Forbes Travel Guide has announced its 2017 Star Awards, with an impressive list of spa winners. The 56 spas receiving the top Five-Star Rating include properties in more than a dozen countries across the globe, from urban oases to rural retreats.
This year, nine new entries join the Five-Star roster, including Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Mayakoba, Spa Botánico, The Spa at Beverly Wilshire, Palm Beach Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, ESPA at Vdara and ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau.
One of the other Five-Star sanctuaries debuting in the group is the recently re-envisioned Meadowood Spa. This new Napa Valley escape wows with a rustic-chic design aesthetic, a menu of thoughtful services and treatment suites so lovely you’ll want to order room service in them after your massage.
Downtown wonders like The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Spa and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei prove urban settings can offer peaceful escapes from metropolitan life without ever having to leave the city limits.
The rundown of new Four-Star spas is a lengthy one (35) and it covers a variety of locales as well, ranging from Mexican resorts (Cabo San Lucas’ Luna y Mar) to stunners in the middle of Florence (The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze).
All total, the list includes 207 Four-Star spas. The 2017 Star Ratings encompasses prestigious properties in 42 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.