Three Minor Hotels triumph with prestigious awards in 2023

Three Minor Hotels triumph with prestigious awards in 2023
The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara

In a resounding testament to excellence, three remarkable properties in the Minor Hotels portfolio, The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique, and Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino in Namibia, have proudly secured prestigious global awards. Recognised for their commitment to luxury, wellness, and outstanding guest experiences, these properties stand as shining beacons in the world of hospitality, further affirming Minor Hotels’ dedication to setting and maintaining unparalleled standards across the globe.

World Spa Awards

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara, part of the Minor Hotels group, is proud to announce its exceptional achievements in the world of luxury travel and wellness tourism. This esteemed property has been honoured with two prestigious awards, solidifying its status as a world-class destination.

The Anantara Spa at The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara has earned the prestigious title of “Zambia’s Best Safari Spa 2023” from the highly regarded World Spa Awards. This honour is a celebration of excellence within the spa and wellness tourism industry, which includes a rigorous selection process that involves votes from industry experts, media representatives, and the wider public. The World Spa Awards are committed to setting the bar for exceptional standards and fostering a connection between spa enthusiasts and the very best in spa and wellness tourism.

It is easy to understand why this rejuvenating oasis at the Anantara Spa within The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara has been awarded this accolade. Set against the backdrop of the Zambezi River, the spa offers a truly unique and serene setting for indulging in massages that allow the beauty of nature to enhance a blissful experience. Tailored to guests’ lifestyle and needs, the spa offers a holistic approach to wellness, all within the tranquil surroundings of Mosi-oa-Tunya Park. Whether guests are seeking authentic African therapies using TheraVine products or classic Western treatments that promote overall well-being, this spa provides a perfect blend of spa, fitness, and wellness elements to enhance your stay.

Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara has further cemented its reputation as a top-tier luxury destination by securing the 12th position in the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards. This longstanding recognition, now in its 36th year, is a testament to the hotel’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to its guests. More than half a million readers participated in this year’s survey, rating their travel experiences around the globe to create a list of the most beloved destinations.

Laurie Burr, General Manager of The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara, expressed his delight at the hotel’s exceptional achievements: “We are thrilled to receive these two outstanding awards, which reflect the dedication and hard work of our team. These honours not only recognise our commitment to delivering unparalleled luxury and wellness experiences but also underline the timeless appeal of Victoria Falls as a premier travel destination. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who voted and supported us in these prestigious awards.”

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara remains committed to offering a unique blend of luxury and adventure in the heart of Africa. These accolades underscore the dedication to providing guests with unforgettable experiences, allowing them to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Victoria Falls, encounter wildlife in their natural habitat, and enjoy world-class spa and wellness offerings. A journey to extraordinary moments begins here, where explorer luxury meets the extraordinary.

World Travel Awards

In addition to the above accolades two more properties in the Minor Hotels African portfolio were honoured in the prestigious World Travel Awards, an organisation dedicated to acknowledging, rewarding, and celebrating excellence across various sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards has become a globally recognised symbol of industry excellence, with votes cast by qualified executives within the travel and tourism sectors, as well as discerning consumer travel buyers.

These awards serve as a testament to the exceptional standards upheld at every Minor Hotels property whether under the Anantara or Avani brand. As these award-winning hotels celebrate the industry’s highest recognition, they are inspired to continue providing an unparalleled fusion of luxury and adventure for guests, ensuring their experiences remain at the forefront of excellence.

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique was voted Africa’s Most Romantic Resort 2023 and Mozambique’s Leading Beach Resort 2023.

Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino in Namibia was voted Namibia’s Leading Hotel 2023.

Together, all these award-winning hotels collectively contribute to the exceptional tapestry of hospitality and travel experiences worldwide.


Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 45 stunning hotels and resorts located in Thailand, Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles, Mozambique, Zambia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Tunisia, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Italy and The Netherlands, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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Avani hotels are designed for the way we travel now. And we think it’s all about balance.


Balance between coolness and kindness, between design and function and between service and privacy.


With properties in Europe, The Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia, the Avani portfolio is growing all the time. No matter where in the world a guest discovers us, they’ll find a hotel that gets the balance right. We believe we’ll make a lot of friends by delivering a seamless stay, from warm welcome to fond farewell. All delivered with a genuine smile and a cheeky wink.

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