Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) presented a record 107 new Five-Star awards to luxury properties, owing to the company’s significant expansion across 16 countries.
The 2020 awards celebrated 1,898 Star-Rated properties across 73 countries, including the addition of 70 Five-Star, 120 Four-Star and 81 Recommended hotels to the annual winners list. Among restaurants, there are 13 new Five-Star, eight new Four-Star and two new Recommended winners. The recipients also include 24 new Five-Star and 22 new Four-Star spas.
This year sees the most extensive global expansion in FTG’s 62-year history. The company spotlights new international markets including Antigua, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Jordan, the Maldives, Mauritius, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, the Seychelles and South Africa, many of which achieved a Five-Star honour.
In total, 432 Five-Star distinctions were awarded to hotels, restaurants and spas, and the top ranking was attained for the first time in Antigua, Bora Bora, Cambodia, Cape Town, Doha, Fiji, Ireland, Johannesburg, the Maldives, Mauritius, Monte Carlo, Moscow, Prague, St. Petersburg, Russia, the Seychelles and Tahiti.
Four Seasons maintained the achievement of being the brand with the most Five-Star hotels, adding a further 11 new awards to its collection. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Moscow, The Westcliff, Johannesburg are among some of the additions in newly rated destinations.
Wynn Resorts achieved an all-star position, dominating the Las Vegas market by earning seven Five-Star awards for Wynn Resorts Las Vegas and an additional eight for Wynn Resorts Macau.
Cementing its position as the global Five-Star capital city, London boasts 19 top hotels, with new additions including: Brown’s Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Rosewood London and The Berkeley. The Egerton House Hotel and The Milestone Hotel & Residences join Hotel 41 to give Red Carnations a triple Five-Star hotel win for the city.
“It’s a privilege for FTG to honour such magnificent hotels, restaurants and spas from all corners of the globe,” comments Filip Boyen, CEO of FTG. “Each deserving recipient excels at enriching people’s lives through the power of exceptional service. Our role is to establish our annual star ratings with absolute independence and integrity and champion those at the very top of their game.”
Over 600 Star-Rated winners and invited guests will gather to celebrate at Verified, The FTG Luxury Summit at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on February 18 and 19.