VIP arrivals: hottest hotels opening in June 2023

Here’s our exclusive editor’s pick of the hottest hotels opening – or re-emerging from renovation – in June 2023. In this round-up, we have selected VIP arrivals from New York, Greece, Italy, Portugal and more…

Render of indoor/outdoor bedroom in Indonesia hotel

In the wake of a busy show season following Salone del Mobile and Clerkenwell Design Week, June in the hotel design calendar is a month of renewal. For the European hospitality scene, it marks the start of a busy season – where new jewels can shine. For others in the world it is a chance to go back to the drawing boards to establish how to evolve meaningfully.

It is unwritten, but June has always felt like the opportunity for hotels to put their money where their mouth is – to open, or re-open, and show the world and their guests what they’re made of. We hope our selected VIP arrivals don’t disappoint in showing you what the hospitality industry has up its sleeves this month. So, here are what we believe are the hottest hotel openings that are anticipated in June 2023…

Pnoé Breathing Life, Crete

Dark, moody contemoporary design inside Signature Suite in Pnoé Breathing Life in Crete

Image credit: Pnoé

Hotel Designs is packing its bags ahead of the opening of Pnoé Breathing Life, Crete – we will be publishing the design exclusive review later this month.

Set on the northern coast of the island, the 60-suite hotel exists both in total privacy and as part of a wider community. All areas of the hotel – from lobby to spa –have been designed to reflect the island’s natural beauty, using subdued colour palettes and materials, such as wood and stone throughout to keep the design grounded. What’s more, each communal area has its own identity – from the warm earthy tones in the fine dining Thymises restaurant, to the lush greenery that adorns the Uranos Rooftop Bar.

The Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York

Lounge area inside The Fifth Avenue Hotel

Image credit: The Fifth Avenue Hotel

There may be some delay with the opening, but last time we checked The Fifth Avenue Hotel was expected to open its ruby-red doors in ‘spring 2023’. By our calculations, therefore, it’s time to get excited about this restored Gilded Age landmark that is slap-bang in the middle of Manhattan, New York. The hotel, which says on its website that it shares ‘the best of New York with the world’, will shelter 153 rooms that are intimate in mood and grand in gesture, designed with a personal touch using crafted creativity.


A render of laidback luxury interior design scheme inside The Rome EDITION

Image credit: EDITION Hotels

Many milestones have been reached with the upcoming opening of The Rome EDITION, perhaps the most significant among them, though, is that it will become The EDITION’s first Italian property. The 93-key hotel will shelter two penthouses, a rooftop terrace and a rooftop swimming pool.

At the corner of modern luxury and history, the hotel, located in the heart of the city, is housed within a historical striking building designed by Cesare Pascoletti in collaboration with architect Marcello Piacentini, one of Italy’s most famed architects of Rationalism in the early 20.

Martinhal Residences, Lisbon

A render of luxury modern interiors at aparthotel in Lisbon

Image credit: Martinal Residences

Recently opened, Marinhal Residences in Lisbon, nestled in the riverside Park of Nations neighbourhood, has emerged as a new hospitality experience for luxury travellers, with a design scheme that reflects that statement.

Inside, the elegant interiors at Martinhal Residences have been designed to the highest standard by Architect Eduardo Capinha Lopes, Romano Design & Epoca. The accommodation options, ranging from sophisticated studios to spacious three-bedroom apartments, offer chic living areas, some with tree-adorned balconies creating a dramatic counterpoint with modernity and biophilic design.

Throughout the property’s communal areas and restaurant and within the individual apartments, Martinhal showcases some of the best of Portugal’s creative arts scene including pieces by Kruella D’Enfer, Graça Paz, Pedro Batista, Vasco Águas and Tamara Alves as well special installations by Portuguese street art legend, Bordalo II.

Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, Greece

Pool overlooking ocean in greece wiht circle cut-out in architecture

Image credit: Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa

Designed to invite the outside in, Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa has arrived, refreshed and ready, just in time for the summer season. The rooms and suites effortlessly combine an array of volumes, materials, and textures, providing a sanctuary to switch off from the outside world, whilst the exterior pays homage to the island’s charming villages through its Cycladic design, clean lines and whitewashed walls.

Cap Karoso, Indonesia

Exterior render of hotel pool in Indonesia

Image credit: Cap Karoso

Sitting on the shores of a coral reed and surrounding by turquoise lagoons, Cap Karoso is a new luxury eco-hotel, which is the first property from new hoteliers Fabrice and Eve Ivara. The hotel project is steeped with consciousness. If rumours are to be believed, before project broke ground, the team sought the permission from 600 locals regarding ancestral approval, which was granted.

The design team consisted of Gary Fell (architecture) and Bitte Design Studio (design). The interior was created using locally sourced materials to inject sense of place in the suites and villas. What’s more, 50 per cent of the the hotel’s energy will come from solar panels, and around 80 per cent of its staff will be from the local area.

Main image credit: Cap Karoso