To highlight just a few of the coveted Forbes Five Stars winners is a hard task when there are so many magnificent properties around the globe making such strides in guest service and experience. Forbes Travel Guide’s inspectors will visit the hotel unannounced and test up to 900 objective standards that range from whether you are greeted on arrival to how housekeeping arranges your toiletries. 77 percent of the hotel’s score is based on service and 25 percent on the quality of their facilities.
The Peninsula Hotel Manila was presented with their inaugural Five-Star award and the Hong Kong-based brand came out ahead with 10 top-rated hotels overall. The property opened in 1976 and has become a premier destination for guests to enjoy their legendary hospitality. Their award-winning Old Manila or Spices restaurants offer Southeast Asian cuisine and The Peninsula Fitness Center & Spa allow guests to indulge in traditional Filipino spa treatments like the Hilot Massage with Ventosa.
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts won Five-Star ratings for three hotels: Bulgari Hotel Beijing, Bulgari Hotel London, and Bulgari Resort Bali, which is located near the village of Pecatu on the Bukit peninsula, where the surrounding ocean is one of the world’s premier destinations for surfers. Guest rooms are infused with local “classic Filipino” elements like capiz shell, crushed coconut panels and native woods and have hosted many a VIP guest.
The Acqualina Resort & Spa is a lovely beachside resort near Miami that welcomes the whole family for the ultimate sun-filled vacation away from the nightlife of South Beach. Service is prompt and personal and the bright red umbrellas and cabanas available on the hotel’s private beach set the tone for a relaxing getaway.
Cabo San Lucas’ Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, is located on the hillside of Punta Ballena and boasts an oceanfront, multi-tiered pool and spa with free yoga, Beach Bootcamp or TRX classes. The restaurants have a predominantly seafood flavor and follow a tasting menu format with Continental and Mexican influence.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar is one of just 11 hotels to receive three Five-Star designations for lodging, The Spa, and Addison, the resort’s signature restaurant. They were also voted number one luxury hotel in California and San Diego by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice and ranked the best hotel in San Diego and 14th best hotel in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report, quite a coup for their hardworking team.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island is perfectly centered between the business center and recreational destinations, with a waterfront vantage point and close proximity to the Abu Dhabi Global Market and Galleria Mall. The hotel is a hub for tourists and locals alike and boasts a 2,000-piece art collection. Chill by the pool, enjoy a recuperating spa treatment, or partake in the lively atmosphere at their premier restaurants.
Crockfords Hotel at Resorts World Genting stands 6,000 feet above sea level reminiscent of the era of elegant London mansions and offers a service level that extends beyond expectations. They received the Five-Star award, the only hotel in Malaysia to receive such an award and one of only 210 hotels worldwide to be honored with such an illustrious ranking.
Raffles Istanbul is a design-focused modern urban resort located in the Zorlu Center mall surrounded by high-end stores, restaurants and an Eataly. They hold an incredible art collection of grand murals, sculptures and custom installations and are known for their afternoon teas. Raffles Patisserie is designed like a modern jewelry box and filled with gorgeous pastries that resemble gems, macaroons, and other tasty delights.