Tourism & Cruises

Miami-Dade hotels make Forbes five-star rating for fourth consecutive year

Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach received a five-star rating for the fourth year in a row.
Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach received a five-star rating for the fourth year in a row. Courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa

South Florida’s top names in the hotel industry, as well as some newcomers, were honored Monday with five-star ratings on Forbes Travel Guide’s 58th list of the world’s top hotels.

In Miami-Dade County, some popular names again received the five-star treatment. Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach and the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell were recognized for the fourth consecutive year. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort earned the distinction for the third year in a row and The Setai in Miami Beach, which was new to the list in 2015, scored a repeat mention this year.

The Mandarin Oriental continues to earn accolades across the board, earning five stars for its hotel, Asian-American fusion restaurant, Azul, and spa for the fourth consecutive year.

The spas at the Acqualina and the St. Regis also received five stars, as did another repeat: sushi restaurant Naoe.

New to the list this year was Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, 11 miles north of Delray Beach. The resort, which opened in 2013, is one of only eight independent hotel brands in the U.S. to receive the distinction for both the hotel and spa, according to a release.

Florida had seven five-star hotels in all, including the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and the Ritz Carlton in Naples.

After nearly a decade’s absent from the list, published by Forbes Travel Guide, formerly the Mobil Travel Guide, Miami hotels have made a comeback, consistently making the list each year since 2013.

Across the globe, 154 hotels received the five-star distinction this year — more than any year in Forbes Travel Guide history.

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