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October 5, 2021

Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2021

Last Word Franschhoek and Long Beach both make the list

Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2021

Last Word Long Beach and Last Word Franschhoek have been nominated in the 'Top Hotels in Southern Africa 2021' alongside our world-class luxury hospitality peers. Last Word Long Beach once again voted within Cape Town's top 10 hotels. Last Word Franschhoek makes its Readers' Choice debut, ranking within Franschhoek's top 3 hotels.

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe, providing a full snapshot of the places they can't wait to return to next. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

Find the complete list of winners here.

Sunny afternoons at Last Word Franschhoek

The 2021 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and celebrated in the November issue.

Nicky Coenen, Group General Manager, Last Word Intimate Hotels & Safari Camps, "Undisputed trail-blazer in travel media, Condé Nast Traveler, has stood the test of time. I am so proud of our humble, homegrown African team for their consistent dedication to our brand purpose, embracing happiness. Our success, measured by how our guests feel when staying with us, is apparent in their nominations, for which we are grateful. We have missed you too and hope to have you return to visit with us in the not too distant future. Also, we extend heartfelt congratulations to our fellow hoteliers, so deserving of this recognition."

Launched in the United States in 1987,Condé Nast, the trail-blazing magazine, now has no less than nine different international editions. Tirelessly seeking out bold, remarkable destinations and travel products of distinction, the Condé Nast Traveler network is a vast, learned, reliable resource for travelers of substance.

Dinner for two overlooking the ocean

The recognition bestowed on us by our guests is humbling. It reaffirms our raison d'etre, every gracious encounter underpinned by the warm hospitality that has made South Africans famous worldwide. While the scourge of COVID-19 has left tourism in South Africa severely challenged, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards delivers a much-needed flash of inspiration for tourism's rebound.

We look forward to you visiting our sparkling shores in the not too distant future. Let us take you by the hand.


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All five of our Intimate Hotels and Safari Camps are nominated in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, please take a moment to vote for us by clicking here