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    The best new hotels to look out for in 2023
    Forts, safaris and Gilded Age hangouts: here are the most exciting new places you’ll want to stay at this year
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    From island forts to beachfront eco-getaways and revived legends, we’ve tracked down some of the best new hotel openings in 2023. Some leverage their storied locations while others are set to create legends on their own, though all promise stunning design, first-rate amenities and superlative service.

    Whether you’re looking to explore the world’s busiest capitals or unwind in seclusion, there’s something to suit every kind of traveller.

    Mamula Island

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    Credit: Mamula Island

    Mamula Island, Montenegro

    Opens: March 2023

    Among the most unique of the new hotels opening this year is a mysterious 19th century fort situated in Boka Bay which has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind place to stay. After painstaking and sympathetic restoration, this protected cultural and historical monument re-emerges as a bastion of hospitality in the Balkans. Working in harmony with the fortified stone walls that define the structure, the design across guest rooms, suites and amenities prioritises natural materials, plush textures and an overarching sense of minimalist calm. This tranquil destination is primed for the wellness-seeker, with a rooftop pool, spa, outdoor gym and running track, and plenty of numerous workshops and day trips to the mainland to join.

    A view of Janu Tokyo

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    Janu Tokyo

    Opens: Spring 2023

    The Aman lifestyle becomes a little more attainable this year, as the wellness-oriented luxury hotel brand launches one of the most eagerly awaited new hotels in Tokyo under its sister brand, Janu  . The jewel in the crown of the sophisticated new Azabudai Hills development, Janu is designed with the urban traveller in mind, and has easy links to popular areas like Shinjuku. It sits within a Japan’s tallest residential building and encompasses six restaurants and bars, a fitness centre and the expansive Janu Spa.

    Leavenworth covered in snow from above

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    Credit: The Homestead

    Credit: The Homestead

    The Homestead, South Africa

    Opens: Summer 2023

    This South African entry is set to shake up the safari lodge model, creating an experience that goes beyond catching a glimpse of the Big Five. Located in Nambiti Private Game Reserve, this contemporary eco-lodge is designed to blend into its surroundings and work in harmony with the natural environment, all while providing an ultra-luxury experience – from its service to its locally-sourced cuisine to its spa indulgences. Its 12 vibrant suites come with their own private decks and butlers, and there are daily game drives on offer for guests to see the abundant wildlife.

    Regent Hong Kong

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    Regent Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Opens: Spring 2023

    Hospitality icon Intercontinental Hong Kong – now rebranded as Regent Hong Kong - opens its doors this year with a sleek new look created by local star architect Chi Wing Lo. Situated on the edge of Victoria Harbour, it’s a short walk from landmarks such as the Avenue of Stars, K11 Musea and the Star Ferry pier. A stay here wouldn’t be complete without sampling the Cantonese fine dining of the revered Lai Ching Heen, among the Regent’s four restaurants reopening this year.

    Cap Karoso

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    Cap Karoso

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    Cap Karoso, Sumba, Indonesia

    Opens: February 2023

    Indonesian resort Cap Karoso combines beachfront luxury with eco-conscious design. An hour’s flight from Bali, the property is situated on Sumba island’s Karoso Beach, and boasts rooms and beach villas featuring contemporary Parisian and local Marapu design elements. With traditional villages and pristine shores nearby, it’s a fantastic starting point to explore Sumba’s ancient Marapu culture. In keeping with the rising push for sustainability in the region, its eco-initiatives include 50 per cent of its energy needs coming from solar power, a zero-waste Beach Club, and an onsite farm which grows ingredients for the resort’s menus while giving back to the community through farming skill programmes.

    Le Grand Mazarin

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    Le Grand Mazarin, Paris, France

    Opens: Spring 2023

    A decade after its arrival on the hospitality scene, Maison Pariente is set to open its first-ever Parisienne locale. With Le Grand Mazarin , the family-run French luxury hotel group puts down roots in the desirable Le Marais district. Each room’s design is sumptuous yet whimsical, pairing classically Parisian features with offbeat modern touches. As well as a hammam and swimming pool, there are two bars and a terraced restaurant at your disposal – perfect for retreating to after a day of sightseeing and shopping.

    The Fifth Avenue

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    Credit: The Fifth Avenue

    The Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York, US

    Opens: March 2023

    Gilded age glamour takes centre stage at The Fifth Avenue Hotel , set to open its doors this year. The hotel celebrates the property’s colourful history, especially that of its former proprietor, the Gilded Age socialite Charlotte Goodridge. Inside, you’ll be able to admire exquisite design, replete with starry art deco light fixtures, plush vintage furnishings, and a soft approach to playful colour palettes. True to the spirit of its former owner, the hotel aims to remain the destination for soirees, with a restaurant helmed by Andrew Carmellini and your pick of bars, from a dark wood speakeasy oozing with sensuality to a charming tearoom setting.

    Romeo Roma

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    Romeo Roma, Rome, Italy

    Opens: Summer 2023

    Architecture lovers will want to book in for a stay at this design-conscious hotel, sister to the acclaimed Romeo Hotel Naples . The original palatial structure dates back to the 1500s and once belonged to Italian nobility before it was transformed into a shrine to modern architecture designed with the sensual curvature its design team at Zaha Hadid Architect Studio is known for. Both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as numerous lounges and bars offer endless opportunities to recline, spritzer in hand. 

    The Inn at Mattei's Tavern

    Credit: The Inn at Mattei's Tavern / Auberge Resorts

    The Inn at Mattei's Tavern

    Credit: The Inn at Mattei's Tavern / Auberge Resorts

    The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Santa Barbara, US

    Opens: February 2023

    Cottagecore gets a Californian upgrade at Los Olivos’ newest resort: The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern . Building upon a storied history as a famed Prohibition meeting place and former 19th century stagecoach stop, Mattei’s Tavern enters a brand new chapter as a rustic wine country getaway surrounded by vineyards. From cocktails served at the stylish Saloon Bar to visits to nearby horse ranches and horse trough tubs for therapeutic bathing experiences, this is cowboy luxury done right.

    Peninsula London

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    Credit: Peninsula London

    Credit: Peninsula London

    Peninsula London

    Opens: Spring 2023

    Hong Kong’s homegrown icon, The Peninsula, will embark on one of its most ambitious and eagerly anticipated projects yet: a London property located opposite Buckingham Palace in Belgravia with views over Hyde Park Corner. No expense has been spared on The Peninsula London , resulting in a hotel designed for the world’s most discerning clientele, with peerless service and nods to British art and culture woven throughout its design. You’d be forgiven for not wanting to leave the hotel on your trip, as it will feature its own luxury shopping centre, restaurants and a spa, where you’ll find all the hotel’s signature treatments.

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