Bulgari Hotel Roma takes top spot on list of the world’s finest luxury hotels

A list of the world’s 15 ‘Most Luxurious Hotels’ in 2023 has been revealed by the members-only Luxury Travel Intelligence website, with the Top Three all being backed by designer brands. 

The list from Luxury Travel Intelligence is described as a guide for the “affluent traveller” and is a compilation of the swankiest and most glamourous hotels around the world.  

In the list, the Italian capital of Rome performs particularly well, with two of its address among the leaders, but there are also a good number of entries from the UK as well as two apiece for the Peninsula and Six Senses brands.  

The Peninsula Collection, with its Istanbul hotel pictured here and London’s Belgravia address, boasts two places on the LTI list. Photo supplied


The Bulgari Hotel Roma won first place on the list, with gushing reviews from LTI: “Having reported on luxury hotels and brands for over 12 years, we would never have envisaged that a renowned name in fine jewellery could surpass the world’s leading luxury hospitality operators to create the World’s Best New Luxury Hotel.”

The hotel only opened its doors in June, but immediately established a reputation for finesse. The brand is soon to open resort hotels in Los Angeles, Miami Beach and the Maldives. 

Next comes the Parisian 1, Place Vendôme, which is owned by Chopard and has just 15 rooms and suites. It is a true marvel in the heart of the City of Light for the traveller looking for privacy and exclusivity. 

Bulgari appears again in third with the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo. This opulent address opened in April to huge fanfare. Then comes the “elegantly appointed” Mandarin Oriental in Costa Narvino, Greece, followed by The Peninsula in Istanbul in fifth.  

The UK’s first entry is the Oxfordshire haven of Estelle Manor, which sits on a 60-acre country estate a stone’s throw from the Cotswolds. A 3,000m2 Roman-inspired bathhouse is soon to be built here! 

The glorious Estelle Manor estate. Photo supplied

The Six Senses in Rome takes seventh, ahead of The Raffles London at The OWO. The Raffles name is synonymous with exceptionality, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Located in the Old War Office (OWO), this historic building, with its grand staircase, transports visitors to a more elegant era whilst being entirely modern. The nine restaurants, three bars and Guerlain spa add to the heady mix. 

The Raffles London at The OWO makes its entry to the LTI list in eighth position. Photo supplied

Four Seasons The Pearl Qatar comes in ninth, followed by New York City’s The Fifth Avenue Hotel to round out the Top 10. One of the best-known streets in the world houses this “rich, romantic and colourful new property” that LTI’s reviewers say feels more like being in a home than a hotel. 

The remaining stunners on the list include COMO Metropolitan in Singapore, Six Senses Southern Dunes in Saudi Arabia, Sydney’s Capella, The Dolli in Athens and The Peninsula in London’s Belgravia neighbourhood.  

Fusing modern luxury with an Arabian aesthetic, Six Senses’ Southern Dunes has taken a worthy place on the LTI list. Photo supplied


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