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Forbes Travel Guide Announces 2021 Star Awards

  • February 17, 2021

Forbes Travel Guide Announces 2021 Star Awards

Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, has unveiled its 2021 Star Awards, including a number of special accolades for individual workers and brands in the hospitality industry. All honorees are showcased on ForbesTravelGuide.com .

The 63rd annual list features 283 Five-Star, 576 Four-Star and 438 Recommended hotels; 73 Five-Star, 136 Four-Star and 77 Recommended restaurants; and 90 Five-Star and 200 Four-Star spas worldwide. These winners were inspected before the pandemic and when regional restrictions allowed the safe welcoming of guests. Here are some highlights from the 2021 honorees:

  • Tokyo added four hotels to its Five-Star roster: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu; The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, A Luxury Collection Hotel; The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo; and Takanawa Hanakohro. The city now boasts nine Five-Star hotels.
  • Five cities gained their first Five-Star hotel: Hilton Head (Montage Palmetto Bluff), Houston (The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston), Montreal (Four Seasons Hotel Montreal), Philadelphia (Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center) and Seattle (Four Seasons Hotel Seattle).
  • Los Cabos welcomed a trio of new Five-Star winners: Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection; Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection; as well as Auberge Spa Chileno Bay.
  • Bali picked up two first-time Five-Star hotels: The Mulia – Nusa Dua, Bali and The St. Regis Bali.
  • Scotland claimed its first Five-Star win with The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel.
  • In the United States, the states with the greatest number of Five-Star hotels include: California (20), New York (11), Florida (8), Nevada (6), Massachusetts (5) and Hawaii (5).
  • S. cities with the most Five-Star hotels include: New York (10), Beverly Hills (6), Las Vegas (6) and Miami (6).
  • Globally, the cities with the largest number of Five-Star hotels include: London (19), Macau (13), Paris (13), New York (10) and Tokyo (9).

The second annual Employee of the Year awards, sponsored by Frette, celebrate the exemplary staff members who stand out in their service of guests and co-workers:

Hotel Employee of the Year: Hisashi Sugimoto, master bartender, The Tokyo Station Hotel

The 80-year-old joined the Tokyo hotel in 1958 and invented many of the original cocktails that fill the menu at Bar Oak. Yet, his colleagues report that it’s his passion to make guests happy that keeps patrons returning after six decades.

Finalists: Manon Danois, housekeeping floor supervisor, Shangri-La Hotel Paris; John Goncalves, concierge, Hotel 41 in London; Ashley Lowry, recreation manager, Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida; Ricardo Silva Pereira, front office guest service agent, Le Grand Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Spa Employee of the Year: Najla Ceman, therapist, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

When the spa closed for nine months, the 20-year beauty veteran proactively became certified in numerous health-and-safety-related courses to ensure that she was prepared to meet the new demands upon reopening. But finding positivity in difficult times is a way of life for Ceman. When she left war-torn Bosnia 27 years ago, she had just started her first year of college. She recently has resumed her classes.

Finalists: Heriberto Peña, wellness ambassador, The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica; Phonthip Uppapong, senior spa trainer, The Oriental Spa, Bangkok; Denise Ward, attendant, The Lodge at Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Skana Spa in Verona, New York; and Hee Wei Feng, therapist, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

Restaurant Employee of the Year: Bruce Wong, supervisor, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel’s Cucina

Wong is known among the staff for going the extra mile when it comes to taking care of guests. But he pays the same attention to colleagues, regularly hosting workshops to enhance the team's confidence. He also dedicated time to obtain a level 3 certification in Wine & Spirit Education Trust, among other initiatives.

Finalists: Jorge Blas Vasquez, kitchen supervisor, Bristol Panama; Nathan Gillespie, commis waiter, Ashford Castle’s The Drawing Room in County Mayo, Ireland; Akeel Shah, restaurant director, SingleThread Farms Restaurant in Healdsburg, California; Jeremy Stulak, server, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass’ Kai Restaurant in Chandler, Arizona.

Hotel Instagram of the Year: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi (pictured)

Forbes Travel Guide’s editorial department determined five nominees from its highest-performing luxury hotel posts on FTG’s own Instagram account for 2020. Then FTG asked its readers and followers to select their favorite feed in an online survey. Thousands voted in the contest. The Maldives resort won for curating a feed that radiates personality, engages with followers and has an overall stunning aesthetic.

Finalists: Airelles Gordes, La Bastide in the French Riviera; Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico; Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort; and Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como.

To honor those who particularly shined during the pandemic, Forbes Travel Guide, the world-renowned expert in genuine Five-Star service, introduced the new Hospitality Stars of the Year awards, sponsored by Frette, in 2021:

Wellness Star: Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya, Mexico

This distinction recognizes a property that spearheaded an inspired wellness initiative, like a noteworthy food program, a fitness and health offering, or a focus on design and amenities that enhance wellbeing. Hotel Esencia introduced a unique new room category, Rooftop Wellness suites, that come with a Mirror virtual fitness trainer, a Peloton bicycle, a Technogym weight set, yoga mats and an aromatherapy steam shower. The innovative accommodations also embrace the jungle setting with rooftop terraces, outdoor showers, solariums and private pools.

Finalists: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort; One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos Resort; The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain; Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, California.

Philanthropic Star: The Berkeley, London

This award salutes a property that helped others who faced adversity in 2020, whether through an international campaign or a community-based effort. When COVID-19 forced The Berkeley to close, the hotel created The Berkeley 999 Drive Thru, serving 500 meals daily during the first lockdown to emergency services. An additional 250 meals a day were given to the elderly and more vulnerable in the community, in partnership with Westminster Council. In total, more than 50,000 meals were provided. Staff members, many of whom were furloughed, volunteered to serve food and were a beacon of positivity.

Finalists: Drake Bay Getaway Resort in Costa Rica; Ocean House Management Collection in Rhode Island; SingleThread Farms in Healdsburg, California; and The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

People First Star: Raffles Seychelles

This accolade is given to a hotel with an exceptional commitment to people and culture, including efforts related to improving staff health and happiness and overall support of the team’s mental wellbeing. When Raffles Seychelles was forced to close for several months, it saved team members’ jobs by reducing all salaries but continuing to provide housing and meals. Only 10 employees of 300 were not retained. When conditions improved, the hotel was able to pay a bonus to all employees.

Finalists: Acqualina Resort and Residences on the Beach in Miami, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Miami, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and Royal Mansour Marrakech.

Service Visionary Star: Ocean House Management Collection

This category spotlights a property or brand that implemented a notable reimagined process that improved the hotel experience for staff and guests. With the OH Well program, the Ocean House team rethought its services early in the pandemic, with input from Harvard University experts. Some initiatives included a mobile cart that did room-to-room delivery of cocktails and complimentary appetizers to re-create the bar experience, personalized picnics, culinary garden and winter igloo outdoor dining setups, and private culinary and wine classes and dinners.

Finalists: Kimpton La Peer Hotel in L.A.; One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos Resort; The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale; and The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.

Health Security Star: Hilton Luxury Brands, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria, Americas

In honor of the new Sharecare VERIFIED™ with Forbes Travel Guide health security platform, FTG recognizes a brand or property that took smart, proactive steps to enhance guest and employee health safety. In response to the pandemic, Waldorf Astoria and Conrad in the Americas swiftly developed luxury service manuals with detailed videos and illustrations to thoroughly describe the modified guest experience with safety in mind. The brand also created a robust cleanliness and disinfection program. Its VERIFIED™ hotels include Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, Conrad New York Downtown, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Finalists: Acqualina Resort and Residences on the Beach; Hotel Nikko San Francisco; The Murray, Hong Kong; Wynn Resorts Las Vegas.

Properties in Forbes Travel Guide’s worldwide collection were asked to submit nominations for these industry awards. FTG received hundreds of entries and narrowed each category to five finalists. An executive committee then chose the winners.

“In this unprecedented time for the travel industry, every persisting staff member at a hotel, restaurant and spa is a winner,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “But we also wanted to honor those hospitality workers who went above and beyond during the pandemic to aid their guests and colleagues. Our Employees of the Year and Hospitality Stars exemplify the best of our industry.”

To view the 2021 Star Award winners, visit ForbesTravelGuide.com .

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Forbes Travel Guide announces 2023 Star Award Winners

by Kathakali Nandi

February 16, 2023 - Categories: Hospitality News, Hotels: News,

Forbes Travel Guide, the independent global rating system for luxury hotels, spas and restaurants worldwide, has announced its latest Star Award winners . This year, the list includes the first-ever ocean cruise ratings.  

The 65 th annual list includes 360 five-star, 585 four-star and 433 recommended hotels; 79 five-star, 113 four-star and 67 recommended restaurants; and 119 five-star and 195 four-star spas globally. It features 48 new five-star hotels, 64 new four-star hotels and 45 new recommended properties. Many new countries — Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus and Tunisia — debuted in the awards winner list.  

Nine destinations — Athens (Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens), Capri (J.K. Place Capri), Kuwait (Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya), Shenzhen (Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen) and Lake Como (Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como) — welcomed their first five-star hotels.   

The Forbes Travel Guide released ocean cruise ratings with five ships for the first time. Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Flora and Celebrity Millennium won four-star awards, while Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Summit earned recommended honors. A second list of cruise line ratings will be announced later in the year.  

After four years of London maintaining its top spot as the destination with the most significant number of five-star hotels, Macau emerged as the new winner this year, with 22 luxury properties. After staying closed for the past three years, the erstwhile gambling capital added more new luxury properties this year than any other destination (Galaxy Hotel, Grand Lisboa Palace Macau, The Karl Lagerfeld, Londoner Court, The Londoner Hotel).  

The Maldives welcomed four new five-star hotels — Joali Being; Patina Maldives, Fari Islands; The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands; and Soneva Jani.   

Following a two-year renovation, the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore reclaimed its star ratings list with a five-star award.   

Nordic countries registered their first appearance on the list with four-star Hotel d’Angleterre Copenhagen and recommended winners Amerikalinjen (Oslo), Ett Hem (Stockholm) and Grand Hôtel Stockholm.  

Six destinations saw their first-ever five-star spa awards — Ireland (The Spa at Ashford Castle), Barbados (The Spa at Sandy Lane), Kuwait (Spa and Wellness Centre at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait Burj Alshaya), Madrid (The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Madrid), Mauritius (One&Only Le Saint Géran’s Wellness Spa) and Vancouver (Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim).  

AMERICAS REGION ACHIEVEMENTS  

Four Seasons Resort and Suites Napa Valley and Chateau Healdsburg in Sonoma, both in California, received five-star ratings. The Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod and The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia took first place on the East Coast. While The Boca Raton’s Beach Club and Spa Palmera took first place in Florida, the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago took first place in the Midwest. While The Boca Raton’s Beach Club and Spa Palmera took first place in Florida

The St. Regis Toronto won five stars in Canada, with Grand Velas Los Cabos and Zadun winning five stars in Mexico.  

Three new five-star properties were added in the Caribbean — Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and Rosewood Little Dix Bay.  

INSPECTION METHODS  

Forbes Travel Guides undercover expert auditors check into hotels and cruise ships as normal guests, eat at restaurants and use spa services. These examiners evaluate up to 900 standards, ranging from contemporary amenities to traditional elements such as décor and staff attention.  

Approximately 70% of a property’s rating is determined by its service, while the remaining 30% is determined by the standard and state of amenities and facilities.  

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Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its 2023 Star Awards, which this year feature ocean cruise ratings for the first time.

The 65th annual list features 360 Five-Star, 585 Four-Star and 433 Recommended hotels; 79 Five-Star, 113 Four-Star and 67 Recommended restaurants; as well as 119 Five-Star and 195 Four-Star spas worldwide

In Australia, the trio of ‘Five-Star’ Hotels from 2022 were repeated – Crown Towers Melbourne , Crown Towers Perth and The Darling Sydney . This year was the seventh consecutive year for The Darling Sydney, which was also the first, and remains the most-awarded recipient in New South Wales.

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The number of local Forbes -rated ‘Four-Star’ properties fell this year, awarded only to COMO The Treasury (Perth), Park Hyatt Melbourne and Park Hyatt Sydney .

Local hotels on Forbes’ ‘Recommended’ list were: Grand Hyatt Melbourne , InterContinental Sydney , The Langham Melbourne , Shangri-La Sydney and Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour .

The Darling Spa in Sydney and Crown Spa Perth were two of the three local ‘Spas’ highlighted, both scoring a 4-Star rating. The other was Crown Spa Sydney with a 5-Star rating, but the Barrangaroo-based luxury hotel missed out on either a Five- or Four Star rating.

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In New Zealand, the listings were identical to 2022, which were The Farm at Cape Kidnappers ,  Huka Lodge  and  The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (Four-Star) and Cordis Auckland  and  Delamore Lodge , Waiheke Island ‘Recommended’.

In Fiji, Dolphin Island was the only ‘Five-Star’, while Kokomo Private Island Fiji and Six Senses Fiji were both ‘Recommended’. Interestingly, Nanuku Resort Fiji dropped off the list this year. The Pacific Harbour-based luxury resort separated from the Auberge Resort Collection in late 2022. Fifteen Auberge properties in the US, Canada, and Mexico achieved Forbes’ star status in 2023.

Celebrity Cruises was the inaugural cruise line to make its way into the Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards within the new resorts at sea category. Five ships made the grade, including Celebrity Apex , Celebrity Flora and Celebrity Millennium , Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Summit. Forbes did state a second wave of cruise lines will be announced later this year, and even more in 2024.

More broadly, the hotel ratings expanded into new destinations, including Athens, Bodrum, Capri, Copenhagen, Cusco, Cyprus, Oslo, Sicily, Stockholm and Tunis.

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Nine destinations welcomed their first Five-Star hotel: Athens ( Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens ); Bodrum ( Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum ); Capri ( J.K. Place Capri ); Kuwait ( Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya ); Lake Como ( Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como ); Mallorca ( Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa ); Osaka ( The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka ); Riyadh ( Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre ; The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh ); and Shenzhen ( Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen ).

After four years of London claiming the most Five-Star hotels in the world, Macau is the new title holder with 22 top-rated properties. This year, Macau gained more new Five-Star hotels than any other destination (Galaxy Hotel, Grand Lisboa Palace Macau, The Karl Lagerfeld, Londoner Court, The Londoner Hotel).

After a two-year renovation, the legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore triumphantly returned to the Star Ratings list with a Five-Star award.

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Mallorca landed its debut Five-Star achievement for Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa . The property and new Five-Star Jumeirah Al Naseem (Dubai) join the iconic Burj Al Arab (Dubai) as the Jumeirah brand’s top-rated winners.

Nordic countries made their first showing on the list with Four-Star Hotel d’Angleterre Copenhagen and Recommended winners Amerikalinjen (Oslo), Ett Hem (Stockholm) and Grand Hôtel Stockholm.

“Travel is in an incredible position for continued growth, as people prioritise authentic, in-person experiences,” said Amanda Frasier, President of Ratings for Forbes Travel Guide . “The hotels, ocean cruises, restaurants and spas on our 2023 Star Rating list demonstrate an impressive commitment to creating memorable environments that nurture connection, joy and sense of place as we experience the world to its fullest.”

View Forbes Travel Guides ‘ Star Award winners for 2023 here .

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Best in sea: Five ships from this cruise line earn Forbes Travel Guide 2023 Star Awards

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Five Celebrity Cruises ships won Forbes Travel Guide 2023 Star Awards, marking the debut of ratings for ocean cruise ships.

The worldwide rating system for luxury hotels, spas and restaurants announced its 2023 winners on Wednesday, including ocean cruises for the first time. The winners are independently assessed by a team of inspectors.

"Forbes Travel Guide is thrilled to announce Celebrity ships as the world's first Star-Rated resorts at sea in the new ocean cruise category," CEO of Forbes Travel Guide Hermann Elger said in a news release . "Celebrity has delivered on Forbes Travel Guide's standards time and time again during meticulous incognito inspections – offering guests experiences that rival those at the very best land-based properties."

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The rating system will announce more cruise lines later in 2023, and inspections for next year's winners are already taking place, according to a separate news release .

Which Celebrity Cruises ships earned the rating?

Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Flora and Celebrity Millennium each earned four-star ratings, while Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Summit were designated as "recommended," according to the Forbes Travel Guide website .

"We always reach for the stars at Celebrity Cruises, whether it's in our exceptional level of service, our innovative ship design, or the highest quality of relaxed luxury experiences we provide onboard," Celebrity's president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said in the line's release. "To now be Star-rated multiple times over is such an incredible honor from the Forbes Travel Guide team. It's confirmation that with our resorts at sea, our guests truly sail on the world's best places to the world's best places."

What do the ratings mean?

Forbes Travel Guide rates winners in several different categories:

  • Five Star:  The highest rating, those with this designation are "outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities," according to the website.
  • Four-Star: Winners in this category are also "exceptional," according to the guide, with high-quality service and facilities.
  • Recommended: "These are excellent properties with consistently good service and facilities," Forbes Travel Guide said.

How does Forbes Travel Guide evaluate winners?

Inspectors visit each property anonymously to gauge the experience a guest might have, and Forbes Travel Guide pays for services the way a traveler would as well.

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"While we inspect both service and facility, our Star Rating system emphasizes service because your experience at a hotel, restaurant or spa goes beyond looks – how it makes you feel is what you will remember most," the rating system said on its website.

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Auberge resorts collection honored with twenty-two forbes travel guide 2022 star awards.

Auberge properties honored among the globe’s leading luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, with eleven properties earning the highest five-star rating

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (April 26, 2022) – Forbes Travel Guide, the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, today announced its 2022 Star Awards. Auberge Resorts Collection achieved a total of twenty-two awards on this year’s list, with eleven properties earning the highest Five-Star rating. In the hotel category, seven properties earned Five-Star Ratings and four properties earned Four-Star ratings. Additionally, one restaurant received a Five-Star rating; three restaurants received Four-Star ratings; one restaurant received a recommended rating; three spas received Five-Star ratings and three spas received Four-Star ratings. The honorees were selected by a team of professional inspectors who traveled the world to anonymously assess each hotel, restaurant and spa based on 900 objective standards that determined the coveted annual Star Ratings.

This year, T he Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection was honored for the first time, achieving Five-Stars for both the hotel and spa and Four-Stars for its signature restaurant, Yuta. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection also made its debut on this year’s list, achieving Four-Stars for the hotel. Following comprehensive renovations, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection and White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection were awarded Five-Star ratings for the first time ever, a testament to the brand’s continued investment in its existing properties.

The 2022 Star Awards also recognized several properties within the collection for another consecutive year of excellence. This includes Auberge du Soleil ’s ninth consecutive Five-Star rating; Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection’s seventh consecutive Five-Star rating; Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection’s sixth consecutive Five-Star rating and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection’s second consecutive Five-Star rating. At Four-Stars, Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection was honored for its eight consecutive years and Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection for its third consecutive year.

“This year’s Forbes Star Ratings are a true reflection of Auberge Resorts Collection’s passion for providing the best in luxury hospitality for our guests,” said Craig Reid, president and chief executive officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are honored to be classified with such high regard. Our team strives to create extraordinary experiences for travelers that are inspired by the magnificence of each destination and these awards further underscore the team’s success in creating one-of-a-kind journeys.”

Auberge Resorts Collection properties awarded in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2022 Star Awards include:

Five-Star Ratings:

  • Auberge du Soleil (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  • Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Madeline Hotel and Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection (Telluride, Colo.)
  • Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  • The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection (Park City, Utah)
  • White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection (Kennebunk, Maine)

Four-Star Ratings:

  • Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection (Blue Ridge Mountains, Virg.)
  • Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection (Austin, Texas)
  • Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection (Aspen, Colo.)
  • Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection (Washington, Conn.)

Along with the hotels and resorts recognized, five restaurants and six spas were distinguished as the top culinary and spa destinations in the world, including:

Five-Star Restaurant Rating:

  • White Barn Inn Restaurant at White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection (Kennebunk, Maine)

Four-Star Restaurant Ratings:

  • Solbar at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  • The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil (Napa Valley, CA)
  • Yuta at The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection (Park City, Utah),

Recommended Restaurant Rating:

  • Elements at Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection (Blue Ridge Mountains, VA)

Five-Star Spa Ratings:

  • The Auberge Spa at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Edge Spa at The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection (Park City, Utah)
  • The Spa at Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Four-Star Spa Ratings:

  • Auberge du Soleil Spa (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  • Spa Solage at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection (Napa Valley, Calif.)
  • THE WELL at Mayflower Inn (Washington, Conn.)

Auberge Resorts Collection will introduce four new hotels this year that will strive to offer the same caliber of exception hospitality, including Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection (Napa Valley, Calif.); Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection (Hudson Valley, New York); The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection (Los Olivos, Calif) and Susurros del Corazon, Auberge Resorts Collection (Punta de Mita, Mexico).

“While the industry faces some lingering issues, the 2022 award winners proved ready for those challenges and more, demonstrating the best that luxury hospitality has to offer.”

To view the new Star Award winners, visit ForbesTravelGuide.com .

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, click here .

About Auberge Resorts Collection

Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine, innovative spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 22 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations.

For more information: aubergeresorts.com

Connect with Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook Twitter and Instagram @AubergeResorts and #AlwaysAuberge

About The Friedkin Group

The Friedkin Group is a privately-held consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, sports and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, AS Roma, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Expeditions. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.com .

About Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, please visit ForbesTravelGuide.com.

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Travelers from around the world have decided on their favorite hotels for 2024, and Tripadvisor has unveiled the final results of winners for its annual Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotels Awards . The awards celebrate this year’s highest-rated hotels based on Tripadvisor reviews.

Deep in the heart of Brazil is the number one hotel, Hotel Colline de France . This French-inspired, 34-suite boutique hotel is located in the mountain town of Gramado. The property has the most 5-star reviews of any other listing on the site. Many travelers note the service and attention “I was greeted with warm smiles and impeccable service,” says one 5-star reviewer, another says, “This is a fairy tale not a hotel. Elegant, charming and everything is close to perfection.”

The Shore Hotel is the No. 1 hotel in the United States. The eco-friendly boutique property is located in Santa Monica, Calif., and offers stunning ocean views. Guests love the contemporary property and the personal attention from the staff. Reviewers are enthusiastic about the property saying, “By far the best service we have had at a hotel,” and “The staff pampered us and made sure every minute of our stay was handled with care.”

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Cailfornia ranks as the number one hotel in the United States

While travelers are often very opinionated on their favorite properties, it is essential to note that most of the winning hotels this year highlight enhanced customer service and staff that go out of their way to impress their guests. The range of properties is extensive, with Vietnam, Maldives, and Mexico leading the pack with two properties each. In the U.S., New York City and San Antonio, Texas, have the most star-reviewed hotels. Some hotels are all-inclusive and family-friendly, while others are purely for adults-only.

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“According to our Tripadvisor reviewers – each of the world’s best hotels caters to the traveler looking for accessible luxury and unique, tailored experiences,” said Dan Mitchell, Vice President & General Manager of Hotels, Tripadvisor.

Hotel Colline de France in Brazil

Here are the Best of the Best Hotels in the World for 2024 as selected by Tripadvisor readers.

1. Hotel Colline de France - Gramado, Brazil

Winner for three years in a row, this 34-suite property is a European Castle full of charm, elegance, personality, and top-notch service in a very unlikely location. With its sophistication worthy of royalty, you will feel like you are in the French Empire at this property.

Oblu Select Lobigili in the Maldives

2. OBLU SELECT Lobigili - Malé, Maldives

Located just a few minutes from Malé International Airport, Lobigili is an adults-only contemporary resort. Positioned along a turquoise lagoon, it has 68 specially designed villas, including overwater and pool villas.

La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa in Vietnam

3. La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa - Hoi An, Vietnam

Surrounded by green rice fields and small villages adjoining the Thu Bon River, the resort offers a wide selection of guestrooms, suites, and duplexes across three wings—a classical hotel style and two wings of townhouse villas with verandas, terraces, and balconies. Three wings come with four pools – one for children, a freshwater pool, a saltwater one, plus an infinity pool ‘merging’ with the rice fields

Adiwana Suweta in Bali

4. Adiwana Suweta - Bali, Indonesia

Located in a quiet haven in Ubud, the property offers spacious suites and private pool villas facing the lush green jungle. This 36-room modern property is a tranquil escape from city life, located near the heart of the city, near the famous Ubud Palace.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Packard in Havana, Cuba

5. Iberostar Grand Packard - La Habana, Cuba

This 5-star hotel is located on the famed Paseo del Prado, next to iconic buildings like the Velasco Palace and the National Capitol. The 321-room modern hotel offers three floors inspired by 1950s cars, while a large infinity pool dominates the skyline.

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa

6. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa - Fasmendhoo Island, Maldives

Located on the Raa Atoll, in the northern part of the Maldives archipelago, this DAll-Inclusive Resort is surrounded by soft white sand on a private island. It features 120 villas, 60 located on the island and 60 directly on the sea.

Rooftop Moonlight Sky Bar at La Siesta Classic May May

7. La Siesta Classic Ma May - Hanoi, Vietnam

This property is located in the heart of the Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake and has 75 unique guest rooms and suites. The popular Moonlight Sky Bar on the rooftop offers dramatic views of the bustling city.

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

8. Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya - Akumal, Mexico

This popular adults-only resort is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya along the famed white-sand Akumal beach. There are 434 suites, many with ocean views and a private plunge pool.

Padma Resort Ubud in Bali

9. Padma Resort Ubud - Bali, Indonesia

This 149-room resort is a dramatic luxury destination located north of Ubud. It overlooks a raw river valley and the forests of Payangan. The property offers stunning views from every room or suite, a first-class spa, and a stunning infinity swimming pool.

Opera Suite at the Sofitel Mexico City Reforma

10. Sofitel Mexico City Reforma - Mexico City, Mexico

Located on the historic Reforma Avenue, this French-inspired property offers dramatic views of the capital. It has 275 guest rooms, 56 of which are luxury modern suites. The property also offers five bars and restaurants, the stunning 38th-floor Cityzen restaurant, and a 40th-floor ballroom.

The 10 best hotels in the United States selected by Tripadvisor readers range from boutiques to super luxury offerings.

1. Shore Hotel - Santa Monica, Calif.

2. Luma Hotel Times Square - New York City, N.Y.

3. FivePine Lodge & Spa - Sisters, Ore.

4. The Bryant Park Hotel - New York City, N.Y.

Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas is winner of the Best Luxury Hotel in the US

5. Hotel Emma - San Antonio, Texas (Also the winner of Best Luxury Hotel)

6. The Loutrel - Charleston, S.C.

7. Lotte Hotel Seattle - Seattle, Wash.

8. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago - Chicago, IL

9. Ironworks Hotel Indy - Indianapolis, Ind.

10. San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter on the Riverwalk - San Antonio, Texas

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