NewsDecember 10, 2019

Cheval Blanc, Soneva Jani, and Velaa among ‘The Perfect Ten: Decade’s Best New Luxury Hotels’

With 12 highly experienced and passionate researchers across the world, Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) determines the best ten new luxury hotels of the past decade featuring 3 Maldivian Resorts: Cheval Blanc Randheli, Soneva Jani and Velaa Private Island.

LTI is a global, members-only organization, providing digital reporting for affluent travelers who wish to make informed travel decisions, based on honest and highly detailed intelligence. LTI covers luxury hotels, restaurants, spas, and nightlife in granular detail.


LTI revealed that this has been an extraordinary ten years for the global luxury hotel sector, with constant development and huge ‘money is no object’ investment taking place, bringing the luxury traveler a vast choice of superb new properties and admittedly, some disastrous ones.

They stated, “It’s been a challenging project for the team at LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence, but after thorough consideration, we have determined ‘the perfect ten’. We could not possibly rank them against each other as they are all truly outstanding.

The perfect 10 in alphabetical order:

  1. Aman – Tokyo
  2. Cheval Blanc – Maldives
  3. Corinthia – London
  4. Kokomo Private Island – Fiji
  5. La Reserve – Paris
  6. Six Senses Zil Pasyon – Seychelles
  7. Soneva Jani – Maldives
  8. Song Saa – Cambodia
  9. The Silo – Cape Town
  10. Velaa – Maldives

Michael Crompton, Founder of LTI, comments: ‘The team at LTI is totally submerged in every aspect of luxury travel every day, yet even we are continually surprised and occasionally speechless at the level of excellence we find at particular properties. Of course, this makes an exercise such as this even more difficult to call, but having visited all of these exceptional properties, some several times, we are confident that of all the great new hotels and resorts we have seen over the past ten years, this is, without doubt, the perfect ten”