Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity are the online names to beat when it comes to authority in five star ratings for resorts or hotels. They are not the only ones though, and there are older, more established names that sit very well with luxury travelers. These include names as varied as Forbes and Conde Nast Traveler, Michelin, AAA, Travel & Leisure magazine and even more venerable ones in European countries. There is also a European hotel rating standard that is reliable on any term.
Rating systems for restaurants and hotels were made to provide an established way of helping guests decide which places to go to. Any establishment with a star rating deserves some attention. Expectations will be for quality amenities, services and settings, which go up as stars are added to the rating.
Star rating systems are often derived from guest reviews and experiences. They can also be the work of experts who personally visit a given hotel to test out ratings metrics on accommodations and services. Any star given a hotel is therefore based on realtime assessment of its facilities and staff. Many classifications exist, which ultimately conform to overall standards and generic norms.
The five star rating remains the classic in designating the ultimate in comfort, convenience and amenities for any hotel and resort. Michelin only gives up to only three (or perhaps four and a Luxus option) stars to best destinations. Plus, for some organisations, four stars defines the top tier.
Most of the established organisations mentioned will have reliable ratings. And these are based on the work of inspectors or appraisers who are formally trained or qualified for the job. For online traveler sites, client testimonials or reviews are used. Reviews in tens of thousands create a reliable, mathematically precise hotel rating system.
Uber Rated Hotels and the Rising Numbers of the Ratings Game
The relevant numbers in the ratings game today run from one to eight, as of the latest count. The numbers can be represented as stars (the most popular) or diamonds, checks, and stylised icons by specific companies. For those companies or organisations who run ratings for a large audience, the stellar values are represented by real things as defined earlier in the article.
Let’s look at the famous Hotel Burj al Arab, which started the seven star trend for the glitziest, bling laden, ultra luxe service megabucks hotels. The rating has never been formalised, although the Burj Al’ Arab provides services and amenities that do go beyond the range of five star hotels.
To go the distance, Alessandro Rosso, owner of Hotel Seven Stars Galleria, asked a Swiss ratings company to come up with the qualities of a seven star hotel. The Alessandro Rosso Group promptly applied these and opened the doors of the first and only officially rated seven star rated accommodations in the world in 2007.
Rosso’s place in the Vittorio Emanuelle II complex is now a member of an exclusive club of hotels rated with seven stars. There are now half a dozen or so other seven starred hotels throughout the world. Also, the Burj al Arab, according to various websites, can have six, seven or even an eight star rating.
The seven star rating is still informal at best, although some hotels have followed the Rosso group example. This shows how the ratings game is played as part of competition between the most luxurious hotels. Definitely, the five star systems remain reliable, and if you are in search of something beyond these, your choices are few and perhaps too exclusive or gimmicky.
You will probably find all the hotels mentioned above in the list of Forbes five star hotels 2019. The trends change constantly, but where guest accommodations are concerned, the standards are well established.
Is There a Difference Between Ratings for Luxury Hotels and Resorts?
Australians have a good source of reliable ratings for all types of guest accommodations where you can check star rating of hotels. This is called Star Ratings Australia, which are extensively studied and applied by Australian Auto Clubs. The rating system is not unlike the Forbes five star restaurant guide or Forbes five star service standards list. However, SRA does not apply its standards to international locations.
Hotels are places that often reflect cultural, urban and national history. Resorts are where people go to for consciously for things like a honeymoon, a romantic holiday, family vacation or unique resorts based experiences. For the Maldives traveler, for instance, resorts are the thing, with some options for good hotels located in Male, the Maldivian capital. The best way to go for those traveling to Maldives is start with a resort reservation.
So, yes, there is a difference between how luxury resorts and hotels are rated. Location is always key, and here both types of accommodations will diverge. Hotels or inns are most often identified with a city. Outside of cities, guest lodging classifications will diversify into motels, bed and breakfasts, resorts and the like.
Resorts, too, have an emphasized outdoors quality related to physical leisure and sports activities. If a resort for example is in the Maldives, which is an atoll archipelago, there will surely be an emphasis on water sports. Here, your spending will be also be on different things. Some of these are unique to the Maldives traveling experience, outside of basic reservations or bookings.
The Maldives Resorts Travel Experience: a Unique Five Star Rated Occasion
Thor Heyerdahl, laconically and without a doubt, tagged the Maldives as an earthly paradise. This, after only seeing it that first time. So imagine yourself in one of our resorts, booked for a budget friendly all in deal. Yes, here we will say with the same confidence as Heyerdahl, that your stay will definitely by a five star occasion.
In the resorts category, our resorts will excel in location (including natural features of the atolls) and service (private butlers are a norm). They also excel in accommodations and extra services like boats and sports equipment. The operators and their design experts made good use of the underwater world. Typically, you can have mind blowing scenes of marine life and underwater ecosystems. You can have these right in your overwater bungalow, in a restaurant or bar, or in a glass bottomed boat.
There is nothing much to equal the five star experience in the Maldives. In fact, we can only think of so few. Maldives Resorts partners with nothing less than destinations with at least 4.5 star ratings. These will follow new and relevant classification trends and standards created through the guidance of the island nation’s Ministry of Tourism. The guiding standards are the greenest, most progressive in terms of ecotourism.
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