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Get to Know the 13 Forbes Travel Stars Awardees in the Philippines

The Philippines scored four Forbes Travel 5-Star Awards in the 2019 property ranking.

Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards named 12 Philippine hotels and one spa in its 2019 listing of the world’s best luxury properties released on February 22.

Leading the Philippines’ Forbes Travel Star Awardees is The Peninsula Manila which received its inaugural 5-Star award in the 61st edition of the annual listing.

The Peninsula Manila raises Manila’s full star awardees to four along with the three other 5-Star Manila hotels which were cited in the 2018 edition of the annual property rating.

Five Manila hotels received the 4-Star rating, 3 hotels also in Manila were Recommended, and 1 Manila spa received 4 Stars.

Get to know the Philippines’ 13 Forbes Travel Star Awardees for 2019:


1. Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Nestled in the vibrant and growing commercial business district is the first purpose-built 5-star Marco Polo hotel in the Philippines offering discerning guests 316 spacious and well-designed rooms and suites, including two Continental Club floors that accord unrivalled privileges and benefits.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is centrally located in Ortigas Commercial Business District between Quezon City, Mandaluyong and Pasig City.

2. Nüwa Manila

Your journey in luxury and indulgence begins here. Nüwa welcomes you with impeccable service in surroundings that are both opulent and elegant stylish. Private and intuitive service is delivered through culturally aware service professional to make your stay at Nüwa an oasis in the heart of City of Dreams Manila.

Each of the 254 guestrooms are luxuriously appointed and styled for timeless elegance. Our Pool Villas and Bi-level Villas are designed to maximize living space while providing unprecedented exclusivity and the utmost in personalized butler service.

3. Sky Tower at Solaire Resort & Casino

The integrated resort’s 17-storey all-suite Sky Tower is 3-time 5-Star Forbes Travel Awardee. It consists of 312 splendid rooms that boasts sophisticated interiors and luxurious finishes. The resort also offers extensive dining options with its signature restaurants Waterside that offers Latin-inspired dishes; Yakumi for fresh Japanese cuisine; Red Lantern for authentic Chinese delicacies; Finestra Italian Steakhouse for the finest steaks and wines; and Fresh for an abundant spread of worldly selections.

It is also home to iconic designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo and BVLGARI in The Shoppes. Its crown jewel is The Theatre, a 1,740 seat state-of-the-art lyric theatre that has staged internationally-acclaimed Broadway musicals and some of the country’s best entertainment performers. The Theatre is currently running Phantom of The Opera.

4. The Peninsula Manila

The only recognizable landmark of the Makati district in Manila from 40 years ago is The Peninsula Manila, a grand, elegant luxury spot. The two-tower hotel has the same distinguished air as the day it opened, from the cascading waterfall at the entrance of the building to the lobby’s four-story ceilings, which bathe the tufted chairs and iconic sunburst sculpture with natural light.

As you stroll past the potted palm trees in the lobby and up the curved marble staircases to your room, the iconic Old Manila restaurant or the tranquil spa, you’ll likely see why The Peninsula is known as “the jewel in the capital’s crown.”


  1. Fairmont Makati
  2. Hyatt Regency Manila City of Dreams
  3. Nobu Hotel Manila
  4. Raffles Makati 4-Star
  5. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila


  1. Conrad Manila
  2. Makati Shangri-La, Manila
  3. Pan Pacific Manila


  1. Nüwa Spa Manila

The Forbes reveals its property rating is based on the evaluation of inspectors who 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 (for more on how a hotel earns a rating, click here).

The Philippines’ 13 Forbes Star Awardees were tallied among the best 21 new Five-Star, 49 new Four-Star and 62 new Recommended hotels.

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