Sharing my best experiences during my travels in 2018

THE OFTEN ASKED QUESTION: ‘WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND‘ IS ANSWERED RIGHT HERE

(Posted 31st December 2018)

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I decided to be positive at the end of the year and only share the best of my experiences during the past 12 months, though there would be plenty to tell about bad, worse and worst experiences, with airlines, tourism boards, convention bureaus, hotels, restaurants, government officials and more …

They invariably got a piece of my mind there and then but as some really know no shame, why waste my effort on them at this stage …
They either will or will not realise that they are not or no longer in my personal top of the pops and maybe reform in 2019 or else continue their miserable existence …

My travels took me to quite a few countries in Africa and Europe this year and I will try to just summarize the excellence I experienced in some places with several ‘Best‘ categories though not include all countries … and for ease of looking these places up, all with their respective websites …

The ATCNews.org team wishes all readers a Happy New Year!

#Uganda
Best City Hotel – Kampala Serena
Best Business Suite – Kampala Serena
Best High Tea – Kampala Serena
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenakampala/en/default.html

Best Shopping Location – Quality Hill
Best Deli – Le Gourmet | Quality Hill
Best Brunch – Bottomless Brunch at Le Chateau | Brasserie Belge
Best Chocolate Croissants – La Patisserie – Quality Hill
http://qualityhill.biz

Best Golf Resort – Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenalakevictoria/en/default.html

Best Forest Lodge – RainForest Lodge Mabira
www.facebook.com/RainforestLodgeMabira

Best Budget Hotel – The Athena
https://theathenahotelug.com

Best Executive Lounge – Sheraton Kampala Hotel
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ebbsi-sheraton-kampala-hotel?program=spg

Best Residences – Mestil Hotel & Residences
https://www.mestilhotels.com

Best ‘Let Your Hair Down’ Getaway – The Observatory
https://theeye.co.ug/observatory-another-hot-spot-uganda/

Best Alpine Lodge – Equator Snow
https://theeye.co.ug/equator-snow-lodge-stress-strain-free-visit-rwenzori-mountains/

Best Value Safari Camp / Lodge – Bwana Tembo Safari Camp
http://www.bwanatembosafaricamp.com

Best Private Conservancy – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
http://www.ziwarhino.com

Best Hotel in Entebbe – Protea by Marriott
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ebben-protea-hotel-entebbe/

Best Boutique Hotel in Entebbe – Hotel No. 5
http://www.hotelnumber5.com

Best 4G Countrywide – MTN Uganda
www.mtn.co.ug
Best Egg Benedict – Tie up … Kampala Serena, Mestil Hotel and The Athena

#Kenya
Best Luxury Boutique Hotel Nairobi – Sankara
http://www.sankara.com

Best City Spa – Jacaranda
http://www.jacarandahotels.com/nairobi-hotel/span_and_pool

Best Upcountry All Suite Hotel – Sovereign Suites
Best High Tea – Sovereign Suites
https://sunafricahotels.com/sovereign-suites
Best Buy for All Suite Accommodation in Nairobi – Landmark Suites
http://the-landmark-suites.kenyanairobihotels.com/de/

Best Barefoot Resort – Driftwood Malindi
http://www.driftwoodclub.com

Best ‘Near Beach’ Villa – Neem House Malindi
http://www.neemhousekenya.com

Best ‘Regular’ Beach Resort – Serena Beach
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenabeachhotel/en/default.html

Best Luxury Beach Resort – Medina Palms
http://medinapalms.com

Best Egg Benedict at the coast – ‘Vipingo Style’ – Vipingo Ridge
Best Sports Resort – Vipingo Ridge
http://www.vipingoridge.com

Best ‘Out of Africa’ Experience – Silole Cottages
http://silolesanctuary.com

Best Beach Villas – Alfajiri
http://www.alfajirivillas.com

Best Safari Villa – Ol Pejeta House (formerly known as the Khashoggi House)
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenaolpejeta/en/default.html

Best Private Conservancy – Ol Pejeta
https://www.olpejetaconservancy.org

Best Sustainable Camp Operator – Porini Safari Camps
https://www.porini.com

Best ‘At The Airport (JKIA) Hotel – Four Points by Sheraton
Best Egg Benedict in Nairobi ‘Arlington Style’ – Four Points by Sheraton JKIA
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nbofa-four-points-nairobi-airport/

Best ‘Near The Airport (JKIA) Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn
https://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/kenya/hilton-garden-inn-nairobi-airport-NBOAPGI/index.html

Best Beach and Bush Airline – Safarilink
https://www.flysafarilink.com

#Tanzania
Best City Hotel (Dar) – Dar es Salaam Serena
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenadaressalaam/en/default.html

Best Stone Town Hotel (Unguja / Zanzibar) Zanzibar Serena
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenazanzibar/en/default.html

Best Luxury Tented Camps / Lodges – Serena Selous and Mikumi River Lodge
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenaselous/en/default.html

https://www.serenahotels.com/serenamivumo/en/default.html

Best Beach and Bush Airline – Auric Air
https://www.auricair.com

#Rwanda
Best City Hotel – Kigali Serena Hotel
https://www.serenahotels.com/serenakigali/en/default.html

Best Budget Hotel – Onomo
https://www.onomohotel.com/en/hotel/9/onomo-hotel-kigali

Best Italian Restaurant – Cucina Marriott Kigali
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/kglmc-kigali-marriott-hotel/

Best African Airline – RwandAir
https://www.rwandair.com

#SouthAfrica
Best Conference Hotel Cape Town – The Westin
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cptwi-the-westin-cape-town?program=spg

Best Value Business Hotel Cape Town – Southern Sun Cape Sun
https://www.tsogosun.com/southern-sun-cape-sun

Best Private Game Reserve – Karongwe
https://www.karongweportfolio.com

Best Golfing Estate – Fancourt
https://www.fancourt.co.za

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel – The Manor House, Fancourt
https://manorhouse.fancourt.co.za

And elsewhere:
Best Airline from Uganda to Europe – Brussels Airlines
https://www.brusselsairlines.com/en-ug/

Best Gulf Airline from Entebbe – Qatar Airways
www.qatarairways.com/en-ug/homepage.html

Burg Ravensburg, Sulzfeld, Germany
https://www.burgrestaurant-ravensburg.de

Andi’s Spaetzlestube, Bad Herrenalb, Germany
http://www.spaetzlestube.de

Rotes Haus, Ueberlingen, Germany
https://www.hotel-rotes-haus.de

Bodensee Rundfahrten
https://www.gunzo.de/unser-angebot/rundfahrten/

Neckarschifffahrt
https://www.weisse-flotte-heidelberg.de/#!home_de

City of Brugge
https://www.visitbruges.be/en

City of Strasbourg
http://en.strasbourg.eu/en/home-en/

Kraichgau Region
https://www.kraichgau-stromberg.com/kst/die-region/index.php

Black Forest Region
https://www.blackforest-tourism.com/Black-Forest

City of Bruchsal
https://www.bruchsal.de/,Len/491666.html

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