California: Yaamava’ Resort & Casino gets Forbes Travel Guide recognitions in three categories

The Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel, California, has received a “prestigious” rating in three categories of the Forbes Travel Guide. The global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas, and ocean cruises announced its 2023 Star Awards on February 15, 2023.

The Serrano Spa earned a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, and The Pines Modern Steakhouse and Yaamava’ Resort each earned a new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star award, with all three being the first in the Inland Empire to receive such designation. 

Peter Arceo, General Manager of Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel, commented: “As we continuously strive to provide a best-in-class and unique experience for our valued guests, we are truly honored to receive this prestigious recognition from Forbes.” 

“It is through the vision and support of the Tribe, along with the dedication from all team members, that we were able to achieve this monumental milestone,” he added. “We know this is just the beginning, and we are excited to see what we can accomplish in 2023 and beyond!

Serrano Spa

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, owned and operated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, is a Southern California luxury resort “offering the ultimate destination for relaxation, entertainment, and dining,” according to its management.

“Best-in-class service and unmatched amenities can be experienced in the 17-floor hotel tower,” which opened its doors on December 13, 2021, the travel guide notes. Each of the 432 rooms and suites are crafted with furniture and décor inspired by the native landscape. 

Influenced by the earth’s natural elements, Serrano Spa offers “a transformative experience designed to boost the mind, body, and spirit.” Meanwhile, an elevated fine dining and an award-winning wine list featuring rare, unique, and one-of-a-kind vintages can be found at The Pines Modern Steakhouse, which was recognized with the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence.

Afsi Bird, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino, added: “We take great pleasure in announcing that Yaamava’ Resort & Casino has earned the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating for 2023. This award signifies that Yaamava’ Resort & Casino offers an excellent hospitality experience, and we are proud of our team’s accomplishment in the first year of operations.” 

Yaamava’ Resort and Casino is one of only three Four-Star tribal-owned properties in the country, and one of only two that also holds a Five-Star spa and Four-Star restaurant,” Bird pointed out.

Amanda Frasier, President of Ratings for Forbes Travel Guide, concluded: “Travel is in an incredible position for continued growth, as people prioritize authentic, in-person experiences.”

The hotels, ocean cruises, restaurants and spas on our 2023 Star Rating list demonstrate an impressive commitment to creating memorable environments that nurture connection, joy and sense of place as we experience the world to its fullest.”