The galaxy keeps growing at Forbes Travel Guide

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Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

The Forbes Travel Guide appears to be making good on its quest to become the global authority on luxury.

The ratings group this week announced its annual Star Award Winners, which this year include a record 107 new five-star awards across 73 countries.

Forbes Travel Guide says this year's awards mark the most extensive global expansion in the guide's 62 -year history, with rankings in 16 new international markets, including Antigua, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Jordan, the Maldives, Mauritius, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, the Seychelles and South Africa.

Previously known as the Mobil Travel Guide, the Forbes Guide used to be smaller than fellow ratings agency AAA,  but the company in recent years has been focused on evolving its standards to meeting more modern definitions of luxury while also expanding its reach globally.

In 2015, the Forbes Guide awarded just 69 five-star awards to hotels. This year, it awarded 268 to hotels, 79 to restaurants and 85 to spas.

Among the destinations boasting properties with the top ranking for the first time are Antigua; Bora Bora; Cambodia; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; Doha; Fiji; Ireland; the Maldives; Mauritius; Monte Carlo; Moscow; Prague; St. Petersburg, Russia; the Seychelles; and Tahiti.

Four Seasons maintained its status as the brand with the most five-star hotels, with 11 more of its properties earning the top rating this year. The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Hotel Moscow and Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff in Johannesburg were among the additions in newly rated destinations.

London, meanwhile, emerged as the five-star capital city with 19 top hotels, including six additions: Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel; the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square; the Rosewood London; the Berkeley; and the Egerton House Hotel and the Milestone Hotel & Residences, which joined Hotel 41 to give Red Carnation hotels three five-star hotels in the city.

Other global markets with multiples five-star hotels include Macau and Paris with 13 each, New York with 10 and Hong Kong with eight.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., meanwhile, maintained its tenure as the longest-standing five-star hotel, winning its 60th consecutive award.

The Inn at Little Washington in Northern Virginia got its 32nd consecutive five-star rating, while 11 other hotels -- the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago; Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach in Florida; Four Seasons Hotel Boston; Four Seasons Hotel New York; the St. Regis New York; the Beverly Hills Hotel; the Peninsula Beverly Hills; the Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills; the Little Nell in Aspen, Colo.; the Point at Saranac Lake in New York; and Twin Farms in Barnard, Vt. -- have maintained their five-star rating for more than 20 years.

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