Aman Resorts is a retreat away from it all. It's not well known except to those who are into high end resorts and into something unique. My first brush with Aman Resorts was in Bali. It's not surprising since this resort is owned by a former Indonesian (now a Singaporean) and Adrian Zecha has 3 Aman resorts in Bali alone (specifically Aman Nusa Dua, Aman Kila & Aman Dari). I was at all 3 many years ago and had awesome views of the resorts, each with a different theme. My hope is that I will visit the new Aman Resorts in Bhutan soon! It's great to have something to look forward to :-)
The Ritz is famous no matter which country you go to. It's the best of the lot as long as the country has an establishment from the Ritz. Ritz Carlton has become the industry standard for its great hospitality service and is highly regarded by all travel magazines. My cousin had his wedding at the Ritz Carlton Jakarta and other than Jakarta, I've also stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Kuala Lumpur. Ritz Carlton Shanghai is just as great!
Four Seasons not only has good hotels in great locations, it also has in its stable great restaurants. Four Seasons is owned by the Canadian and has been ranked among the top by Zagat Survey & Travel + Leisure magazine. In recent years, Four Seasons has ventured into Spa and Resorts and has established some of the finest in Bali, Singapore, Las Vegas, Bora Bora, Maldives & Macau. Excellent group of hotels.
One of the best hotel chain owns by Starwood Group. The Luxury Collection is famous in Europe. Its top notched collection includes those of Hotel Bristol (Vienna), Hotel Imperial (Vienna), Hotel Kamp (Helsinki), Hotel Gritti Palace (Venice) & Hotel Grand Bretagne (Athens). I stayed in Hotel Grand Bretagne previously and I can attest to it; one fine collection!
Another Starwood brand of hotels. St. Regis is top notched chain with a name for equally top management and service. It has in house butler service which makes it very popular with the rich and the famous. St. Regis first hotel property was built in 1904 in Manhattan and its first resort is that of St. Regis Bora Bora. Award winning hotels from St. Regis are St. Regis Aspen Resort, St. Regis New York & St. Regis San Francisco.
As its name implies, Grand Hyatt is grand! Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. There are many Asians who love to host their weddings at the Grand Hyatt, including my friend who did so at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta and a cousin who had his at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. The Grand Hyatt in Jakarta and Hong Kong have some of the best rooms and exceptionally luxurious reception areas. I must say its one of the best hotels to have wedding at. Great environment and all.
My first Sofitel stay was either the Sofitel Sao Paolo or the Sofitel Hanoy. I like the Sofitel Sao Paolo but not Sofitel Hanoy for the fact that its bed is simply way too small! If I find it small, imagine a 6 or 7 foot man! Other than that, I do like service at the Sofitel and also its decors. Lovely hotel with a cosy feel to it. I especially enjoyed the awesome services of Sofitel Bora Bora in the French Polynesia.
I like W Hotels. It's hip and fun to stay in. Each one different from the other in terms of design and style. It has no uniform theme among all its hotels except for being chic and has the designer touch in everyone of them. W Chicago and W Hong Kong are truly nice. The price tag? Well, at least US$300!
Westin is famous for its service and precision. I find it a bit boring as almost all of them feels the same. Consistency in high end luxury accommodation is its theme and everything works. Best beds around too. It's one of the brands under the Starwood Group of Hotels. Award winning hotels are Westin Whistler Resort & Spa & Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa; The Westin Excelsior (Florence) & The Westin Palace (Madrid).
Some of Fairmont best resorts can be found around the Canadian Rockies. During the best months for a trip to the Rockies, Chateau Lake Louise doesn't come at a bargain. The price? At least C$400 a night & that's not even facing the lake! Is it worth it? It's difficult to say, depending on how much one has to spare and how much you are willing to pay to catch the different moods of the lake. It's a great hotel no doubt and the view of the lake is awesome. And waking up looking at how peaceful the lake can be in early morning, well, that's only a privilege reserved for the hotel guests! For golfers, Banff Springs Hotel is the hotel to be in, regardless of the price ;-)
Kempinski has in its stable a palace, the Kempinski Istanbul. The former Çırağan Palace had been converted to a luxury hotel and is one of the best in Kempinski chain. To see its glory, you need to go on a cruise traversing from Asia to Europe along the Bosphorus or you can reserved a room there for Euro 350. It'll be well worth it since it has one of the greatest views of the Bosphorus! I've previously stayed in Kempinski Dalian & Kempinski Ulan Bator and although the chain is now owned by the Thai, it was formerly owned by the Japanese.
Raffles Hotels began its operation in the world renowned Raffles Hotel in Singapore which is now managed and owned by the Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. Raffles Hotel in Singapore has guests from all walks of life but its most famous ones being Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Sofia of Spain, George H W Bush, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and many others. I've stayed in Raffles Beijing and also visited friend who stayed at the Raffles in Singapore. To be frank, it's not at the top of the luxury range as far as my experience goes, except that it has a lot of VIP on its lists of guest!