Crown Towers Sydney makes T+L’s “It List” for 2021

Travel + Leisure reveals 70+ best new and refurbished hotels of the year

Travel + Leisure has released its annual ‘It List’ of the best new hotels of the year, spotlighting 70-plus new and newly refurbished properties around the globe.

Just one property in the entire Australasia and South Pacific region made the cut – the newly opened six-star Crown Towers Sydney.

Selected by the editors of Travel + Leisure, the hotels on the 16th annual list provide experiences that aim to inspire wanderlust, offering travellers more reasons to make plans to get up and go, Travel + Leisure says.

Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure said, “It’s an honour to recognise each of these standout new properties that offer travellers 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.”

Crown Towers Sydney | Credit: George Apostolidis

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The hotels are located in 29 countries across six continents and 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.

Crown Towers Sydney

With 349 luxury hotel rooms and suites, Crown Towers Sydney guests are treated to unrivalled views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours with rooms offering perfectly framed waterfront and city skyline views. The interiors designed by firm, Meyer Davis, combine bespoke design features that effortlessly integrate Crown’s signature luxury with Sydney’s coastal landscape.

Designed to not only be one of the world’s best hotels, but also a world-class dining destination, guests can indulge at one of Crown Sydney’s eleven world-class restaurants and bars.

Crown Towers Sydney, Harbour Bridge King room | credit: George Apostolidis

Which hotels made the cut?

In addition to Crown Towers Sydney in Australia, the Travel + Leisure 2021 It List of best new hotels was comprised of the following properties;

Africa and the Middle East North America
Angama Safari Camp, Kenya Adero Scottsdale, Autograph Collection, Arizona
Arthaus Beirut Camp Sarika by Amangiri, Utah
Habitas Namibia Cara Hotel, Los Angeles
Jack’s Camp, Botswana The Chloe, New Orleans
Kruger Shalati, Kruger National Park, South Africa Círculo Mexicano, Mexico City
St. Regis Cairo Columns, New Orleans
Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania Commodore Perry Estate, Austin, Texas
Xigera Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana Edgartown Inn, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Emeline, Charleston, South Carolina
Asia Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, Mexico
Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Capella Bangkok Hew & Draw, Newfoundland, Canada
Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Hokkaido, Japan Hotel Kansas City, Missouri
Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, Japan Hotel Magdalena, Austin, Texas
The Johri at Lal Haveli, Jaipur, India Hotel Sin Nombre, Oaxaca, Mexico
The Leela Place Jaipur, India Hotel Ynez, Solvang, California
One&Only Desaru Coast, Desaru, Malaysia Lake House on Canandaigua, New York
The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon Life House Lower Highlands, Denver
Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho, Vietnam Life House Nantucket, Massachusetts
The Maker, Hudson, New York
Caribbean Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, Connecticut
Caerula Mar Club, Bahamas Miraval Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts
Eclipse at Half Moon, Jamaica Montage Healdsburg, California
Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, St. Bart’s The Newbury Boston
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands Nobu Chicago
One&Only Mandarina, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Central and South America Palmaïa, The House of Aïa, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Cielo Lodge, Costa Rica Palmaïa, The House of Aïa, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Six Senses Botanique, Brazil Paradero Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico
Riggs Washington DC
Europe The Rockaway Hotel, New York City
Four Seasons Hotel Madrid The Roundtree, Amagansett, New York
Galleria Vik, Milan Stables Inn, Paso Robles, California
Grand Universe Lucca, Italy Surety Hotel, Des Moines
La Réserve Eden au Lac, Zurich Urban Cowboy Catskills, New York
Les Sources de Cheverny, Loire Valley, France White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida
Loire Valley Lodges, Esvres-sur-Indre, France White Water Cambria, California
Maslina Resort, Stari Grad, Croatia Wylder Hotel Hope Valley, California
The Mayfair Townhouse, London Wander the Resort, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
The Pig – at Harlyn Bay, England
Villa Copenhagen, Denmark

To learn more about why each property is named to the Travel + Leisure 2021 It List, visit

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