23 best places to visit in 2023, according to Condé Nast Traveller

Further east, in the interior Chilcotin region of BC., Indigenous-owned and -operated Nemiah Valley Lodge will open for its first full season next June. The lodge marks the first tourism venture on Tsilhqot’in title lands after a landmark ruling awarded the First Nation rights to their traditional territory. In 2023, they’re adding a sweat lodge experience and kayaking on Chilko Lake – Canada’s highest-elevation freshwater lake – led by Tsilhqot’in cultural ambassadors from the local Xeni Gwet’in community.

Back on the coast, Klahoose Wilderness Resort is also new on the scene, with a focus on Klahoose First Nation culture and wildlife viewing in remote Desolation Sound. There’s also Tofino Wilderness Resort in Quait Bay on Vancouver Island, which will open under Ahousaht First Nation ownership in 2023. But Indigenous culture will also make its mark in the bustling heart of British Columbia: Salmon n’ Bannock, Vancouver’s only Indigenous restaurant, is opening Salmon n’ Bannock on the Fly at the Vancouver airport, the first Indigenous restaurant in a Canadian airport – and a welcome way to bookend a trip to the region. Chloe Berge

Central California Coast, USA

Go for: New wine country stays, standout tasting rooms and restaurants

New accommodations like The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection, are making the central California coast one of the state’s hippest food-and-wine-focused getaways – and there’s even more to come in 2023. 

Auberge Resorts Collection

A patchwork of laid-back beach towns, trail-laced redwood forests, and vineyards producing standout Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, the Central Coast has been on our radar for a while now. Yet, all at once, it seems the region’s lesser-known destinations are taking on cooler second lives. In the Santa Ynez Valley, cowboy towns like Los Alamos and Los Olivos float on the same intriguing whispers that Joshua Tree did a decade ago (known, but not too known). The valley has emerged as the hippest new getaway for Angelinos, with its mix of funky tasting rooms like disco ball-decorated Future Perfect Wines, casually chic restaurants such as seafood tavern Bar Le Côte, and new accommodations, most notably the Inn at Mattei’s Tavern. Auberge Resorts Collection recently resurrected the latter, a beloved 19th-century landmark with a cabana-lined pool, a spa curated by New York City’s cult outfit The Well, and four restaurants, including a smokehouse that juxtaposes open-fire cooking and Shanghainese flavours. One hour north, Paso Robles, has finally shed its serious oenophiles-only image. Tin City, an approachable collection of wineries and breweries set within an industrial market, feels reminiscent of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, and boasts San Luis Obispo County’s only Michelin-decorated restaurant, Six Test Kitchen. Next year, the revival whizzes at Nomada Group will reopen two historic hotels – Farmhouse Motel, a 1940s spot downtown, and River Lodge, set at the entrance of Route 46 minutes from top wineries. They’ve even made the unassuming frontier town of Pozo, 30 minutes from downtown, Insta-cool by recently reviving the Saloon, where Willie Nelson once played, and adding airstreams and glamping tents as crash pads. Jen Murphy

Galilee, Israel

Go for: Charming boutique hotels, vineyards, improved connectivity

Pereh Mountain Resort is one of several new boutique hotels to have recently opened in this part of Israel, drawing international tourists to the rural food and wine destination. 

Aya Ben Ezri

Perched atop a hill and surrounded by olive groves and orchards, the Pereh Mountain Resort underscores why Galilee has earned its nickname as the Tuscany of Israel. 

Aya Ben Ezri

For decades, food and wine aficionados from Tel Aviv have been making the windy drive north to Israel’s Galilee region, where the landscape unfolds into lush green hills and valleys. For locals, this fertile corner filled with fruit farms, organic dairies, and family-run wineries, has long been revered as Israel’s own Tuscany.

And now, international tourists are discovering the region’s bounty as well: a flurry of new boutique hotels have opened over the past year, including the Pereh Mountain Resort, perched atop a hill and surrounded by olive groves and orchards; and the Galei Kinneret, reborn with a kitchen led by celebrity chef Assaf Granit. At The Farmhouse, which also opened in 2021, guests sleep among vineyards, and after Watsu pool therapy and jeep tours, are invited to pair local wines with artisanal cheeses and local produce. Tiberias, the Galilee’s largest city, is also set for a facelift with a new promenade along the same shores where Jesus is said to have walked on water.

Kenya

Go for: City hotspots, island getaways and dazzling safari lodges

Take advantage of new openings in Nairobi and the Lamu archipelago, then check in to Angama Mara, a new lodge in Amboseli National Park opening in November 2023. 

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​​Kenya has long been a big draw for safari travellers, but there’s much more to see beyond the Masai Mara – and there are compelling new reasons to crisscross the country. While Nairobi was often relegated to one-night layovers en route to the bush, innovative new hotel concepts like The Social House Nairobi, which opened just before the pandemic, are beckoning visitors to linger awhile. The 83 sleek rooms are brimming with local products, like Kenyan coffee and toiletries, and the four restaurants and café are hot spots for Nairobi’s creative set to converge. Nairobi’s restaurant scene is also thriving, with creative kitchens like the farm-to-table Cultiva, the brainchild of Ecuadorian chef Ariel Moscardi, who fell in love with Nairobi during a short visit; he’s now at work on an experimental chef’s-table offshoot called Aya set to open next year. Plus, on the heels of opening her home to guests as the art-filled Eden Nairobi in 2021, designer Anna Trzebinski has now set her sights on the coast. She’s taken over three apartments in the beguiling island archipelago of Lamu, filled them with furniture and decor she designed, and will unveil them as Jannah Shela in 2023. With gorgeous indoor-outdoor spaces and a rooftop bar with the best views in Lamu, this is a chic hideaway for a new wave of travellers – both Kenyan and international. For those who can’t get enough of Angama Mara’s dazzling details, the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli brings its contemporary African design to Amboseli National Park further south, where 10 tented suites come with sweeping views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Sarah Khan

Memphis, Tennessee

Go for: New public spaces, restaurants and hotels that highlight the city’s heritage

The Memphian Hotel is an eye-catching marker of the city’s hotel boom – it’s just one of eight new properties opened in 2022. 

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The Memphian Hotel shines a light on the city’s heritage through design and cuisine, much like the city’s coolest new restaurants.

Sélavie Photography

Nashville claims a lot of national buzz, but the city of Memphis has been quietly reshaping itself to be the hottest destination in Tennessee. Over the past decade, its downtown has invested billions in revitalization projects – and now, visitors can begin reaping the benefits.