Forbes announces new 4 and 5 star spa award winners for 2018

The Mandarin Oriental Spa Guangzhou (Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group)

Not only is the Forbes Travel Guide celebrating its 60th anniversary (happy birthday FTG!), but the venerable bestower of star ratings has also today revealed its 60th list of worldwide Star Rating winners.

According to the media release, the 2018 award winners include 27 new Five-Star hotels, 70 new Four-Star hotels and 76 new hotels in the Recommended category. Other first-time recipients include five Five-Star restaurants, 24 Four-Star restaurants and 10 Recommend restaurants.

The list also honors five new Five-Star spas and 29 new Four-Star spas.

The newly rated Forbes Five Star spas are:

  • Luna y Mar – Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Ritz Club — Paris, France
  • The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou –Guangzhou, China
  • The Spa at Rancho Valencia — San Diego CA, United States (CA)
  • Spa at Wynn Palace Macau — Macau, China


And the newly rated Forbes Four Star spas are:

  • Grace Mayflower Spa — Western Connecticut, United States
  • Hualalai Spa — Big Island HI, United States
  • Le Spa by Sisley – Le Richemond  — Geneva, Switzerland
  • La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — Los Angeles CA, United States
  • Mulia Spa at The Mulia – Nusa Dua, Bali — Bali, Indonesia
  • Nüwa Spa Manila — Manila, Philippines
  • The Red Rock Spa by Well & Being — Las Vegas NV, United States
  • Ritz Spa — Lisbon, Portugal
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun — Cancun, Mexico
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua — Maui HI, United States
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage — Palm Springs CA, United States
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo Spa & Fitness — Tokyo, Japan
  • The Royal Mansour Marrakech Spa — Marrakech, Morocco
  • SE by Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit — Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Abu Dhabi — Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech — Marrakech, Morocco
  • The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Prague — Prague, Czech Republic
  • The Spa at Palmetto Bluff — Hilton Head SC, United States
  • The Spa at Terranea — Los Angeles CA, United States
  • The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION — Miami FL, United States
  • The Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort — Southern Vermont, United States
  • The Spa by Ivanka Trump, Vancouver — Vancouver AB, Canada
  • Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya — Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Spa by COMO Shambhala at COMO Shambhala Estate — Bali, Indonesia
  • Sunstone Spa — Palm Springs CA, United States
  • Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah — Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Mayakoba — Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Woodlands Spa at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — Laurel Highlands PA, United States
  • Zensa Spa — Macau, China

Five Star hat tricks

It’s noteworthy that an elite group of 13 properties earned Five-Star awards for their hotel, restaurant and spa. These triple threat Five-Star winners include:

  • Banyan Tree Macau
  • The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
  • The Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia
  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego
  • The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
  • Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
  • Mandarin Oriental, Macau
  • Meadowood Napa Valley
  • Montage Laguna Beach
  • Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
  • The Peninsula Hong Kong
  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Wynn Palace, Macau


Forbes Travel Guide now rates properties in 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, says the release. Newly added international destinations for 2018 include: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Aruba, Chengdu, Dubai, Hokkaido, Jamaica, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Marrakech, Okinawa, Panama, Prague, Sanya and Vienna. As Forbes Travel Guide marks its 60th year, it will expand to inspecting in 60 countries in preparation for its 2019 Star Ratings.

“This is a momentous year for Forbes Travel Guide. Our anniversary commemorates 60 impressive years of serving hotels and guests,” Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide, is quoted as saying. “As the most trusted source for travelers, we continue to carry out our mission to verify luxury worldwide. We are delighted to honor the 2018 Star Rating recipients, an outstanding collection of hotels, restaurants and spas with a strong service culture. It’s the largest and most global group of Star-Rated properties in our company’s history. We congratulate these properties for their dedication to service excellence.”

In conjunction with Forbes Travel Guide’s anniversary, the company officially unveiled its redesigned website,, which is mobile-friendly and beautifully showcases its global collection of Star-Rated properties.

See Forbes‘ full list of winners here.

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