From England to Turkey: Reviewing the cream of the crop in luxury stays that have opened up (so far) in 2023.
2023 is the year that things have finally started to catch a bit of a break following the long and arduous Covid-19 battle. With China opening back up, masks being primarily optional and flights resuming their pre-pandemic schedules, the tourism industry is not only back; it’s booming. This pent-up demand for travel and the world slowly catching up, is shaping 2023 up to be a year of extravagance and indulgence, and the hotel industry is responding accordingly. Without further a-due; here’s some of our favourite luxury stays that have opened so far in 2023.
Boys Hall (Kent, England)
Bringing cottage core to the forefront of luxury, Boys Hall is a not-so-quaint countryside manor surrounded by lush English gardens, which is just an hour’s train ride away from London. With a beautiful dining space decorated with true timber trusses, rustic suites and regal hang-out spaces, Boys Hall brings modernity to the recent pop-culture fascination for all things British.
Wayfinder Waikiki (Hawaii, USA)
Hawaii’s most prestigious beach, Waikiki, has a new luxury hotel contender. Wayfinder, the cool and hip 5-star hotel chain has recently opened up on the island, and was dubbed by Vogue as “the most beautiful hotel opening in 2023”. The decor takes cues from Hawaiian culture, and plays with pattern, colour and boldness to create a space which reflects the joyfulness of the island life to perfection.
The Peninsula (Istanbul, Turkey)
There’s a new Peninsula in town, and this one is quite an interesting one. Its interiors were designed by Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, the first ever woman to design a mosque, her designs exhibiting a delicate appreciation for heritage and elegance. The luxury stay spans across three buildings and includes a rooftop restaurant manned by Michelin starred Chef Fatih Tutak as well as incredible views of the Bosphorus.
Six Senses (Crans-Montana, Switzerland)
Whilst the 2023 ski season is almost over, the luxury of staying in the breathtaking Alps never gets old. Six Senses, which has previously launched residences in Ibiza, Rome, Austria and Iceland (amongst others, these guys are everywhere!), opened up in February 2023 a stay in Crans-Montana. Equipped with timber interiors to contrast the snowy mountaintops, the stay features indulging spa experiences right in the heart of Swiss nature.
Hotel Vermelho (Alentejo, Portugal)
Okay we might be cheating because Vermelho Hotel one isn’t open yet, but there’s no way it wouldn’t make it to the list (and it opens in April, so we’re almost there anyway). It was designed by Christian Louboutin himself, and features an impeccable touch of Portuguese culture mixed with Louboutin’s elegance.