Only 4 Georgia hotels, restaurants, spas make exclusive Forbes 5-star list

Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its choices for the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas this month. One Georgia travel destination made the cut. Congratulations to Sea Island. It’s Cloister hotel, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club resort, The Spa at Sea Island and the Georgian Room were the only spots to be given five starts by Forbes.

It’s the 13th year in a row that each of the properties earned five stars.

“It’s an honor for Sea Island to once again be the recipient of Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star ranking,” said Scott Steilen, president and CEO of Sea Island Company. “This recognition is a reflection of our dedicated team who works tirelessly to provide a flawless experience for our guests.”

RELATED: 1 unique Georgia spot makes Top 25 US Beaches list

Across the globe, 283 hotels, 73 restaurants and 90 spas were given five stars.

The ratings were based off of travel inspectors from Forbes visiting the properties, posing as regular guests and testing up to 900 standards, everything from luxuries to food and beverage choices to decor. Service has always been very important in the ratings scale.

“The Lodge at Sea Island, which opened in 2001 and marks its 20th anniversary this year, is the longest standing hotel to consecutively receive Forbes Travel Guide’s five-star ranking since opening its doors,” Sea Island noted in a release about the achievement.

“The Cloister is different from other hotels because of its secluded coastal Georgia location, elegant Spanish-revival architecture and top-notch amenities,” Forbes noted. “Noted architect Addison Mizner — who was responsible for building up Palm Beach — created the original Five-Star hotel. You’ll still see the lovely Mediterranean details, like Turkish rugs and wood-beam ceilings, in the rooms.”