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Forbes Travel Guide Announces 2014 Star Ratings

January 24, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Interior - Entrance (800x507)Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its 56th list of Star Rating recipients worldwide, including 15 new Five-Star hotels, 16 new Five-Star restaurants and five new Five-Star spas.

The total number of Five-Star hotels now numbers 97 worldwide, the most in Forbes Travel Guide’s history.

Forbes Travel Guide also recognised 296 Four-Star hotels, 186 Four-Star restaurants and 149 Four- Star spas, as well as its list of 82 Recommended hotels and 42 Recommended restaurants in the markets it rates, the United States, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore, London and Canada.

For the first time, Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its first restaurant ratings in Asia. In Singapore, three restaurants were awarded Four and Five Stars by Forbes Travel Guide. Iggy’s, located at the Hilton Singapore, was the first ever Singapore restaurant to receive the Five-Star recognition.

Portrait -Ignatius Chan (Dec 2013) (800x533)“We are extremely honoured to be awarded Five-Star recognition by Forbes Travel Guide. This accolade is especially meaningful to us being the first restaurant to be awarded this honour in Singapore. 2014 also marks the tenth anniversary at Iggy’s,” said Ignatius Chan, Founder and Restaurateur of Iggy’s. “I will continue to collaborate closely with our Head Chef Masahiro Isono, in sourcing interesting and sustainable ingredients to integrate into our brand of modern European cuisine from an Asian perspective.”

Les Amis and Joël Robuchon were awarded Four-Star recognition from Forbes Travel Guide. Besides the newly-added restaurants, the Five-Star recipients for hotels and spas in Singapore were similar as 2013 including The Fullerton Bay Hotel and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental.

This year’s list includes newly-opened hotels as well as hotels that recently completed renovations, confirming an uptick in investment in the luxury hotel industry, as well as an increase in interest among travelers choosing luxury accommodations worldwide.

Portrait - Head Chef - Masahiro Isono (800x533)“We are delighted to recognize the outstanding commitment to service and guest experience exemplified by our 2014 Star Rating recipients,” said Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide. “This year’s growing number of Five-Star recipients comes at a time when the outlook for luxury travel remains strong. At the core of what we do is recognizing and advocating for properties delivering the best in guest service. We are thrilled to be associated not only with our newest Star Rating recipients, but all of our Star Rated properties worldwide.”

A Snapshot of the List: A Diversity of Luxury Destinations and Experiences

Among 2014 Rating Recipients:

  • Four properties joined the elite group of Five-Star hotels in China: Banyan Tree Macau; Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai; and Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai. China now boasts 19 Five-Star hotels in the markets rated by Forbes Travel Guide.
  • Two brand-new Shanghai hotels achieved Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ratings — Four Seasons Pudong, Shanghai and Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.
  • Wynn Macau, Encore Macau, Altira Macau and The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong earned the “Triple Five-Star,” a Five-Star rating in all three categories recognized by Forbes Travel Guide — hotel, restaurant and spa. Three properties — Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; Crown Towers Macau; and Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong — went a step beyond, achieving a “Quadruple Five- Star” for their hotel, spa and two restaurants.
  • Forbes Travel Guide announced its first restaurant ratings in Asia, with 11 earning the Five-Star designation: Amber (The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong), Caprice (Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong), Lung King Heen (Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong), Mandarin Grill + Bar (Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong), Pierre (Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong), Aurora (Altira Macau), Golden Flower at Encore Macau, Jade Dragon (Crown Towers Macau), The Tasting Room (Crown Towers Macau), Wing Lei at Wynn Macau and Iggy’s (Hilton Singapore Hotel).

Luxury Brands Continue to Shine

Worldwide luxury hotel brands, such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, made strong showings, with new build and renovated hotels earning the Five-Star rating.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has more than tripled its number of honored hotels over the past decade, making it the brand with the most Five-Star recipients for 2014 – a total of 18 hotels in 11 destinations.

Recognizing The Finest Restaurants and Spas

Eleven international restaurants are first-time Five-Star recipients, including Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Jade Dragon at Crown Towers Macau, Amber Restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and Iggy’s at the Hilton Singapore Hotel.

There are now 48 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurants in Asia and the United States.

Among spas, Banyan Tree Spa Macau; The Spa at Crown in Macau; Remède Spa Bal Harbour at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami; The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco; and The Spa at Pebble Beach are the newest Five-Star additions, resulting in a total of 41 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spas.

The complete 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List includes nearly 1,000 hotels, restaurants and spas in the U.S., Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Singapore, London and Canada.

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