Singapore to San Miguel — 11 Stunning New Hotels Opening in 2023
From the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs to Dubai’s soaring Burj Al Arab, upscale hotels have always upheld high architectural standards. But with luxurious short-term rentals now offering a (literal) world of head-turning overnight options, the newest luxe lodgings are having to up their aesthetic games in order to compete. The winners here, of course, are globetrotters who appreciate the kind of high design on display at the 11 new hotels that follow.
Art’otel Battersea, London
Almost 50 years after being decommissioned, and less than a year after reopening as a major shopping, dining and entertainment destination, South West London’s iconic Battersea Power Station is now home to the 164-room Art’otel. The luxe property is set in Battersea Roof Gardens, a new 16-storey building designed by Foster + Partners that’s part of Electric Boulevard, a collection of homes, offices and a new pedestrian high street. The Art’otel’s rooftop bar, meanwhile, includes a heated infinity pool and hot tub from which to take in panoramic views of the British capital.
Bvlgari Hotel Rome
Steps from its flagship jewelry boutique in central Rome’s Campaign Marzio neighborhood, luxury brand Bvlgari is opening a new 100-room hotel in a monumental building designed by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo in the 1930s. Clad in traditional Roman materials such as Travertine marble and red brick, the hotel’s rationalist origins have been revamped by Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, which used large swaths of colour to emphasize existing flourishes such as a 70-square-meter Ferruccio Ferrazzi mosaic depicting the Roman foundation myth. The five-star property is also home to Il Ristorante, curated by Michelin-starred chef Niko Romito, and The Bvlgari Bar, both of which provide panoramic views of the Eternal City from the hotel’s top floor.
andBeyond Punakha River Lodge, Bhutan
Set on the banks of the Mo Chu River in the Punakha Valley, andBeyond’s first Asian lodge draws inspiration from its glorious natural surroundings. Its six tented suites are inventively suspended within a traditional Bhutanese timber structure, while a two-room Family Villa and one-bedroom Villa both come with private pools. A nearby suspension bridge leads over the river to scenic walking trails — should anyone want to leave.
The Ned Doha
Originally designed in the 1960s by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui, the former site of Doha’s Ministry of the Interior has been spectacularly revamped by David Chipperfield Architects of London. Spanning five floors and facing the Al Corniche Waterfront, the building is now fronted by water features, contemporary sculptures, and a striking pergola. All 90 rooms feature balconies offering views of the city or Arabian Gulf, with six restaurants and a rooftop spa on hand to nourish and pamper.
The Homestead, South Africa
Set as it is in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, the Homestead was designed by Dean Jay Architects to complement the surrounding natural landscape. Built using local ironstone, its central feature is an elevated 180-metre-long structure that connects to a natural escarpment and lake. The roof, meanwhile, is covered with the same grass growing in nearby grasslands. The 12 luxury lodges within the property, half of which include private infinity pools, are complemented by a spa, fitness centre, communal infinity pool, various dining venues, and meeting and event spaces.
Habitas San Miguel, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Situated amid hot springs and walking trails on the outskirts of this World Heritage Site, this new property’s 60 rooms are arranged around a gathering place called La Troje. Designed to host events ranging from concerts to weddings, the eye-catching “agora” can accommodate up to 700 guests. Enclosed in limestone, the 60 opulent guest rooms include private terraces and gardens. A stylish “beach club,” meanwhile, includes a second restaurant and dedicated wellness centre with natural swimming pools, hot springs, and a temazcal.
With a terracotta roof and colonial-style window shutters, the first three floors of Singapore’s 300-room Mondrian hotel provide both a contemporary take on the city-state’s iconic shophouses and the property’s toniest accommodations in loft suites. DP Architects’ strikingly modern tower houses the remaining guestrooms, along with a rooftop pool, restaurant and speakeasy bar with a hidden entrance. The hotel’s two sections are connected by a terrace with lush landscaping that befits the Garden City.
Cap Karoso, Sumba, Indonesia
The GFAB Architects team pays homage to the eye-catching cone-shaped roofs that adorn traditional Sumbanese villages with their work on this eco-conscious haven on the under-the-radar island of Sumba. Comprising 47 rooms, 20 villas, and a three-hectare farm, Kap Karoso is set on its namesake beach, which must be one of the world’s finest stretches of sand. Other hotel amenities include artist ateliers, a Kid’s Club, an open-air cinema, spa, gym and yoga platform.
One&Only Aesthesis, Athens
This 21-hectare beachfront estate is set in a 6-hectare forest reserve on the dramatic Glyfada seafront. The work of A6Architects beautifully blends mid-century elegance with inspiration from ancient mythology and local culture, with the 127-room hideaway also home to a decadent Chenot Spa.
Bowie House, Fort Worth, Texas
Anchoring a 30-block promenade of acclaimed museums, restaurants and boutiques, Bowie House brought in the architects at BOKA Powell to incorporate traditional Texan finishes and traces of Spanish architecture into a four-storey boutique hotel featuring 88 rooms, 18 suites, and a 2,250-square-foot signature suite. At grade, a colonnaded lobby adds a touch of traditional classical architecture and welcomes guests and locals alike with an array of places to gather and socialize. Dining options will include a signature restaurant facing a private garden with outdoor seating, a lobby bar and lounge, and a terrace bar. A barn-inspired spa, fitness center and outdoor pool and bar unfurl across a second-floor terrace completely ensconced in nature.
Raffles London at the OWO
Fans of the James Bond film franchise may recognize Raffles’s first hotel in the United Kingdom. After all, the architectural masterpiece it calls home — the “Old War Office” in London’s Whitehall neighbourhood — has appeared in Skyfall, Spectre, License to Kill, A View to a Kill, Octopussy, and most recently, No Time To Die. Along with 120 suites and 86 residences, Raffles at the OWO will feature nine restaurants, three bars, and a Guerlain spa.