These Are the Most Lux Hotel Brands in the World

Vacation like a VIP

Updated 04/26/18

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Dreaming of dazzling destinations (whether exotic islands, far-flung forests, or lively cities), sumptuous accommodations, impeccable service, indulgent amenities, and mouth-watering fare? When a five-star getaway is the goal, a handful of hotel brands stand heads above the rest.

Want to turn your VIP vacation fantasies into reality? The hospitality groups ahead promise unparalleled luxury.

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Six Senses

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Six Senses is synonymous with envy-inducing locales, sustainability, and a pioneering approach to wellness. Driven by a desire to make a positive impact on people and the planet, the company is a shining example of responsible tourism. Unforgettable encounters—ranging from Thai cooking classes in Koh Samui to vino-centric therapies in Douro Valley—foster connection and personal potential.

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Oetker Collection

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The Oetker Collection is an assemblage of individual hotels with a palpable sense of place. Each is distinguished by its inimitable atmosphere, yet all are united by an adherence to the highest ideals. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes reflects the inherent glamour and grace of the French Riviera, whereas Palácio Tangará exudes the unmistakable vivacity of São Paulo.

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Auberge Resorts Collection

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Why do travelers love Auberge Resorts? Where do we even start? Set apart by refined style, intimate size, and exceptional environments, the portfolio of boutique concepts truly captures the essence of curated sophistication. Devotees tout idyllic locations, captivating programs, and pampering spas as top reasons they return time and time again.

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Alila Hotels and Resorts

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Shepherded by the values of innovation, authenticity, and social responsibility, Alila offers a remarkable combination of scenic beauty, crafted luxury, leisure and adventure pursuits. An ever-expanding roster of envy-inducing hideaways certainly helps too. The fall 2017 debut of Alila Ventana Big Sur marked the first foray into the U.S. market.

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Spectacular settings, vibrant cultures, and uncompromising luxury are the inspiration for One&Only. From Los Cabos to Mauritius, each award-winning resort has a unique identity that comes to life through distinctive design and bespoke experiences. Consistent across the entire collection—which will soon feature two outposts in Rwanda: One&Only Gorilla’s Nest and Nyungwe House—is a commitment to personalized service and culinary excellence.

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Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

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Extraordinary landscapes and opulent accommodations are only part of the appeal. Oberoi is constantly striving to exceed its already exacting standards, pushing to be more thoughtful and attention at every turn. The staff has a seemingly preternatural ability to anticipate your every need. Adding to the allure is exquisite cuisine and exclusive privileges at each property.

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The Peninsula Hotels

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Established in 1928, The Peninsula boasts a lauded list of city escapes in Hong Kong (the flagship), Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris—with Istanbul, London and Yangon under development. A paradigm of superiority, its prestigious reputation is rooted in intuitive service, elegant environs, and posh comforts.

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Aman

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Thirty years ago, Aman (“peace”) began with Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand. Today, it has an awe-inspiring portfolio of 33 tranquil retreats, both remote and urban, that includes the newly opened Amanyangyun, an audacious conservation project in Shanghai, and Amanoi, the only hotel situated in Vietnam’s Núi Chúa National Park. All share an unwavering dedication to sustainability, privacy, and exploration.

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The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

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Over the past three decades, The Leela has expanded from a single stunner on the outskirts of Mumbai to nine luxuriously appointed landmarks across India. Guided by the ancient philosophy of “Atithi Devo Bhava, meaning “guest is God,” the goal isn’t simply to surpass expectations, but to make each stay more memorable and pleasurable than the last.

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

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It all started in 1979 with an ambition to create upscale, residential-style respites and Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. Fast forward a few decades and Rosewood is a global power-player with 22 properties in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Standouts include Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and the recently renovated Rosewood Bermuda. What’s next? Look out for Baha Mar and Hong Kong later this year.

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Montage Hotels & Resorts

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Beautiful backdrops, stunning aesthetics, and culinary cachet are cornerstones of Montage Hotels & Resorts. Another selling point is the wealth of wellness offerings—first-rate treatments, state-of-the-art facilities, and complimentary fitness classes. Bolstering its healthy living credentials is a partnership with leading holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque. Beginning this spring, you’ll be able to savor seasonal menus at all Montage locations.

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Rocco Forte Hotels

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It didn’t take long for Rocco Forte Hotels to make its mark. And now it’s hard to imagine a vacation without the characteristic refinement, sublime service, and warm ambiance we’ve come to expect from the likes of Verdura Resort in Sicily, The Balmoral in Edinburgh, and Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt. The heart of the brand is family; specifically four generations of hoteliers with hospitality coursing through their veins.

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Thompson Hotels

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Destination-centric design, standout amenities, and a practice of treating guests like residents, rather than travelers. That, in a nutshell, is the formula for success at Thompson Hotels—and it’s pretty darn foolproof. How else do you think the company converted finicky frequent flyers from all corners of the globe into die-hard fans?

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Belmond

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Unlike the many of the groups on the list, Belmond manages more than just lodgings. The collection comprises 47 timeless hotels, trains, and river cruises in 24 countries. So whether you want to relax on the white-sand beaches of Anguilla or snooze steps away from the mystifying temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Belmond can accommodate.

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