The 12 best luxury hotel chains in the world

Six Senses Samui
Six Senses ranks among top 12 luxury brands in the world, according to Luxury Travel Intelligence.
  • LTI — Luxury Travel Intelligence — recently released its latest ranking of the world's best luxury hotel brands.
  • LTI's extensive algorithm is based on 123 criteria. The company analyzed luxury hotel brands with 10 or more properties worldwide to find the 12 best.
  • The top spots included well-known names like Six Senses, Belmond, and Mandarin Oriental.
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While luxury travel destinations that look flawless on your Instagram feed can be underwhelming (or downright disappointing), some companies do successfully give wealthy travelers 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.

LTI's ranking (which focused only on brands with 10 or more properties) is based on 123 "touch points" relating to overall brand performance. The assessment process took place over the course of 12 months.

"It's all about a brand's ability to deliver: its passion, commitment, ethos and values, as well as the quality of its management and staff," LTI said in a release, adding that "continuing investment" in new and existing properties is another important factor.

LTI said that it decided not to adjust its typical ranking algorithm as a result of COVID-19, since "each brand's response is still unfolding."

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

12. Alila
Alila Purnama liveaboard yacht in Indonesia.
Alila's Purnama live-aboard yacht in Indonesia.

Alila scored 69.9%. It didn't make the top 12 in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

11. Peninsula
The Peninsula Beverley Hills   Royal Patio Suite
The Royal Patio Suite at The Peninsula Beverley Hills.

Peninsula scored 72.1%. It did not make the top 12 in LTI's 2019 ranking. 

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

10. COMO
COMO Uma Canggu
COMO Uma Canggu in Bali, Indonesia.

COMO scored 72.8%. It also placed 10th in LTI's 2019 ranking. 

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

9. St. Regis
The St Regis Tianjin, China
St. Regis Tianjin in China.

St. Regis scored 73.3% and also placed 9th in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

8. Four Seasons
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.

Four Seasons scored 74.5% and dropped from 3rd place in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

7. Rosewood
Rosewood Mayakoba
Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Rosewood scored 76% and also placed 7th in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

6. One&Only
One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town in South Africa.

One&Only scored 76.6% and moved up from 11th place in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

5. Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriential Jumeirah, Dubai
Mandarin Oriential in Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

Mandarin Oriental scored 78% and dropped from 2nd place in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

4. Belmond
Belmond Reid's Palace Madeira
Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira, Portugal.

Belmond scored 78.7% and dropped from 1st place in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

3. Auberge
Auberge Vanderbilt Grace
Auberge's The Vanderbilt in Newport, Rhode Island.

Auberge scored 79.3% and moved up from 5th place in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

2. Aman
Amanzoe
Amanzoe in Kranidi, Greece.

Aman scored 82.3% and also earned 2nd place in LTI's 2019 ranking.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

1. Six Senses
Six Senses Fiji Pool Villa
View of a pool villa and diving guests at Six Senses Fiji.

Six Senses scored 82.8% and moved up from the 8th place in LTI's 2019 ranking, taking the top spot in LTI's ranking for the first time.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

Other brands that didn't make the cut but ranked highly enough to be monitored throughout the upcoming year included (in alphabetical order): &Beyond, Anantara, Banyan Tree, Dorchester Collection, Fairmont, Firmdale, Jumeirah, Oberoi, Park Hyatt, Raffles, Ritz Carlton, Rocco Forte, Shangri-La, Soho House, Taj, and The Luxury Collection.
ritz carlton miami beach
Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

LTI's ranking only took into account brands with 10 or more properties. Those with less than 10 that still ranked highly according to LTI's algorithm included (in alphabetical order): Althoff Collection, Bulgari, Capella, Cheval Blanc, Maybourne, Montage, Nikki Beach, Oetker Collection, and Soneva.
montage beverly hills hotel
Montage Beverly Hills Hotel.

Source: Luxury Travel Intelligence

 

 

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