Category: Africa

Top 10 summer resorts

Top 10 summer resorts

The excellent Luxist blog has run a feature entitled “Top Ten Summer Resorts” in preparation for the forthcoming summer and have given us their pick of the best: 1. Soneva Gili, Maldives 2. North Island, Seychelles 3. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan 4. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco 5. Ashford Castle, Ireland 6. King Pacific Lodge, […]

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Namibia

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Namibia

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have apparently taken over the Burning Shore Beach Lodge  just  south of  Swakopmund, Namibia, for two months.   The property has 7 luxury rooms and 5 luxury suites.  Tall green sunshades have been erected around the accommodation to guard against paparazzi, but now they  don’t  get a clear view of […]

Oberoi Hotels to expand

East India Hotels (EIH), which runs the Oberoi chain of hotels, will open new hotels in South Africa, West Asia and Seychelles in the next three to four years. The group has no plans of entering the budget hotel segment. “Our interest lies purely in luxury and five star hotels and apartments,” said Arjun Oberoi, […]

Chongwe River House in Zambia

Chongwe River House in Zambia

Blog reader Mitch – who I know from the Aardvark Travel Forums – has kindly brought it to my attention that Chongwe River House opened last month for a press trip and should now be open to the public. The property can accommodate up to 8 people in four large en suite bedrooms. The design […]

Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot

Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson has created a wonderful retreat in the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas mountains.   Kasbah Tamadot is the newest addition to the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio, emerging as a divine hideaway where the spirit and charm of traditional Moroccan design is beautifully infused with contemporary elements, creating an ambience of luxurious serenity […]

Hasdrubal Thalassa & Spa in Hammamet, Tunisia

Hasdrubal Thalassa & Spa in Hammamet, Tunisia

The perfect seting for a relaxing holiday, the luxurious Hasdrubal Thalassa is located in the resort of Yasmine Hammamet, just moments away from two outstanding golf courses. This exclusive destination faces a pristine Mediterranean beach for the ultimate in fun, relaxation and spectacular views. A state-of-the-art thalassotherapy center allows guets to unwind after enjoying the […]

Northolme Resort & Spa, Mahe, Seychelles

Northolme Resort & Spa, Mahe, Seychelles

Hilton have opened a new resort on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles  – the Northolme Resort & Spa. Formerly the Hilton Seychelles, it is now jointly managed by Hilton and the Crowne Company. It has 40 villas, each with king size beds, rainfall showers and spa baths. There’s also two restaurants on site […]

Exclusive Winelands gourmet special in Paarl, South Africa

Exclusive Winelands gourmet special in Paarl, South Africa

The Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, South Africa, has designed a gourmet package for a special rate of just R2860 per person. Now you can escape from your daily business and surprise your family by spending wonderful culinary days in the sunny Winelands. The package includes two nights in a luxury suite, a South African […]

Cape Grace, Cape Town

Cape Grace, Cape Town

The gentle elegance of a luxurious small hotel, combined with the allure of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, provides a unique experience of hospitality at Cape Grace. This  impressive hotel has 122 guest rooms, an interestingly named one.waterfront restaurant and  a spa, not to mention the popular Bascule Whisky Bar.

Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

This malaria-free lodge is set in Big 5 game country in the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. Designed for the discerning traveller, Mateya Safari Lodge offers a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. The lodge caters for a maximum of   ten guests and, in so doing, assures guests of exclusivity, privacy and […]

Beyond five stars

From last Sunday’s Observer newspaper: The Shangri-La hotel and resort chain claims to have now opened its first six-star hotel, the Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat. The One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius made the same claim when it reopened after a £32m renovation in 2002, while the Burj Al Arab in Dubai […]

Anjajavy l'Hôtel, Madagascar

Anjajavy l’Hôtel, Madagascar

Opened in December 2000, Anjajavy l’Hôtel is so remote that it enjoys its own timezone! Located in an inaccessible fishing village on a peninsula on the western coast of Madagascar 120 kms north of Majunga, Anjajavy is a true paradise in an exceptional location. It is set in a private reserve of baobab trees, deciduous […]

Experience the luxury of Tanda Tula, Kruger National Park

Experience the luxury of Tanda Tula, Kruger National Park

Tanda Tula is a luxurious, East African style tented camp, located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park.   It offers the epitome of luxury and seclusion.   A true bush experience is complemented by excellent service and expert staff offering a range of activities from bush walks to private […]

Constantia Uitsig in the Constantia Valley

Constantia Uitsig in the Constantia Valley

Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, marvel at spectactular views of the Constantia Valley from this fabulous hotel.   Constantia Uitsig is set  among the vineyards of  its own private wine estate and has 16 luxurious garden rooms, each offering peace and privacy.   Also on-site is an award-winning restaurant with its own distinctive and […]

Zimbali Lodge, Near Durban

Zimbali Lodge, Near Durban

With an idyllic location in a coastal forest reserve, this wonderful retreat just 40 minutes by road north of Durban, offers horse riding in the forest or on the beach and an 18-hole championship golf course.   But it is the superb spa and full butler service that makes Zimbali Lodge truly excel.

Blonde antelope

Blonde antelope

Antelopes – found in both Africa and Asia –  come in a multitude of different species.   But have you ever seen a Blonde Antelope?   Click the link to watch a short video of this antelope in an attempt to evade capture.   Now, that’s something you don’t normally see on safari…