Franschhoek hideaway makes Best New Hotels in the World ‘Hot List’

2017-04-19 12:30 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - It's one of South Africa's most iconic tourist destinations, and rightfully so... Franschhoek is flying the flag for SA on a global scale after being included in Conde Nast Traveler's Best New Hotels in the World Hot List for 2017

Leeu Estates, an exclusive boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa set among vineyards, gardens and fynbos in the scenic Franschhoek valley, shines among other global iconic destinations in spots like France, Italy and the Maldives. 

"For the 21st edition of the Hot List—our picks of the year's top hotel openings," Conde Nast says they picked "75 outstanding winners to represent not just the vanguard of the world, but where travellers are headed next..." 

And, it seems, travellers are already heading to South Africa to check into our world-class accommodation...

Having just come off a bumper Easter period which saw more than a 1 million travellers pass through South Africa's ports of entry, new data from Statistics South Africa also show a whopping 3,6% increase in the tourist accommodation industry for February 2017, compared to the same time last year. 

SEE: Holidaymakers' R4bn February spend points to strong SA tourism growth

The growth points to an R4bn economic injection, as well as a confirmation of just how important SA's accommodation offerings are in terms of tourism and economic growth. 

Being represented on internationally-renowned platforms is just another nod to what SA has to offer in terms of accommodation and tourism. 

Representing sub-Saharan Africa alongside Franschhoek's Leeu Estates is andBeyond's Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe, as well as Thanda Island in Dar es Salaam and the newly opened The Highlands in the Ngorongoro region of Tanzania. 

ALSO SEE:  #AfriTravel: 12 Major new hotels coming to Africa in 2017

This is what Leeu Estates looks like - 

The rest of the Africa and the Middle East 'hot listers' are - 


Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Fnideq

Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach and Spa, M'diq

L'Hôtel Marrakech


Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Nizwa


Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai

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