Forbes extends its reach with latest star rankings

A villa with a plunge pool at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, which earned a Five-Star ranking from Forbes Travel Guide.
Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

Forbes Travel Guide Wednesday unveiled its largest and most diverse list of star ratings in its 59-year history, adding 38 hotels, restaurants and spas in 20 new destinations to its top rankings.

With this year's awards, Forbes has ranked properties in 42 countries, up from the U.S., Canada, China, Singapore and England in 2014, according to Amanda Frasier, senior vice president of ratings.

And next year's list promises to be even larger as the company continues to add offices and inspectors around the world to fulfill its aggressive push to become the global leader for travel rankings.

For 2018, Frasier said, "we already have boots on the ground" in about a dozen new locations.

"We are also opening a brand-new continent," she said, noting the recent announcement of an office in Dubai "so we have inspectors now working their way through Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and Marrakesh."

The 2017 list includes 22 new Five-Star hotels, 76 new Four-Star hotels and 83 new hotels in its Recommended category.

There are a total of 1,464 ranked properties, with 175 hotels, 62 restaurants and 56 spas winning the top Five-Star Award.

Among the highlights:

 •   Bali emerged as a big luxury winner among new destinations this year, with three Five-Star Awards — Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan and the Villas at Ayana Resort Bali —  10 Four-Star hotels and three Recommended properties.

 • In Australia, Crown Towers Melbourne and The Darling Hotel in Sydney picked up that country's first Five-Star hotel honors.

 • Manila, Philippines, made its first showing with a pair of Five-Star hotels, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila and Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino.

  •  The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and the Wynn Macau each set a record, winning a total of six Five-Star awards for the hotel, spa and four restaurants.

  •  Eleven hotels took triple Five-Star honors for their hotel, restaurant and spa, including the the Banyan Tree Macau; the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; the Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia; the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego; the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; the Mandarin Oriental, Macau; the Mandarin Oriental, Miami; the Montage Laguna Beach, Calif.; the Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I; and the Wynn Las Vegas.

•    The Broadmoor, continued its run as the only property to have received the top ranking from both Forbes and ranking service AAA every year since the groups began their ratings.

AAA, which remains North America and Caribbean focused, released its list of winners last month.


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