Congratulations to all of the South African properties recognized in this year’s Conde Nast Traveler Awards! The survey was conducted at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic which, as the US Editor of Conde Nast Traveler Jesse Ashlock, says is “a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience. The winners represent the best of the best for our audience and offer plenty of trip-planning inspiration for all the adventures we can’t wait to have next.”

More than 715 000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted their selections. The lists that feature South African properties highlight both hotels and resorts, with Delaire Graff the highest-rated South African hotel on the Africa and Middle East list and Morukuru Beach Lodge coming in first on the South African Resorts list.

“We are absolutely thrilled and most proud to be recognized as the Best Resort in South Africa and only 2 years after opening our doors,” says Ed Zeeman, Owner of Morukuru Family. “Receiving recognition for this very special location within a protected nature reserve and the lengths we have gone to create this 100% off-grid operation, without having to compromise in luxury and comfort is just amazing!  Our Madikwe exclusive-use safari houses also made it onto the top 20 list for the 3rd year in a row.”

Conde Nast Traveler Awards

The Liz McGrath Collection had three hotels on the Top 30 Hotels in Africa and Middle East list – namely, The Plettenberg, The Cellars-Hohenort and The Marine. “We’re thrilled to have been recognised in this way,” says The Liz McGrath Collection CEO Jacqui Elliot.

“We’d like to thank our loyal guests for voting for all three of our standout properties – this appreciation of our offering inspires us to even greater heights. Now that we have opened our doors to travellers post lockdown, we look forward to hosting our guests at these bucket-list destinations and providing the luxury service and superlative accommodation standards they have come to know and expect from us!”

The full list of South African properties that were recognized are:

Top Hotels in Africa and the Middle East

  • Delaire Graff Estate – 4th
  • The Plettenberg – 5th
  • Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel – 6th
  • The Last Word Long Beach – 7th
  • Ellerman House – 9th
  • The Oyster Box – 10th
  • One & Only Cape Town – 11th
  • More Quarters Hotel – 13th
  • Babylonstoren – 14th
  • The Cellars-Hohenort – 15th
  • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel – 16th
  • The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa – 18th
  • The Silo Hotel – 19th
  • Birkenhead House – 20th
  • Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa – 21st
  • Cape Grace – 25th
  • Tintswalo Atlantic – 26th
  • The Marine – 28th
  • Taj Cape Town – 30th

Top Resorts in South Africa

  1. Morukuru Family Beach Lodge (8th in the world)
  2. Singita Sabi Sand – Boulders Lodge (17th in the world)
  3. Royal Malewane (27th in the world)
  4. Lion Sands Game Reserve (33rd in the world)
  5. Londolozi (36th in the world)
  6. Tintswalo Safari Lodge (43rd in the world)
  7. andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve (44th in the world)
  8. Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
  9. The Outpost
  10. Makanyi Private Game Lodge
  11. Thornybush Game Lodge
  12. Madikwe Safari Lodge
  13. Marataba Luxury Lodges
  14. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
  15. Thanda Safari
  16. andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge & Tented Camp
  17. Jaci’s Lodges
  18. Morukuru Family, Madikwe Game Reserve
  19. MalaMala Game Reserve
  20. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
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