These are the world’s top 12 luxury hotels

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Science has proven that these luxury hotels are the world’s best. Source: Shutterstock.

TRIPADVISOR reviews and ratings on booking platforms such as and Expedia are great to sneak you little morsels of motivation when you’re struggling to decide on which hotel to book for a lush staycation.

But maybe sometimes it could be better to listen to the experts, who can help you make better decisions by using some sort of science.

Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), a members-only travel information group, is here to guarantee you luxury based on fact. And that is an algorithm-based list of the world’s top 12 luxury hotels.

LTI spent seven months creating the algorithm that analyzed hotels on the basis of 118 significant touch points.

The hotels were then scored with a maximum score of 4,20 possible points and ranked into a list of 12.

While no details about the algorithm were released, LTI founder Michael Crompton said, “The 118 touch points relate to the overall brand performance, rather than its individual properties. It is all about the brand’s ability to deliver: its passion, commitment, ethos, and values, as well as the quality of its management and staff.”

“Investment and how well it is executed is also a major factor, particularly in new properties and the refurbishment of existing ones.”

The world’s top 12 luxury hotels are:

Aman (3,587)

Oetker Collection (3,494)

Six Senses (3,438)

Belmond (3,399)

Mandarin Oriental (3,378)

Auberge (3,312)

Four Seasons (3,264)

Soho House (3,180)

One & Only (3,152)

St. Regis (3,058)

Rosewood (2,981)

The Luxury Collection (2,897)

Other hotels that currently have fewer than 10 properties but had a high score thus worth mentioning include Bulgari, Capella, Cheval Blanc, Montage, Maybourne, and Soneva.

LTI’s survey takes place annually, with the results announced every September.