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February 20, 2019

Luxury Venues: The Newest Forbes Five-Star Hotels

Shangri-La at the Shard, London

Like the AAA Five Diamond ratings, Forbes’ annual travel guide can serve as a hint as to what hotels are drawing interest for luxury meetings and events. We’ve rounded up the newest five star properties for 2019 to keep on your radar. 

According to Forbes, this year The Peninsula Hotels has become the first hotel company in the guide’s history to receive an all-five-star rating with the newly minted five star status for The Peninsula Manila, meaning that all 10 of the company’s properties now have five stars. 

Also new this year, London became the city with the most five star hotels, nabbing the honor from Macau, due to four new five-star properties: the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London; The Langham, London; Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London; and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. All told, London now has 13 five star hotels, as compared to Macau’s 12. 

Several destinations saw their first five star hotel this year: Malaysia (Crockfords at Resorts World Genting), Portugal (Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon), South Korea (The Shilla Seoul), Turkey (Raffles Istanbul) and Vietnam (Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An).

Finally, zooming in on the United States, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii and the Salamander Resort & Spa in Washington, DC, both joined the five star list this year. 

Here’s a list of all 21 of the new five star hotels for 2019:

1. The Alpina Gstaad
2. Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London
3. Bulgari Hotel Beijing
4. Bulgari Resort Bali
5. Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
6. The Chedi Andermatt
7. Crockfords at Resorts World Genting
8. Fairmont Pacific Rim
9. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
10. Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
11. Four Seasons Resort Lanai
12. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
13. Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel
14. The Langham, London
15. Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London
16. The Peninsula Manila
17. Raffles Istanbul
18. Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
19. Salamander Resort & Spa
20. Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
21. The Shilla Seoul

Five star properties are determined via an anonymous inspection process, Forbes said. 

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