Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Star Award Winners

Forbes Travel Guide’s inspectors scoured the globe to discover the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas for our 2019 Star Award winners. For the 61st annual list, we expanded to new destinations, including Anguilla, Bahrain, Belize, Danang, Doha, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Istanbul, Oman, Perth, the Swiss Alps, Tel Aviv and Uruguay. The result is our biggest and most diverse group of honorees yet.

To find the top luxury experiences, our inspectors checked into a hotel for a minimum of two nights and posed as ordinary guests. Once there, they tested up to 900 objective, exacting standards that covered everything from whether a staff member greets you curbside within 30 seconds of pulling up in a car to whether housekeeping arranges toiletries on top of high-quality underliners on the counter.

The ratings emphasize graciousness, thoughtfulness and personalized service: 75 percent of a hotel’s score is based on its level of service, while 25 percent is determined by the quality of its facilities.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain 

A warm Southwestern retreat near Tucson

Surrounded by saguaros at the foot of the Tortolita Mountains just outside Tucson, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a luxury camp in the high desert.

The sprawling resort is a destination in its own right, boasting more than 20 miles of hiking trails, three pools, an idyllic spa featuring eco-friendly and holistic treatments and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

Thanks to a recent $10 million renovation, the Tucson resort is more luxurious than ever. With 14 brand-new, mountain-facing fire pit rooms; an arcade complete with video games and theater chairs; and a completely refreshed pool deck, there’s really no reason to leave the property. 
The Sonoran Desert is the attraction in this harmonious place where you’ll find every amenity under the sun.

Kester, Jennifer, Forbes Travel Guide, February 20, 2019 

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