When Forbes Travel Guide announced its 2019 Star Ratings on February 20, some of the globe’s most glamorous hotels couldn’t wait to share the news. These superb stays are rolling out the red carpet with celebratory offers that allow you to experience the FTG-approved luxuriousness firsthand.
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
A scenic stretch of white-sand beach, hacienda-style accommodations and gorgeous manicured gardens earned this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star jewel top honors, and the Riviera Maya resort is inviting you to visit.
Book the Five-Star Experience to enjoy a slew of savory extras on your next beachfront escape, such as a gratis room upgrade, daily breakfast at the ocean-view El Restaurante and a five-course dinner for two.
Between bites, be sure to try out a resort signature: a helicopter tour of Chichen Itza that will let you see the fascinating Mayan ruins from a whole different perspective.
Meadowood Napa Valley
Only 11 resorts in the world earned a triple Five-Star rating for its hotel, restaurant and spa, but this St. Helena hideaway has pulled it off in spectacular fashion. Experience all three award-winning venues with the rustic retreat’s Forbes 15 Stars offer.
Cozy up in front of your room’s fireplace for a two-night stay (that comes complete with a bottle of sparkling wine) and filled with posh perks such as two 90-minute Essential Journey spa treatments, dinner for two in The Restaurant at Meadowood — chef Christopher Kostow was just named a James Beard Award semifinalist, too — and breakfast each morning at The Grill or in the comfort of your serene accommodations.
Work off those indulgent delights with complimentary golf, tennis and croquet on the resort’s gorgeously manicured grounds.
Acqualina Resort & Spa
Star power shines brightest on white-sand beaches, and this winning South Florida resort wants to help you soak it up in sumptuous style. Reserve the Mediterranean-inspired property’s Five-Star Celebration Package to linger in luxury with a five-night stay, a five-course sunset dinner on the beach and daily breakfast, among other extravagant extras.
To commemorate your getaway, you’ll also receive a rose gold and carnelian (an orange-red semi-precious stone) Sweet Alhambra bracelet from renowned French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels — a sparkling reminder of your Five-Star escape.
The Peninsula Tokyo
As one of 10 Peninsula Hotels to achieve a Five-Star rating (the first brand-wide sweep in Forbes Travel Guide history), this Japanese gem is celebrating with flair. Get a taste of opulence through May 31 with the property’s Forbes Five-Star Special Offer and receive a gratis room upgrade, flexible check-in/checkout times and a JPY5,000 (US$45) credit to spend on an ESPA facial at the Five-Star spa or on dim sum at the garden-inspired Hei Fung Terrace.
To sweeten the pot, you’ll also get A Perfect 10 chocolate amenity upon arrival — the bites are best savored alongside the impressive Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park vistas from your suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
Salamander Resort & Spa
This newly awarded Virginia hotel is upping the ante with a Five-Star, Five Senses Package you won’t want to miss. Highlighting the best of Middleburg’s horse and wine country, this offer includes five nights at the regal retreat, dinner for two at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill and an array of adventures, such as an archery class, Treetop Zip Lining tour and a horseback ride for two.
After all that excitement, unwind with an aromatherapy massage at Four-Star Salamander Spa, the final perk of this delightful deal.
Balboa Bay Resort
A casually elegant ambiance, accommodating staff and a picture-perfect waterfront location helped this Newport Beach favorite once again nab a coveted Four-Star rating. To mark the achievement, the 159-room retreat is rolling out the proverbial red carpet with the Celebrate Our Stars offer.
Check into this nautically themed hotel to get 10 percent off your airy accommodations (each comes with a private balcony, but opt for a bay-front room for water views), a $50 dining credit to spend on food at the sophisticated Waterline or a few glasses of champagne at the laid-back A&O gastropub.
On February 20, we revealed our 2019 Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards. Click here to see the complete list of winners.