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LBSI score: 8.1
Founded in 1960 by chairman and chief executive officer Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons has been expanding, opening hotels in major cities and resort destinations. The brand owns and operates 75 hotels worldwide, including locations in Florence, Tokyo, Houston and Buenos Aires. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa (left) is an exclusive destination that provides numerous amenities for children. More than 31 Four Seasons properties are under development.
10. ST. REGIS HOTELS AND RESORTS
LBSI score: 8.09
The history of this brand dates to the early 1900s, when Colonel John Jacob Astor IV built the original St. Regis New York. The legendary property is also the brand's flagship. Astor's mission in creating the St. Regis was to bring a feeling of old-world charm, service and hospitality to guests. Today, almost a century later, this objective has not changed. The company has grown to include properties such as The Lanesborough in London (left).
WALDORF-ASTORIA PHOTO BY JAMES LEYNSE/CORBIS
SOURCE: LUXURY INSTITUTE LLC’S LUXURY BRAND STATUS INDEX: MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOTEL BRANDS; over 800 female Respondents, whose MEDIAN NET WORTH was $1.1 MILlion AND AVERAGE AGE was 47, PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY