The results are in: 2022 has been a banner year for luxury travel. Five-star hotels around the world hit record rates, with Caribbean luxury class properties hitting an average of $507.94 this summer versus $238.65 in 2019, per global hospitality data tracking firm STR. The demand for plush crashpads like these is propelling the pipeline for 2023; we’ve roamed the world looking for the best new properties on the horizon, culling down the list until we arrived at the 40 must-see spots. We’ve unearthed a raft of exciting new hotels, from two contrasting hideaways on the Med’s buzziest island to Africa’s newest buyout-primed lodge– we’ve even sneaked in a few cruise ships that might lure you to ditch a charter in favor of a voyage onboard.
Note that both opening dates and starting rates are subject to change.