By Forbes Travel Guide Star
The Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings list is considered one of the foremost authorities of the world’s finest luxury hotels, spas and restaurants. Scored using a proprietary algorithm that weighs service at 75% and quality of the property at 25%, the Star Ratings guide follows exacting standards that focus on graciousness, thoughtfulness and a sense of personalised service to craft a list of Five-Star, Four-Star and Recommended sites.
This is the first year the Forbes Travel Guide inspectors surveyed Kuala Lumpur, adding three new Malaysian hotels to its list of 1,609 properties, which includes Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Dubai, Madrid, Prague and Vienna, for the first time.
As Kuala Lumpur debuts on the annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings survey for the first time, Resorts World Genting proved its excellence with two accolades in the 2018 list, out of only three Malaysian hotels cited.
The flagship Genting Grand Hotel at Resorts World Genting was honored with a coveted four-star rating (requiring an average score of 80-89% from the Forbes Travel Guide inspectors), the only Malaysian hotel to do so, while Maxims Hotel at Resorts World Genting gained a “Recommended” citation.
On Genting Grand Hotel, the Forbes Travel Guide called it a “luxury retreat outside of Kuala Lumpur”, praising it for its “plush accommodations, gorgeous views and friendly staff”, concluding that Genting Grand Hotel “hits the jackpot for a restful retreat”.
High praise was also given to the M Spa – where “Asian-inspired therapies like the Cleopatra’s Secret Spa Treatment and the Ancient-Thai Yoga Massage” are a treat – and dining options at the “chic and stylish” L’TITUDE lounge and “luxurious” The Olive.
Maxims Hotel received a Recommendation, requiring an average score of 70-79%. Forbes Travel Guide inspectors opined that “if Resorts World Genting is considered an out-of-this-world vacationing experience… Maxims Genting might be its brightest star”.
Calling it the resort’s “most exclusive address”, the inspectors were particularly impressed by the VIP-only suites on the 15th to 17th floor, conceptualised by Malaysian design firm DesignStream, and the trio of swanky apartments on the 18th floor with their lush vertical gardens, art, designer furniture and sophisticated interiors.
The e18hteen restaurant, adjoining the sleek indoor swimming pool, also enthralled inspectors.
The Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings is released annually in the first quarter of every year. For more information, visit forbestravelguide.com.