Here are the most exciting new hotel openings coming to Africa in 2023, ranging from sun-kissed city escapes to relaxing remote locations in the wilderness.
The Homestead - South Africa
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The Homestead will sit inside South Africa’s Nambiti Private Game Reserve, which is known as one of the best places in the world to see the Big Five.
The lodge will offer just 12 suites, each of which has been carefully designed to follow strict eco-conscious principles. As well as twice-daily game drives, guests can experience photography classes, stargazing and camping expeditions, or even just indulge in The Homestead’s luxurious amenities.
The Chedi El Gouna - Egypt
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The Chedi El Gouna is located on on Egypt’s Red Sea coast in the town of El Gouna. The sprawling beachfront property is comprised of 82 guestrooms with the minimalist, Asian-inspired style that The Chedi brand has become known for throughout the world.
Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira - Mozambique
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Situated on the private Island of Ilha Caldeira off the coast of Mozambique, Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira will offer 40 private pool villas with stunning oceanfront views of the pristine Indian Ocean, as well as sunrise and sunset views. The solar-powered resort will be located inside Africa’s largest marine reserve, where preservation and sustainable sensibilities will touch everything from the beaches and reefs to the signature fish-and-seafood restaurant onsite. The property will also feature a Banyan Tree branded spa and offer activities such as whale watching, snorkelling, kayaking, and more.
Ngorongoro Lodge - Tanzania
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While Ngorongoro Lodge is not a new hotel, the property has recently been refurbished and will reopen under the Meliá Hotels International name in 2023. Set within Tanzania’s Ngorongoro, a protected conservation area with the world’s largest concentration of The Big Five, sustainability has been at the heart of the refurb with a heavy focus on protecting and promoting local flora and fauna.
The hotel is also set to generate much of its own energy on-site and will have strict waste and energy management protocols in place. Accommodations will be spread across 52 rooms and suites, each of which will feature mesmerizing views across the crater.
The Ritz-Carlton - Morrocco
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The Ritz-Carlton in Tamuda Bay is a luxe coastal retreat in the Mediterranean where natural beauty and luxury comforts create an unmatched experience. The resort is part of an upscale enclave that celebrates indigenous design and natural beauty. Set along the sea, the resort features world-class luxury leisure amenities including luxury pool villas, a spa, several pools, a private beach club, a yachting and fishing marina, a small retail village, and an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. The aesthetic takes traditional Moroccan architecture as its inspiration, with villas and public spaces clustered around intimate courtyards that provide an overall feeling of privacy and exclusivity.