The Elite Traveler magazine, which is aimed at the ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals, has curated their top 100 hotels list with the help of a team of experts and two South African hotels made the cut.
The magazine is the only audited publication with worldwide distribution aboard private jets, first-class lounges and in fixed-base operations across over 100 countries.
Factors considered when selecting a hotel include the resorts that go above and beyond to offer the most captivating atmosphere, extraordinary comfort, impeccable service and, standout amenities.
Two South African hotels features on the list - La Residence in Franschhoek and Singita Ebony in Sabi Sand.
Singita Ebony Lodge
Singita is no stranger to accolades - winning various awards since its opening, the hotel celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.
The magazine noted that Ebony Lodge is their favourite camp and that "it is perfect for a family safari."
“Ebony Lodge is our favourite camp and is perfect for a family safari vacation,” it said.
The hotel is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and surrounded by ebony trees. There are 12 stunning suites all with private pools and open fireplaces. Furthermore, each suite has its own deck suspended above the riverbank that overlooks the bushveld - the perfect place to watch animals drink water from the river!
Top suite cost: Ebony Family Suite from R76,667 per night
It is no secret that Franschhoek is one of the most picturesque towns in the country - and Elite Traveler also took note of this. Stating that La Residence's unique location beneath the foothills of the Franschhoek Mountains, surrounded by a 30-acre estate brimming with vines, fruit trees, flowers, and herbs.
“It is flamboyantly decadent and one of a kind, especially for South Africa, where most hotels are a little more austere,” the magazine said.
“An eclectic mix of inspirations, from a Maharaja’s palace to the Palace of Versailles, means that no two guestrooms are the same, and there’s fine art and antiques wherever you look.
“The panoramic views from the swimming pool are to die for, and if you want to head out and explore, there’s a complimentary vehicle on call to whisk you around — or hop on a bicycle to take it all in.”
Top suite cost: Three-bedroom Vineyard Suite from R24,283 per night.