Rabat – In its 2018 Travel Guide, Forbes magazine listed Morocco as the country with the second largest number of most highly rated vacation properties in the MENA.
Morocco had six hotels and two spas, coming in second to the United Arab Emirates, which had 33 hotels and spas combined.
Formerly known as Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes Travel Guide uses a rating system to assess over 1,600 different hotels, restaurants, and spas in 50 different countries.
Forbes uses 900 objective standards to evaluate factors that come into play – Five-star ratings are only “given to only a handful of the properties that have passed the travel guide’s stringent rating standards.”
The best establishments listed in the kingdom are all located in the city of Marrakech.
The Royal Mansour and the Mandarin Oriental were each awarded 5 star ratings, while La Mamounia and the Four Seasons Resort each scored 4 stars.
In 2015, Royal Mansour was named best hotel in Africa at the ceremonial “Prix Villégiature 2015” awards.
Meanwhile, Mandarin Oriental (which has opened its doors in 2015) was nominated as one of the hotels and resorts with the best achievement in design worldwide. This was for Virtuoso’s 10th annual “Best of the Best” hotel awards.
Hotels Amanjena and Selman Marrakech were “recommended” for travelers, while Mandarin Oriental and Royal Mansour spas were classified as 4-star resorts.
In its debut of its travel guide, Forbes also noted that the Middle East emerged with some big wins. United Arab Emirates hotels Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah (in Dubai), Emirates Palace (in Abu Dhabi), Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, and Four Seasons Resort Dubai (at Jumeirah Beach) were all awarded 5 star ratings.