The Hottest Hotel Openings in 2023: Africa Edition


When it comes to travel trends, the times-they-are-a-changing — aren’t they always? — so why not embrace the latest and greatest in what the great wide world has to offer this year? We’ve compiled the hottest hotel openings from all across the globe, with the intent of not only broadening your horizons — why stay in a standard one-bedroom in Miami when you can book a beach resort in Egypt? — but also to induce your wanderlust. 

Some of these hotels opened only a few weeks ago, others are slated to debut later this year. Why not get a head start on crossing off your bucket list in the early months of 2023? New year, new you, new places to go, and people to see. Maybe you’ll discover a new country you love or a city you’d not yet considered — all from the comforts of a sleek, chic, hotel. (AirBnBs are so 2022). Room service, please!

Whether you’re interested in the grasslands of Kenya or the deserts of Morocco, the allure of Africa is never to be underestimated. But where to go, and when? There are 54 nations across the African continent and endless opportunities for adventure, culture, and exploration. To narrow down your search, we’ve highlighted seven of the most exciting hotel openings in Africa in 2023. From beach resorts in Egypt to luxury tents in Tanzania, there’s no shortage of diversity on this list. Read on for where to book your next African vacation — adventure awaits. 

Serry Beach Resort in Hurghada, Egypt - January 2023

Outdoor pool at Serry Beach Resort

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Egyptian magic awaits upon the shores of the Red Sea at Serry Beach Resort, which opened just last month in January 2023. One of the Preferred Hotel Group’s newest luxury properties, the resort reflects its Egyptian-Arabian heritage with a souk-like ambiance in which the intricate, spacious interiors open up to the glorious North African seaside views beyond. Food halls, mezze lounges, and speakeasies await the adventurous traveler.

Angama Amboseli in Lolgorien, Kenya - November 2023

A lone tree in Kimana Sanctuary

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If you’re searching for wide open spaces, look no further than Angama Amboseli, a 10-suite lodge set amongst 5,700 acres of East African wilderness in the Kimana Sanctuary. Set out on safari drives and picnics in the Maasai Mara and enjoy the majestic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, during sundowners around the fire pit. 

Nobu Hotel Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco - 2023

A patio at Nobu Hotel

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Marrakech us if you can at one of the most glamorous hotels in town. Hibernate in the Hivernage district of Marrakech for an ultra-lux retreat at Nobu Hotel’s latest luxury offering. Expect indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sumptuous spa, and the hotel group’s signature stylish interiors at Nobu Hotel Marrakech, located just outside the ancient city center. 

Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr in Rabat, Morocco - 2023

The courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel Rabat

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For travelers looking to venture further afield in Morocco — but still desire the reliable luxuries of one of the premier hotel groups in the world — then the soon-to-be-opened Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr is a mecca waiting to be discovered. The Four Seasons will unveil its latest Moroccan property later this year in a 19th-century palace located within the capital city of Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your days exploring the historic city or sunbathing on the beautiful beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

Kempinski Kitbong Hill in Tarangire, Tanzania - 2023

Patio and pool at Kempinski Kitbong Hill

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2023 is a major year for Kempinski Hotels in Tanzania, as the hotel group unveiled three new properties in the African nation in 2023. Kempinski Kitbong Hill will open its 75 suites and villas in the heart of Tarangire National Park. The elegant design will take inspiration from the beauty of its natural surroundings amongst the Baobab trees and sunsets of this iconic landscape. 

Msasa Lodge in Lake Manyara, Tanzania - 2023

Patio at Msasa Lodge

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Bird lovers should flock to Lake Manyara, where Kempinski Msasa Lodge will unveil 19 high-end tents for wildlife lovers later this year. The stylish accommodations will allow you to rough it in the wilderness without sacrificing comfort — expect private terraces, outdoor showers, and endless sightings of Black herons, Martial eagles, Glossy ibis, and many other birds of a tropical feather. 

Longosa Lodge in Serengeti, Tanzania - 2023

Hillside lodge at sunset

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There’s a reason the Serengeti is so famous — the absolutely incredible beauty of this World Heritage Site must simply be seen to be believed. And the best place to see it later this year will be the Kempinski Longosa Lodge, where you can enjoy the animal migration from the sustainability-minded comfort of your private suite. 

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