will be the fruit of the Artist in Residency Program that launched last summer. (May)
- The Ranch Hudson Valley will bring its famous Malibu hiking and weight-loss program to the Hudson Valley, a mere 45 minutes from New York City. This will totally thrill to its loyal East Coast clientele, as will the programs, which will be concentrated into three- or four-day options. (Fall)
Where: Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Why We're Excited: Any ski-in/ski out property has us dancing in our ski boots. Toss in the global hotel brand renowned for its wellness ethos, and you've given us a match made in Alpine heaven. Forty-five Swiss chalet-style suites overlooking the craggy vistas of the mighty Matterhorn and the 4-Vallées range have floor-to-ceiling windows, natural stone and timber elements, and cloud-like beds that will restore tired bodies after a day on piste. As at all Six Senses resorts, the wellness offerings will be anything but ordinary, with a Finnish, rock, and bio salt saunas; a stretching pod; and a biohacking recovery lounge with infrared heat and vibrational therapy. Outside the resort, guests can tube and toboggan from the hotel, go dog sledding on the glacier, and have snowshoe adventures into the village of Aminona.
Where: Paris, France
Why We’re Excited: The first European locale for a forthcoming collection of city hotels (the Delano Miami is the O.G.) run by Accor and boutique group Ennismore. Set in an 18th-century building in the 8th arrondissement, the 56-roomflagship, close to fashion-y Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, will have a buzzy French-Andalusian restaurant in the courtyard run by three-Michelin-star chef Dani Garcí, a cocktail bar, and a Ciel Spa.
Where: Vienna, Austria
Why We're Excited: You'll be hearing a lot about Vienna this year. Milestone anniversaries, easier and more sustainable access in and around the city, and new hotels, including one from Almanac, the small hotel company that's based in Vienna but has never had a hotel here. Maybe they were waiting for the perfect location. If so, they may have found it in two historic 1870s buildings, which they refit to accommodate 111 elegant rooms and suites, expansive meeting spaces, a two-floor wellness area with a serene indoor pool, a restaurant serving plant-based Austrian cuisine, and a coffee shop offering the viennoiserie they do so well in this town.
Where: Cannes, France
Why We’re Excited: The grand dame of the French Riviera is back, and, wow, has she had one gorgeous makeover. No detail was too small for the two-year, head-to-toe spruce-up: One artisan spent 18 months painstakingly removing decades of ill-advised paint from the marble columns in the lobby, now looking stupendous in all their Belle Epoque glory. History remains strong at the Cannes’ most glamorous address, which has been home to the glitterati since 1913 (with a starring turn in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief), but the hotel is primed for a bright future. A new wing has been added, as has a lovely new interior garden. The 332 rooms and suites have been reimagined as serene sanctuaries by French interior designer Tristan Auer and 37 new residences mean a lucky few will never have to check out. Also new: IHG is relaunching Carlton Cannes as a Regent Hotel, a Europe flagship in the small portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts around the world.
Where: Mallorca, Spain
Why We’re Excited: This meticulous restoration of a circa-1672 manor house is a prime locale for travelers who adore action in the great outdoors (cycling, mountain biking) and glorious, pampered living once they dismount. The fabulous 31-room bolthole will be filled with artwork, romantic interiors, gardens, antique fireplaces, a private family chapel, and tremendous views.
Read More on Fathom: This one's been on our radar since the early days of Fathom. Our original story will give you a feel for the place.
Why We’re Excited: This year will see the London debut for two Asian-based luxury hotel groups, Peninsula and Raffles. Big news! Even bigger: Until now, The Old War Office in Whitehall has been the lair of politicians, diplomats, spies, and only those who knew the secret handshake. (If these walls could talk, they’d spill the tea on Churchill’s battle strategies and Ian Flemings’ spycraft secrets.) After an extensive renovation, the magnificent landmark OWO will open to the public in grand style under the Raffles flag, with 125 rooms and suites; nine restaurants, three of them helmed by World’s Best Chef Marco Colagreco; three bars; one impressive spa, gym, and wellness space; and what they’re promising will be “privileges and amenities beyond compare.”
When: Early 2023
Why We’re Excited: For his first London hotel, an elegant new build overlooking the Wellington Arch and Hyde Park Corner, designer Peter Marino was inspired by the tony surroundings — fancy Belgravia and the three royal parks. A colonnaded lobby, inner courtyard, triple-glazed windows, and soundproofing will keep the city's lively auditory antics at bay in the 190 rooms and suites, which will have bragging rights as the largest average room size in London. The Peninsula Spa will be incredible, but for those who prefer to exercise their Black Cards, the hotel will also have a shopping arcade lined with nine discerning boutiques.
When: Early 2023
Why We're Excited: The first city hotel from Maisons Pariente, the family-run hoteliers who create charming hotels in popular French destinations, is in the always-chic Marais near Hôtel de Ville. Martin Brudnizki continues to dominate the global hotel design scene, here transforming historic buildings into 61 stylish rooms and suites with decor that transports guests back in time. Also alluring will be a striking swimming pool and an underground bar.
Where: Capri, Italy
Why We're Excited: Capri's first and oldest hotel will celebrate its 200th birthday with a seriously rejuvenating makeover by the discerning team at Oetker Collection. And they invited an impressive gang to throw the party: Designer Francis Sultana is working with Italian artisans on 50 rooms and suites; Michelin-starred local chef Gennaro Esposito is overseeing the eateries. Located just off the Piazzetta at the center of the island, the hotel will have a spa, rooftop restaurant, pool deck, and boutiques on site. La Palma Beach Club in Marina Piccola, might rival La Fontelina as the hard-to-score reservation on the island.
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Why We're Excited: The heritage of the former Overseas League, a home away from home for Scottish explorers of yore, is the inspiration for this 30-room Red Carnation hotel with a focus on extraordinary service (with a 2-to-1 staff ratio, the working theme is “anything, anytime”). The Explorers Club will showcase wholly Scottish experiences to guests through design, food, and some of the world’s rarest libations. Expect custom-made tartan, views of Edinburgh Castle, roaring fires, and a wee bit of liquid gold available anytime.
Feel-Good Factor: The hotel partners with two local charities year-round through fundraising and awareness initiatives.
Where: Algarve, Portugal
Why We’re Excited: In an effort to truly reflect the area in the design, the hotel will be styled like an “elegant low-density village,” with 76 stylish hotel digs and 65 residences, as well as dining experiences that showcase the area’s culinary delights. Surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills, citrus groves, and small farms, it’s going to be a treat to return to after a day of exciting explorations in culture and nature.
Château de Curzay
Where: Poitou-Charentes, France
Why We’re Excited: While online details are scarce (website to come), they had us at “Hotel Esencia.” Yes, one of our favorite hotels in the world is crossing the ocean, taking its laid-back aesthetic and refined sense of style from Mexico’s Riviera Maya to France’s Poitou-Charentes. Owner Kevin Wendle, an avowed Francophile, is doing a top-to-bottom restoration of the beautiful 18th-century baroque chateau nicknamed the “Le Petit Versailles of Poitou.” A location within a few hours of top destinations (Paris, Bordeaux, Loire Valley) make it easy to get to; 120 acres of forests and fields, an equestrian center, a wellness center, and secret gardens will make it hard to leave.
More Europe Openings
- The Peninsula Istanbul will debut 177 guest rooms and suites — and a slew of ne plus ultra luxurious offering and services — across four buildings (three historical landmarks from the early 1900s), an outdoor pool, and a boat dock in a garden-filled stretch along the Bosphorus. The resort is part of the revitalization of the Galataport civic and cultural center. (February)
- Virgin Hotels Glasgow, a cheeky 242-room hotel for a cheeky town, has the communal spaces that are becoming trademarks across the growing brand’s portfolio — Commons Club restaurant, Funny Library Coffee Shop — as well as a flexible co-working social space and a bar serving local whiskeys (when in Scotland…). (March)
- Lily of the Valley, Philippe Starck’s wellness destination in St. Tropez, has added Villa W to its offerings, a three-bedroom home surrounded by lush grounds, flanked by a large pool, and overlooking the Mediterranean coastline.
- Mandarin Oriental's busy European schedule kicked off with the September opening of lakefront beauty Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern in Switzerland. Mandarin Oriental Mayfair marks its second address in London, in the city's ritziest neighborhood (spring). Mandarin Oriental Costa Navarino will bring indoor-outdoor living to a hillside beach resort on the southwest coast of the Peloponnese in Greece (summer). And finally, Mandarin Oriental Vienna’s 151-room hotel and residences will be housed in an art nouveau building and courtyard and in easy strolling distance to the Imperial Palace, the state opera house, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral (late fall).
- One&Only Aesthesis will be an exciting option for beachfront glamor on the South Athens waterfront. The property is going for a sophisticated '70s vibe, with hyper local culinary programs, a Chenot Spa, and 400 rooms, suites, bungalows, apartments, and villas overlooking the gulf. (Winter)
- Bulgari Hotel Rome will be the jewel in the jewelry company’s home town, a 100-room restoration of a 1930s modernist building facing the Ara Pacis in central Rome. (Later this year)
Latin America + The Caribbean
Where: Panama City, Panama
Why We’re Excited:In the early 20th century, the grand hotel was Club Union, the place in Panama City to spot luminaries like Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, and Queen Elizabeth. In the early 21st century, the 159-room hotel wows with bright white French colonial architecture, modern design, a sweeping terrace, and waterfront views. Its location, within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is close to a Frank Gehry-designed museum dedicated to biodiversity as well as the newly restored Teatro Nacional. New direct flights from the U.S. and a new terminal at the Tocumen International Airport ensure easy access for business and leisure travelers. Bottom line: It's an exciting time to visit.
Where: Nassau, Bahamas
Why We’re Excited: Nassau hold great appeal for time-strapped East Coasters who want a tropical getaway that’s easy to get to. Less appealing, however, are the gargantuan resorts dotting the island. Bridging the gap between convenience and size is Goldwynn, a sleek and modern resort with 81 studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom options with kitchens and balconies overlooking the ocean or the golf course. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Goldwynn has a handful of dining and drinking options, including a MediterrAsian restaurant, a holistic spa featuring ancient therapies like abhyanga massage, and a 24-hour gym.
Where:Riviera Maya, Mexico
Why We're Excited: The resort that helped put the Riviera Maya on the jetsetter's map was looking a little tired. Which is not acceptable for an LVMH hotel. The storied hotel is coming back, having undergone an extensive and thoughtful renovation across its 200-acre jungle-meets-beach property. Exciting new features include ten waterfront suites, wellness treatments at Maroma Spa by Guerlain (their beauty brand's first Latin America spa), sustainable and local culinary offerings, and design infused with artisanal Mexican craftsmanship.
Why We’re Excited: A stunner of a Caribbean debut, the new tropical resort (15 minutes from the airport) is laid out like a village across 38 acres on the southern part of the island. Fifty-six guest rooms, villas, and residences are designed with sustainability at the core. The Great House includes a conservatory, bakery, and beach dining room; the spa overlooks a lagoon; there’s a swim-up bar at the pool; and guests have direct access to two beautiful beaches.
Feel-Good Factor: La Sagesse will operate on a plastic-free and self-sufficient basis, with kitchen gardens providing much of the resort’s produce and a worldwide water initiative that sidesteps the use of millions of plastic bottles annually. Guests are encouraged to visit the Six Senses Earth Lab for workshops and lessons about their footprint in the natural world.
More Latin America Openings
- Four Seasons Naviva in Punta Mita, Mexico, consists of just 15 plush tents on 48 acres of forest overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The intimate, adults-only camp covers meals, beverages, snacks, and a spa treatment — and guests can fill in the rest of their time fostering personal growth through nature activities and cultural excursions. (January)
- Fasano Itaim is the second Fasano outpost in the city; this one in the business-y Bibi neighborhood is part of a large contemporary complex that will also have restaurants, cafes, bars, and residences. (January)
Hotel San Fernando in Mexico City's charming Condesa neighborhood is getting a Bunkhouse Group refresh. Locally crafted furniture, lighting, and textiles will brighten up eighteen rooms; a lively lobby bar and a guest-only rooftop will offer a design mix of utilitarian function, bold colors, and old-world style. (Spring)
- Banyan Tree Valle de Guadaloupe, in Baja California, Mexico, will be a Thai-inspired, 31-villa resort and the brand’s first sustainable winery. (October)
Where: Koh Yao Yai, Thailand
Why We’re Excited: Spacious beachfront pool villas, a spa, a beachfront restaurant (as expected), and an equally chic set of family suites to cater to kids and the people who mind them (bunk beds, sides, kids club, private playground). Nestled among mangroves, rubber plantations, and fishing villages, the very green island dots the very blue Phang Nga Bay, which offers fantastic water sports.
Feel-Good Factor: Anantara is committed to preserving nature and culture throughout Asia (where their hotels are located). In Thailand specifically, they are innovating on elephant welfare techniques and supporting the wellbeing of those wile and captive beauties.
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Why We’re Excited: Tokyo loves a fancy chain hotel, and there will be no cutting corners for the country’s first Bulgari, which will occupy the top seven floors of an ultra-skyscraper between Nihombashi and Ginza. In addition to 98 rooms, it will house Bulgari Bar, Il Ristorante, a ballroom, and a fireplace lounge with an outdoor terrace.
When: Late 2023
Where: Punakha Valley, Bhutan
Why We're Excited: For starters, Bhutan is one of the most magical places on Earth, a natural paradise of forests and mountains, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that it's not the easiest to access or visit. This lodge, &Beyond's first hotel in Asia, consists of six tents and two villas (one for couples, the other for families) on an orange orchard along a river in Punakha Valley, a lush and beautiful area of rice and chili farms and forests. The architectural style is traditional Bhutanese; the cuisine is a mix of Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese; and the surroundings are built for action (hiking, kayaking, fishing) and mindfulness (yoga, meditation, temple visits). Little wonder that this is where the Bhutanese royal family opts to spend their winters.
Feel-Good Factor: &Beyond's brand ethos is built on sustainability and conservation. That means little plastic and as much water and waste management as possible.
Why We're Excited: The always-a-good-time hotel chain is sure to make a splash when it debuts right off the famed Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping paradise. The property will be one of the few ground-up hotels in the neighborhood, embracing the city's "Green Plan 2030," striving for net-zero emissions and creating a sustainable and playful sanctuary for the city inclusive of 143 guest rooms, an outdoor infinity pool, restaurant, and bar.
More Asia Openings
- Bellustar Tokyo will open within Hotel Groove in Shinjuku's Tokyu Kabukicho Tower, one of the nation's largest skyscrapers. Along with minimalist Japanese rooms, there will be a fitness center, cinema, and food hall.(May)
- Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto will offer hotel guests a private onsen hot spring (Japan-style soaking is a must!) and a dinner/theater experience for classical dance and drama. (November/December)