Forbes Travel Guide has revealed its 2018 Star Award winners. The 60th annual list of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas included nine U.S. Mountain West hotels that landed the prestigious Five-Stars and are located in the mountains or immediately surrounded by peaks. 

Forbes Travel Guide, an online-only publication in 60 countries, uses a scoring system that weighs service at 75 percent (emphasizing graciousness, thoughtfulness and personalized service) and the facility quality at 25 percent. Congratulations to these properties and to The Broadmoor for being one of only 13 properties in the world to capture triple FiveStars for their hotel, restaurant and spa.

» THE BROADMOOR; Colorado Springs, Colorado
» THE CANYON SUITES AT THE PHOENICIAN; Scottsdale, Arizona
» CHÂTEAU DU SUREAU; Oakhurst, California
» FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES JACKSON HOLE; Jackson Hole, Wyoming
» THE LITTLE NELL; Aspen, Colorado
» MONTAGE DEER VALLEY; Park City, Utah
» THE RANCH AT ROCK CREEK; Philipsburg, Montana
» THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN; Tucson, Arizona
» STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE DEER VALLEY; Park City, Utah

Where groups can wrap up a day of winter fun in Steamboat Springs, Taos, Alta and Snowbird.

 

Two Roads Hospitality has assumed management of L’Auberge de Sedona and Orchards Inn, which are now part of the Denver-based company’s Destination Hotels collection, which features more than 40 properties. L’Auberge de Sedona features 4,480 square feet of event space in addition to several outdoor venues, 62 luxury cottages, 21 traditional lodgestyle guest rooms and the five-bedroom Creekhouse. Many of the guest rooms feature new furniture and design elements.

 

Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona has a new lineup of health-focused team-building and breakout sessions for groups of 10-120 that spotlight relaxation, meditation and clean eating. Examples of these options include experiencing the world-famous Sedona spirituality with guided meditation breaks in meeting rooms along with chair massages and yoga classes. Groups also can get creative with meeting room setups so they feature lounge furniture, yoga balls and mats, and cocktail tables to provide more room for activities.