Londolozi Private Game Reserve and Camps

Condé Nast Traveller´s ”Top 100 Hotels & Resorts Readers Choice” is here!


The people has voted and the “Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014” is out. This year Condé Nast received 76,659 votes for the 26th year.

I have always been a great fan of the magazine, especially since it was a great way of staying ahead in information before the age of the Internet and for its quality of reporting and ability to look at the business with understanding of the trade but still fairly objective.

New Evaluation Process of Candidates this year.

Condé Nast Traveller asked Equation Research to handle the “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts Readers Choice” this year and they took a new approach in evaluating the candidates. The questionnaire contains lists of candidates in various categories where candidates must receive a required minimum number of responses to be eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award.

Evaluation: Individual candidates are judged on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The mean average of these ratings determines the final score published—a departure from 26 years of calculating only the percentage of excellent and very good ratings.

For example, in South Africa, Londolozi’s score of 98.958 represents the mean average of ratings it received from all respondents for all criteria relevant to resorts: Rooms, Service, Location, Food/Dining, Design, Activities/Facilities, and Value (new in 2014). ​


There is a majority of US properties and properties aimed for the US market on the list and I think that is explained in 2 ways:

  1. The majority of the magazine´s readers are Americans and vote for a property in their own country. It is not about patriotism, I just imagine that some have spent their vacation in the US during a slightly troubled economy.
  2. North America and bordering countries are great destinations and attracts travellers from all over the world, and by doing so also gets a lot of votes.

I am not sure how Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville got their place on the list with only 90,2 in score, but I assume it is a typo when publishing the list.

Africa has been slightly forgotten even though it is a great experience, which makes it nice to see many African properties on the list and especially one in the first place.

The List

1Londolozi Private Game Reserve and CampsSabi SandSouth Africa98,958
2Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek RanchSaratoga, WyomingUSA98,661
3The MuliaBaliIndonesia98,377
4Singita Sabi SandSabi SandSouth Africa98,111
5Triple Creek RanchDarby, MontanaUSA98,046
6Nayara SpringsArenalCosta Rica97,940
7Singita GrumetiSerengetiTanzania97,727
8Aro HaQueenstownNew Zealand97,704
9Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden TriangleChiang MaiThailand97,449
10Southern Ocean LodgeKangaroo IslandAustralia97,348
11One & Only The PalmDubaiUnited Arab Emirates97,024
12Gateway Canyons ResortGateway, ColoradoUSA96,616
13Cal-A-VieVista, CaliforniaUSA96,508
14Casa PalmeroPebble Beach, CaliforniaUSA96,505
15Viceory Riviera MayaPlaya Del CarmenMexico96,480
16The LodgeSea Island, GeorgiaUSA96,357
17QualiaHamilton IslandAustralia96,296
18Nayara Hotel, Spa & GardensArenalCosta Rica95,994
19Sabyinyo Silverback LodgeParc National Des VolcansRwanda95,883
20Mii AmoSedona, ArizonaUSA95,588
21Lake Austin Spa ResortAustin, TexasUSA95,566
22XV BeaconBoston, MassachusettsUSA95,537
23Il SalvatianoFiesoleItaly95,500
24Lion SandsSabi SandSouth Africa95,497
25Rancho Valencia ResortSan Diego, CaliforniaUSA95,378
26Castello Di CasoleCasole D’elsaItaly95,332
27Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer LodgeTelluride, ColoradoUSA95,281
28Burj Al Arab JumeirahDubaiUnited Arab Emirates95,238
2921c Museum HotelCincinatti, OhioUSA95,204
30The Langham ChicagoChicagoUSA95,177
31C Lazy U RanchGranby, ColoradoUSA95,096
32Palazzo AvinoRavelloItaly95,089
33Primland ResortMeadows of Dan, VirginiaUSA95,044
34Four Seasons Resort Bali at SayanBaliIndonesia94,968
35The PointUpper Saranac Lake, New YorkUSA94,898
36Rancho La PuertaTecateMexico94,839
37Jade MountainSt LuciaSt Lucia94,834
38St. Regis Punta Mita ResortPunta de MitaMexico94,793
39Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, PudongShanghaiChina94,656
40Summer LodgeEvershotEngland94,643
41Bushmans KloofCedarberg MountainsSouth Africa94,643
42Guana Island ResortGuana IslandBritish Virgin Islands94,494
43Las AlcobasMexico City D. F.Mexico94,481
44Oberoi UdaivilasUdaipurIndia94,444
45Old Edwards Inn & SpaHighlands, North CarolinaUSA94,417
46Mystique (Luxury Collection)SantoriniGreece94,405
47Waldorf Astoria Hotel at Shanghai on the BundShanghaiChina94,388
48Mombo and Little Mombo CampsMoremiBotswana94,345
49Waldorf Astoria ChicagoChicago, IllinoisUSA94,289
50Four Seasons Safari Lodge SerengetiSerengetiTanzania92,246
51Wailea Beach VillasMaui, HawaiiUSA92,242
52Four Seasons Resort LangkawiLangkawiMalaysia94,156
53Madden’s on Gull LakeBrainerd, MinnesotaUSA94,119
54Sabi Sabi Private Game ReserveSabi SandSouth Africa94,112
55&Beyond LodgesSabi SandSouth Africa94,085
56Wequassett Resort and Golf ClubHarwich, MassachusettsUSA93,990
57Kings Pool CampLinyantiBotswana93,981
58Raffles DubaiDubaiUnited Arab Emirates93,956
59The Pitcher InnWarren, VermontUSA93,948
60Canoe Bay ResortChetek, WisconsinUSA93,849
61Twin FarmsBarnard, VermontUSA93,750
62Weekapaug InnWeekapaug, Rhode IslandUSA93,750
63The CloisterSea Island, GeorgiaUSA93,739
64Taj Lake PalaceUdaipurIndia93,710
65The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf ResortKiawah Island, South CarolinaUSA93,695
66The WauwinetNantucket, MassachusettsUSA93,681
67Hotel AstoriaSt. PetersburgRussia93,485
68Palm Island ResortPalm IslandSt. Vincent & the Grenadines93,452
69Singita Kruger National ParkKruger National ParkSouth Africa93,403
70Stein Eriksen LodgePark City, UtahUSA93,279
71Hotel MatildaSan Miguel De AllendeMexico93,244
72Hotel Alfonso XIII (Luxury Collection)SevilleSpain90,2?
74Hotel Sorella CityCentreHouston, TexasUSA93,150
75WinvianLitchfield, ConnecticutUSA93,063
76St. Regis Lhasa ResortLhasaChina93,003
77Chewton GlenNew Milton, HampshireEngland92,857
78Saffire FreycinetColes Bay, TasmaniaAustralia92,857
79Curtain BluffAntiguaAntigua & Barbuda92,815
80Thompson ChicagoChicago, IllinoisUSA92,778
81Loden VancouverVancouver, BCCanada92,738
82Sheen Falls LodgeKenmare, Co. Kerry,Ireland92,725
83St. Regis Bora Bora ResortBora BoraFrench Polynesia92,682
84Colonial HousesWilliamsburg, VirginiaUSA92,674
85Chateau du SureauOakhurst, CaliforniaUSA92,669
86Montage Laguna BeachLaguna Beach, CaliforniaUSA92,666
87Lodge at Kauri CliffsMatauri Bay, North IslandNew Zealand92,656
88Ocean HouseWatch Hill, Rhode IslandUSA92,656
89Four Seasons Resort Bora BoraBora BoraFrench Polynesia92,611
90River Inn of Harbor TownMemphis, TenneseeUSA92,607
91Nisbet Plantation Beach ClubNevisSt. Kitts & Nevis92,588
92Dunton Hot SpringsDolores, ColoradoUSA92,560
93EsperanzaCabo San LucasMexico92,547
94Mandarin Oriental, TokyoTokyoJapan92,500
95Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and SpaDa NangVietnam92,500
96Excellence Playa MujeresPlaya MujeresMexico92,483
97Ashford Castle HotelCong, Co. MayoIreland92,482
98Serengeti Migration CampSerengetiTanzania92,474
99Savute Elephant CampChobeBotswana92,411
100Four Seasons Hotel PraguePragueCzech Republic92,391

You will find the list, together with a description of the evaluation process on: http://www.cntraveler.com/travel-awards/readers-choice-awards/2014

Earlier this year Condé Nast Traveller published their “Hot List 2014“.

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