South Africa scores big with US market
Travel & Leisure magazine is one of the world's great travel bibles, and has been for many years. The glossy pages, the quality journalism and the sheer glamour of this high-class product covers the best destinations on the globe - anything from Jaipur to Johannesburg and beyond.
So, to continually receive accolades in their reader's choice ‘Best Awards' is certainly something to brag about. In the 2009 US Travel & Leisure Awards, South Africa yet again scored high. Cape Town was voted as the 2nd best city in the world, inbetween Udaipur (India) and Bangkok (Thailand). Cape Town continues do us proud and regularly brings home the bounty as one of the finest cities in the world.
In the hotels and resorts category, South Africa did exceptionally well. The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg was voted as ‘Number 1 Lodge/Resort in Africa and the Middle East'. Situated over 270 kilometres north of Cape Town this exclusive reserve offers up the finest accommodation, a fantastic spa AND is also family-friendly.
Other South African properties that featured in the Top Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East included: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (2nd); Singita Sabi Sand & Kruger National Park (3rd); Lion Sands Private Game Reserve (9th place) and Royale Malewane (10th place). Shamwari Game Reserve, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, and Le Quartier Francais boutique hotel in Franschhoek were included in the Top 20 list - making us incredibly proud that South Africa can hold its own in the international stakes.
South Africa's City Hotels also did well. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa (Cape Town) won top honours as both Best City Hotel in Africa and the Middle East, as well as Best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East; The Saxon (Johannesburg) took second place and the Mother City's grande dame - The Cape Grace walked off with 4th place, just behind the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo.