24 new Five-Star spas on Forbes 2020 Star Rating Awards – who made it?

Forbes Five Star Spas
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The 2020 Forbes Travel Guide winners have been announced and there are 24 new Five-Star spas on the list and 22 new Four-Star spas.

Forbes Travel Guide has released the names of its 2020 Star Award winners. Now in its 62nd year, the Forbes Travel Guide list honors the world’s most luxurious hotels, restaurants and spas for offering exceptional service and guest experience.

The awards celebrate 1,898 Star-Rated properties in 73 countries, and this year a record-breaking 107 new Five-Star honorees appear on the new list. This is the result of an “ambitious expansion,” in which Forbes includes properties in sixteen countries on the list for the first time. The new awards add 70 Five-Star, 120 Four-Star and 81 Recommended hotels to the annual winners list. There are also 13 new Five-Star restaurants, eight new Four-Star and two new Recommended winners. Twenty four new Five-Star and 22 new Four-Star spas make the list. 

Destinations appearing for the first time on the Forbes list

Destinations with first-time Five-Star accolades include Bora Bora (The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort); Cambodia (Amansara and Belmond La Residence d’Angkor); Cape Town (Delaire Graff Lodge and One&Only Cape Town) and Johannesburg, South Africa (Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg, and Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa); the Cayman Islands (The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman); Doha (Mandarin Oriental, Doha); Fiji (Dolphin Island); Ireland (Ashford Castle); Mauritius (Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, One&Only Le Saint Géran and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Mauritius); Monte Carlo (Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo); Moscow (Four Seasons Hotel Moscow) and St. Petersburg, Russia (Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg); Prague (Four Seasons Hotel Prague); the Seychelles (Fregate Island Private); and Tahiti (The Brando).

Four Seasons adds 11 new Five-Star hotel awards

Four Seasons remains the brand with the most Five-Star hotels and adds 11 new Five-Star hotel awards to its collection. 

According to the Forbes website, hotels are rated on up to 900 standards, including “whether a staff member greets them curbside within 30 seconds of arrival, whether clothing left around a room is folded neatly or draped and placed within immediate view after turndown service, and whether the staff uniforms demonstrate exceptional design.” Ratings are decided by incognito inspectors who check into a hotel for a minimum of two nights, posing as ordinary guests. 

See the full list of hotels here. 

24 new Five-Star spas and 24 new Four-Star spas

What of the spas? This year, 24 spas made the Five-Star list for the first time. 

Macau boasts the most new Five-Star spas, with five, including Morpheus Spa; The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; The Spa at Grand Lisboa; and Tria spas in MGM Cotai and MGM Macau. And Los Cabos has three new Five-Star properties: One&Only Spa at Palmilla, Waldorf Astoria Spa Los Cabos, and Spa Montage Los Cabos.

Arizona has three new Five-Star names, including Phoenix’s Aji Spa, The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, and Scottsdale’s The Phoenician Spa.

Forbes Travel Guide’s new Star Award winners

New Five-Star Spa winners

Aji Spa, Phoenix, AZ, United States 

Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, Paris, France

The Grand Spa at The Grand America Hotel , Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Morpheus Spa , Macau, China

Nüwa Spa Manila, Manila, Philippines

One&Only Spa at Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico

The Phoenician Spa, Scottsdale, AZ, United States 

SE Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara, CA, United States 

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Miami, FL, United States

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, Macau, China

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada 

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, New York City, NY, United States 

The Spa at Grand Lisboa, Macau, China

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Tucson, AZ, United States

The Spa by Ivanka Trump, Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Spa Mont Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland

Spa Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui, HI, United States

Spa Montage Los Cabos, Los Cabos , Mexico

Tria Spa at MGM Cotai, Macau, China

Tria Spa at MGM Macau, Macau, China

The Umstead Spa, Raleigh-Durham, NC, United States

Waldorf Astoria Spa Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico

New Four-Star Spa winners

The St. Regis Athletic Club & Spa, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA, United States 

The Spa by Ivanka Trump at Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C. United States 

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Bahrain, Bahrain

The Spa at Edgewood Tahoe, Tahoe and Yosemite, NV, United States 

The Spa at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 

The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, MA, United States

The Spa at Bernardus Lodge, Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur, CA, United States

Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon, Seychelles, Seychelles

Six Senses Spa at Krabey Island, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sense, A Rosewood Spa at San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver, Denver, CO, United States 

The Retreat Spa at Okada Manila, Manila, Philippines

The Pearl Spa at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Athenee Spa, Bangkok, Thailand

Le Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, Paris, France

Evian Spa at Palace Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Crown Spa Perth, Perth, Australia

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, Paris, France

The Bulgari Spa Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Bliss Spa at W Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China



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