2020 hasn’t been an ideal year for planning vacations due to the deadly coronavirus. But to kick out the quarantine blues of the year, many of us are eager to make the best travel plans in 2021. And global travel research organisation, LTI- Luxury Travel Intelligence has just revealed the World’s Best Luxury Hotel Brands for 2020. This comprehensive list will assist you in picking up the best hotels for a lavish stay with top-notch amenities. The assessment process of these hotels took around 12 months and scores were assigned to the brands based on factors like the ability to deliver, dedication, passion, values, quality of management, etc. The top global luxury hotel brands are as follows:
For the first time, Six Senses has topped the list of the world’s best luxury hotels with 82.8 percent. The Bangkok based hotel chain has luxury stay facilities in Bali, Vietnam, China, Turkey, Thailand, China, the Maldives and many other places. To keep us engaged during the trying times of the pandemic, their in-resort experts have also been organising virtual classes, giving professional tips on home-spa, anti-ageing, spiritual wellness, etc. Also, Six Senses Fort Barwara is set to open in Rajasthan in 2021.
In terms of score, Aman is behind Six Senses only by 0.5 percent. The Singapore-based luxury hotel group, Aman Resorts International, has swanky properties around 32 destinations in 20 countries. Popular hotels from Aman include Amanera in Playa Grande, Amanpuri in Phuket, Amanoi in Vietnam and Amanpulo in the Philippines.
The third best luxury hotel chain of 2020 is Auberge with 79.3 percent. Auberge has luxury hotels, resorts and vacation homes across Mexico, Napa Valley, Greece, Aspen and Colorado, among many others. Be it an adventurous experience amid the mountains or a soothing retreat by the oceans, Auberge has properties for every kind of stay.
4. Belmond- 78.7%
Belmond. Ltd is a London-based hospitality and leisure company which owns nearly 35 luxury hotels, 3 cruises, 7 tourist trains and restaurants in 22 countries. It has properties in Italy, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, etc. In 2015, it had partnered with Irish Rail to launch the luxury train Belmond Grand Hibernian.
5. Mandarin Oriental-78%
Mandarin Oriental, the award-winning Hong Kong-based hotel group has 33 properties worldwide. The hotel chain has recently taken up the ‘We Care’ initiate to incorporate heightened measures of safety and hygiene into the luxury experiences. They are even providing personal protective kits ( PPEs) to all guests.
6. One&Only – 76.6%
One&Only Resorts bagged the 8th rank for ‘Favourite Hotel Operators’ in 2018 Telegraph Travel Awards (UK). Travel+Leisure (USA) also give the 5th rank to the hotel chain for ‘The World’s Best Hotel Brands’ in 2018. One&Only has nature resorts, beach resorts, urban resorts and private homes in Australia, South Africa, Mauritius, Rwanda, the Maldives, Malaysia and many more.
7. Rosewood- 76%
The international luxury hotel and resort company has 28 5-star residence-style hotels in 16 countries. Its hotels Rosewood Mayakoba, Rosewood San Miguel De Allende and Las Ventanas Al Paraiso bagged the 5-Diamonds Awards in AAA 2019 Diamond Awards. Six other hotels in the chain won the 4-Diamonds Awards. 15 of its properties were also recognised in Forbes Travel Guide: 2019 Star Ratings List.
8. Four Seasons-74.5%
The Canada-based international hotel group operates more than 100 hotels, picturesque resorts and private retreats worldwide. Four Seasons has luxury properties in Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai, Tianjin, the Maldives, Macao, Bora Bora, Koh Samui, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali, Hong Kong and many other places.
9. St Regis- 73.3%
Luxury hotel chain St Regis Hotels & Resorts is a part of Marriott International. John Jacob Astor IV had opened up the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City as early as 1904. Now, the 5-star hotel group has properties in the Maldives, Italy, China, Utah, Bora Bora and many more.
10. COMO -72.8%
COMO has luxury properties spread across Asia, America, Australia and Europe. Their hotels and residences incorporate state-of-the-art designs and amenities for an unparalleled dwelling experience. In Asia, COMO has two properties in the Maldives, two in Bhutan, three in Indonesia and two in Thailand.
11. Peninsula -72.1%
Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels operate this luxury hotel chain. The first Peninsula hotel was opened in 1928, which is now the oldest hotel in Hong Kong. The Peninsula Hotels now has properties in Manila, New York, Beijing, Bangkok, Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai and Beverly Hills.
12. Alilia -69.9%
Alila Hotels and Resorts is a part of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and has resorts in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, United States, China and Oman. Alila hotels in India include Alila Diwa Goa, Alila Fort Bishangarh and The Diwa Club by Alila, Goa.
A ravishing stay in one of these posh properties is definitely going to be a therapy to the body and soul and an experience of a lifetime. You’ll come back from the trip, absolutely rejuvenated. Meanwhile, here’s a virtual tour through The Deltin in Daman: