Readers' top hotel picks dominated by African properties

Bushman__s_Kloof_Hotel_470528788.jpgWednesday July 15 – Relaxnews

In the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, the readers’ choices for this year’s top 500 cities, hotels, islands, and more travel-related categories will be on US newsstands July 24. The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards will be presented in New York City at the Cooper Square Hotel on July 21.

Based on various criteria, readers also chose favorite spas, airlines, car rental agencies, cruise lines, and tour operators. Of the Top 100 Hotels in the world, the top ten were ranked on best rooms/facilities, location, service, and restaurants/food.

Half of the top ten are in Africa, indicating some of the favorite new places to visit are eco-tours, wildlife safaris and luxury campsites.

1. Bushman’s Kloof
Cedarberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa

2. Oberoi Vanya Vanyavilas
Ranthambhore, India

3. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

4. Sabi Sabi Game Reserve (Earth Lodge)
Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa

5. Inn at Manitou
McKellar, Ontario, Canada

6. Singita Sai Sand
Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa

7. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Chiang Mai, Thailand

8. Oberoi Udaivilas
Udaipur, India

9. Governor’s Camp
Masia Mara, Kenya

10. Jack’s Camp Kalahari
Botswana, Africa


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  1. HyacinthMafia November 21st, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Hehehe. I find it amusing that a number of months back, you categorically stated that 41vs1 was a farce and that ODM and Raila Ojinga were innocent. From you recent articles, you seem to be having an epiphany perhaps? Ojinga can shove his agendas up his posterior and stick to campaigning in Luo Nyanza and among his stone-throwing Kondele subjects. Kikuyus will not vote for him even if Kibaki personally campaigns for him everyday from today till election date 2012. Only Angela Ambitho and other Luo Nyanza pollsters believe otherwise.

    1. kimani waweru November 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      I like that.

  2. Rao November 21st, 2011 at 11:26 am

    It is sssssoooooooo unfortunate that people like Hyacinth Mafia actually exist and walk this earth and enjoy the free oxygen all breath.. The comments are full of hatred, disrespect for those older than him if only the parameter used for measure and if just 10 people think the way he does then a recipe for war is being cooked all over again.  Since when did RAO pose in Nyanza and asked its residents who are multi-ethnic to elect him by default?  As he poses why one tribe as he mentions will certainly not vote for RAO, I wonder where he get the collective mantle to speak on behalf of many, as does the writer of the blog. There is no reason why you still use the term Central/Nyanza /Rift Valley et al since what the constitution only has are Counties..  Can we Kenyans move forward and leave those behind who dwell in issues of old.  It is one’s right to vote in any person they want and for whatever reason they decide, the result of which will be evident in the results of those they elect after every 5 years.  It is an individual choice and carry equally an individuals cross in regards to the choices made, not a communities.

  3. PredictableODMpropaganda November 21st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    here is a prediction for free. in about a month or two, wambugu will be back with another column harping onto an ambiguous statement from raila odinga or an odm bigwig as being the response he and central kenya was waiting for. 

    ODM-R propaganda agents like wambugu are too predictable nowadays. 

  4. TK November 24th, 2011 at 11:53 am

     wambugu u can take a donkey to the river but you cannt force it to take water .please come up with solutions that will help kenya


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