Malta is featured for the second year in a row on the Forbes Travel Guide’s 65th Annual Luxury Star Awards 2023 Ten Luxury Hotels Listed

This is the second year in a row that Malta was included in the Forbes Travel Guide list of luxury properties around the globe.

Forbes Travel Guide, the only independent, rigorous global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, unveiled its 65th prestigious luxury Star Awards Winners for 2023.

The 2023 Forbes Travel Guide lists ten luxury properties in Malta, an archipelago in the Mediterranean, 4 more than in 2022. 

The 4 newly included properties featured in the Forbes 2023 list are AX The Saint John Boutique, Hyatt Regency Malta, The Phoenicia Malta and The Westin Dragonara Resort. The 2023 list features one 5-Star property, the Iniala Harbour House and four 4-Star properties offering high levels of service and quality of facilities including Corinthia Palace Malta, Hyatt Regency Malta, The Phoenicia Malta, The Westin Dragonara Resort.

Five Maltese properties listed in the Recommended category, rated for being excellent properties with good facilities and consistently good service.

They include AX The Saint John Boutique, Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Golden Sands, Rosselli – AX Privilege, and Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, in Gozo.

“The fact that the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide has now featured three more hotels in 2023, now totaling 10 luxury properties, is a clear indication that Malta has gained worldwide recognition as a luxury destination,” said Michelle Buttigieg, Representative North America, Malta Tourism Authority. She added, “with new luxury hotels opening this year, 2023, we hope that the number of luxury properties listed by Forbes in 2024 will be even greater.” 

Malta International Fireworks Festival

About Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide is the global authority on luxury hospitality and to compile the 65th annual Star Awards, their professional inspectors, who travel incognito, assess the finest hotels, restaurants, spas and ocean cruise ships based on hundreds of exacting standards that determine their coveted annual Star Ratings. Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors inspect every hotel, restaurant, spa and cruise ship in person, while posing as ordinary guests. In this way they ensure that every Star Rating is earned through an objective, independent process and no one is capable of buying a rating under any circumstance. 

The 2023 Star Awards Winners list includes 360 Five-Star, 585 Four-Star and 433 Recommended Hotels. It also features 79 Five-Star, 113 Four-Star and 67-Recommended restaurants, 119 Five-Star, 195 Four-Star spas, and five cruise ships, worldwide.

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About Malta

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta, built by the proud Knights of St. John, is one of the UNESCO sites and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. 

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Malta Tourism Authority – North America 

Michelle Buttigieg

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