World’s top luxury hotels revealed
The world’s top-rated luxury hotels have been named by holidaymakers – where the five-star Palacio Nazarenas took first place.
The hotel, a former palace situated close to Machu Picchu in Peru, was at the very top of 900,000 hotel reviews.
Its 55 suites are set within a resort and spa, not far from Nazarenas Square and ideally placed for visits to the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, as well as the fortresses of Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuaman. A night at the Palacio will set you back upwards of £328, including a 24-hour butler service and an in-room boutique.
The Palacio’s nearest competitor arrived in second place smoothly, as if on rails. Well, not “as if”. The Belmond-operated Northern Belle was heavily praised by reviewers, offering thirties-style overnight journeys by train through Scotland and the Lakes.
The Caribbean resort of Jumby Bay was next. The 300-acre tropical island off the coast of Antigua can only be reached by boat, with the 18,000sq ft Lazy Lizard beachfront villa not the least of its attractions.
The list, compiled from 900,000 online reviews published in the past year, took into account 100 online travel agencies across the five continents, and 45 languages.
Next up in the list for global travellers was the Oberoi Vanyavilas, in India, perched on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
ReviewPro chief RJ Friedlander, said: “Ninety-two per cent of hotel guests are influenced by reviews. As luxury brands worldwide compete to deliver superior guest experiences, the insight provided by online reputation and social media analytics is key to their success.
“By analysing almost 900.000 online guest reviews published during 2013, 1,696 properties and 84 brands in five continents, we are aiming at providing a comprehensive report tracking which luxury hotels brands are doing the best job of earning rave reviews from their well-heeled guests.”