Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: best hotels and resorts in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean

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In the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, we’re listing the very best hotels and resorts in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean – from the top safari lodges in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe to our readers’ favourite overwater hideaways in the Maldives. The scores below are percentages representing overall average levels of satisfaction.

  • Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: best hotels and resorts in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean

    THE BEST HOTELS IN AFRICA

    30. Taj Cape Town, South Africa. 90.75


    29. L’Hôtel Marrakech, Morocco. 91.21


    28. The Marine, Hermanus, South Africa. 92.58


    27. Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, Morocco. 94.08


    26. Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town, South Africa. 94.79


    25. Cape Grace, Cape Town, South Africa. 95.17


    24. The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara. 95.32


    23. Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco. 95.33


    22. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco. 96.00


    21. Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa. 96.23


    20. Birkenhead House, Hermanus, South Africa. 96.29


    19. The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. 96.69


    18. The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa. 96.97


    17. La Maison Arabe, Marrakech, Morocco. 97.00


    16. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. 97.01


    15. The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town, South Africa. 97.08


    14. Babylonstoren, Franschhoek, South Africa. 97.62


    13. More Quarters Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. 97.76


    12. Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. 98.27


    11. One&Only Cape Town, South Africa. 98.35


    10. The Oyster Box, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 98.44


    9. Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa. 98.46


    8. Gibb’s Farm, Tanzania. 98.51


    7. The Last Word Long Beach, Cape Town, South Africa. 98.67


    6. Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. 98.68


    5. The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. 98.79


    4. Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa. 99.22


    3. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya. 99.44


    2. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco. 99.49


    1. Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco. 99.52 (pictured)

  • Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: best hotels and resorts in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean

    THE BEST HOTELS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    15. The Chedi Muscat, Oman. 89.25


    14. The American Colony Hotel Jerusalem, Israel. 94.00


    13. Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, Israel. 94.75


    12. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, Doha, Qatar. 96.25


    11. Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel. 96.60


    10. The St Regis Abu Dhabi, UAE. 96.83


    9. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. 97.35


    8. Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Oman. 97.53


    7. David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel. 97.63


    6. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. 97.70


    5. The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, UAE. 97.86


    4. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. 98.78


    3. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai. 99.38


    2. W Doha, Qatar. 99.55


    1. Mandarin Oriental, Doha, Qatar. 99.72 (pictured)

  • Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: best hotels and resorts in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean

    THE BEST RESORTS IN AFRICA

    THE BEST RESORTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

    10. Makanyi Private Game Lodge, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. 99.23


    9. The Outpost, Kruger National Park. 99.24


    8. Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands. 99.32


    7. andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. 99.48


    6. Tintswalo Safari Lodge, Manyeleti Game Reserve. 99.49


    5. Londolozi, Sabi Sands. 99.55


    4. Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sands. 99.57


    3. Royal Malewane, Greater Kruger National Park. 99.62


    2. Singita Sabi Sands – Boulders Lodge. 99.71


    1. Morukuru Family Beach Lodge, De Hoop Nature Reserve. 99.88 (pictured)

  • Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: best hotels and resorts in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean

    THE BEST RESORTS IN THE REST OF AFRICA

    25. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Palmwag Concession, Namibia. 98.69


    24. andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya. 98.73


    23. Matetsi Victoria Falls, Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe. 98.82


    22. Thorntree River Lodge, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia. 98.82


    21. Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Moru Kopjes, Tanzania. 99.00


    20. andBeyond Klein’s Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania. 99.00


    19. Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar, Tanzania. 99.07


    18. Jack’s Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana. 99.13


    17. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Ruhengeri, Rwanda. 99.17


    16. Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp, Tanzania. 99.25


    15. andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya. 99.33


    14. Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp and Little Mombo, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. 99.35


    13. Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru, Meru National Park, Kenya. 99.38


    12. Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana. 99.38


    11. Thanda Island, Tanzania. 99.44


    10. Bilimungwe, The Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. 99.54


    9. andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas, Tanzania. 99.55


    8. Angama Mara, Great Rift Valley, Kenya. 99.55


    7. Elewana Sand River Masai Mara, Kenya. 99.62


    6. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania. 99.64


    5. Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe. 99.71


    4. Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. 99.75


    3. Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. 99.81


    2. Chamilandu, The Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. 99.87


    1. Singita Grumeti, Grumeti Game Reserve, Tanzania. 99.89 (pictured)

  • THE BEST RESORTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    10. Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 97.55


    9. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, UAE. 98.24


    8. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Nizwa, Oman. 98.26


    7. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Oman. 98.66


    6. One&Only The Palm, Dubai, UAE. 99.01


    5. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Qatar. 99.37


    4. One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, UAE. 99.40


    3. Six Senses Zighy Bay, Dibba, Oman. 99.41


    2. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Nizwa, Oman. 99.45


    1. Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Liwa Desert, UAE. 99.62 (pictured)

  • Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: best hotels and resorts in Africa, the Middle East and Indian Ocean

    THE BEST RESORTS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

    30. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. 92.79


    29. Lux* South Ari Atoll, Maldives. 95.00


    28. The Residence Maldives. 96.00


    27. Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives. 96.77


    26. Anantara Veli Maldives Resort. 96.84


    25. Milaidhoo Island Maldives. 97.38


    24. One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius. 97.41


    23. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. 97.42


    22. Lux* Belle Mare, Mauritius. 97.44


    21. Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives. 97.75


    20. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives. 98.00


    19. Constance Moofushi, Maldives. 98.10


    18. Niyama Private Islands Maldives. 98.13


    17. Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa, Maldives. 98.28


    16. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. 98.36


    15. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. 98.40


    14. Soneva Fushi, Maldives. 98.42


    13. Baros Maldives. 98.50


    12. Velaa Private Island, Maldives. 98.67


    11. COMO Maalifushi, Maldives. 98.69


    10. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives. 98.74


    9. Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles. 98.88


    8. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives. 98.92


    7. Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. 99.00


    6. Joali, Maldives. 99.00


    5. Soneva Jani, Maldives. 99.09


    4. Lux* North Male Atoll, Maldives. 99.14


    3. The Oberoi, Mauritius. 99.48


    2. Naladhu Private Island Maldives. 99.95


    1. The Nautilus Maldives. 99.97 (pictured)

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