Singita Kruger National Park has been named No. 1 Safari Lodge in Africa as well as No. 9 in the “Top 100 Hotels in the World” in the 25th edition of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Set in the remote southeastern region of the iconic Kruger National Park and home to two contemporary retreats – Singita Sweni and Lebombo Lodges – it was established in 2003. Here, Singita’s 33,000-acre private concession encompasses an isolated piece of pristine South African wilderness with wide-open spaces and dramatic landscapes teeming with wildlife.
Singita Sabi Sand was also listed at No. 4 in the “Top 10 Safari Lodges in Africa” 2020. It’s home to Ebony Lodge – the first of Singita’s lodges – which opened in 1993. For the past three decades, Singita’s guests have enjoyed the privilege of experiencing this carefully protected part of South Africa at three highly coveted lodges – Singita Ebony, Boulders and an exclusive-use villa, Castleton. The area is especially renowned for big game and frequent leopard sightings.
Quasar Expeditions took #1for Small Ocean Cruises for the third year in a row and scored #9for Tour Operators. Quasar Expeditions offers exceptional Galapagos cruises on their yachts, the M/V Evolution and the M/Y Grace. The cruises operate on seven night itineraries, allowing guests to get up close and personal with the islands' amazing animals through snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. Quasar also incorporates the more remote sites and outer islands in their itineraries and excursions. For example, they include landings in places like Tagus Cove and Bartolome Island, allowing their guests to have access to better hiking trails and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Additionally the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa won #2 for Top Africa City Hotels. Located in the tranquil, tree-lined suburb of Sandhurst, within minutes of Johannesburg's world-class shopping and business hub, The Saxon prides itself on being voted the World's Leading Boutique Hotel since 2001. An all-luxury, 53-suite hotel with six pools, a private library, wine cellar and piano lounge, The Saxon is internationally renowned for their accommodation and dining offerings. It was here with the serene surroundings that Nelson Mandela chose for editing his best-selling autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Many discerning travelers, including royalty, statesmen, Nobel prize-winners and best-selling authors have returned time and again to experience the unequalled qualities for which the Saxon has gained worldwide renown. Top-notch chefs create personalized cuisine, complimented by an outstanding selection of wines from award-winning restaurants. Completing the luxurious amenities of Saxon is the spa, consisting of eight treatment rooms, a Turkish Hammam, a steam room, Rasul chamber, spa café and hair studio as well as a modern gym with kinesis equipment
Hotel Arts Barcelonawas #3in the Top Barcelona Hotels category. The hotel boasts stunning panoramic views from its unique location on the waterfront, in the heart of the city’s Port Olímpic neighborhood. Designed by renowned architect Bruce Graham, Hotel Arts features 44 floors of exposed glass and steel, making it a prominent feature of Barcelona’s skyline. The waterfront hotel’s 455 rooms and 28 exclusive The Penthouses feature sleek, modern design complemented by an impressive 20th century collection of works by contemporary Catalan and Spanish artists. Hotel Arts is one of the premier culinary destinations in Barcelona with 2 Michelin-starred Enoteca helmed by the illustrious, 5 Michelin-starred chef Paco Perez and Arola restaurant with a creative menu of reinvented tapas by Spanish celebrity chef Sergi Arola. Guests seeking a serene escape may enjoy signature treatments by renowned Spanish skin-care brand Natura Bisse overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at 43 The Spa.
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In the annual survey, the readers of Travel + Leisure – the largest travel media brand in the US, with an audience of 6.7 million – share their thoughts on destinations, hotels, resorts, tour operators and more. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of these prestigious awards.