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5 African hotels the ultra-rich love

The 2022 Africa Wealth Report revealed that Oyster Box, Ellerman House, Royal Mansour, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, and Royal Livingstone are the top hotels among rich Africans.

The luxury hotel sector is one of the most important industries in Africa as it brings a large amount of forex spending into the continent.

It also creates many well-paying jobs for local hoteliers, chefs, game rangers, and waiters. Much of this income is seasonal in the form of tips.

Africa is home to 320 centi-millionaires, and an additional 2,500 centi-millionaires from the UK, USA, France, Switzerland, and Germany regularly visit the continent for holidays.

South Africa is the main luxury tourist destination in Africa, and destinations for the wealthy include Cape Town, Umhlanga, Franschhoek, Plettenberg Bay, Hermanus, and the Kruger Park area.

Popular hotel groups for centi-millionaires visiting Africa include Red Carnation, Singita, &Beyond, Sanctuary Retreats, Belmond, Wilderness Safaris, and One&Only.

New World Wealth have been tracking the movements and spending habits of the world’s wealthiest people for over seven years.

Based on its research, the five most popular hotels for centi-millionaires visiting Africa over the last seven years are listed below.

Oyster Box

The Oyster Box is located in Umhlanga near Durban. This iconic hotel has gone through several phases. The hotel was initially launched in the 1950s and became a popular spot for Joburg tourists to spend their summers. Then in 2007, the property was renovated and turned into one of the most luxurious hotels in the world by the Red Carnation Group.

Ellerman House

Ellerman House, located in Bantry Bay in Cape Town, is one of the world’s top boutique hotels. It features only 13 rooms and offers its residents a lot of privacy. It is a hotspot for the rich and famous and is known for its “jet-set” appeal.

Royal Mansour

The Royal Mansour is located in Marrakech and is one of the world’s most exclusive hotels. Designed by King Mohammed VI, it features 53 private riads set within five hectares of beautiful Moorish gardens. The spa is considered to be one of the world’s best.

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

Located along one of the best stretches of the Red Sea, the Four Seasons Resort at Sharm El Sheikh is a must for any snorkelling and diving enthusiasts that visit Egypt. The resort is very well established and has wonderful facilities and restaurants.

Royal Livingstone

The Royal Livingstone is located on the banks of the Zambezi River and overlooks Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. It is managed by Anantara. It is home to a lovely spa and is known for its top-end river safaris.


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