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Gold List 2009

Lion Sands, Sabi Sand Game Reserve 

Sabi Sand Game Reserve
South Africa

Tel: 27 13 735 5000

The family-owned and -operated lodge occupies 10,000 "absolutely beautiful" acres. Thatched-roof rooms in hues of maize, burnt orange, pale green, sky blue, gold, and ivory "are huge and bright." Outside, on the Sabie River, "animals always wander down to the water for a drink." Traditional boma dinners centered around a bonfire come with "the constant calls of hyenas, elephants, and hippos. It's mind-blowing."

(32 rooms)
Also featured on the: Gold List for 2011
Amenities: Game drives, Pool, Spa

Overall Score: 88.4

  • Rooms: 81
  • Service: 90.5
  • Food: 90.5
  • Location: 95.2
  • Design: 95.2
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