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Forbes Travel Guide, the world-renowned appraising system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, revealed its annual Star Rating list for 2020 yesterday. Delaire Graff Estate, fondly known as the Jewel of the Cape Winelands and a newcomer to the Travel Guide, has been awarded with the highest level of achievement: the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Stars.

Now in its 62nd year, Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the global expert on genuine Five-Star service, has this year significantly expanded its global footprint by including new key international markets for the first time, including South Africa.

My team and I at Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa are immensely proud now to be part of the luxury international Forbes Travel Guide family. Being awarded 5 Stars in the inaugural year of South Africa’s inclusion makes for even more reason to celebrate!” says Werner Wentzel, General Hospitality Manager of Delaire Graff Estate.

It’s a privilege for Forbes Travel Guide to honor such magnificent hotels, restaurants and spas from all corners of the globe. Each deserving recipient excels at enriching people’s lives through the power of exceptional service,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Our role at Forbes Travel Guide is to establish our annual star ratings with absolute independence and integrity, and champion those at the very top of their game.”


A total of 432 Five-Star distinctions were awarded to hotels, restaurants and spas. This top honour was attained for the first time in 2020 by destinations in Antigua; Bora Bora; Cambodia; Cape Town; Doha; Fiji; Ireland; Johannesburg; the Maldives; Mauritius; Monte Carlo; Moscow; Prague; St. Petersburg, Russia; the Seychelles; and Tahiti.

To view the full Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings for 2020, visit

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, click here.