When looking to renew this holiday season, consider The Spa at Pelican Hill, recently honored with a 2010 Forbes Five Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, in the first awards since the brand transfer was announced this fall. The ratings process is based on more than 750 standardized criteria for hotels, making it the most rigorous and comprehensive in the industry. To achieve Forbes Travel Guide Four and Five Star status, properties must meet or exceed the bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation conducted by expert inspectors. (800/585-1654, www.pelicanhill.com)     JANESHIOMI