Travel Guide unveiled its 57th list of worldwide Star Rating recipients on February 11, including 18 new Five-Star hotels, 46 new Four-Star hotels and 26 new hotels in the recommended category. Among all new Five-Star hotels, 6 were taken by the properties in Asia. Guangzhou, along with Tokyo and Bangkok, gained its first Five-Star hotels, including Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou and Four Seasons, Guangzhou.
As new regions of the world are rated, the number of Five-Star hotels now totals 115 — the most in Forbes Travel Guide's history. 10 new Five-Star restaurants were also named this year, bringing the total to 55. Seven new spas achieved Forbes Travel Guide's highest honor, pushing the tally to 48 Five-Star spas.
Forbes Travel Guide also recognized a total of 336 Four-Star hotels, 192 Four-Star restaurants and 163 Four-Star spas, as well as its list of 100 Recommended hotels and 60 Recommended restaurants in the markets it rates — Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Tokyo, the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and London.
The Ritz Carlton, Guangzhou
"We are delighted to recognize the 2015 Star Rating recipients, an incredible group of hotels, restaurants and spas," said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “These properties set a new standard of excellence for hospitality worldwide at an exciting moment in the global growth of luxury hospitality — and for our Star Rating system. The expansion of Forbes Travel Guide continues to accelerate as we welcome our first star-rated properties in Asia, including Guangzhou, Tokyo and Bangkok, as part of this announcement. We are proud to congratulate each of the owners, property managers and their teams, and everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today, as together, we help discerning consumers make better luxury travel decisions worldwide.”
Luxury travel continues to thrive in China. Hong Kong and Macau, as the destinations with abundant luxury travel resources, each achieved total 8 Five-Star hotels within one market, the most in the world, along with New York.
Four Seasons, Guangzhou
Guangzhou, as a new city being rated by Forbes Travel Guide this year, has seen its expansion of luxury travel market as Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou and Four Seasons, Guangzhou each received a Five-Star for its hotel, being the very first and the only two Five-star recipients in Guangzhou. "I am continuously encouraged by the success indicators of the increasing luxury travel to our market in Guangzhou through the support by Four Seasons clientele and partners." said Bahram Sepahi, Regional Vice President & General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. "As a recipient of the prestigious Forbes Five-star award, a property like ours will positively contribute to growth of the luxury segment together with this city's push for recognition as being one of the best in China."
A Snapshot of the List: Highlighting the Big Winners and Trends
Among 2015 Rating Recipients:
• For the first time, Forbes Travel Guide recognized Five-Star hotels in the new international markets it rates:
- Three newly rated cities in Asia captured their first Five-Star hotels: Guangzhou launching with Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou and The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou; Bangkok debuting with Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok; and Tokyo making the list for the first time with the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo.
- The first Five-Star winners in Mexico and the Caribbean - Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico; Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa de Carmen, Mexico; Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, Antigua; Cheval Blanc and Eden Roc, both in St. Barts.
• For the first time, two properties earned a unique distinction, a "Quintuple Five-Star." Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and Wynn Macau each received a Five-Star for its hotel, three restaurants and spa.
• Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Langham Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt each scored their first Five-Star hotels. Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; The Langham, Hong Kong; and Park Hyatt Aviara Resort are the trailblazers from the respective brands that won the accolade.
• Macau gained status as a premier destination, with the addition of four new Five-Star restaurants: Belon, Il Teatro, Tenmasa, and Vida Rica Restaurant - and a Five-Star hotel, the Conrad Macao, Cotai Central. This brings the number of Five-Star hotels, restaurants and spas in Macau to 23 — the most in any regional market.
• Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group dominated the spa category, receiving three new Five-Star ratings. The Oriental Spa, Bangkok, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai; and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo bring the count to 13 Five-Star spas, the most of any brand.
For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, visit www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings.
To view the complete list of 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating recipients, visit http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/the-2015-forbes-travel-guide-star-award-winners.