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The Most Beautiful Black-Owned Hotels and Resorts You Should Visit

Oct 09, 2022 09:00AM ● By Boitumelo Masihleho

When planning a getaway — whether it be a long holiday or a quick weekend jaunt — picking a place to stay can feel like a daunting task, with a plethora of options ranging from quaint boutique hotels to sprawling luxury resorts to all-inclusive stays. While the travel industry is still expanding to allow for and embrace Black travelers and Black travel entrepreneurs, there are still plenty of choices for your resort season jaunt in a Black-owned resort. Check out this list of incredible Black-owned hotels and resorts in various, beautiful places around the globe.


Frangipani Beach Resort in Anguilla

Family-owned and-operated, the luxurious Frangipani Beach Resort—which has just 19 rooms and suites, plus a four-bedroom villa—is a mainstay in picturesque Meads Bay. Frangipani Beach Resort offers the luxurious touches you expect from a resort within a boutique beachfront space. Frangipani Beach Resort is the proud recipient of several prestigious accolades, ranking number 2 in the Caribbean and Top 50 in the World for T+L’s World's Best Awards.


Jnane Tamsna in Morocco

Blending traditional and contemporary Moroccan design is the cornerstone of Jnane Tamsna in Marrakesh, owned by hotelier titan Meryanne Loum-Martin. In addition, the extensive gardens and palm groves are maintained by her ethnobotanist husband, Dr. Gary Martin. Integrating five houses, five pools, and a tennis court, this unique boutique hotel offers 24 individual rooms, private villa rentals, and full exclusivity for events.


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Negril Treehouse Resort in Jamaica

Conveniently located in the center of Negril’s famous 7-mile beach, the Negril Treehouse Resort has become a well-known landmark in Jamaica. Negril is laid-back, casual, and relaxing. It’s perfect for lovers of shimmering sand, spectacular underwater grottoes and unforgettable Caribbean sunsets. Negril’s calm waters are great for all kinds of water sports. 


Zaina Lodge in Mole National Park, Ghana

West Africa’s first luxury safari lodge in Mole National Park, Zaina has tented chalets complete with private balconies, and a cool infinity pool to refresh in. Nestled in the heart of the Mole forest, Zaina Lodge in Ghana provides world-class hospitality service with a unique touch. The park, which is approximately 4,577 square kilometers, is the only location where guests see elephants regularly. It's also an international destination for avid birdwatchers with numerous endemic species. here are two busy waterholes frequented by animals such as elephants, waterbucks, kobs, bushbucks, hippopotamuses, warthogs, water buffalos, hyenas, and baboons. You can take a guided walking tour or vehicle safari just steps away from your front door.


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The Mansion at Noble Lane in The Poconos, Pennsylvania

Founded by former Essence editor, author, and star of the OWN network’s Checked Inn, Monique Greenwood’s The Mansion at Noble Lane is just one property in the larger Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns group. The historic mansion was originally built in 1903 and, after several iterations, was purchased and expertly restored into the iconic resort it is today. The property features an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool, a 10,000-square-foot recreational facility, conference rooms, a game room, a movie room, and a ballroom for special events and weddings. The grounds feature several sports courts, a formal English garden, and even a fireside lounge. 


La Maison Michelle in St. James, Barbados

Immerse yourself in Caribbean hospitality at La Maison Michelle, located on a hilltop with amazing views of Barbados' Platinum Coast. A husband-and-wife team, Guy and Michelle Jenkins own this dual seven-suite villa that's ideal for a destination wedding, romantic getaway, or a fun vacation with friends.

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Kruger Shalati in Skukuza, South Africa

One of 2020's most innovative openings, the Kruger Shalati in Kruger National Park has transformed a historic train sitting on the Selati Bridge into a modern hotel. The train marks where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s when the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati is positioned. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendors with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence. Kruger Shalati boasts an impressive viewing deck complete with a beautiful overhanging pool. Set in tranquil surroundings with the Sabie River flowing below, it provides an unsurpassed combination of wildlife spotting and relaxation.

Anguilla Great House Beach Resort in Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla

Anguilla Great House sits right in the middle of Rendezvous Bay, the best of Anguilla’s beaches.  Rendezvous is the longest continuous stretch of sand on the island, with gentle turquoise surf and the backdrop of mountainous St. Martin.  Rendezvous maintains the island’s easy, local vibe and grace. Owned by W. Fleming, Anguilla Great House has welcomed guests since 1985. The West Indian-style beachfront hotel features 35 spacious rooms, some with a garden view and others overlooking the ocean. Guests can create a personalized vacation experience with all-inclusive packages and special meal plans, taking the stress out of the trip planning process. 


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 Boitumelo Masihleho is a South African digital content creator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies and Politics and International Studies. She's an experienced multimedia journalist who is committed to writing balanced, informative and interesting stories on a number of topics. Boitumelo has her own YouTube channel where she shares her love for affordable beauty and lifestyle content. 

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