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Le Montrachet
Puligny-Montrachet, France

Stunning terrace,
well-stocked wine cellar,
spacious restaurant

Wish you were here?

The Old Coastguard
Penzance, England

Seaside location,
harbour views,
family friendly

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Almunia del Valle
Monachil, Spain

Traditional food,
fabulous views,
outdoor dining

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Hotel Verneuil
Paris, France

Vintage style,
peaceful atmosphere,
guest library

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Castello di Potentino
Tuscany, Italy

Traditional rooms,
stunning valley,
award-winning wine

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Villa Sostaga
Lombardia, Italy

Lake views,
surrounded by mountains,
local produce


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Our website is based on a series of long-established printed guides, where no one pays for an entry.

Our series editor, Fiona Duncan, writes for the Sunday Telegraph and is the UK's most respected hotel reviewer.

No cliches, no flattery, no gushing - just objective, honest, expert reviews.

Our places to stay in South Africa reflect its vibrant accommodation industry characterized by top-end guesthouses, that have all the qualities of small hotels without the formality, and by superb safari lodges from the large and sophisticated to the small and intimate, most in stunningly beautiful settings.

   Ten hours flying time is too long and too expensive for many North Europeans in search of winter sun, but those with the budget and the leisure are rewarded by the real thing: reliable sunshine, not too much heat, not too much humidity - an enviable climate.

   As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in South Africa offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses, restaurants-with-rooms, safari lodges and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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18 on Hillwood

18 Hillwood Avenue, Southern Suburbs, 7708 Cape Town, South Africa, +27 72 744 5486
Seductive country-style boutique hotel

Alta Bay

12, Invermark Crescent, Higgovale, 8001, Cape Town, 021 487 8800
Stylish small hotel

An African Villa

19, Carstens Street, Tamberskloef, 8001, Cape Town, +21 423 2162
Tamboerskloof guesthouse, contemporary style

Kensington Place

38, Kensington Crescent, 8001, Cape Town, 027 424 4744
Contemporary boutique hotel on Table Mountain slopes


6 Stephen Street, Gardens, 8001, Cape Town, +21 426 2373
Chic guesthouse at the foot of Table Mountain
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