Forbes Travel Guide 2023: annual list of the world’s most spectacular hotels, restaurants, spas, and ocean cruises
Forbes Travel Guide 2023: annual list of the world’s most spectacular hotels, restaurants, spas, and ocean cruises
TOHOLOGY, 15 February 2023

Forbes Travel Guide revealed its 2023 Star Awards winners, a list of the world’s finest hotels, restaurants, spas and – new this year – ocean cruises.

To compile the 65th annual Star Awards, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors check into hotels and cruise ships, dine in the restaurants and experience spa services while posing as ordinary guests. The inspectors test up to 900 rigorous standards, from modern-day luxuries – such as whether a room is set up to enhance sleep quality or whether the food-and-beverage choices support a guest’s well-being – to more traditional elements, such as the décor and the attention the staff pays to a guest. Seventy percent of a property’s rating relies on its service – with a more exacting look at the guest experience as a new service metric for 2023 – while the remaining 30 percent accounts for the quality and condition of its facilities.

Forbes Travel Guide 2023

This year’s list features:

  • 48 new Five-Star hotels;
  • 64 new Four-Star properties;
  • 45 new Recommended hotels.

Several new countries – including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Tunisia and Cyprus – make their first appearance in the Star Awards while nine international destinations welcomed their first Five-Star hotels this year, including Athens (Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens), Capri (J.K. Place Capri), Kuwait (Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya), Lake Como (Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como) and Shenzhen (Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen).

See the full list of Star-Rated properties here to learn about the most notable new achievements in the hospitality industry.


Photos and reviews of islands we recommend to visit: The Azores (Portugal), The Lofoten Islands (Norway), The Aeolian Islands (Italy), The Galápagos Islands (Ecuador) and Iceland.

The Fairmont San Francisco hotel appears in a very popular American TV-show “MythBusters”. The hotel is one of Historic Hotels of America; it attracts guests with its unique charming and terrific “look”.

While most big hospitality companies offer loyalty programmes to their best guests, a new boutique lodging company Life House is trying out a brand new pricing system based on multifaceted guests’ profiles.

As traffic between Finland and Russia is growing day by day and the number of travellers increases rapidly, there is a certain need of finding the right transportation. In this inspection we would like to concentrate on shuttle buses Lux Express.

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