At around the time (usually in October) when some of us search the Internet to find the best accommodation for our upcoming summer or winter holiday, those very same hotels, and places we’d love to stay at receive the coveted World Travel Awards. Well, some of them do.
Established in 1993, the “World Travel Awards” is today known as the Oscars of the travel industry. All the sectors of the tourism industry are recognized, celebrated, and rewarded.
And it is for that very reason, or reasons, that we confidently share the top achievers of the past three years with you so you can have the best holiday ever! Yes, these are the top-of-the-range hotels, game reserves, lodges, safari’s, apartments, and places in South Africa. And of course, they will be more expensive than your run-of-the-mill hotel reservation. However, if you plan your trip well in advance, it should be in your range.
Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg at O.R. Tambo walked away with two awards. Besides being the leading conference hotel, they were also recognized as the leading new hotel in Africa.
Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg at O.R. Tambo scooped the coveted award from other nominations such as:
Nelson Mandela completed his famed memoir in this small, luxurious boutique hotel. Combine the ultimate in elegance and hospitality, and you have the Saxon Hotel.
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa has won the award every year since 2002! The top contenders are also great accommodation choices. Like,…
And if you’re wondering which room to book? Consider the Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite.
Suggested Read: The Best of Johannesburg. One day only, in Johannesburg, known as the “City of Gold”.
Known for its delicious curries, Durban might not have won the leading city destination award, but it walked away as the place to be for festivals and events.
Furthermore, it is their second year running that they scooped the award away from Cape Town (2018 – 2020). Not shabby! Even more impressive is that they competed against the likes of Marrakech and Rabat, both in Morocco.
Having lost the award to Nairobi in Kenya in 2016, Durban again came out tops for the fifth consecutive year.
Thanda Safari Lodge has nine gorgeous bush suites.
Villa iZulu at Thanda Safari walked away with a prestigious World Travel Award.
And with good reason. It’s a beautiful and luxurious reserve with three very distinct accommodation options:
Villa iZulu, the award-winning villa, is the ultimate in privacy combined with luxury. It’s ideally suited to celebrities, small groups and families.
Thanda Tented Camp offers luxury safari tents (15 of them) for an unforgettable experience in the wild.
Shambala Private Game Reserve walked away with the prestigious World Travel Award for World’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2020.
Team up with your friends and family, or colleagues, and book the entire villa for yourselves! The villa sits in Shambala Private Game Reserve in Vaalwater, Limpopo Province.
In Sabi Sand, the heart of Africa, there is a luxurious safari lodge called Silvan Safari. They provide visitors with an all-inclusive safari experience that is revolutionizing the luxury safari. Silvan Safari invites visitors to embark on a voyage of rediscovery where they can make connections with the African wilderness, rekindle their spiritual ties to the planet, and become permanently changed because of the experience.
After five years, Sun City again walked off with the award. From 2009 to 2015, Sun City Resort was the front-runner in providing families with amazing holidays. Then in 2016, Leopard Beach Resort & Spa in Kenya walked off as the new front-runner. Until 2020 when Baobab Beach Resort & Spa, also in Kenya, took the honors.
Sun City Resort provides families with all the bells and whistles that go into a fabulous family holiday.
Suggested Read: Dikhololo, serenity at its best.
Cape Town International Airport (CPT), approximately 20 km (12 miles) south-east of the Cape Town city center, walked away with the award for the fifth year running.
One&Only is a wellness hotel with exquisite views! But that’s not all that led to receiving the coveted World Travel Award.