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From conscious resorts and intimate bungalows on unobstructed Mexican and Indonesian coastlines to properties revitalizing historic buildings across Europe, there’s a lot in the works for the year to come.


From conscious resorts and intimate bungalows on unobstructed Mexican and Indonesian coastlines to properties revitalizing historic buildings across Europe, there’s a lot in the works for the year to come.

Category: Worldwide - Industry economy - Hotel projects
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2022-11-02

Here we offer a sneak peek at the Design Hotels properties opening in the winter and spring of 2023.

Offering an intimate cluster of seven beach houses designed by acclaimed Indonesian architect Andra Martin in collaboration with Gregorius Supie Yolodi, Innit Lombok is set to open in early 2023.

Situated on a peninsula on the southeast side of the island—which is an easy 30-minute flight east from Bali—the two-bedroom standalone structures are a modern take on the traditional Lombok Lumbung-style house. Open-plan living and dining areas on the ground floor, with sand in place of flooring, give way to private bedrooms upstairs.

Throughout the homes are bespoke furnishings made by Indonesian designers from locally sourced natural materials like Lombok and Sumbawa woods, terrazzo, Lombok stones, rattan, and rattan skins. Food is also a primary part of the guest experience and the onsite restaurant Anakampung focuses on fresh seafood caught by locals and home-grown vegetables.

Also on Lombok, in the center of the island’s southern coast, is Somewhere Lombok, which will open in January 2023. The first project by sisters Claire and Valia Gontard, the property boasts 20 independent villas featuring private plunge pools and spectacular views with softly hued interiors.

The buildings have all been designed to lead eyes outwards, with floor-to-ceiling windows and minimalistic interior design. Natural materials like wood, local stone, and concrete abound, and all of the furniture and lighting have been custom-made in neutral tones by Indonesian suppliers and manufacturers.

The barefoot luxury vibes are rounded off by an infinity pool overlooking the bay of Are Guling, an in-house restaurant serving Indonesia fusion, and a serene spa.

Also opening in winter 2023 is The Cōmodo in Bad Gastein, Austria, designed by Piotr Wisniewski from weStudio. Reborn from the bones of an old clinic, the property translates mid-century modernism into a mountain escape. The 70 rooms and suites feature bold shapes and pops of color in an ode to the styles of the 1960s and 70s, while shades of rich wine and bottle-green create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Local materials like oak and pine offer a sense of timelessness, and the philosophy of the onsite spa is also steeped in the town’s own wellness history. Treatments are tailored to individual needs and performed using luxury Saint Charles products alongside the natural healing properties of Gastein’s thermal waters.

To regenerate from the inside out, the in-house restaurant follows a farm-to-table approach, and the bar menu is specially crafted to complement the cuisine.

Also housed in a former sanatorium is MANNA in Arcadia, Greece, set to open in March 2023.

The team at K-Studio is overseeing the renovation and design, with the aim of creating a 32-room hotel that celebrates serenity, purity, pleasure, and craftsmanship. A specific focus will be placed on wellbeing and nature, providing guests with a direct connection to the surrounding mountainous region of Peloponnese. In addition to guestrooms, the communal spaces will include a dining room, ritual room, bar, lounge, library, and spa with two treatment rooms.

January 2023 will also see the opening of Hotelito by MUSA, south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

The 13-bedroom hotel is an integral part of an inspired paradise rooted in intention, pleasure, and good design that is also home to private residences, organic farms, a beach club, pickle ball courts, and freshwater bio pool, plus workspaces, a recording studio and a media arts hub soon to come.

The hotel is located on a raw and unobstructed section of ocean coastline, although a walk through the property’s lush footprint reveals a serene saltwater lagoon on the opposite end. The MUSA community is a place where life, work, wellness, and pleasure coexist in effortless synergy; where modern and minimal architecture, with organic accents from hand-crafted, locally sourced, natural materials, pay homage to the heritage of the land and ground guest experiences in a connection to the landscape.

A focus will return to Indonesia in February 2023, this time on Sumba for the opening of the resort Cap Karoso. Named for the stunning beach on which it is located, the property will present a gateway into the tightly preserved culture and landscape of the island, which is a 50-minute flight east from Bali.

Contemporary design by Jakarta-based Bitte Design Studio will meld with regional heritage through an overarching visual language that references the local religion of Marapu, craft traditions, and culture. In-room accents will include hand-carved wooden headboards by local artisans and ikat wall hangings by Indonesian artist Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto.

A casual all-day Beach Club will serve family-inspired cuisine with a focus on local produce, while the Julang restaurant will be operated by international chefs visiting for short takeovers; both restaurants will have access to fresh produce grown at an onsite farm. The property will also host visiting artists and DJs throughout the year for one-of-a-kind exhibitions and music events.

Additional amenities include an open-air cinema, a pool with a bar, a kids’ club, a spa, a gym, and a yoga platform. Plus, at least 50 percent of the resort’s energy needs will be supplied by onsite solar panels.

Mamula Island, in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, will also have its grand opening in March 2023. Here, a long-abandoned 19th-century fortress on a previously uninhabited islet is being revitalized by architecture firm MCM London to create a sophisticated destination with historic and modern accommodations, a glass-covered courtyard, a memorial museum, an elegant spa, multiple restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, and a club for non-motorized watersports.

With bespoke furniture and an interior design concept by weStudio and Piotr Wisniewski, spaces will be infused with references to the surrounding region and cultural heritages.

Materials like local Cevsky stone, aged brass, solid oak, and breathable, organic textiles will draw from tradition while appearing modern and durable; artworks are being made specifically for the property by local artists; and the color palette will draw directly from the islet’s landscape, with earthy tones mixing with bright hues in contrasting harmony.

A holistic spa and wellbeing program, as well as a food and beverage concept led by French-Canadian chef Erica Archambault—who was previously the executive chef at the Parisian Michelin-starred restaurant Septime—will round out the property’s offerings.

Later in the year, we’ll head to Lisbon for the opening of The Curator Hotel in the historic district of Belém – Alcântara. More specifically, the property will be located within the Palace of the Counts of Ribeira Grande, which dates to the beginning of the 18th century, plus a newly built annex—both of which will also house the Museum of Contemporary Art Armando Martins, a new cultural project dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

While the museum will occupy the ground floor of the entire building, 44 rooms will be spread among the first through sixth floors of the palace, with an additional six studios in an independent wing and 14 rooms in the new building.

An onsite restaurant will be dedicated to local flavors and regional products and producers, while other amenities will include a garden, a small auditorium, and a desecrated chapel to host cultural programming with a focus on performing arts and literature.

2023 will also welcome Pnoēs Tinos, the first member of Design Hotels on the Greek island of Tinos. With Original Aristides Dallas—one of Greece’s most celebrated architects—at the helm of the project, this three-villa property will exemplify a contemporary and sophisticated interpretation of Cycladic traditions.

Architecturally, each villa will feature stone walls and lime-washed surfaces that play off minimal steel, wood details, and broad, airy openings. Private pools and fireplaces will offer cozy spaces to relax year-round, backdropped by interiors defined by local craftsmanship, bespoke furniture, earthy wooden décor, warm neutral hues, and natural fabrics.

Guests will also have access to onsite gardens, including an orchard, Mediterranean herb garden, tea garden with flowers to make infusions, and organic vegetable garden, while nearby are villages ripe for exploration and pristine beaches for relaxation. During a stay at Pnoēs Tinos, guests will be invited to regenerate and reconnect with all of Earth’s elements.

About Design Hotels

Design Hotels represents and markets a curated selection of over 300 independent hotels in more than 60 countries across the globe. More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories.

Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an "Original", someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture. Each "Original" stands for the individual, aesthetic and service-driven experience that his or her hotel provides.

In 2017, Design Hotels launched Further, a traveling laboratory for experiential hospitality that transforms hotels across the globe into temporal hubs of thematic exploration.

The mission behind Further aligns with the values of the future-facing Promad, a new generation of traveler embracing progressive travel and global nomadism.

First identified by Design Hotels in collaboration with leading futures consultancy The Future Laboratory, the purpose-driven, self-actualizing Promadic movement is set to shape the future of hospitality.

Founded by Claus Sendlinger in 1993, Design Hotels offers its members insightful travel industry knowledge, from market trend consultancy to international sales representation. The company has its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore. In 2019, Design Hotels joined forces with Marriott Bonvoy, enabling its member hotels to have both a greater and more selective reach while offering its Community the benefit of the industry’s leading loyalty program.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of nearly 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy, its highly-awarded travel program.

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