13 400 Establishments entered in this year’s Sanlam Top Destination Awards and the Top Award for a Four Star Guest House was scooped by Parsons Hill, Port Elizabeth’s Island Way Villa.
The magnificent Contemporary-styled Island Way Villa is set on the highest ridge in Port Elizabeth with 180 degrees sea-view and spectacular night tranquility. Guests are afforded the elegance, privacy and comfort of a luxury modern-day existence in the gracious quiet setting. The Villa is a 10 minute walk (1.6km) to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and 2 minute drive (2km) to the nearest shopping centre.
The awards were held on the evening of Thursday, 20 September 2018, at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town where 34 accommodation establishments walked away with the winning title of ‘Sanlam Top Destination Award’ in their respective categories and star gradings. It was an incredible evening showing recognition to the local entrepreneurs who make the South African tourism industry as great as it is.
In conjunction with title sponsor, Sanlam, Discount Traveler South Africa pulled out all the stops to ensure a special evening themed #MyHeartBeatsAfrica. Guests were serenaded by the sounds of Ricky Botsis as they sipped on welcome drinks from Ayama Wines, Disaronno, Woodford Reserve, Lakeside Breweries, Carabao, Happy Culture Kombucha, and Sir Fruit, as FoxBox pampered guests with express manicures and Bianca Hamilton-Brown offered hair touch-ups, ensuring that everyone looked their best.
The Master of Ceremonies were radio and TV personalities, Tracey Lange and Mamohau Seseane of KFM. The pair were dressed in show-stopping gowns by King of Couture, Jacques Lagrange and Project Runway’s Stephen van Eeden. The pair offered a captivating dynamic, keeping proceedings light.
Guests enjoyed a delectable three-course meal, perfectly paired with Ayama Baboon’s Petite Sirah 2017 for the starter and Ayama Baboon’s Cheek Viognier 2017 with mains. Guests were treated to magical dance performances by Tulu Entertainment and music by Danielle Bitton, adding an African Elegance to the proceedings.
Finalists received up to R10 000’s worth of marketing from Granadilla Media to accompany their certificate and the 35 winners each walked away with the title of Top Destination in their category and star grading, receiving a winner’s certificate, trophy as well as an additional R25 000’s worth of marketing from Granadilla Media.
This year the Sanlam Top Destination Awards has added the Water Sustainability Award. The award has been created in conjunction with Water 4 Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism to reward the country’s most water conscious establishment. !Khwa ttu, a unique San Heritage Centre which combines culture and heritage with adventure and education, walked away with not only this honorable title but received a 3D Virtual Scan from 3D Virtual Africa to the value of R15 000.
The winners of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2017:
Ungraded: Strandskloof Caravan Park (Gansbaai, Western Cape)
Ungraded: The BIG Backpackers (Cape Town, Western Cape)
4 Star category: Once in Cape Town (Cape Town, Western Cape)
Ungraded: Paulandi (Leeupoort, Limpopo)
3 Star Category: Strandfontein Accommodation (Strandfontein, Western Cape)
4 Star Category: Petit & Grande Plaisir (Franschhoek, Western Cape)
5 Star Category: Orange Grove Farm (Robertson, Western Cape)
Ungraded: Oregon Place Guest House (Middelburg, Mpumalanga)
3 Star Category: Sun Bell Lodge (Cape Town, South Africa)
4 Star Category: Island Way Villa (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape)
5 Star Category: Tree Fern Guest House with Spa (Fochville, Gauteng)
Ungraded: Edenbrook Country House (Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape)
4 Star Category: Blue Gum Country Estate (Stanford, Western Cape)
5 Star Category: The Wild Mushroom Luxury Country House (Cape Winelands, Western Cape)
Bed & Breakfast:
Ungraded: Leopard Lily Bead & Breakfast (Potchefstroom, North West)
3 Star Category: La Teranga Accommodation & Conference Group (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal)
4 Star Category: At the Nest B&B (Aliwal North, Eastern Cape)
5 Star Category: Azamare Camps Bay (Cape Town, Western Cape)
Ungraded: Zanchieta Animal Farm (Bloemfontein, Free State)
3 Star Category: De Herberg Lodge (De Aar, Northern Cape)
4 Star Cateogry: Sunset Beach Lidge & Spa (Cape Town, Western Cape)
5 Star Category: Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel (Cape Town, Western Cape)
4 Star Category: Morokolo Game Lodge (Pretoria, Gauteng)
Ungraded: Lindani (Waterberg, Gauteng)
2 Star Category: Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop (Kruger National Park, Limpopo)
4 Star Category: Letsatsi Private Game Lodge (Vanrhysdorp, Western Cape)
5 Star Category: Buffalo Thorn Lodge (Rustenburg, North West)
Ungraded: Holkrans Guest Lodge (Griekwastad, Northern Cape)
4 Star Category: Koekais Guest Farm (Griekwastad, Northern Cape)
Ungraded: The Grey Boutique Hotel (Cape Town, Western Cape)
3 Star Category: Arendsrus Country Lodge (George, Western Cape)
4 Star Category: Krystal Beach Hotel (Gordan’s Bay, Western Cape)
5 Star Category: Lakeside Lodge & Spa (Lakeside, Western Cape)