Top SA finalists aiming to clinch 2017 Sanlam Top Destination awards

2017-09-12 19:00
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Cape Town - Booking accommodation is key when planning a holiday and deciding where to stay is even more vital. There are many things to consider to plan a really stress free break. 

When it comes to hospitality, there are a number of ways to set the benchmark, ranging from price, amenities as well as grading status.

When establishments are rewarded through public nomination and recommendations - after all this is what has made the Tripadvisor model so successful - it really does go a long way to earning a valuable stake in the hospitality reputation space - more importantly as Travellers we're keen to see what the fuss is all about.

This September Month, Discount Traveler has seen South Africa’s leading hospitality establishments honoured in the third annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards.

The awards have been created to uplift the nation’s hospitality industry by acknowledging key players within the South African Tourism sector", according to Sanlam - with a rigorous selection process to reach the final stages. 

Of the 9 700 establishments nominated and voted for by the public from 1 March until 1 August of each year, the semi-finalists are then determined. Thereafter the nominees get to compete for the title of Top Destination in nine categories and Star Gradings as voted for by the public.

Here is the 2017 list of finalists, with the winners set to be announced at a Gala Award Ceremony held at the Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands on Thursday, 14 September.  


•  Vic Bay Safari Accommodation & Backpackers

•  Atlantic Point Backpackers

•  The B.I.G: Backpackers

•  33 South Boutique Backpackers

•  Inzimpala Game Lodge

•  Shapes of Africa

•  George Backpackers 


•  Oyster Creek Lodge

•  Lapologa Bed and Breakfast

•  Lala Panzi B&B

•  At The Nest B&B

•  Morgenzicht Bed & Breakfast

•  Villa10 On Hugo

•  Leopard Lily Bed & Breakfast Potchefstroom

•  The Ibis Lounge

•  Ganora Guestfarm

•  Azamare Camps Bay

•  Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel

•  The Hideaway Bed & Breakfast

•  Thanda Vista

•  Lala Panzi B&B


• Dibiki Holiday Resort

• Pine Lake Marina

• Strandskloof Caravan Park

• Namaqua Silver Sands

• Richtersveld Wilderness Camp 

Country House  

• The Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House

• Crawfords Beach Lodge

• Olive Grove Guest Farm

• Eagle Falls

• Blue Gum Country Estate

Game Lodge

• Buffalo Thorn Lodge

• Ivory Tree Game Lodge

• Morokolo Game Lodge

• Timbavati Safari Lodge

• Garden Route Game Lodge

• Tented Adventures Pilanesberg

• Ubumanzi Game Lodge

Guest House

•             Xanadu Guest Villa Wilderness

•             Nova Constantia Boutique Residence guest house

•             Tree Fern Guest House with Spa 

•             Island Way Villa Rental

•             Grey Manor Guesthouse

•             Glendower View Guesthouse

•             Claires of Sandton Luxury Guest House

•             La Picasso Guesthouse

•             Sun Bell Lodge

•             3@Marion Guesthouse

•             Pablo Guest House

•             5 on Jean

•             Tokai Forest Guest House

•             Cosmos Cuisine

•             Woodridge Place Guest House

•             Blue Hills Lodge 


•             ArendsRus Country Lodge 

•             Ocean View Hotel 

•             Trennerys Hotel 

•             NH The Lord Charles Hotel

•             2Ten Hotel 

•             Feathers Lodge Boutique Hotel 

•             Vetho House 

•             De Stijl Gariep Hotel 

•             Ingwenyama Conference & Sports Resort

•             Hotel Savoy 


•             The Lookout Game Lodge

•             Waterglen Guest Lodge

•             The Lookout Game Lodge

•             Zenzele River Lodge

•             Sunset Beach Lodge and Spa

•             Draaihoek Lodge Elands Bay 

•             Turaco Lodge

•             African Game Lodge

•             Nyaru Game Lodge

•             Times Premier Lodge

•             Gulu Private Resort 

•             Constantia Thatch Lodge 

•             Wildthingz Lodge 

•             Gondwana's Bush Villas & Fynbos Villas


•             Bentley Lodge 

•             Petit Plaisir Cottage 

•             Cabana Beach Resort 

•             Alkantmooi Self Catering 

•             Rhino Manor 

•             Golden Gate Guest House 

•             Majini Guest House 

•             Paulandi – Leeupoort 

•             Sabie Star Chalets 

•             Happy Days Holiday Flats 

•             Enchanted Garden 

•             Bergsig Eco Estate 

•             Affi Lande Boetiek Guest Farm

Farm Accommodation  

•             Dusk to Dawn Farm Guesthouse

•             Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm

•             Koekais Guest Farm

•             Morning Glory Cottages

•             Holkrans Guest Lodge  

Jonathan Pepler, Managing Director of Discount Traveler and Founder of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards says, “Hospitality and tourism is a large driving force in our economy and we want to continue to recognise and reward one of our country’s most influential industries.”   

According to Sanlam the will be chosed out the above finalists for each category based on the following criteria:

- The qualitative votes that the Establishment received through its website platforms (Discount Traveler, Top Destination Awards, Bookings Unlimited) and our USSD Voting System via Mobile (ChannelMobile)
- Mystery Shopper contact with the establishment (Enquiries & bookings)
- Their online reputation (Tripadvisor & ReviewPro)
- Their Social Media/Web presence and marketing
- Contacting people who voted for the establishment for honest reviews.

This year’s award ceremony will be streamed live via awards, so be sure to tune in if you didn’t manage to get your ticket.

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