By Sarah Bruning
July 10, 2019
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To stand out in the increasingly crowded hospitality industry and earn travelers’ continued allegiance, hotel brands must maintain a consistently impeccable standard of service across all their locations. They must also continue to innovate and stay abreast of travelers’ needs and desires. The brands that manage to excel at this earn the trust (and, importantly, repeat business) of T+L’s readers, who show their appreciation each year through the World’s Best survey.

Every year, for the World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated hotel brands on their locations, rooms/facilities, food, service, and overall value.

This year, T+L readers championed quite a few chains with strong regional concentrations. Known for their elegant whimsy, Kit Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels — a set of ten properties located in New York and London — earned the No. 17 spot, while Inkaterra — which has seven locations throughout Peru — leapt onto the list at No. 3. “Each property was unique and very beautiful,” wrote one reader of the sustainable travel brand. “The Cuzco hotel is very romantic with lots of history, and the Machu Picchu property is in a natural setting surrounded by wildlife.” No. 5, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, which operates primarily in Portugal, stood out to T+L readers as being “excellent for both business and leisure.” Two India-based hotel brands — the No. 10 The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts, and No. 2 Oberoi Hotels & Resorts — each earned high praise for their opulence and personalized service.

Still, there’s something to be said for breadth, as large international hotel brands dominated the category. The “classic brand” and “legacy” of St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, which occupies the No. 25 spot, inspire loyalty among T+L readers, and just as devoted are the self-proclaimed Amanjunkies — no doubt eagerly awaiting the chain’s 2020 arrival in New York City — who swear the No. 15 company delivers an “unparalleled experience.”

But as wellness tourism continues to boom, this year’s No. 1 — a repeat winner and a leader in innovative well-being initiatives for the whole family — should come as little surprise. Read on to find out who the reigning champ is and which other brands T+L readers honored.

For more on how readers' scores are compiled, refer to our Methodology.

25. St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 90.03

More information: st-regis.marriott.com

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24. The Luxury Collection

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Score: 90.33

23. Rocco Forte Hotels

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Score: 90.61

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22. Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 90.65

More information: banyantree.com

21. Belmond

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Score: 90.69

More information: belmond.com/hotels

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20. Mandarin Oriental

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Score: 90.80

More information: mandarinoriental.com

19. Hyatt Ziva

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Score: 91.08

More information: hyatt.com/brands/all-inclusive

18. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 91.16

More information: rosewoodhotels.com

17. Firmdale Hotels

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Score: 91.33

More information: firmdalehotels.com

16. Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 91.47

More information: shangri-la.com

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15. Aman

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Score: 92.75

More information: aman.com

14. One&Only Resorts

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Score: 93.06

More information: oneandonlyresorts.com

13. Auberge Resorts Collection

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Score: 93.30

More information: aubergeresorts.com

12. The Peninsula Hotels

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Score: 93.32

More information: peninsula.com

11. COMO Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 93.33

More information: comohotels.com

10. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

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Score: 93.41

More information: theleela.com

9. Raffles Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 93.47

More information: raffles.com

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8. Sofitel Legend

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Score: 93.60

More information: sofitel.accorhotels.com

7. Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

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Score: 93.74

More information: anantara.com

6. Red Carnation Hotel Collection

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Score: 94.11

More information: redcarnationhotels.com

5. Montage Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 94.60

More information: montagehotels.com

4. Tivoli Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 94.75

More information: tivolihotels.com

3. Inkaterra Hotels

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Score: 94.84

More information: inkaterra.com

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2. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

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Score: 95.24

More information: oberoihotels.com

1. Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

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Score: 98.56

More information: sixsenses.com

“True pioneers in wellness,” as one reader described it, Six Senses delivers innovative treatments, best-in-class amenities, and dining experiences that are as indulgent as they are health-conscious. All of these aspects work in concert to help guests of all ages develop more mindful habits. Also impressive is what another reader touts as the brand’s “incredible commitment to sustainability.” There’s even a designated vice president who oversees initiatives devoted to that purpose, including replacing plastic water bottles with recyclable glass ones at all of the brand’s 17 properties. But perhaps what makes Six Senses’ diverse portfolio so consistently popular among T+L readers is what one fan described as “true emotional hospitality” — the kind of gracious, intuitive service that leaves each guest feeling special and seen.

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.