One 12 months in the past we had been engaged on Condé Nast Traveler‘s annual Hot List problem as we anxiously watched this new sickness advance internationally like a storm entrance. A few weeks earlier than we needed to ship the journal off to the printers, our groups in New York and London had been despatched residence. There was one thing awkward, we acknowledged, about publishing a listing of the perfect new addresses in a second when everybody was abruptly sequestered of their properties; as we wrote on the time, “We all know that proper now you are most likely questioning when you’ll take your subsequent journey. If you do, although, we encourage you to make use of these distinctive openings and launches as your information. It is going to be well worth the wait.”
Properly, one lengthy unusual 12 months later we’re nonetheless at residence, although many people have traveled at the least somewhat bit. However as we bow a brand new version of the Sizzling Checklist—our twenty fifth!—I’m completely happy to say that the wait is reaching an finish. And this 12 months’s incarnation of the checklist is a testomony to the resilience and innovation of the journey trade as an entire, which has soldiered via adversity to open accommodations and debut merchandise, typically rejiggering them on the fly to maintain individuals protected and comfy. I say “the journey trade as an entire” as a result of whereas hotels at all times have been and at all times would be the soul of this checklist, this 12 months we have opted additionally to incorporate the brand new and notable from eating places, transportation suppliers, and locations, a nod to the truth that all the things is linked in journey, simply as it’s on the planet at giant. As well as, we have rounded up a few of the soon-to-be-launched tasks we’re most jazzed about within the the rest of 2021. And as for the brand new properties right here, you may discover a typical theme: in a technique or one other they’re all about making an attempt one thing new, flipping the script, discovering the nice within the dangerous. It is what we have all needed to do, however few have done it better than hotels.
Similar to final 12 months, spring has arrived in a glory of cherry and magnolia blossoms as we put the Sizzling Checklist problem to mattress. In 2020, although, spring felt like a merciless tease. In 2021, it feels prefer it comes with infinite potentialities.
This text appeared within the Could/June 2021 problem of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine here.