- 1. Six Senses
- 2. Mandarin Oriental
- 3. Rosewood
- 4. Auberge
- 5. Aman
- 6. Oetker Collection
- 7. One And Only
- 8. Belmond
- 9. Four Seasons
- 10. Viceroy
- 11. Rocco Forte
- 12. COMO
- The World’s Best Luxury Brands Report
- Luxury Travel Intelligence
Rosewood Phnom PenhPhoto credit: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
The world’s best luxury hotel brands report named the top 12 luxury hotel brands in the world. The annual report from LTI (Luxury Travel Intelligence) isn’t just another world’s best list. It’s spent the past 12 months applying the perfect assessment process. It uses a rigorously defined algorithm that measures the performance and values of luxury hotel brands.
This year, the algorithm has 128 touch points relevant to the luxury hotel sector. The touch points relate to overall brand performance and not the performance of individual properties. The focus is on a brand’s ability to deliver its passion, commitment, ethos, and the quality of its management and staff.
Continuing investment and how it’s used is also a major factor, particularly for new properties and the refurbishment of existing ones.
Here are the world’s best luxury hotel brands according to LTI.
Six Senses Zighy Bay Mountain Resort in OmanPhoto credit: Mhar Delaben / Shutterstock.com
1. Six Senses
For the third year in a row, Six Senses has taken the top spot. LTI says, “We continue to be very impressed with Six Senses. It delivers an authentic blend of wellness, sustainability, warm hospitality, and crafted guest experiences.”
With 22 resorts across Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Brazil, Six Senses wants guests to feel the purpose behind their travel. Whether someone is a guest at one of the hotels or resorts, a residence owner, or enjoying one of the spas, the promise of being environmentally friendly and socially responsible is top of mind.
Six Senses London and Rome are due in 2023.
2. Mandarin Oriental
Taking the number two spot again this year, Mandarin Oriental operates 36 hotels and eight residences in 24 countries and territories, each reflecting the group’s oriental heritage, local culture, and unique design. It’s been a leader in luxury hospitality for more than 50 years, which began with its flagship property, The Mandarin, in 1963 in Hong Kong.
It has hotels and residences under development at this time.
Rosewood Phnom PenhPhoto credit: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Founded in 1979 in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages 29 one-of-a-kind luxury hotels, resorts, and residences in 17 countries with 24 new properties under development. Each property embraces the brand’s “A Sense of Place” philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture, and sensibilities.
Auberge Resorts Collections has 23 hotels, resorts, and 10 residences across the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe, with eight hotels coming soon. Each property is unique but all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through design, food, and spas.
View from the spa at Aman TokyoPhoto credit: Agent Wolf / Shutterstock.com
The name Aman comes from the Sanskrit-derived word for “peace.” The luxury hotel brand has spent more than three decades creating destinations for those seeking peace, seclusion, and appreciation of beauty. It has 34 hotels, resorts, and residential developments in 20 countries. 15 of these developments are close to or within Unesco-protected sites. Each reflects the cultural heritage of its destination through design, food, and personalized wellness and journeys. Nine projects have been announced.
6. Oetker Collection
The Oetker Collections’ tradition of European hospitality and genuine family spirit began in 1872 and has grown to 12 hotels and more than 150 private villas around the globe. Each property has a deep devotion to the local culture and community. It’s committed to sustainability and has hired corporate social responsibility teams at each hotel to carry out its objectives.
One&Only Royal Mirage in DubaiPhoto credit: Stanislav71 / Shutterstock.com
7. One And Only
One&Only has resorts and private homes all over the world, including Australia, Dubai, Greece, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Montana, Montenegro, Rwanda, and South Africa. From authentic cuisine to unique tailored excursions and spectacular spaces to simply “be,” One&Only has experiences for every traveler.
The Belmond collection includes one-of-a-kind hotels, trains, river barges, and safari lodges in destinations across the world. Each is unique with its own story to tell. A story that started in 1976 when it received the keys to the legendary Cipriani, a Belmond hotel in Venice.
Astir Palace in AthensPhoto credit: Ken Seet / Four Seasons
9. Four Seasons
Luxury is a meaningful sense of belonging to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. It opened its first hotel in 1961. Today, guests are welcomed at 50 properties on every continent except Antarctica with 124 hotels and resorts. Four Seasons is known for shopping, weddings, private retreats, meetings, and now private jets.
With destinations all over the globe, such as Los Cabos, St. Lucia, and Serbia, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts provides a unique collection catered to different lifestyles. They include the Icon Collection, the Lifestyle Series, and the Urban Retreats.
Viceroy will be opening its second European resort in Portugal in 2023.
Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, a Rocco Forte propertyPhoto credit: BrianPIrwin / Shutterstock.com
11. Rocco Forte
Making its debut on the list this year is Rocco Forte Hotels. Celebrating 25 years of operating in Europe, Luxury Travel Intelligence said, “They continue to demonstrate all that is good about being passionate hoteliers in the luxury sector.”
Rocco Forte is a British hotel group established in 1996. The 14 hotels are located in Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, and Russia.
COMO Hotel and Resorts is committed to extraordinary experiences for its guests. Properties are located in Australia, Bhutan, Fiji, Indonesia, Italy, Maldives, Thailand, Turks and Caicos, and the United Kingdom.
At exclusive properties at COMO Parrot Cay, COMO Point Yamu, and COMO Metropolitan London, there are a range of villas and serviced apartments for ownership and short and long-term rentals. At COMO Parrot Cay and COMO Point Yamu in Phuket, there is a range of villas to own.
The World’s Best Luxury Brands Report
Researchers with LTI engage with everyone from CEOs of the brands to thousands of management, staff, and guests. It’s part of the process for creating destination-led reports for its members — affluent, discerning travelers — but it also allows it to create this unique report. Every year the process starts again — so the results from previous years have no bearing on the following year.
Luxury Travel Intelligence
LTI is a global, members-only organization that provides digital, up-to-the-minute reporting for affluent travelers who wish to make informed travel decisionsbased on honest and detailed intelligence. It covers luxury hotels, restaurants, spas, and nightlife, in granular detail. It does not sell travel, have a booking engine, or carry advertising. Membership fees are its only revenue and LTI answers only to its members.