From Paris with La Fantaisie to Cape Town’s only luxury mountain retreat, here’s a small sampling of some of the most exciting hotel openings in 2023.
Future Found Sanctuary by Time + TideCape Town, South Africa
Atop Cape Town’s Table Mountain is Future Found Sanctuary by Time + Tide, a remote estate set amidst one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. Future Found Sanctuary is Cape Town’s only luxury mountain retreat, located on the doorstep of the Constantia Winelands and a short drive from Kirstenbosch Gardens, Llandudno Beach and Chapman’s Peak Drive.
The property’s two private villas, Maison Noir and Ville Verte, are each filled with refined elemental design, curated furnishings, a respected collection of local art, and panoramic views. This wellness haven features a sensorium spa, a Technogym fitness center, a yoga studio, a sound healing studio, a natural cold plunge pool, heated pools and an extensive range of on-site services from massages to tai chi. Outdoor activities are offered in the nearby nature reserve, from hikes straight from the property to waterfalls in Table Mountain National Park, searching for seaweed at Cape Point and a private tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with Future Found’s horticulturist.
Hotel La PalmaCapri, Italy
In line with Oetker Collection’s mission to create meaningful connections in endearing places, the brand’s first Italian property will bring the island’s iconic dolce vita lifestyle to life in spring 2023. Hotel La Palma is conceived as a unique, elegant Mediterranean retreat on the legendary Italian island for the modern traveller. The original hotel on Capri will once again become the poshest address on the island for people who want to see and be seen. During the renovation, the number of rooms in the hotel will be drastically reduced from 80 to 50 rooms – including 18 suites – each with its own balcony or terrace.
The interior of the property is being transformed by Francis Sultana, a true maestro in the world of high-end interior design. In true Italian fashion, Hotel La Palma will also delight foodies, with Gennaro’s restaurant, bar and terrace, under the culinary direction of Chef Gennaro Esposito. Esposito is a real name in the region and has been running his own two-Michelin star restaurant, Torre del Saracino, for the past 23 years. A simple, stylish step back in time to 1950s Capri, Gennaro’s embraces the island’s timeless romance and serves unpretentious, authentic Italian fare. A short drive to the south coast of Capri, guests will discover Hotel La Palma’s elegant, yet bustling La Palma Beach Club in the Marina Piccola, home to the island’s most famous beaches and restaurants.
la fantasy, Paris, France
La Fantaisie will be the famous Swedish designer, Martin Brudnizki’s first entry into the Parisian hotel world. The fabulous design is centered around a spectacular courtyard garden that pays homage to the hotel’s location on Rue Cadet, named after the brothers – and master gardeners – Jacques and Jean Cadet who supplied the court with fruits and vegetables in the 16th century. Based on nature as its main inspiration, the color palette – consisting of soft green, warm yellow and coral accents – evokes the natural world and creates a calming and comfortable environment for all who enter. Thanks to the use of richly upholstered chairs, generous headboards and ornate walls and ceilings covered with floral wallpaper, guests are transported into a dream world.
La Fantaisie will be under the culinary direction of the remarkable Dominique Crenn – a creative French visionary, and for whom this will be her homecoming, who has spent her career in the US since the 1980s. Crenn is known for transforming California gastronomy to the point of becoming the first – and only – female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars in the United States. Her vision leaves no room for compromise, focusing entirely on local and sustainable produce, and her kitchen at La Fantaisie will adopt a zero plastic, zero waste philosophy. La Fantaisie opens its doors on Rue Cadet in the vibrant district of Faubourg-Montmartre, in the heart of the capital’s 9th arrondissement.