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Four unbelievable South African hotels

While some hotels may just be four walls and a bed, not all accommodation was created equal. True, when you travel your place of lodging is often just a base from which you can explore your chosen destination, but every now and then you'll find a venue that feels like a holiday itself. In this article, we'll look at four of the most unique and luxurious places to stay if you're visiting South Africa.

Four unbelievable South African hotels

They say that home is where the heart is – and although South Africa is a wonderful destination for intrepid travellers to explore, there’s nothing quite like coming back to five-star luxury hotel every night.

With some of the most awe-inspiring accommodation in the world, there are a wealth of options in the country for visitors looking for a hotel that’s more than just a place to sleep; so whether you’re after big game safari or high tea, you’ll certainly find something to suit your needs in South Africa.

Four unbelievable South African hotels

  1. Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town

    The grand old man of hotels in Cape Town, the Belford Mount Nelson is something of an institution in South Africa. Not only does the property’s famous pink exterior provide a striking fusion of colonial design and modern implementation, but inside, the lavish dining room hosts what has been voted the world’s best high tea. Offering a jaw-dropping selection of daintily cut sandwiches and sweet treats, the hotel’s critically acclaimed buffet also features sparkling wine and premium teas.

  2. Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga, Durban

    Set on a beach in the north of Durban, the Oyster Box Hotel boasts a stunning view of the city’s skyline – which is ironic, as from the confines of its luxury sea-facing rooms, pools and relaxation rooms, Durban’s centre is probably the last place you’ll want to go! Indeed, the Oyster Box Hotel is such an oasis of tranquillity that the property’s spa has been voted the best in Africa and features its own product line, making it the perfect place to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  3. Tintswalo Safari Lodge and Manor House, Manyeleti Game Reserve

    If you’re after a hotel that combines luxury amenities with a touch of adventure, why not check out the Tintswalo Safari Lodge and Manor House in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province? Featuring five-star luxury delivered in the form of an opulent home setting and warm, personal service, Tintswalo is also set in an area packed with wildlife. As such, visitors can enjoy early morning game rides with the lodge’s experienced rangers before retiring to enjoy delicious communal dinners back at the house.

  4. Blue Train, Cape Town to Pretoria and Back

    Admittedly a slightly off-piste choice given it’s not actually in any one place for long, the Blue Train is nevertheless one of the most luxurious places to stay while exploring South Africa. Offering personalised five-star service from its painstakingly restored bars and buffet cars (with food and drink included for the ticket price), the train takes in the historic frontier towns of Kimberly and Maitjiesfontein while also providing beautifully-decorated communal areas and comfortable cabins.

Thinking on visiting yet?

Hopefully, having now looked at some of the best places to stay in South Africa, you’ll have a much better idea of which of these four top hotels suits your specific needs. Remember, however, that whether you’re looking for relaxation rooms or restored train carriages, there is something in the country to cater for your every desire.

These four properties are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring everything that this top-of-the-range travel destination has to offer, so be sure to read up further before you travel and find even more unique accommodation on our site.

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