The 12 best luxury hotel brands in the world that every traveller should experience

Four SeasonsExterior shot of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla.

While luxury travel destinations that look flawless on your Instagram feed can be underwhelming (or downright disappointing), some companies do successfully give wealthy travellers the high-end experience they’re hoping for when they book a trip.

To that end, LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence (a members-only digital resource for all things luxury travel) recently released its annual ranking of the top luxury hotel brands in the world. Turns out, the consensus on which chains are the best of the best has shifted drastically since the company’s last list was released.

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LTI’s ranking (which focused only on brands with 10 or more properties) is based on 123 “touch points” across a multitude of areas, co-founder Michael Crompton told Business Insider.

The team of 12 researchers scored each brand on factors including staff and training, commitment to service levels, upkeep, refurbishment and new builds, marketing, the reservation processes, food and beverage standards, spa operations, and the quality of management and accessibility, among many others. The assessment process took place over the course of 12 months.

Here are the world’s best luxury hotel brands, ranked in ascending order.


12. Anantara

Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas/FacebookAnantara Angkor Resort in Cambodia.

Anantara scored 67.1%. It didn’t make the top 12 in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes hotels in: Portugal, Thailand, Vietnam


11. One&Only

One&Only ResortsOne&Only Palmilla.

One&Only scored 69.3% and dropped from the ninth place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Mauritius, Los Cabos, the Maldives


10. COMO

COMO Hotels and ResortsLoft Villa Private Sundeck at COMO Cocoa Island

COMO scored 71.4%. It didn’t make the top 12 in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Australia, Turks and Caicos, Indonesia


9. St. Regis

St. Regis/Marriott InternationalThe mural behind the The St. Regis Bar at The St. Regis Hong Kong.

St. Regis scored 73.1% and moved up from the 10th place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: China, Italy, Thailand


8. Six Senses

Six SensesSix Senses Laamu in the Maldives.

Six Senses scored 74.3% and dropped from the third place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Bhutan, Fiji, Singapore


7. Rosewood

Carlyle Hotel, Rosewood

Rosewood scored 76.1% and moved up from the 11th place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: USA, Cambodia, Myanmar


6. Auberge

Auberge Resorts CollectionAuberge du Soleil in Napa Valley.

Auberge scored 76.8% and remained in sixth place, where it also landed in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Mexico, Greece, Fiji


5. Oetker Collection

Château Saint-Martin & Spa/FacebookChâteau Saint-Martin & Spa.

Oetker Collection scored 78.6% and dropped from the second-place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Germany, France, UK


4. Aman

Aman/FacebookTurkish resort of Amanruya.

Aman scored 78.9% and dropped from the first place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Sri Lanka, Montenegro, Japan


3. Four Seasons

Christian Horan/Four SeasonsAbu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island.

Four Seasons scored 79.4% and moved up from the seventh-place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Argentina, Lebanon, Puerto Rico


2. Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin OrientalCanouan Lagoon Villa.

Mandarin Oriental scored 81.4% and moved up from the fifth-place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: China, Italy, Czech Republic


1. Belmond

BelmondBelmond Casa De Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Belmond scored 83.1% and moved up from the fourth place spot in LTI’s 2018 ranking.

Includes locations in: Anguilla, Ireland, Peru

Arnaud Champenois, the SVP of Marketing and Brand at Belmond, told Business Insider in a statement:

“For us, luxury travel means providing exciting, never-been-done experiences combined with genuine, highly-personalised service. We strive to continually re-imagine how people might travel and discover a destination, while celebrating the history and heritage of each place.”


Other brands that didn’t make the cut but ranked highly enough to be monitored throughout the upcoming year included (in alphabetical order): Alila, Banyan Tree, Dorchester Collection, Fairmont, Firmdale, Jumeirah, Oberoi, Park Hyatt, Peninsula, Raffles, Ritz Carlton, Rocco Forte, Shangri-La, Soho House and The Luxury Collection.

RafflesRaffles Seychelles.

Source: Travel Daily News


LTI’s ranking only took into account brands with 10 or more properties. Those with less than 10 that still ranked highly according to their algorithm included (in alphabetical order): Bulgari, Capella, Cheval Blanc, Maybourne, Montage, and Soneva.

Montage Deer Valley/FacebookMontage Deer Valley.

Source: Travel Daily News

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