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16 hotels in California, 5 in Las Vegas earn 2016 five-star Forbes awards

If it's the plush life you're after for your next hotel stay, check out 42 new hotels that have been awarded five stars by the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide.

The guide on Monday announced awards for five-star, four-star and recommended hotels for those that meet its criteria each year. (You can read up on how hotels are rated here.)

Paris had the most first-timers with nine, followed by Italy with eight.

In the U.S., six new hotels joined the top tier, including Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah; and Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui, Hawaii.

In California, 16 hotels retained their five-star status in the 2016 guide.

Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

Montage Beverly Hills

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Orange County

Montage Laguna Beach (its spa ranked five stars too)

The Resort at Pelican Hill (its spa also got five stars) in Newport Beach

The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point

Other areas of California

Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe

Four Seasons San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park

Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara

In other parts of the West, five-star winners include:

Las Vegas

Aria Sky Suites

Encore Tower Suites

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Skylofts at MGM Grand

Wynn Tower Suites

Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui

Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk on Oahu

Forbes Travel Guide's five-star rankings this year include 154 hotels, 56 restaurants and 47 spas.

Go to the Forbes Travel Guide 2016 Star Award Winners website to see the list of all hotels and their rankings.

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