This year’s highly coveted Forbes Travel Guide has been released, and once again, Four Seasons has received the most Five-Star ratings awarded to a hotel brand in a single year.
Four Seasons maintained its achievement as the brand with the most Five-Stars with 44 hotels, ten spas and two restaurants. The brand added 11 new Five-Star hotels, including Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, and Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg.
Cities in the U.S. with the greatest number of Five-Star hotels include New York (10), Beverly Hills (6) and Miami (5). Globally, markets with the greatest number of Five-Star hotels include London (19), Macau (13), Paris (13), New York (10) and Hong Kong (8).
This year saw the most global expansion in Forbes Travel Guide's 62-year history, the company said, with over a dozen new international markets. Of the new destinations, Cambodia has two new Five-Star hotels, with the Amansara in Angkor and Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor. South Africa has four new Five-Star hotels: Delaire Graff Lodge and One&Only, Cape Town in Cape Town; and Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg and Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Johannesburg.
Other new destinations include: Antigua, the Bahamas, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Jordan, Mauritius, the Maldives, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, and the Seychelles.
The 2020 awards added 70 Five-Star, 120 Four-Star and 81 Recommended hotels to the annual winners list. The recipients also include 24 new Five-Star and 22 new Four-Star spas. Five-Star properties are defined as “outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.”
Forbes Travel Guide rates properties in 73 countries throughout the world. Star ratings are awarded by a team of anonymous professional inspectors who travel the world to assess hotels, restaurants and spas based on 900 objective standards.
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