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Royal Portfolio’s La Residence Voted “World’s Best Hotel” By Condé Nast Traveler Readers

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted La Residence, in the South African Wine Country town of Franschhoek, “Best Hotel in the World” in the magazine’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards(La Residence was voted #1 in the world, along with the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs at Matauri Bay, New Zealand, which also achieved the identical score: 99.2 out of 100.)


La Residence is an 11-suite country-house hotel envisioned and curated by South African hotelier, Liz Biden. It is located in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, about two hours from Cape Town, and encircled by vineyards, plum orchards and olive groves. La Residence and its two celebrated sister properties — cliff-top Birkenhead House on the Indian Ocean at Hermanus, and Royal Malewane safari lodge in Greater Kruger Park – comprise Biden’s The Royal Portfolio.

“I was both thrilled and humbled when we learned we had been granted this award,” said Biden, ascribing it immediately to the approach of the team at La Residence; “our policy has always been to seek attitude before qualifications, hiring people who will instinctively be open and honest and give of their time whenever possible…and that is, I am sure, why La Residence won.”

First published in 1988, Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards are considered by many as the ultimate accolade. This year, some 80,000 of the magazine’s million subscribers (double the number in previous years) cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 hotels and resorts around the world.


Within the category of luxury Franschhoek hotels, La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level. Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a stunning mountain backdrop, La Residence enjoys breathtaking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Step into the main hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling; original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls; furnishings are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.

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