The 2019 award recipients of Forbes 61st annual Travel Guide recognized the world’s finest properties and rewarding gracious, intuitive service. 210 hotels across the globa achieved the coveted Five-Star Award. It included 21 new Five-Star hotels, 49 new Four-Star hotels and 62 new hotels in the Recommended category. Other first-time recipients include six Five-Star restaurants, eight Five-Star spas and 21 Four-Star spas.
The Peninsula Hotels made Forbes Travel Guide history by becoming the world’s first all Five-Star hotel company. The Peninsula Manila earned its fifth star this year, which pushed the Hong Kong-based brand’s tally to 10 Five-Star hotels.
Forbes Travel Guide rated properties in 76 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Newly added destinations for 2019 included Anguilla, Bahrain, Belize, Danang, Doha, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Istanbul, Oman, Perth, the Swiss Alps, Tel Aviv and Uruguay.
Several countries captured their first Five-Star hotel:Malaysia (Crockfords at Resorts World Genting)
Portugal (Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon)
South Korea (The Shilla Seoul)
Turkey (Raffles Istanbul)
and Vietnam(Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An)
London finished with 13 top-ranking hotels, with Macau at a close 12.
Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London
The Langham, London
Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
The U.S. added two Five-Star hotels:
Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Salamander Resort & Spa, Washington D.C.
These countries gained one new Five-Star hotel:
Canada (Fairmont Pacific Rim)
China (Bulgari Hotel Beijing)
France (Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel)
Indonesia (Bulgari Resort Bali)
Mexico (Rosewood San Miguel de Allende)
United Arab Emirates (Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island).
“At Forbes Travel Guide, we verify luxury. Our independent inspection process is the gold standard in the hospitality industry,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Discerning travelers can trust that each winner is the best of the best. We are pleased to honor the 2019 Star Rating recipients, an exceptional collection of hotels, restaurants and spas dedicated to guest service.”