Two South African lodges are among the 17 top resorts in the world, according to travellers

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Singita Pamushana Lodge is in Zimbabwe.
  • Conde Nast Traveler released its annual ranking of the best resorts in October.
  • To inform the list, the publication surveyed travellers via the annual Readers' Choice Awards.
  • This year's list is a little different since non-essential travel was on-hold for much of 2020, and it highlights places that resonated with readers "in a year when travel may have been out of reach."
  • Most of the top resorts this year are safari getaways in Africa, like Singita Sabi Sand's Boulder Lodge in South Africa.
  • While nonessential travel is no longer discouraged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19."
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17. Located on a wildlife reserve in South Africa, Singita Sabi Sand's Boulders Lodge features 12 suites with private decks and pools. Starting rates are around R32,000 a night per person.

Boulders Lodge is in South Africa.

Source: Singita

16. For around the same starting price, Singita's Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe's Malilangwe Reserve features seven villas — each with a private pool — and a main lodge.

Singita Pamushana Lodge is in Zimbabwe.

Source: Singita

15. In California's famed Napa Valley, the Auberge du Soleil is an Auberge Resorts Collection hotel on 33 acres of vineyards.

Auberge du Soleil is in the US.

14. Inside Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, Oliver's Camp is a glamping resort with 10 tents placed for prime wildlife viewing.

Oliver's Camp is in Tanzania.

Source: Oliver's Camp 

13. On Malolo Island, Fiji, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a hotel for adults with rooms on the water

Likuliku Lagoon Resort is in Fiji.

12. Conde Nast Traveler reports the rooms are spacious at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, a beachfront resort in St. Bart.

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa is in St. Barts.

11. Matakauri Lodge is a lakefront mountain resort in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Matakauri Lodge is in New Zealand.

10. The Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge is nestled in the Virunga Mountains of Volcano National Park in Rwanda.

The Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge is in Rwanda.

9. Bushcamp Chamilandu is a riverside treehouse resort in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park with only three rooms.

Bushcamp Chamilandu is in Zambia.

8. With only five total suites, the Morukuru Family Beach Lodge in South Africa's De Hoop Nature Reserve typically costs at least around R16,000 a night for two guests, depending on the season.

Morukuru Family Beach Lodge is in South Africa.

7. In Tanzania next to Serengeti National Park, Singita Grumeti is a mobile resort camp that follows animal herds for prime wildlife viewing.

Singita Grumeti is in Tanzania.

Source: Singita

6. Twin Farms is a Southern Vermont rural resort known for its exceptional service, Conde Nast Traveler reports.

Twin Farms is in the US.

5. Naladhu Private Island Maldives is a beachside resort on its own islet in the Maldives with only 19 rooms.

Naladhu Private Island is in the Maldives.

Source: Naladhu

4. On a riverbank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a hotel with an open-air restaurant and a rooftop bar.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is in Thailand.

Source: Anatara

3. The Nautilus in the Maldives is a beachside private bungalow resort.

The Nautilus is in the Maldives.

2. In Bali, Indonesia, The Mulia & Mulia Villas is on the coast of the Indian Ocean.

The Mulia & Mulia Villas is in Thailand.

Source: The Mulia

1. L'Horizon Resort & Spa is a bungalow retreat in Palm Springs, California, where every afternoon, the staff brings each guests a tiny surprise — from ice cream to tequila shots.

L'Horizon Resort & Spa is in the US.
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