South African jewel is city breaks king

8th Jul 2013

Cape Town has retained a place as one of the planet's top four tourism destinations for holidaymakers on city breaks.

It was once again placed in the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards Hall of Fame, was again voted the world's fourth top city andwas once more the winner of the World's Top City in Africa and the Middle East award.

Five Cape Town hotels also featured on the awards list - mainly luxury lodges catering for high-end holidaymakers on safari-based specialist tours.

It's not difficult to see why the city scored so well.

Attractions include scenic drives, beautiful beaches, including Bikini Beach and Camps Bay, tempting wine farms and cultural sites boasting over 100 art galleries and a stunning diamond museum.

Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted for their best travel providers in a questionnaire.

The Cape Grace was voted the world's 26th top hotel, up from number 44 last year, and headed the list of top city hotels in Africa and the Middle East, in which category Mount Nelson Hotel finished sixth.

Many of the world's best hotel spots were claimed by premium South African safari lodges.

CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold said: "The prevalence of these exclusive hotels bodes well for the luxury market in Cape Town as many high-end safari travellers include a trip to Cape Town on their itinerary."

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