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Visitor Experience of the Year

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

THE STRANDLOPER OCEAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL Not just another place, it’s another world Tucked away on the beach in the charming West Coast village of Paternoster, the exclusive Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel offers the perfect barefoot luxury getaway with 14 suites and rooms, each with its own terrace or private courtyard. Here contemporary beach style fuses with nature and breath taking views across the beach, fynbos and beyond. Just 90 minutes from Cape Town, 5-star Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is a haven set between nature and the sea, offering countless extraordinary experiences. Enjoy hiking trails and beach walks, bird watching, biking and fishing. Indulge in a relaxing massage in the Elements Wellness Suite, or on a sunny day, take a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool. Paternoster is a seafood and crayfish Mecca, a perfect destination for gourmands, the Hotel’s restaurant Leeto presents the freshest seafood and creative dishes with a strong regional influence, which also serves up breath taking views of the unique surroundings.

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B.R.O.Homes and Villas

Three self-catering properties in Morningside Port Elizabeth, each with three double bedrooms and three bathrooms. The properties are fully enclosed with access control and an alarm system. There are tandem garages, a swimming pool, DStv and a large fully fitted kitchen.

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Hollywood Mansion Camps Bay

This 5 star luxury villa is a secure and breath-taking mansion which includes maid and butler service. It has 5 large bedrooms, all with king size beds and en-suite bathrooms. This villa is equipped with free wifi, a heated infinity swimming pool, state of the art jacuzzi, private gym, home cinema, children’s playground, library and business centre. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar and there is also a pool table and 3 lounges for relaxation. Nearby are breath-taking beaches, good wine and fantastic food. 802

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Mankwe GAMETRACKERS

Mankwe Gametrackers is the largest outdoor adventure activity business in the North West province of South Africa. Based at the iconic Sun City resort next to the malaria free Big Five Pilanesberg National Park, it conducts Game Drives, Bush Walks and Hot Air Balloon Safaris inside the Park, and Quad Biking, Archery, Team Building activities, Rhino Tracking and the Wallow, a catered venue, inside the resort.

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Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is a family destination, 4-star, Big 5 game reserve real close to Cape Town; situated just two hours’ drive from the city. It is the ultimate African safari getaway. This four-star establishment boasts all the features associated with an exceptional safari lodge. The reserve consists of 10,000 hectares Big 5 conservancy in the southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness. Aquila Game Reserve offers traditional game drives, safaris on horseback, quad biking, star safaris and now also an African spa.

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Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the picturesque Waterberg mountain range approximately 70 minutes from Pretoria lies Modimolle (previously named Nylstroom), a bustling bushveld town. Named after the Sotho for the ‘God(s) have eaten,’ Modimolle and the surrounding Waterberg area boast plentiful free roaming game, birdlife and beautiful indigenous trees and plants. A characteristic feature here is the impressive Kranskop Mountain, a natural beacon rising above the surrounding landscape. It lies next to the N1 Highway that runs between Pretoria and Polokwane en route to the Kruger National Park. Nature and adventure enthusiasts need not travel far from home to experience a host of outdoor activities such as hiking, game viewing and abseiling. The Waterberg’s numerous activities, coupled with its mild year-round weather and warm dry winters have boosted its popularity among people looking to escape the city for a few days. Here, in the heart of Bushveld country on a 32-hectare farm 14 kilometres from Modimolle, lies a little piece of paradise. The 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa, hidden in a tranquil tropical setting, reflects the elegant allure of yesteryear. Named after the mythical earthly paradise (described in British author James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon), the term Shangri-La has become synonymous with any permanently happy paradise land isolated from the outside world. Guests wanting to escape the madness of modern life soon realise why the name is so fitting. Lush tropical gardens, a trickling waterfall and leafy stone pathways blend with luxurious pampering in 49 en-suite rooms to offer a delightful sense of tranquillity. In the open veld bordering this tranquil country hideaway hotel, wild monkeys and baboons play in the trees, while laid-back resident ducks and tame cats amble around. For couples, friends, families and small groups that enjoy peaceful natural surroundings, finding your own piece of paradise at Shangri-La is just an hour’s drive from Gauteng!

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Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse

The luxurious 5-star Boutique Hotel effortlessly blends old world elegance with eclectic decadence in the quaint seaside village of Paternoster on the Cape West Coast. Situated 160km north of Cape Town, Paternoster has its own distinctive beauty, with its unspoilt shimmering white beaches, rocky outcrops, turquoise waters of the Atlantic and indigenous fynbos. Whitewashed fishermen’s houses, blue shutters, colourful fishing boats scattered on the beach and boat masts tinkling in the breeze create an idyllic setting for this unique Boutique Hotel. A 90-minute drive from Cape Town, Abalone House & Spa offers city-weary dwellers and discerning travellers an unashamedly opulent beachside escape, where extravagance and guest comforts take precedence. Set amid indigenous gardens, an air of quirky decadence pervades this sophisticated haven with its 10 luxurious suites. Lavishly designed with luxurious bohemian decor by Cape Town interior designer David Strauss, Abalone House delights with its grandeur, eclectic visual tapestry and divine cuisine. Flamboyant layers of lived-in luxury include lovingly restored antiques, treasured memorabilia and objets d’art from the owners’ personal collection that share the welcoming spaces beside crystal chandeliers, wooden ceilings, modern furnishings and old silverware. Inspired by the vibrant works of Artist Vladimir Tretchikoff, every area of this West Coast Boutique Hotel reflects an elegant opulence, with French-style doors and richly hued Persian rugs adorning stone floors. The signature Tretchikoff wall prints make a playfully eccentric style statement amid a flurry of jewel coloured fabrics, furnishings and African ornaments. The outside areas of have their own seaside appeal, with wooden walkways and decking, comfortable wicker furniture, umbrellas and potted plants. There’s even a Jacuzzi on the rooftop deck. With its unhindered views of the beaches of Paternoster, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy sundowners or a midnight dip. A charming garden courtyard – complete with antique birdcages, wind chimes and pond – surround the swimming pool. If it’s a sunny afternoon, the place to be is on the deck: bask in the sun while drinking in the fresh sea air and glorious sea views. The fishing village and more than 7km's of pristine white beaches are just a stroll away.

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River Spas

Three different spas that is so unique,yet the same. Port Alfred Marina, at the Tsitsikamma lodge and at the unique Tenahead lodge (Rhodes) Unwind, escape and rejuvenate as you enter a world of grace and beauty. River Spas where attention to detail and sensitivity to the needs of individual guests ensures your comfort, happiness and wellbeing. Enjoy an experience that will leave an everlasting impression in your mind. Our professional therapists are waiting to give you the luxury spa treatment of your choice, tailored to meet your unique needs. Choose from our variety of massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and signature treatments that will make maintaining yourself feel like a treat. We stock some of the best international skincare brands in house and in retail to help you maintain your spa experience back in the comfort of your own home. Our spas excel at providing the blissful feel of pure luxury pampering to all our guests. Staff with experience ranging from 2 to 13 years in the industry, a strong reputation to uphold and a luxurious range of the best quality health and beauty products available all add to our devotion to exceeding the expectations of our guests. We work constantly at maintaining and improving our standing as a spa group. We aim at making our guests feel at home when they visit any of our River Spa’s, welcoming you and putting you at ease, surrounded by attentive staff in a tranquil atmosphere. That 'at home' feeling, coupled with our high standards of service, means that most of our guests return frequently, eventually seeing the benefits of becoming members of the River spa. We don't sell the treatments, we sell the experience.

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Miarestate Hotel & Spa

Miarestate hotel and spa is a 5-star luxury family resort. This hidden gem is situated on the Wild Coast, only an hour’s drive from the city of East London. We are a small boutique hotel with 9 luxurious rooms that overlook green hills and ocean views. Our luxury self-catering retreat cabin sleeps 4 and is situated in the tranquil valley overlooking the small river that runs through the property. Miarestate offers the best of both worlds, an incredible bush and ocean experience. Bush walks or nature drives will take you through the virgin forests and pristine grassland where one can view some of the more rare animal species such as Bontebok and Cape mountain Zebra. For the more adventurous, there is mounting biking and horse riding on our single tracks around the property which allows you to get up close and personal with our giraffe, sable and wildebeest. We are well known for our friendly service, exceptional gourmet food and for our award-winning wine menu. One can enjoy good wine and meals in our restaurant, deck, poolside or in the privacy of your own room. We also offer romantic picnic set ups where you can enjoy the breath-taking views from our private beach or viewing decks. Our spa invites you to embark on our spa journey, a place of profound peace, love and tranquillity. Talking care of all aspects of mind, body and soul, allows total freedom of energies to flow towards ultimate equilibrium. Children of all ages are welcome at our exciting Zebra Zone which is our supervised play centre. The children are cared for by our well-trained child minders, who will entertain the children with African arts and crafts, exciting bush or beach treasure hunts or challenging them at our mini obstacle course. Miarestate is a romantic venue for those who are wanting to tie the knot. We offer unique wedding packages for small intimate weddings. Miarestate is a magical place that will creep into your heart only leaving you with a feeling of wanting more.

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4Roomed eKasi Culture

What an experience... This festival came at the right time. We could have not asked for best way to end the year. 2014 meant a lot to my family at large, especially my wife, the founder of 4Roomed and Top 12 Master Chef South Africa Season 3 Contestant. Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena. I can safely say over thousand people could not help it but to stop admire and take pictures of our vintage 1970s bedford bus... A lot of people wanted to know more about 4Roomed concept and history behind the idea. "4Roomed eKasi Culture is based on the concept of eKasi four rooms that were and still are the dwellings of the black communities in areas close to the business hubs of South Africa (the cities). These four roomed carriage like houses will normally be divided into a lounge/dining room, a main bedroom, a second bedroom and a kitchen. More than one family would live in these houses and this is where Ubuntu was mostly developed and encouraged. 4ROOMED as a business concept will be the rebirth of Ubuntu that was once part of our daily lives without any effort, a business initiative that is intended to evoke those nostalgic moments through food, style and décor of the rooms, the smells and sounds that can be associated with the times when multiple families shared a four roomed house as one big union. Always remember that 4Roomed eKasi Culture is not only about food or food-truck. This establishment hosts the following four arms of service; A. Fine dining pop-up restaurant eKasi B. A mobile kitchen, alongside Tshisanyama’ C. Heritage décor hiring for imicimbi, coming soon, D. Vintage clothing and antique furniture sales, coming soon"

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De Hoek Country House

Nestled in a crook of the Magalies River in the lush and fertile valley of the Magaliesburg Mountains and only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, De Hoek Country Hotel is the ideal place to celebrate life. Whether you come to stay for a romantic getaway, an executive conference, a bespoke wedding or just to unwind in a tranquil setting; you’re bound to enjoy our warm hospitality. Coupled with excellent 5 star service and superb cuisine, De Hoek proudly continues to satisfy a wide clientele from all over the world. The successful team, with the continued loyalty and commitment of the De Hoek staff, continue to uphold the values that make the award winning hotel, a prized gem in a highly competitive hospitality industry.

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Karkloof Safari Spa

Imagine a spectacular hidden paradise, a stone’s throw from the city, where wildlife roam free across rolling green hills and valleys, adorned with waterfalls and lush vegetation. Here, timelessness and an abundance of peace prevail. Your wellbeing and satisfaction is our highest priority With no wake-up calls, flexible meal times and safaris on demand, your journey is yet to be determined by your desires. Our attentive teams are always ready to meet your individual needs, with grace and warm African hospitality. Float away as you indulge in lavish treatments, one after the other, managed by our highly trained team of Thai therapists and luxuriate in our facilities on your road to restoration; explore the surrounds at leisure with a ranger – on foot or in an open-aired vehicle; relish a four-course lunch of gourmet delights, carefully crafted to suit your tastes and requirements, accompanied by the best wines. This getaway is truly yours. Feel your tensions dissipate as you lose track of time during mountain bike excursion; relax in a hydrotherapy Jacuzzi; or soak up splendid sunsets every evening after delectable culinary creations.

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