Guess what, travel enthusiasts? The 65th annual Forbes Travel Guide is officially out, revealing this year’s list of the world’s most luxurious hotels, restaurants, and spas. New this year? An ocean cruise category – which means you’ll have even more options when it comes to planning a bucket list trip.

Among them are 17 BC hotels and spas, including 10 that are right here in Vancouver. So if you’re looking to plan something extravagant but don’t want to shell out the dough for airfare, not to worry. There are plenty of stunning options in-house.

The 2023 Star Awards winners fall into one of the following rankings: Five-Star, Four-Star, Recommended, and Soon To Be Rated.

In order to compile the list, Forbes Travel Guide’s inspectors went incognito to “check into hotels and cruise ships, dine in the restaurants, and experience spa services”, according to the report. They did this all while posing as regular guests, so you know you’re getting an authentic review.

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Let’s get into it: Here are all the BC Star Award Winners for 2023:


  • Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Rosewood Hotel Georgia
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
  • Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim


  • CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
  • Fairmont Empress (Victoria)
  • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver
  • Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler
  • Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Vancouver
  • The Sutton Place Hotel
  • Wickaninnish Inn


  • The Douglas, Autograph Collection
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
  • The Magnolia Hotel & Spa
  • The St. Regis Hotel

And that’s a wrap on this year’s Forbes Travel Guide. For more info on each winner, you can check out the full list of Star Award Winners around the globe.