Travel News, Launches, and Openings We’re Excited About: 2021 Hot List

Jessica Wong

This year’s annual Hot List of the best new hotels from around the world is a story of resilience. Despite enormous hardship in the travel industry, exceptional properties have continued to open across the globe (nearly a thousand last year in the U.S. alone). As always with this endeavor, each […]

This year’s annual Hot List of the best new hotels from around the world is a story of resilience. Despite enormous hardship in the travel industry, exceptional properties have continued to open across the globe (nearly a thousand last year in the U.S. alone). As always with this endeavor, each of the 69 picks on this year’s list was safely vetted by our international network of correspondents.  But as we’ve learned in the past year, everything is connected, which is why we’ve also expanded the scope of hot to include restaurants, transportation, and destinations, as well as more news we’re excited about set for later this year. In spite of it all, these imminent openings and launches are a success story all their own. We think they’re a pretty great way to mark the 25th anniversary of this list.

Click here to see the entire Hot List for 2021. 

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Cruise

  • Viking River CruisesViking Saigon will spirit passengers from Cambodia to Vietnam along the Mekong River
  • Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Venture will launch with a trip along Norway’s fjords
  • Two beats one: AmaWaterways is launching AmaLucia and AmaSiena along the Rhine
  • Crystal Endeavor will inaugurate the company’s intrepid Expedition Cruises
  • Uniworld’s S.S. Sphinx is setting sail on the Nile with Egyptian artwork
  • Virgin Voyages guarantees double trouble with Valiant Lady and Scarlet Lady
  • Ponant’s Le Commandant-Charcot will make waves as the first hybrid electric polar-exploration vessel
  • Silversea introduces Silver Dawn, its 10th ship
  • The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will debut the first of three stylish vessels

Culture

  • L.A.’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures gets ready for its close-up
  • Archaeological gold mine Grand Egyptian Museum is opening outside Cairo
  • Beijing’s 798 Cube Art Center will have works by Giacometti and Picasso
  • Renzo Piano takes Moscow’s GES-2 from disused power plant to arts hub
  • Paris’s Bourse de Commerce will reopen as a museum with pieces from François Pinault’s collection
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art will get new Frank Gehry–designed galleries
  • See relics from Caligula’s imperial pleasure garden at Rome’s Nymphaeum Museum of Piazza Vittorio
  • Oslo’s Munch Museum will be a scream

Transportation

  • Hop across the pond on JetBlue’s first transatlantic flights to London
  • Amtrak’s Acela Express fleet will be a quicker way to navigate the Northeast Corridor
  • Canada’s glass-domed Rocky Mountaineer train is headed to Colorado and Utah
  • All aboard: The visitor center at the reopened Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado will be the U.S.’s most sustainable high-altitude structure
  • Maui, wowie: United is launching a seasonal flight to the island from Newark, the only nonstop from the East Coast
  • Passengers in Jiaxing, China, will depart for Shanghai from Train Station in the Forest, surrounded by trees in the city center

Hotels

  • Plan for some winter sun on The St. Regis Bermuda Resort’s pristine white sand beaches
  • Capella Hotel Group debuts its latest brand with Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, including a James Turrell Skyspace
  • Escape to Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc’s ultra-private Villa Sainte-Anne
  • Aman New York might be the company’s crown jewel; good thing it’s in the Crown Building
  • Sustainably minded 1 Hotel is coming to Toronto, its first Canadian outpost
  • Rosewood São Paulo is taking shape, complete with a Jean Nouvel–designed vertical
  • garden tower
  • Book a night at Chateau de Primard, Catherine Deneuve’s former mansion in Normandy
  • Cool-kid brand Habitas is growing with an eco-friendly oasis on Mexico’s Lake Bacalar
  • Unwind on Rick Owens furniture at the pared-back Kalesma Mykonos
  • Six Senses will fan further across the globe, with openings in Ibiza, Rajasthan, and Israel
  • In Australia, Ace Hotel Sydney plans to open its doors in trendy Surry Hills
  • Beantown’s hotel scene is getting wicked sweet, thanks to the The Newbury Boston, and, fresh off a major reno, The Langham, Boston, welcoming guests back in style
  • Pharrell Williams’s Goodtime Hotel in Miami promises to let guests let loose
  • Adults-only resort-within-a-resort The Green O opens at Montana’s Paws Up Ranch
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