16 May 2014 by Andrea Weiss

Award-winning South Africa

A slew of South African outfits have recently been named as among the best in the world.

The deck at Singita Castelton

Sleeping over

We all know that South Africa has some of the finest game lodges in the world, so it oughtn’t be a surprise that one has made it on to the Hot List for 2014 with Condé Nast Traveller. The Hot List is an annual round-up of the most exciting hotel openings in the world and includes 51 lodges from New Zealand to New York. The South African lodge to make it on to this prestigious list is Singita Castleton in the Sabi Sand Reserve, named for its elegant conversion of a simple farmhouse into a place of refined yet unfussy luxury. The former family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’s grandfather, it’s an exclusive-use lodge catering for 12 people with six individual cottages. According to Condé Nast: ‘You can’t take the African bush to your home, but Castleton feels like a home in the African bush.’

Getting here

When it comes to flying into South Africa, you can rest assured that if you are scheduled to land at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be arriving at the airport voted the best in Africa in 2014 in the World Airport Awards.

In addition, two of South Africa’s other major city airports, in Durban and Cape Town, feature on the 'best in Africa' list and all three feature in the top 10 list for the World’s Best Domestic Airports

The Skytrax World Airport Awards (now in their 25th year) are based on customer surveys and airports do not pay to be included. The 2014 awards were held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Barcelona, Spain.

Three South African airports named in top 10 airports in Africa

Eating out

If fine dining is your thing, then it's good to know that a South African restaurant features in the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants list. That is the now legendary Test Kitchen in Cape Town’s up-and-coming Woodstock district. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts has previously featured in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants during his time at another venerable Cape Town eatery, La Colombe. The only bad news is that you’ll have to book months ahead to secure a table here (unless, of course, your guest house has a way of making a special arrangement). The Test Kitchen was also named 'One to Watch' last year. The food here is described as 'original, and often theatrical'.

Sweet potato dish at the Test Kitchen, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock. Image courtesy of Rachel Lovinger

Category: Attractions, Food & Wine

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