Muir Named in 2023 Best New Hotels


Muir Hotel in downtown Halifax has been named as one of the world’s best new hotels of 2023 by AFAR Magazine.

Since opening in December 2021, Muir has welcomed travellers to a refined, distinctly Nova Scotian experience. Muir sets a new standard for luxury inspired by the region’s rich cultural history, raw and physical beauty, and enduring character.

“Muir tells the story of who we are,” says Eugénie Jason, general manager, “from the expression of place found throughout Muir’s art and design to cuisine inspired by our land, people, and history, to our elevated East Coast hospitality and service.”

The 15 properties were selected and vetted by AFAR’s expert network of editors, writers, and travel advisors. Hotels were selected based on location, design, service, and how they benefit the community and connect guests with the local landscape.

“It means a great deal to be selected as one of AFAR’s best new hotels for 2023,” says Jason. “It allows us to extend an invitation to travellers from around the world interested in forging an authentic connection with our region.”

The top 10 includes:

    1. andBeyond Grumet — Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
    2. Buahan, A Banyan Tree Escape – Bali, Indonesia
    3. Coulibri Ridge — Petit Coulibri, Dominica
    4. Flockhill – Canterbury, New Zealand
    5. Habitas Alula — Ashar Valley, Saudi Arabia
    6. Hotel Chelsea – New York City, New York, USA
    7. Intercontinental Khao Yai Resort — Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
    8. Klahoose Wilderness Resort — British Columbia, Canada
    9. Muir Hotel — Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    10. Nayara Bocas Del Toro — Frangipani Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.


The list focuses on hotels that don’t just shine because of their stunning locations around the globe, but for their efforts to connect guests with “biodiverse landscapes.” What’s more, each hotel on the list is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and helping improve the communities they’re located within.

“AFAR’s audience is the most traveled and most conscientious in travel media,” says Greg Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of AFAR. “They are also the trendsetters, foreshadowing what average travelers will be doing in five years. This year’s Stay List is exceptional and indicates to me a bright future in travel. These new hotels are going to extraordinary lengths to provide great traveler experiences, support the local communities and protect the environment.”

The only other Canadian property on the 2023 list is the Klahoose Wilderness Resort, British Columbia.



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