18 February 2011

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2011

Six South African accommodation facilities make an appearance in the 2011 edition of the annual TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards.

The award-winning Garonga Safari Camp. The award-winning Garonga Safari Camp

Garonga seems to get near-universal praise and it really is as good as they say. – TripAdvisor independent traveller

The announcement of the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards are eagerly anticipated each year, as the voters are no less than 20 million travellers from across the globe who personally review thousands of accommodation facilities, from the most luxurious of resorts to the most humble of guesthouses.

This year, 6 South African properties are to be found among a series of Top 10 polls the website has compiled.

Sitting at 2nd spot in the 'Top 10 All Inclusive Resorts in the World' is Garonga Safari Camp in the Makalali Private Game Reserve, west of the Kruger National Park. In a review of the 12-bed camp, a satisfied visitor from St Albans in the United Kingdom writes: '...Garonga seems to get near-universal praise and it really is as good as they say.'

Two Cape Town properties feature in TripAdvisor's 'Top 10 Hotels for Service'.  At 7th is Blackheath Lodge, in High Level Road between Three Anchor Bay and Sea Point, while Derwent House Boutique Hotel in Tamboerskloof takes 8th place.

With a history extending back to the 1880s, Blackheath Lodge is Victorian in design and decor, with a strong African flavour. A TripAdvisor customer writes: 'This guest house ticks all the boxes for a classy and relaxing experience of Cape Town.'

From Manchester in the UK comes this praise for the chic and contemporary Derwent House: 'Two nights in this modern boutique hotel just wasn’t enough. Staff were welcoming and went above and beyond to help.'

South Africa has a strong presence in the 'Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Africa' poll, holding the first 3 places. The Steenberg Hotel, situated on an historic wine farm 20-minutes from central Cape Town, tops the list and is lauded for its 'excellent service and perfect mixture of old world charm and modern amenities.'

Close on its tail in 2nd spot is another Cape Town boutique guesthouse in Oranjezicht, the 'stylish, comfortable and well located' Four Rosmead. This building is a national monument dating back to 1903.

Third on the list is the gracious Hunter’s Country House in Harkerville on the Garden Route just outside Plettenberg Bay, described by a TripAdvisor user as 'a delightful hideaway.'