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Top of the Class: Hotels in Africa with the Highest Grades

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Schools dole out final grades and, like the Harvard of hotels, so do we. We keep calling out Kiwi Collection’s top properties by region, and next up is the world’s second largest continent, comprised of 54 countries. Herewith, the four hotels and resorts in Africa with the highest HQ (hospitality quotient).

North Island
This Seychelles resort situated within an eco-reserve was crowned with one of the most-sought after hospitality honors—it was the location for a royal honeymoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s (a.k.a. Will and Kate) last year. They booked the whole thing out so they could have the beaches and resident turtles all to themselves.
Percentage grade: 96
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Generosity & Value, Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design, Location and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Rustic design, en suite gardens and plunge pools, all-inclusive (with activities), private and secluded.

Royal Mansour
This Marrakech property also has the royal touch; the King of Morocco had it built. The ornate tile, metal and wood work is thanks to some 1,500 artisans. Other numbers are impressive too—53 two-story riads on 35 hectares of estate.
Percentage grade: 94
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Spa & Fitness, Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: High design, three restaurants (French, Moroccan, International), spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, proximity to the medina.

Singita Lebombo Lodge
There are four Singita game reserves in South Africa (of which luxury jewellery designer Monique Péan is a fan) and this one in Kruger National Park scores the best grades. Land Rover safaris are included in accommodation, so guests get a wild time in more ways than one.
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service and Architecture & Design
Aptitudes: Private and secluded, experiential, floor-to-ceiling windows for views of nature, breakfast included, South African wines.

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Befitting a budding marine biologist, this hotel bills itself as the “Red Sea diving resort”. Scuba excursions can be arranged through their onsite dive center. For those who aren’t fans of open water, there are four pools to cool down in.
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Food & Beverage, Attention to Detail and Architecture & Design
Aptitudes: Close to the airport, family-friendly, kids and teens club, eight lounge and dining options, three tennis courts, salon and spa.

Honorable Mentions:
The Oberoi, Mauritius
Percentage grade: 89
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Attention to Detail and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Beach-setting, Mauritian spa treatments, private pools and water sports.

Ellerman House
Percentage grade: 89
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Attention to Detail and Generosity & Value.
Aptitudes: South African art, Cape Edwardian exterior, cuisine and ocean views.

La Mamounia
Percentage grade: 89
Best subjects: Perfect 10 in Spa & Fitness
Aptitudes: Turkish bath, tennis courts, authentic Moorish design, extensive ground and gardens.

Shanti Maurice A Nira Resort
Percentage grade: 88
Best subjects: 9s across 8 of 10 categories
Aptitudes: Locally-focused design and dining program, Indian and African cuisine, beach-setting, yogi teachers and Ayurvedic physicians.

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