Above the Gold Standard

August 13, 2013

We often associate gold with luxury. Throughout history, gold has been a part of royalty and something only the rich were able to wear. However, the world has changed and gold is worn by nearly everyone. Platinum has become the new standard and if you want to enjoy true luxury, The Platinum Circle of hotels, cruise lines and resorts will provide exactly what you desire.

Based on awards and reviews over the past five years, here are the top choices joining The Platinum Circle.

Four Seasons Whistler – Whistler, British Columbia

Luxury Hotel Four Seasons Whistler

Luxury Hotel Four Seasons Whistler – fourseasons.com

With an overall rating of 95.1, this hotel is one of the best you’ll find. Ratings for all categories exceeded 92 and activities received a 98.2.

Hotel Villa Gallici – Aix-En-Provence, France

An overall rating of 98.2 lands this hotel in the Platinum Circle. Hotel Villa Gallici received perfect 100 ratings for rooms, service and food.

One&Only Palmilla – Baja, Mexico

Luxury Hotel One&Only, Mexico

Luxury Hotel One&Only, Mexico – oneandonlyresorts.com

This resort came in with a 96.3 rating, which is more than respectable. Ratings in all categories were above 95 and the rooms received a high 97.2 rating.

Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

With a score of 94.3, Burj Al Arab is one of the top rated hotels in the world. The highest ratings were for the rooms and activities, with the food receiving the lowest rating of 88.7, which is still far above the standard.

Hotel Plaza Athenee – Paris, France


Scoring a 93.8, this hotel received very high ratings for the location and food. Without any activities, they didn’t score in this category.

Enchantment Resort – Sedona, Arizona

Sedona luxury hotel and resort - Enchantment Resort

Sedona luxury hotel and resort – Enchantment Resort – enchantmentresort.com

The highest rated resort in the United States with a 90.1, Enchantment scored high in all categories. The location received the highest rating and the food was the lowest with an 83.3.

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