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This year’s crop of Star-Rated properties is our largest yet. See the full roster here. Below is a look at our 59th list by the numbers:
- The winners include 22 new Five-Star hotels, 76 new Four-Star hotels and 83 new hotels in the Recommended category.
- Among restaurants, seven received first-time Five-Star honors, 13 won new Four-Stars and 12 earned new Recommend titles.
- The list also recognizes nine new Five-Star spas and 35 Four-Star spa debuts.
- In Australia, Crown Towers Melbourne and The Darling in Sydney picked up their respective city’s first Five-Star hotel honors. Each city also gained a Four-Star spa (Crown Spa Melbourne, Sydney’s The Darling Spa).
- Melbourne added a Four-Star (Park Hyatt Melbourne) and two Recommended properties (Grand Hyatt Melbourne; The Langham, Melbourne).
- Sydney racked up two Four-Star (The Langham, Sydney; Park Hyatt Sydney) and a pair of Recommended hotels (InterContinental Sydney Double Bay; Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney).
- Bali snagged Five-Star distinctions for Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan and The Villas at Ayana Resort Bali. In addition, Bali tallied an impressive 10 Four-Star hotels and three Recommended properties. Five Four-Star spas also debuted.
- Manila launched with a pair of Five-Star hotels, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila and Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino, a quartet of Four-Star properties and two Recommended hotels.
- Several European destinations debuted with their first Five-Star properties: Budapest (Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest), Barcelona (Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona), the French Riviera (Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel) and Venice (Belmond Hotel Cipriani).
- Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and Wynn Macau set a new record, achieving a total of six Five-Star awards for the hotel, spa and four restaurants.
- These hotels nabbed triple Five-Stars for their hotel, restaurant and spa: 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; Mandarin Oriental, Miami; Montage Laguna Beach; Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; and Wynn Las Vegas.
- Las Vegas’ fine-dining scene heats up with three new Five-Star restaurants: Le Cirque Las Vegas and Picasso, both in Bellagio, and Wing Lei in Wynn Las Vegas.