Cape Town has moved up from last year’s 11th spot to a single digit, 4th place in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards.
The one million votes from close to 77,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers, contributed to putting Cape Town into the mix as a global favourite.
“Cape Town is the best city in the world for blending urban culture with the great outdoors: They're literally a five-minute drive from each other. There's an exploding food scene, with vegetables, wine, and cheese coming from the gorgeous Cape Winelands,” said editor, Maria Shollenbarger.
Cape Town was also voted in as the 8th friendliest city in the world - an accolade that supports the opinion of Tripadvisor users when they voted Cape Town second in line as the city with the most helpful locals in the 2014 Tripadvisor World City Survey.
Cape Town hotels also fared well, with several top Cape Town properties making the list of Best Hotels in Africa. One & Only, Cape Town took the number one spot.
Just beyond Cape Town, Bushmanskloof in the Cederberg fared very well, being recognised as number six on the list of Africa’s Top 20 Best Safari Lodges and Camps, number four on the list of Best Resorts in South Africa and as number 41 on the Top 100 Hotels in the World list.
South African lodge Londolozi, Sabi Sands, took top honours as Number 1 Hotel and Resort in the World, whilst several other South African resorts are recognised on the list.
Cape Town Tourism, CEO Enver Duminy said he is very proud of all the players who have come together to earn Cape Town such great global recognition.
"Cape Town continues to strive to delight and intrigue our visitors. We would like to extend hearty congratulations to all our members who have featured so prominently in the results,” he said.
Garreth Bloor, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development at the City of Cape Town, said the City is particularly proud of this achievement and what it means to the city's touristic potential - and its offering as a premier events destination.
"As we continue to create opportunities for economic growth we encourage excellence in our tourism sector," he said.