Phantom Forest Eco Reserve just outside Knysna has once again been voted Africa's Leading Green Hotel in the respected World Travel Awards (WTA).
The luxury reserve also earned this prestigious accolade in 2010 and 2011.
Sustainable methods of construction were utilised in the construction at Phantom Forest, while alien vegetation - derived from the eco-restoration programme - was used in the building of floors, furniture, roofs and boardwalks.
There is a natural harmony between the buildings and their surroundings that is non-intrusive to the natural flora and fauna.
The WTA global winners will be announced at a ceremony in New Delhi, India on December 12.