CHESTER, U.K. — Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) has released its second-annual list of the world’s top luxury-hotel brands.

In order to generate the 12-brand list, LTI applies a rigorously defined algorithm that measures the performance and values of luxury-hotel brands. The algorithm, which was amended slightly for 2019, now encompasses 123 touch points relevant to the luxury hotel sector (up from 118). Each has its own weighted score value with a total maximum accumulative score of 4494.

The 123 touch points relate to overall brand performance, rather than the performance of individual properties. The ranking focuses on a brand’s ability to deliver its passion, commitment, ethos and values, as well as the quality of its management and staff. Continuing investment and how well it is executed is also a major factor, particularly in regard to new properties and the refurbishment of existing ones.

LTI’s ranking of the top-12 luxury-hotel brands is as follows (including previous rank):

  1. Belmond(4)
  2. Mandarin Oriental(5)
  3. Four Seasons(7)
  4. Aman(1)
  5. Oetker Collection (2)
  6. Auberge(6)
  7. Rosewood(11)
  8. Six Senses(3)
  9. St. Regis(10)
  10. COMO(-)
  11. One&Only (9)
  12. Anantara(-)

The company also identified high-scoring contenders that didn’t make this year’s list, including (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. Additionally, Bulgari, Capella, Cheval Blanc, Maybourne, Montage and Soneva were identified as brands that scored well using LTI’s algorithm, but did not meet the minimum number of properties.


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