The scores are based on an overall brand performance instead of an individual property.
In 2019, Belmond was ranked number one, up three places from its fourth place positioning last year, swapping places with Aman. Mandarin Oriental was second, followed by Four Seasons.
Here are the top 12 luxury hotel brands for 2019
Ranking | Brand | Score | 2018 positioning
1. Belmond 83.1% (4)
2. Mandarin Oriental 81.4% (5)
3. Four Seasons 79.4% (7)
4. Aman 78.9% (1)
5. Oetker Collection 78.6% (2)
6. Auberge 76.8% (6)
7. Rosewood 76.1% (11)
8. Six Senses 74.3% (3)
9. St. Regis 73.1% (10)
10. COMO 71.4% (-)
11. One&Only 69.3% (9)
12. Anantara 67.1% (-)
Other brands that rated sufficiently to be monitored throughout the year are (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.
Brands that currently have less than ten properties, LTI’s minimum, but rate highly when the algorithm is applied are (in alphabetical order) – Bulgari, Capella, Cheval Blanc, Maybourne, Montage and Soneva.
Michael Crompton, Founder of LTI, said, “No other organisation connects with the global luxury hotel industry as LTI does. We are out there 365 days a year, with our researchers engaging with everyone from CEOs of the brands we have rated to hundreds of management, staff and guests.
“Primarily, this is all part of the process for creating our destination led reports for our members (affluent discerning travellers) but it also allows us to utilise our findings to create this unique report. Every year the process starts again – the results from previous years have no bearing on the following year. This will no doubt lead to some volatility in each year’s results (such as this year), but this is a dynamic sector and we want to reflect what is really happening out there,” Crompton concluded.
Arnaud Champenois, SVP, Marketing and Brand at Belmond said it was an honour to have taken the top spot in the LTI rankings this year.
“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. We are delighted that these defining attributes have been recognised by LTI. I am extremely proud of the entire Belmond team – it is their talent, dedication and personality that has enabled us to become a world-leading luxury travel brand,” Champenois said.
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