Forbes Travel Guide gives luxe properties in South Africa the nod for the first time in 62 years

2020-02-13 16:45
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Forbes Travel Guide has included a host of South African hotels in its 2020 list, for the first time in the guides 62-year history. 

As one of the most renowned rating systems for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas it is no easy feat being acknowledged on the list, with a five-star rating, requiring "virtually flawless service and amazing facilities".

Each year, Forbes Travel Guide inspectors visit every properties unannounced in order to evaluate a typical guest experience and the level of hospitality provided. The independent FTG auditors pay their own way and at no time is the hotel or staff aware of their visit.  

This year, the Forbes Travel Guide 2020 marks the first edition that South Africa has been featured as a Forbes Five-Star venue. Sixteen countries have been added to the Forbes Travel Guide 2020 list, marking "the largest expansion in FTG’s 62 year history". 

South African Five-star Hotels included on the list: 


Delaire Graff Lodge 

One&Only Cape Town 


Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg 

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Other destinations with first-time Five-Star accolades include:

  • Bora Bora

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort 

  • Cambodia


Belmond La Residence d’Angkor

  • Cayman Islands

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

  • Doha

Mandarin Oriental, Doha

  • Fiji

Dolphin Island

  • Ireland

Ashford Castle

  • Mauritius

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

One&Only Le Saint Géran 

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Mauritius)

  • Monte Carlo

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

  • Russia

Moscow - Four Seasons Hotel Moscow 

St Petersburg - Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg

  • Prague

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

  • Seychelles

Fregate Island Private

  • Tahiti

The Brando

To view the full Star Ratings for 2020, visit For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, click here

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