Sofitel Legend Old Cataract
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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract  
Hotel in Aswan , Egypt  
Excellent 9.4
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In 1961, a new modern tower wing was built thanks to the increasing number of guest. In 1973, during the negotiations to end the Yom Kippur War, the US Secretary of State stayed in the hotel. The property was built by Thomas Cook in 1899 to accommodate European travelers in Aswan. Notable guests included Winston Churchill, Tsar Nicholas II, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and Agatha Christie who used the setting for her novel Death on the Nile.
 
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel  
Hotel in Cape Town , South Africa  
Excellent 9.2
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This hotel housed notable personalities throughout the years. Winston Churchill once referred to it as "a most excellent and well appointed establishment which may be thoroughly appreciated after a sea voyage". The property has been around for more than a century. In 1918, it was painted pink to symbolize peace. This legacy has been carried for 100 years, priding itself with rose-coloured furnishings.
 
Vineyard Hotel
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Vineyard Hotel  
Hotel in Cape Town , South Africa  
Excellent 9.2
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Its history started as residence for Lady Anne Barnard, daughter of James Lindsay, the Fifth Earl of Balcarres. It turned into a hotel in 1894 under Mrs. O'Sullivan, the first general manager. For over 2 centuries, it evolved into a more environmentally-friendly and contemporary hotel in Cape Town. To ensure modern comforts, it was renovated in 2008 during the 350th celebration of winemaking in Cape. Along with it was the reconstruction of a small but vital part of the property, the vine area.
 
The Andros Boutique Hotel
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The Andros Boutique Hotel  
Hotel in Cape Town , South Africa  
Excellent 9.6
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The hotel offers magnificent views of Table Mountain and park-like gardens. It was originally designed by an Edwardian architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and was built in 1908. It boasts the old-world charm common with traditional Cape Dutch homesteads while maintaining 20th century comforts. Each room will have a private veranda and view of the mountain or the garden.
 
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort
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Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort  
Hotel in Bel Ombre , Mauritius  
Excellent 9.1
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Enjoy personalized service and exclusive spa facilities. The hotel is named after the 19th century Irish naturalist, Charles Telfair. Heritage Le Telfair is an elegant 19th century hotel that breathes the culture of Mauritius and the Bel Ombre region as a former sugar plantation. Wake up with magnificent views of the garden or the ocean. Selected rooms also offer terrace and balconies for you to lounge around on.
 
Schoone Oordt Country House
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Schoone Oordt Country House  
Country House in Swellendam , South Africa  
Excellent 9.7
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The origins of the property is mysteriously unknown. Historical accounts say that in 1887, it was sold to Hymie Liberman and Abraham Buirski who were parterns in the firm Liberman & Buirski of Swellendam. They were prominent businessmen and buyers of wool and wheat. Abraham Buirski used it as residence with his wife and raised a family there. His son Eli went on to own the house until his death at the age of 54. His gravestone can be found on the reformed church yard. He was the mayor of Swellendam from 1953 to 1923 and a representative in the South African Parliament from 1924 to 1929. The house was rescued by Herman & Dulcie Moore in 1968 from a state of disrepair. Danie & Mercia Theron bought it in 1980 and have lived in in for 20 years until the current owners bought it in 2003.
 
Steenberg Hotel
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Steenberg Hotel  
Hotel in Tokai , South Africa  
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The Cape’s first farm, established in 1682. Catharina Michelse asked Simon van der Stel for a portion of the ground where he agreed to leased 50 acres to her. Later, she asked him for a legal title to "cultivate, to plough and to sow and also to possess the farm below the stone mountain". Originally named, 'Swaaneweide' - The Feeding Place of Swans, reminding her of her native town. In 1695 Frederik Russouw bought the farm, he was a wealthy member of the Burger Council. He built the new house. The original Manor House was restored and declared a Provincial Heritage Site.
 
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa
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Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa  
Hotel in Stellenbosch , South Africa  
Excellent 9.4
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This quaint five star hotel sits in the renowned Church Street. The property is a restored Manor House that dates back since 1713. Areas in the hotel are intricately designed with antique yellow-wood ceiling and richly carved French wallpaper. A wall is adorned by lighted trees made of wire. The dining area has hand-hewn poplar chairs under a glass roof. Interior design blends contemporary comfort with traditional aesthetic.
 
De Kloof Luxury Estate Hotel and Spa
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De Kloof Luxury Estate Hotel and Spa  
Hotel in Swellendam , South Africa  
Excellent 9.3
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The property is a well-preserved masterpiece that was built in 1801.The original floors, ceilings and white-washed walls are still kept to maintain an old-world feel. It stands as one of the oldest buildings in the town of Overberg, the 3rd oldest historical village in South Africa. It is between Cape Town and George and along the beautiful Breede River. It is declared as a South African national monument.
 
Hacklewood Hill Country House
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Hacklewood Hill Country House  
Bed & Breakfast in Port Elizabeth , South Africa  
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This historic building was built in 1898. It sits in a lush English setting in the green suburb of Walmer, a perfect place for tranquil getaways. Hacklewood Hill is one of the few standing Victorian Manor Houses, it maintains the old-world elegance while keeping up with the pace of modern comforts. Once you walk in, you are greeted by intricately stained glass doors, gleaming wooden floors and banisters.
 
The Grand Daddy
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The Grand Daddy  
Hotel in Cape Town , South Africa  
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Throughout the decades, it was renovated and even altered but the basic design is still maintained. Originally constructed by the Dutch architect, Anthony De Witt, who came to South Africa in 1879. The Australian architect, William Black, undertook extensions around 1900s. In 1920s, the veranda was re-constructed on four sets of concrete pillars during the rebuilding. It's initial name was Hotel Metropole, opened in 1895. The newspaper report mentioned in 1895 that it was "one of the landmarks of the city … five storeys high. It is of a very imposing and grand appearance, being designed in the old German Renaissance style."
 
Cape Heritage Hotel
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Cape Heritage Hotel  
Hotel in Cape Town , South Africa  
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It owns the oldest fruit-bearing grapevine in South Africa, planted in 1781 in the courtyard. The hotel itself was construct in 1780, it was one of the first Dutch and Georgian properties that was built in the town. It was a monumental figure in the town's history. In 1960s, it was earmarked for demolition. Luckily, the square was renovated in the late 1980s which started one of the first conservation projects to preserve the town's history.
 
Dar Sholmes
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Dar Sholmes  
Riad in Marrakech , Morocco  
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The property was originally owned by noble families as a holiday mansion imbued with Andalusian touch and art of living. Marked by the diversity in architecture and design rooted from the medieval Muslim rule, Christian expansion and Roman occupation. Today, this historic home is transformed into a Moroccan Riad guesthouse, retaining its original aesthetic from the 19th century.
 
Rosenhof Country House
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Rosenhof Country House  
Country House in Oudtshoorn , South Africa  
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The hotel has its own rose garden which features 20 varieties of roses. It also boasts trees like pomegranate, lemon, olive and pear which dates back to 1852 when it was built as a working farm. It opened its doors to travelers in 7th of December 1992. It is privately owned and run by Nic and Ferda Barrow. Ferda is a teacher with deep passion for gardening, cooking and interior design. Thanks to her, the rooms house is furnished traditional style with contemporary twist.
 
Sarova Stanley
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Sarova Stanley  
Hotel in Nairobi , Kenya  
Very Good 8.7
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The in-house Thorn Tree Café has been popular among travellers for decades. Ernest Hemingway frequented in the café and restaurant from 1933 and 1934. It is in the café where he wrote some of his books. Winston Churchill was also a visitor once in 1907, a conference room was named after him. The hotel launched in 1902. It was the first luxury hotel in Nairobi, graced by world leaders, authors and international celebrities. Today, it retains its original character and aesthetic while providing modern comforts to guests.
 
Palais Amani
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Palais Amani  
Riad in Fes , Morocco  
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Located in the heart of Fez Medina, the area was the capital of Idrisid dynasty. Today it is rife with markets and shopping centres. The area is characterized by distinctive Al-Andalus architecture from the Middle-Ages. The property maintains this tradition and is designed to give you an old-world feel. The hotel was used as a former palace, thanks to this, each rooms are uniquely designed and provides spacious accommodation.
 
Falcons View Manor
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Falcons View Manor  
Knysna , South Africa  
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The hotel is rooted from the Thesen Family. One of the most important families in the infancy of the town of Knysna and budding timber trade. The most notable member is Charles Wilhelm Thesen, originally from Norway and later immigrated to South Africa. His company started in timber trade and later ventured into saw-milling and buying forested lands. His big family resided in the Hill House, later transformed to the hotel it is today.
 
Grande Roche Hotel
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Grande Roche Hotel  
Hotel in Paarl , South Africa  
Very Good 8.6
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This hotel sits at the foot of Paarl Rock (Pearl). It features a renovated Victorian manor house with outdoor pool and a wellness centre with Swedish massages. This is the ideal base for explore the Cape and its winelands. The property is a beautifully restored 18th century building offering 29 luxury suites and 6 executive rooms with distinctive thatched roofs, bamboo and yellow wood ceilings for a unique atmosphere.
 
Riad Kniza
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Riad Kniza  
Riad in Marrakech , Morocco  
Excellent 9.5
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The property dates back from 18th century. It is characterized by distinctive architecture of Al-Andalus. Staying true to its tradition, the rooms are beautifully furnished by old-world charm. It is restored by Haj Mohamed, one of the most renowned professional guides to A-list celebrities including former US Presidents and international movie stars like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Aniston.
 
Dar victoria
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Dar victoria  
Fes , Morocco  
Excellent 9.4
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This jewel sits in the Andalou district, offering peaceful retreats from the high activity of the nearby Medina. Perfect for travellers looking for tranquil getaways with street markets and shops. Dar Victoria is a restored Moroccan-style house from the 18th century. It is characterized by high ceilings, intricate pillar designs and rooms furnished with antiquities to give you a traditional way of living. Complimentary breakfast from fresh market produce is served on the roof terrace or the picturesque courtyard.
 
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