Macau might be a small SAR but this mighty city has more five-star restaurants than any city in the world by far when it comes to the Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards. In fact, we boast 23 restaurants commended at the highest level. Hong Kong trails along with 11 and New York City with seven restaurants. And when it comes to luxury, Macau seals the top spot as it also leads with the most five-star spas compared to any city in the world with a total of 14. It’s safe to say that in the world of travel Macau dominates in this part of the globe.
At the most recent 2020 Forbes Travel Guide awards, a record 107 new Five-Star awards have been announced due to the company’s significant expansion across 16 countries. Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), has certainly maintained its position as the global expert on genuine five-star service. With a glorious 62 -year history, the prestigious 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 the coveted Five-Star honor.
- A total of 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 prestigious achievement as the brand with the most Five-Star hotels adding 11 new Five-Star hotel awards to its collection. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Hotel Moscow and Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg are among some of the additions in newly rated destinations.
- Wynn Resorts took an all-star position, dominating the Las Vegas market by earning seven Five-Star awards for Wynn Resorts Las Vegas (Wynn Las Vegas, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Tower Suites, Encore Tower Suites, The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas, The Spa at Encore Las Vegas and Wing Lei) and an additional eight for Wynn Resorts Macau (Wynn Macau, Encore Macau, Golden Flower at Encore Macau, Mizumi at Wynn Macau, Wing Lei at Wynn Macau, Il Teatro at Wynn Macau, The Spa at Encore Macau and The Spa at Wynn Macau). Wynn Palace Macau also achieved an illustrious seven Five-Star awards.
- London cemented its position as the global Five-Star capital city with 19 top hotels, including six new additions: Brown’s Hotel, a Rocco Forte 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 Carnation hotels a triple Five-Star hotel win for the city. However, Macau is not far behind with 13 Five-Star hotels, Paris with also 13 and Hong Kong with 8.
Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide explains, “Our role at Forbes Travel Guide is to establish our annual star ratings with absolute independence and integrity and champion those at the very top of their game.”
HOW STAR RATINGS ARE EARNED
There are about 900 rigorous standards that are upheld as Forbes Travel Guide’s expert inspectors visit a particular property. It is with certainty that only the best of the best achieve the coveted Five-Star which is the highest rating. Forbes Travel Guide shares a few of their meticulous guideline that encompasses the overall experience.
- Top-notch room service
- Beautiful beds
- Distinctive drinks
- Supreme service
- Memorable meals
- Thoughtful turndown
- Helpful housekeeping
- Genuine interest
- Exceeding expectations