South Africa shines at 2015 USA Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards

Incredible wildlife, Singita Grumeti Reserves. Image courtesy Singita.

Incredible wildlife at Singita Grumeti Reserves. Image courtesy of Singita.

Prestigious USA travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler recently announced the winners of its Reader’s Choice Awards for 2015 and SA certainly held its own against some stiff competition.

Top 100 hotels and resorts in the world

While Singita Grumeti in Tanzania topped the list, Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat took the Number 3 spot. It also took first place in the “Top 12 resorts in South Africa” category. This spacious and luxurious retreat, which is a member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has 16 guest rooms and a fully catered villa called Koro Lodge.


Bushmans Kloof is situated in the beautiful Cederberg mountain range. Image courtesy of Red Carnation.

Number 17 was occupied by andBeyond Lodges & Camps at Sabi Sand Game Reserve, while Singita Sabi Sand and Madikwe Safari Lodge were positioned at Number 19 and 20, respectively.

Pool area at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Image courtesy Oyster Box Hotel/Red Carnation Hotels

The pool area at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Image courtesy of the Oyster Box Hotel and Red Carnation.

Top 25 Hotels in Africa

In the Number 1 spot is the 209-room Belmond Mount Nelson at the foot of Table Mountain. An institution in Cape Town, locals love popping in for afternoon tea on the terrace or a glass of bubbly at the Planet Bar. KwaZulu-Natal’s super-stylish hotel The Oyster Box came in at Number 2, while exclusive Relais & Chateaux property Ellerman House, which is set on the slopes of Lion’s Head and has spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean, took third place.

CTT: Table Mountain Cape Town by Lisa Burnell

Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Image by Lisa Burnell, courtesy of Cape Town Tourism.

Best Cities in the World

Cape Town made the Top 20, coming in at Number 16 for, among other things, its “majestic beaches, design influencers, and breathtaking Table Mountain”. Florence, Italy, nabbed the Number 1 spot, in case you were curious. To read more, check out: 2015 US Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards 

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