Tanzanian Hideaway Named World’s Best Hotel

By P. Joseph

A luxury safari retreat in Tanzania has been named the world’s best hotel by the influential American magazine "Travel + Leisure".

Bordering the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, east Africa, Singita Grumeti Reserves comprises of three separate accommodations: Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp and Faru Faru Lodge.

The 340,000-acre retreat is positioned on a renowned migratory route that is traversed by more than a million wildebeest each year.

It was one of six African properties to feature in the world’s top ten hotels according to the magazine’s Annual World’s Best Awards 2011, which was compiled from reader feedback.

Speaking about the award, Nancy Novogrod, editor of Travel + Leisure, said: “It’s clear that remote and exotic destinations – places that convey a sense of authenticity and adventure – are ruling the day once again in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

“The top ten hotels overall are African camps and lodges; resorts in India; a property in Chiang Mai; and a luxury lodge in Montana.”

In addition to game drives and walks, other activities offered at the lodges include archery, tennis, hot-air ballooning, horseback game viewing, billiards, fully equipped spas and gyms, mountain biking and a jogging track.

The full list of the world's best hotels according to the magazine is as follows:

1. Singita Grumeti Reserves (Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, Faru Faru Lodge), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
2. Singita Sabi Sand at Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Ebony Lodge, Boulders Lodge, Castleton Camp), Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa
3. Royal Malewane, Kruger, South Africa
4. Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge Mbirikani Group Ranch, Kenya
5. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
6. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, MT, USA
7. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
8. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
9. Kirawira Camp Western Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
10. Serengeti Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

By P. Joseph