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Jan 18, 2010, 09:01


With the highest hotel score in the history ofhighly acclaimed US Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, South Africa's Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat has been named the best hotel in the world.


The 14th annual 2009 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards are compiled based on the opinion of thousands of Travel + Leisure readers and ranks the top 500 places to stay around the world.

Being named the world's best hotel in the US Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards follows a number of other accolades for the five-star Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in 2009 including; being named best hotel in Africa and the Middle Eastin Condé Nast Traveler Magazine's 2009 Gold List as well as being recognised in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards Top 100 and receiving the Global Winner of Wildlife Conservations Programs award in the third annual Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards.


Less than three hours' drive from Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof is located within an ecological oasis that is a sanctuary to many endangered species of flora and fauna. Since its inception in 1996, Bushmans Kloof has consistently received world-wide recognition, not only for its renowned hospitality, service and facilities, but also for its dedication to restoring and preserving the natural beauty of the 7500 hectare reserve.  It is a member of Relais & Châteaux, recognized as one of South Africa's Natural Heritage sites, and the proud custodian of over 130 pristine Bushman rock art sites - some dating back 10,000 years.


Rooms at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat start from $760 per couple, per night and include luxury accommodation and all meals (early morning light continental breakfast, late morning buffet brunch, afternoon high tea, A La Carte dinner menu), early morning guided rock art excursion, evening nature drive with sundowner drinks and snacks, complimentary wireless internet access and all other lodge activities.


Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat has 16 rooms, seven luxurious rooms, six deluxe rooms, two suites and one supreme suite as well as a welcoming Homestead for guests with extensive book and DVD library, walk-in wine cellar, swimming pool and fitness centre. The property also boasts a Heritage Centre where guests can view ancient Bushman artefacts such as jewellery, bags, dolls and dancing sticks as well as photographs that depict their nomadic existence and day-to-day life experiences.


The resorts' guides and resident archaeologist also hold specialist talks and discussions in the Heritage Centre, with topics including all aspects of the reserve, as well as insight into the Cederberg Wilderness Area in general. Guests at the property can also enjoy the luxurious spa, medicinal herb garden, which grows plants and herbs that the San people used as remedies to cure all sorts of ailments and illnesses, three outdoor infinity-edge swimming pools, the spectacular River Boma the perfect spot for sundowners or stargazing when darkness falls, a myriad of other dining facilities as well as flower, herb, fruit and vegetable gardens where all produce is grown by organic principals and used in the preparation of the resorts contemporary cuisine. 




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