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Babylonstoren Voted Number 1 in Southern Africa, Top 35 Best Hotels in the World. Photo: Babylonstoren

South Africa’s fabulous Babylonstoren Farm Hotel has been placed at number one in Southern Africa, and number 34 overall in a prestigious list of The Best Hotels in the World.

Over 800,000 readers of Conde Naste Traveler (CNT) took part in the survey to find the world’s best hotels.

“Congrats to our team!” said Babylonstoren. CNT said the list reveals those places that inspire people to return to travel. As Gauteng PR Georg Knoke says, Babylonstoren’s accolade helps “put South Africa 🇿🇦 on the travel list!”

It’s the magazine’s 34th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. CNT published the top 50 said: “As the world has begun to reopen, the results reflect the kinds of properties you longed to visit when you couldn’t travel and the ones you returned to first once you could.”


Babylonstoren – which was founded in 1690 – is a Cape Dutch farm in the Drakenstein Valley, Franschhoek in the Western Cape. It includes an exclusive farm hotel, heritage garden, lush vineyards and orchards, farm-to-table restaurants and winery.

CNT says: “What if you could actually visit the Garden of Eden? And what if it was surrounded by vineyards, historic Cape Dutch farm buildings, and a formal French-style potager garden, where you could pick your own strawberries and fragrant herbs?”

Ellerman House, Cape Town

Cape Town’s Ellerman House is the only other South African hotel in CNT’s Top 50 World’s Best Hotels – at number 47. It’s already featured several times before on the Gold List. CNT says Ellerman House “is still everybody’s fantasy bolthole in Cape Town: minutes from the best beaches and the Table Mountain cableway, but close enough to the city and its dynamic food, art, and design scene. Sandwiched between Lion’s Head and the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Edwardian mansion looks like a private residence from the road and that’s exactly what keeps guests coming back.” Owner Paul Harris’ collection of South African art is also a great drawcard, as well as the 7,500 bottles of rare and vintage South African wines in the cellar, and the indigenous plants sourced from Kirstenbosch (Cape Town’s botanical garden).