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Travel + Leisure Announces The 2021 "It List" Of Best New Hotels

List Celebrates 73 of the Most Impressive Openings of the Past Year, Showcasing the Travel Industry's Resilience, Creativity and Hospitality in a Challenging Time 30 Hotels in the U.S. Make This Year's It List

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Travel + Leisure announces its annual It List of the best new hotels of the year, spotlighting the 73 most remarkable new and newly redone properties around the globe. Selected by the editors of Travel + Leisure, the hotels on this 16th annual list provide experiences that are sure to inspire wanderlust, offering travelers more reasons to make plans to get up and go.

The 2021 It List is featured in the May issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands now.

Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure, said, "It's an honor to recognize each of these standout new properties that offer travelers so much to look forward to. In a year when hotels were challenged to rethink their approach to just about everything, the industry forged ahead. Our list of properties spans the globe, showcasing resilience, determination and hope for the future. The 2021 It List is a reminder of so many of the joys of travel, and this latest crop of openings is as exciting as any we've seen in the 16 years of creating the It List."

The hotels are located in 29 countries across six continents and a represent a variety of styles from safari lodges and luxury beach resorts to chic city escapes, wellness retreats and getaways that offer easy access to nature. The It List includes 30 properties in the United States, including six in California and five across New York state, as well as in destinations such as Denver, Des Moines, Chicago, Boston, Scottsdale, Austin, New Orleans, Charleston, Palm Beach and more.

The Travel + Leisure 2021 It List of best new hotels, listed in alphabetical order by region, are as follows:

Africa and the Middle East

Angama Safari Camp, Kenya Arthaus Beirut Habitas Namibia Jack's Camp, Botswana Kruger Shalati, Kruger National Park, South Africa St. Regis Cairo Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania Xigera Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana


Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan Capella Bangkok Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Hokkaido, Japan Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, Japan The Johri at Lal Haveli, Jaipur, India The Leela Palace Jaipur, India One&Only Desaru Coast, Desaru, Malaysia The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon Zannier Hotels Bai San Hô, Vietnam


Crown Sydney


Caerula Mar Club, Bahamas Eclipse at Half Moon, Jamaica Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, St. Bart's Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands

Central and South America

Cielo Lodge, Costa Rica Six Senses Botanique, Brazil


Four Seasons Hotel Madrid Galleria Vik, Milan Grand Universe Lucca, Italy La Réserve Eden au Lac, Zurich Les Sources de Cheverny, Loire Valley, France Loire Valley Lodges, Esvres-sur-Indre, France Maslina Resort, Stari Grad, Croatia The Mayfair Townhouse, London Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Puglia, Italy The Pig - at Harlyn Bay, England Villa Copenhagen, Denmark

North America

Adero Scottsdale, Autograph Collection, Arizona Camp Sarika by Amangiri, Utah Cara Hotel, Los Angeles The Chloe, New Orleans Círculo Mexicano, Mexico City Columns, New Orleans Commodore Perry Estate, Austin, Texas Edgartown Inn, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Emeline, Charleston, South Carolina Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, Mexico Harbor View Hotel, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Hew & Draw, Newfoundland, Canada Hotel Kansas City, Missouri Hotel Magdalena, Austin, Texas Hotel Sin Nombre, Oaxaca, Mexico Hotel Ynez, Solvang, California Lake House on Canandaigua, New York Life House Lower Highlands, Denver Life House Nantucket, Massachusetts The Maker, Hudson, New York Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, Connecticut Miraval Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts Montage Healdsburg, California The Newbury Boston Nobu Chicago One&Only Mandarina, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico Palmaïa, The House of Aïa, Riviera Maya, Mexico Paradero Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico Riggs Washington DC The Rockaway Hotel, New York City The Roundtree, Amagansett, New York Stables Inn, Paso Robles, California Surety Hotel, Des Moines Urban Cowboy Catskills, New York White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida White Water Cambria, California Wylder Hotel Hope Valley, California Wander the Resort, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada

Beginning in early 2020, Travel + Leisure editors researched hundreds of new properties across the globe. Travel + Leisure sent contributors and editors to visit the top selections resulting in the 2021 It List. To learn more about why each property is named to the Travel + Leisure 2021 It List, visit

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