Malta is Featured for the Third Year In a Row on the Forbes Travel Guide’s 66th Annual Luxury Star Awards 2024

Marsamxett Harbour, Malta - Image courtesy of Malta Tourism Authority

Forbes Travel Guide, the only independent, rigorous global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, unveiled its 66th luxury Star Awards Winners for 2024. This is the third year in a row that Malta, an archipelago in the Mediterranean, was included in this prestigious Forbes Travel Guide list of luxury properties around the globe. The 2024 Forbes Travel Guide lists eleven luxury properties in Malta, one more than in 2023. 

The 2024 list has awarded one Maltese property with a 5-star rating, the Iniala Harbour House and four properties with 4-star ratings based on their high levels of service and the quality of facilities including Corinthia Palace Malta, Hyatt Regency Malta, The Phoenicia Malta, The Westin Dragonara Resort. Six Maltese properties are listed in the Recommended category, rated for being excellent properties with good facilities and consistently good service, include AX The Saint John Boutique,Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Golden Sands, Rosselli – AX Privilege, Hilton Malta (newly added to the 2024 list) and Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, in Gozo.

Michelle Buttigieg, Representative North America, Malta Tourism Authority, added, “We expect even more luxury hotels opening in 2024, and are confident that the Maltese listings in the Forbes Travel Guide next year will continue to expand.”

Valletta, Malta’s capital
Valletta, Malta’s capital

About Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide is the global authority on luxury hospitality and to compile the 66th 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. 

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The 2024 Star Awards Winners list includes 340 Five-Star, 600 Four-Star and 503 Recommended Hotels. It also features 78 Five-Star, 121 Four-Star and 59-Recommended restaurants, 126 Five-Star, 201 Four-Star spas, and twelve cruise ships, worldwide.

Mdina, Malta

About Malta

Malta and its sister islands Gozo and Comino, an archipelago in the Mediterranean, boasts a  year round sunny climate and 8,000 years of intriguing history. It is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Valletta, Malta’s Capital, built by the proud Knights of St. John. Malta has the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, showcasing one of the British Empire’s most formidable defense systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military structures from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. Rich in culture, Malta has a year-round calendar of events and festivals, attractive beaches, yachting, trendy gastronomical scene with 6 Michelin-starred restaurants and a thriving nightlife, there is something for everyone. 

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Linda Hohnholz