Hotel in Limpopo, South Africa, Wins Best Luxury Small Hotel in the World Award – SAPeople

Hotel in Limpopo Named Best Luxury Small Hotel in the World. This is The Kiss

Hotel in Limpopo Named Best Luxury Small Hotel in the World. This is The Kiss Suite. Photo: Fusion Boutique Hotel on FB

South Africa has scooped several top awards in the 2022 World Luxury Awards, which was held in Turkey this weekend. The final winners were announced to the public on Monday, 24 October 2022.

Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane, Limpopo won for Best Luxury Small Hotel in the World!

The hotel offers A-listers a glamorous stay with accommodation including the Bollywood Suite, the art-deco Hollywood Suite where you’ll feel like a movie star, and the romantic Kiss Suite, favoured by newly weds and inspired by a Gustav Klimpt painting portraying perfect love. The room includes antique suitcases and teddy bears, a spa bath and double shower in the marble bathroom, as well as a private garden.

Fusion Boutique Hotel
Fusion Boutique Hotel were winners at the World Luxury Awards. Photo: FB / Fusion Boutique Hotel

Fusion’s restaurant – Saskia Restaurant – was also a big winner, scooping the Best South African Cuisine title for the continent of Africa. The restaurant is inspired by 17th century artist Rembrandt van Rijn and named after his wife and muse.

Fusion Boutique Hotel were winners at the World Luxury Awards. Photo: FB / Fusion Boutique Hotel
Fusion Boutique Hotel’s Saskia Restaurant were winners at the World Luxury Awards. Photo: FB / Fusion Boutique Hotel

Fusion said it was #superproud of the awards.

Other South African hotels that won global awards were mainly game reserves and lodges:

  • AM Lodge – LUXURY ECO SAFARI LODGE
  • Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve – LUXURY ECO LODGE
  • Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve – LUXURY SAFARI LODGE
  • Jaci’s Lodges – LUXURY GAME LODGE
  • Rhulani Safari Lodge – LUXURY BUSH LODGE
  • Safari Plains – LUXURY SAFARI RETREAT

Several South African restaurants, hotels and spas won Country and Region prizes, with one of the biggest winners being Clico Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Conferencing – tucked away in Rosebank, Johannesburg – which was awarded top honours in three categories in the 2022 World Luxury Awards.

Clico Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Conferencing
Clico Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Conferencing. Photo supplied

Clico won the Luxury Gourmet Hotel – Continent category and their wonderful GM Sabelo Ngidi won Best General Manager – Regional category; while the Clico Restaurant was named the winner in the Luxury Boutique Hotel Restaurant – Country category.

The hotel’s elated owner Jeanette Schwegman says:

“After what has been a challenging few years in the hospitality sector, these accolades are even more special to the Clico team who have worked tirelessly under our General Manager, Sabelo Ngidi’s dedicated leadership. These results speak for themselves, we are absolutely thrilled that our efforts have been recognised.”

If you’re in the area, you can discover Clico’s award-winning restaurant offering for yourself this Sunday 30 October at a jazz experience where an a la carte menu will be paired with Wildekrans. Live jazz will be provided by duo Oscar and John. Reservations can be made on Dineplan, seats are limited.

The overall World Luxury Award winners were:

  • Global Hotel of the Year: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Qubec, Canada
  • Global Restaurant of the Year: M.B – the two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Tenerife, Spain
  • Global Spa AWAY® Spa W Verbier, apparently the ultimate Alpine Spa experience in Switzerland

View the full World Luxury Award winners’ lists here.