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Forbes Travel Guide Reveals Its 2019 Star Award Winners

Forbes Travel Guide’s inspectors scoured the globe to discover the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas for our 2019 Star Award winners.

Credit: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi AnForbes Travel Guide’s inspectors scoured the globe to discover the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas for our 2019 Star Award winners.For the 61st annual list, we expanded to new destinations, including Anguilla, Bahrain, Belize, Danang, Doha, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Istanbul, Oman, Perth, the Swiss Alps, Tel Aviv and Uruguay. The result is our biggest and most diverse group of honorees yet.To find the top luxury experiences, our inspectors checked into a hotel for a minimum of two nights and posed as ordinary guests. Once there, they tested up to 900 objective, exacting standards that covered everything from whether a staff member greets you curbside within 30 seconds of pulling up in a car to whether housekeeping arranges toiletries on top of high-quality underliners on the counter.
The ratings emphasize graciousness, thoughtfulness and personalized service: 75 percent of a hotel’s score is based on its level of service, while 25 percent is determined by the quality of its facilities (for more on how a hotel earns a rating, click here).See the full list of Star-Rated properties here.
Below are some highlights from this year’s esteemed winners:Fairmont Pacific Rim. Credit: FRHI Hotels ResortsHotelsThe Peninsula Hotels emerged as the biggest winner it’s the first all Five-Star hotel company in Forbes Travel Guide history.The Peninsula Manila earned its inaugural Five-Star award, giving the Hong Kong-based brand a total of 10 top-rated hotels.Another brand with a stellar year was Bulgari Hotels Resorts, which claimed a trifecta of Five-Star honors for Bulgari Hotel Beijing; Bulgari Hotel Residences, London; and Bulgari Resort Bali.
This marks the first Five-Star wins for the company synonymous with the luxurious Roman jeweler.Elsewhere around the globe, countries seized their first Five-Star hotel distinction.
Among them were Malaysia’s Crockfords at Resorts World Genting, a secret spot whose luxurious rooms are mostly reserved for high rollers at the nearby casino; Portugal’s Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, an icon whose outdoor rooftop track affords one of the best views of the city; South Korea’s The Shilla Seoul, a historic property outfitted with the latest technology from owner Samsung; Turkey’s Raffles Istanbul, which boasts an unbeatable location in Zorlu Center mall amid high-end shops, restaurants and an Eataly; and Vietnam’s Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, a dreamy beach escape with three tiers of infinity pools and breezy villas.Other newcomers to the list include three hotels in the British capital: The Langham, London, whose experimental Artesian bar is a destination unto itself; Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London, which makes a triumphant comeback after a June 2018 fire; and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, which resides in one of the city’s most-recognized buildings, the hulking Renzo Piano-designed Shard.Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Credit: Four Seasons Hotels LimitedPlus, Five-Star awards went to Fairmont Pacific Rim, a sleek Vancouver spot offering Coal Harbour vistas and the see-and-be-seen restaurant Botanist; Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, the 1909 grande dame that had a major facelift in 2017; and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, where each of the bright, modern rooms comes with views of the glittering gulf.
And there are two new Five-Star standouts in the United States. On the tiny 141-square-mile Hawaiian isle of Lanai, Four Seasons Resort Lanai offers the exclusivity of a private island alongside amenities like an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course (Bill Gates got married at the stunning 12th hole overlooking crashing waves).Salamander Resort Spa, an elegant equestrian-themed countryside getaway outside of D.C.was inspired by the home of Sheila C. Johnson, founder of the Salamander Hotels Resorts group and co-founder of BET.The final tally was 21 new Five-Star, 49 new Four-Star and 62 new Recommended hotels.

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Ageas is looking to promote a shift in Portugal’s savings culture

How much a population saves plays a crucial role in a country’s economic growth  too little, and it can act as a stranglehold with far-reaching,
The OECD also revealed that the Portuguese are passive in the management of their savings: saving is an active choice for less than 40 percent of respondents.
The OECD average, meanwhile, is 60 percent, while Norway’s is an impressive 80 percent. Along with the fact that few incentives related to savings exist, a lack of knowledge in this area is still very common.Financial literacy is therefore a determining factor in our daily lives, especially as it is becoming more and more complex. The learning process should start at a young age.
Fortunately, this evolution has already begun, with Ageas Portugal playing an important role: the challenge of promoting financial literacy has been incorporated into our global CSR strategy.Financial literacy also plays an extremely important role in creating a new culture for saving, which means we need to be more aware of the practical relevance of financial literacy in its various aspects.Being a market leader in the life and pensions sector in Portugal reinforces our active role in developing the education of citizens towards saving. It is also important to reinforce civic education in schools as a way of affirming the importance of saving from an early age.At Ageas Portugal, we truly believe that the development of skills in this area and the creation of savings habits should start early, in order to develop a greater awareness of the need for good long-term financial management.Retirement approach
Portugal is ageing.
Today we live longer, with fewer children being born too. By 2050, only one in eight people will be considered young – that is, they will be younger than 15 years old.
Despite the fact that there is some time to go before we encounter this scenario, Portugal is already the sixth-oldest country in the world. As such, it is simultaneously confronted with both the benefits and challenges of increasing longevity.Given the international recommendations for living longer, it is curious to see that Portugal’s recent evolution points to an increased focus on the practices of active ageing, despite the lack of mobilisation in older people. As such, it is essential to determine the policies we must adopt in order to ensure the future of this new demographic age.In January 2018, we learned that the average age where people will be granted access to pensions will increase by one month in 2019, to 66 years and five months. Is this enough to ensure the viability of dignified ageing? We don’t think so.The retirement pension is now recognised among the main causes for household indebtedness. This, combined with a high unemployment rate and the deterioration of working conditions, is very concerning for Portugal’s ageing population.
Indeed, if the level of savings does not increase, the retirees of the future are likely to receive considerably less than current pensioners.We have tried to alert older people to the risks of having a carefree plan for the future.We also need to focus on savings instruments that will safeguard them during their retirement years. Fortunately, our wide range of offers responds to the various needs that can arise during this phase.In a bid to create greater awareness, we have teamed up with a major media player to launch a cycle of conferences. The first of these conferences was exactly about this subject: ageing well.Taking the initiative,We have many other initiatives in place too. For instance, Ageas has partnered with a group of like-minded companies to create Singularity U Portugal Summit Cascais, an event that brings the world’s leading experts on accelerating technologies together with Portugal’s brightest minds.
As a founding partner, Ageas helps to connect great companies, entrepreneurs and future innovators with a view to creating new opportunities and training leaders to solve society’s biggest challenges through technology.Go Far is another great example.It’s a joint venture between Ageas and the Portuguese National Association of Pharmacies, which has launched an innovative integrated health services network spanning more than 2,500 associated pharmacies. Services range from the administration of injectables to a wide range of analytical processes.
As we know, pharmacies are highly valued by local communities, particularly among elderly people, who view them as a secure, trusted service when it comes to their health.In a completely different area, we have created a new service designed for expats.The joint venture – this time a result of a collaboration with a real estate consultant – helps support clients in essential tasks such as looking for a house, opening a bank account or obtaining insurance.At Ageas, we want our activities to be far-reaching.The insurance industry has changed completely: today, we need to go beyond insurance by enlarging our ecosystem with new partnerships, as the closed insurance world simply does not work anymore. We need to be in the front line for anticipating needs and tendencies, while also focusing on our customers’ satisfaction and requirements.
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