Travel + Leisure announces The 2021 It list of Best New Hotels – and Botswana’s Jack’s Camp, Xigera Safari Lodge make the cut

Xigera Lodge. Courtesy of Wilderness Safaris

The 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.

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 travellers more reasons to make plans to get up and go. The 2021 It List, which includes Botswana’s own Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi and Xigera Safari lodge in the Okavango Delta, is featured in the May issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands now and at

Jack’s Camp

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.”

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. 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. 

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

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