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South Africa Hotels Top List in 2013 Conde Nast Readers Awards

South Africa has confirmed its reputation as a luxury tourist destination with brilliant results in the 2013 Condé Nast Readers Awards.

With 4 properties in the Top 20 of the Hotels and Resorts section, South Africa is unmatched in offering truly unique luxury experiences. These properties are all Preferred Suppliers of ATC African Travel Concept proving our dedication to provide our clients with the best luxury experiences.

#1: La Residence, Franschhoek, Western Cape


Sharing the accolade as the top hotel in the world, La Residence adds yet another prestigious award to its ranks. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of pure luxury.

Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a stunning mountain backdrop, La Residence enjoys breathtaking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.

Step into the main hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling; original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls; furnishings are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.

La Residence is part of The Royal Portfolio group of hotels. The Royal Portfolio comprises of three exquisite boutique properties that have received numerous international accolades on a constant basis.

#3: Singita Sabi Sands


Singita Sabi Sands is a renowned Relais & Châteaux property and widely regarded as one of the best safari lodges in the world. It shares the position of the 3rd best hotel/resort in the world.

A former game farm adjacent to Kruger National Park, this truly amazing two-lodge camp and private villa is surrounded by groves of acacia, thornveld, and marula trees on the Sand River. Ebony Lodge celebrates Africa with stone, thatch, and splashes of tribal colors, while contemporary Boulders Lodge has earth tones and glass walls.

Only the best wines complement dishes prepared by the resident chef. In addition to game drives, guided safari walks are available upon request.

#3: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve


Sharing 3rd position with Singita, Bushmans Kloof was also awarded as the best Resort & Safari Camp in Africa. Bushmans Kloof consists of 16 luxurious guest rooms and suites, as well as Koro Lodge, a private, fully-catered villa close to the main lodge.

Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains lies Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat; an ecological oasis within a roughly hewn and magical land. Bushmans Kloof offers a distinctive wilderness experience among open plains and ancient sandstone formations. It is a place to reconnect with the natural world and feel the pulse of an extraordinary and ancient landscape.

As a Relais & Châteaux property and part of the Red Carnation Hotel Group, the lodge offers splendid luxury, generous hospitality and all modern amenities. The reserve, located just 270km from Cape Town, is predator and malaria free. Bushmans Kloof has been consistently lauded for its outstanding dedication to the preservation of the 7500 hectare reserve; a sanctuary for many species of endangered flora and fauna.

#11: Lion Sands, Sabi Sand Game Reserve


In joint 11th place is Lion Sands. It is a constant feature on the Condé Nast and World Travel Awards for many years, a testimony to the fantastic service and opulent experience awaiting guests.

Lion Sands Game Reserve is home to magnificent wildlife, including Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Lion that can be viewed on unforgettable game drives. Lion Sands has built a reputation on the philosophy of delivering a consistently informative and holistic safari experience, ensuring that all spheres of the eco-system are covered as to the needs of the guests.

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve offers accommodation at unique exclusive lodges, each one with special features. Lion Sands consists of 5 Lodges: River Lodge, Narina Lodge, Tinga Lodge, Ivory Lodge and 1933 Lodge.

The Narina and Tinga lodges are situated on the banks of the Sabie River, offering magnificent views. While staying at any Lion Sands lodge you can book a magical night sleeping under the stars at one the exclusive treehouses on the reserve.

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