The Welshman took over from Mauricio Pellegrino in March and helped the Saints survive in the top flight, subsequently earning himself a new three-year deal at St Mary's Stadium.
"We are really looking forward to the new season now and it is about building straight from the off, making sure we are ready to go, hit the ground running, all the old cliches - but they all apply," Hughes said in a video on Southampton's official Twitter feed.
"We have a group here that is talented, that has real potential and real growth in the group as well, because they are all still young in terms of years. They will all benefit from what we all went through last year. I think we will learn from that and be better again this year."
Hughes won three of his 10 games in charge, including a crucial clash at relegation rivals Swansea City in the penultimate match of the campaign.