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The official top ten
Food & Wine Hotspots in Southern Africa

A journey through South Africa’s Winelands is a must for any gourmand. Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route provide the ultimate outdoorsy holiday to enjoy simply sublime food and wine. Enjoy wine tasting tours through ravishing vineyards, savour fresh, organic food from culinary leaders, stroll wide white beaches and stay at chic rustic farmhouse and boutique lodges. There are a couple of culinary surprises on our list, too! Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe should be on every food and design-lover’s list.

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The Cellars-Hohenort

Over nine acres of manicured gardens surround The Cellars-Hohenort, set outside Cape Town in the historic Constantia Valley. Owner Liz McGrath has spent more than two decades creating the perfect...

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Bushman’s Kloof

Wellness and wilderness go hand in hand at this multi-award winning retreat nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. The wonderfully named Bushman’s Kloof consists of 16 well-appointed guest...

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Bartholomeus Klip

Channel your inner Karen Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame at this supremely romantic farmhouse and game reserve in the Ribeek Valley. Just over one hour’s drive from Cape Town,...

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Babylonstoren

A 300-year-old Cape Dutch farm spread over 250 hectares and soaked in history, Babylonstoren is a memorable taste of the region’s traditional culture. Thick whitewashed walls, simple four-poster beds and...

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Leeu Estate

One of Leeu Collection’s three properties, the celebrated Leeu Estate, just under one hour’s drive from Cape Town, is a glorious boutique choice. Set like a jewel amongst vineyards, gardens and fynbos (local shrubland),...

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Steenberg Farm and Vineyards

Steenberg Farm is a glorious slice of Cape history. The oldest farm in the region, established in 1682, this 28-room boutique hotel is steeped in heritage. Relaxed and rustic luxury...

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Four award-winning lodges nestled in 22,000 hectares of pristine wilderness; Kwande Game Reserve offers the perfect safari experience. Families and small groups can enjoy an exclusive booking at two of...

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Victoria Falls Hotel

A natural wonder as grand and mighty as Victoria Falls deserves a grand and mighty hotel. So thought the hoteliers of the Edwardian era when they erected the now famous...

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Matetsi River Lodge

This intimate luxury lodge is a firm Ampersand’s favourite and is setting new standards in Zimbabwe. Secluded in a fairy-tale Zambezi riverside setting, the Matetsi’s 18 rooms and private villa...

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Hotel Heinitzburg

For those looking for a conveniently located base with fabulous city and mountain views, the family-owned and run Hotel Heinitzburg is the best option in Windhoek. Originally commissioned in 1914 by Count...

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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
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- Mr David Wallace, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India

From our Instagram

Travel down the #IrrawaddyRiver to #Mingun 🇲🇲
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Admire the pristine pagoda modelled after the mythical Buddhist Mt Meru & keep an eye out for the local saffron-robed monks
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Fine red shells blend seamlessly into the powdery white seashore of the #KomodoIslands to create this natural wonder - the otherworldly #PinkBeach 🏄🏼‍♀️🌊
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Dive into its crystal-clear aquamarine waters to explore one of the richest marine environments on Earth 🌏
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🎌 Hot off the press - #AmanKyoto is set to open at the end of this year (November 2019) & we can’t wait! 🎌
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Located in a secret garden behind the Golden Temple #Kinkakuji, this new property will offer a secluded retreat in the ancient Imperial city complete with beautifully-designed interiors by the celebrated #KerryHillArchitects
Intense colours of #India are the perfect antidote to the Monday blues 🇮🇳🌺🌼
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We’re dreaming of #Amanoi’s deep blues today 🌊
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Sleek design, incredible views & spoiling amenities make it the ideal island getaway 🏝
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Has #ChineseNewYear inspired you to visit this fascinating country? It certainly has for us! 🇨🇳
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Explore #China on a tailor-made tour with us to delve into its rich culture, taste its world-renowned cuisine & stay at the exquisite #AmanSummerPalace
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It’s all about razor-sharp Japanese design at the @ritzcarltonkyoto - our absolute favourite hotel in the Imperial capital #Kyoto 🌿🎌
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#Japan bursts with life especially when the neon-lights get switched on 🌃
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Spot #Geisha in #Kyoto at dusk & explore the nightlife in #Tokyo to experience its buzz 🇯🇵
Treat yourself to a stay in #Amangalla - the stately grand dame of #GalleFort while in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
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Not only will you step into a bygone era here, but you’ll also have all the surrounding sights right on your doorstep 🏰

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