Which Hotels Earned Forbes' Five-Star Rating for 2017?
Posted on 02/24/2017
Forbes Travel Guide has added nearly two dozen new hotels to its coveted list of Five-Star properties for 2017.
The company also added 76 new properties to its Four-Star category and 83 new hotels to its Recommended category.
A handful of destinations debuted on the list this year, including Bali, which begins its appearance with a whopping three Five-Star hotels, 10 Four-Star hotels and three Recommended hotels.
In addition to the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan and The Villas at Ayana Resort, Bali, the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street, The Ritz-Carlton Macau and Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila represent Asia as debut Five-Star properties in 2017.
A pair of Australian hotels debuted in Forbes' Five-Star category in the Crown Towers Melbourne and Sydney's The Darling, Pyrmont.
Five-Star newcomers in Europe for 2017 include Venice's Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest, Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel in Cote d'Azur, France, London's Hotel 41, the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Rome's Portrait Roma, Lungarno Collection and Ritz Paris.
In the U.S., Forbes welcomed San Diego's Fairmont Grand Del Mar to the Five-Star category, as well as Faena Hotel Miami Beach and California's Solage, An Auberge Resort. The Fairmont Grand Del Mar was one of a select few properties to earn five
stars for its hotel, restaurant and spa.
Puerto Rico's The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort was the lone newcomer from the Caribbean, while Cabo San Lucas' The Resort at Pedregal was the only representative from Mexico.
"This year’s Star-Rated properties—the largest and most global group in the company’s history—achieved an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality, underscoring our overall mission of positively contributing to the international tourism industry as well as the individual hotel experience," Forbes Travel Guide CEO Gerard Inzerillo said in a statement via USA Today.
Forbes Travel Guide's team of experts also evaluate restaurants and spas from around the world. This year, Forbes recognized seven first-time Five-Star restaurants, 13 first-time Four-Star restaurants and a dozen first-time Recommend restaurants.
The 2017 list also features nine new Five-Star spas and 35 new Four-Star spas.
According to USA Today, Forbes plans to recognize properties in the Middle East and Africa next year.