Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority in luxury, debuted its 61st annual list of Star Rating winners, recognizing the world’s finest properties and rewarding gracious, intuitive service.
The 2019 award recipients include 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.
A standout was The Peninsula Hotels, which 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.
Several countries captured their first Five-Star hotel –
- The Shilla Seoul, South Korea
- Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
- Crockfords at Resorts World Genting, Malaysia
- Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, Portugal
- Raffles Istanbul, Turkey