Have you noticed? Travel websites are awash with lists. At the risk of being branded ‘Followers’ (perish the thought) and in the interest of saving you the research, here’s Luxury Travel Intelligence’s edited list of The Best (and Worst) Hotels of 2015.
10. Gansevoort, Dominican Republic, Central America : wonderful location, superb accommodation, warm friendly service.
9. Six Senses, Douro Valley, Portugal : new management and a major makeover has created a magical experience and wonderful signature spa.
8. La Fiermontina, Puglia, Italy : just 16 rooms in a 17th century house have been transformed into a very special property within Lecce’s ancient stone walls.
7. Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur, India : owned by Jaipur’s royal family, this small, opulent palace of 15 suites and rooms is the ultimate luxury boutique hotel.
6. Temple House, Chengdu, China : from the same team who created Hong Kong’s Upper House and Beijing’s Opposite House, superb accommodation, innovative dining and great staff equals instant hit.
5. Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam : a wild mix of Italian-inspired colours and styles, impressive spa and fine dining options, this property has the ‘wow’ factor nailed.
4. Villa Rene Lalique, Alsace, France : just six suites owned by the crystal brand Lalique, expect low profile, high quality luxe coupled with an exceptional 20,000-bottle wine cellar. Now that’s impressive!
3. Aman, Tokyo, Japan : Aman’s first urban venture, a beautiful oasis has been created high above Tokyo’s skyline complete with spa, pool and spacious accommodation all imbued with Aman’s signature style.
2. Sant Francesc, Palma Mallorca, Spain : a boutique hotel in a boutique European city surrounded by high fashion boutiques, what’s not to like?
And (drum roll please) LTI’s Best new luxury hotel for 2015 is………………..
Mandarin Oriental – Marrakech, Morocco : 34 impressive villas set in 50 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, a world-class spa, multiple dining options and faultless service. What more need be said!
Taking the good with the bad, here’s LTI’s list of hotels they rate as The Worst….
6. Lanesborough, London : despite a huge spend on a major refurbishment, it seems that money can’t compensate for a poor location, in this case surrounded by multi-lane traffic coupled with surprisingly small rooms.
5. Edition, Miami Beach : poor service standards and staff attitude marked Edition down despite a good location and interesting leisure facilities.
4. Zaya Nurai, Abu Dhabi : see above.
3. St Regis, Mumbai : acknowledged by LTI as a rare slip-up, time will tell whether “a large number of issues” have been addressed. Perhaps one to avoid.
2. Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok, Mauritius : LTI members report poor service and that staff training needs addressing before Le Touessrok can reclaim premier luxury resort status.
And their Worst new hotel of 2015 is…………………..
Nobu, Manilla : it’s always questionable siting a prestige brand within a casino complex, particularly when the Nobu price tag is attached…..
Is there anything you’d like to add to the Best and Worst lists?
Tags: Aman, Central America, Chengdu, China, Dominican Republic, Douro Valley, Gansevoort, Ho Chi Minh City, India, Italy, Jaipur, Japan, La Fiermontina, Mandarin Oriental – Marrakech, Morocco, Palma Mallorca, Portugal, Puglia, Reverie Saigon, Sant Francesc, Six Senses, Spain, Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Temple House, Tokyo, Vietnam