Category: Africa

A year of island hopping: January

A year of island hopping: January

This is post one of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For January, the following are recommended: Cebu, Philippines: Alegre Beach Resort and the Shangri-La, on Mactan Island Crete, Greece: Casa Delfino Suites Djenné, […]

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge by La Compagnie des Comptoirs, 10 kilometres outside of Marrakech in Morocco, is a new restaurant from the Pourcel brothers of Le Jardin des Sens (in Montpellier, France) fame.  In addition to the  food and the restaurant’s party and club atmosphere is an 80m x 40m swimming pool, surrounded by sand  to […]

Kenya's Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens

Kenya’s Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens

The Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens today, having closed last May for renovations. The hotel now has a new Maisha spa facility, a renovation and extension  of the Village Wing rooms, as well as the family rooms, and  improvements to the interior design of the public areas. Styled to resemble a 13th century Swahili town […]

Tanzania Under Canvas with CC Africa

Tanzania Under Canvas with CC Africa

CC Africa’s Tanzania Under Canvas – the ultimate, exhiliarating, tailormade Tanzanian safari concept – is now open for guests. The luxurious tented migratory camps have been beautifully assembled and guests are enjoying up close and personal encounters with the Serengeti’s vast and exciting game-rich wilderness. Designed with CC Africa’s legendary fully-serviced style, comfort and elegance, […]

SuperStar Libra

SuperStar Libra

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Libra – the latest addition to the Star Cruises Asia fleet – is due to arrive in Valletta, Malta today, completing the final leg of her relocation cruise ready for her inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The new 42,000-gross tonne world class exclusive floating resort will offer an interesting diversity of […]

Experience the splendour of East Africa

Experience the splendour of East Africa

The Kenyan travel destination management company Maniago has quickly established itself as one of the leading names in African safaris. Now, with the introduction of their prestigious Luxury Adventure Safari Experience, they have redefined the term luxury. The safari will provide its clients with an unforgettable encounter with the people, wildlife and landscape of one […]

Powder Byrne's "the first night's on us" promotion

Powder Byrne’s “the first night’s on us” promotion

Book a holiday for 7 nights or more with luxury family travel specialists Powder Byrne and your first night’s accommodation will be free of charge for the whole family in whichever accommodation type booked. This offer is available at three of their most stunning 5-star hotels: Anassa, Cyprus; The Residence, Tunisia; and Arabella, Mallorca. Offer […]

CC Africa adds four lodges on Sabi Sand Game Reserve

CC Africa adds four lodges on Sabi Sand Game Reserve

South Africa-based CC Africa is expanding its presence in South Africa with the addition of four new lodges, with a total of 72 beds, in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. They include Kirkman Kamp, an 18-cottage property in the heart of the Sabi Sand;  the four-suite Leadwood Lodge; the […]

MENA Travel Awards 2006

MENA Travel Awards 2006

The MENA Travel Awards held earlier this month celebrate the best of the luxury travel industry in the Middle East and North Africa (hence the MENA bit). There were many nominees and awards so below I’ve given a short summation by listing only the platinum winners; the United Arab Emirates dominates the honours: Platinum winners […]

2005/6 Airline of the Year award in Tanzania

2005/6 Airline of the Year award in Tanzania

Precision Air have been given the 2005/6 Airline of the Year award in Tanzania in Dar es Salaam after being announced as winners by the Tanzania Tourist Board at the Africa Travel Association annual general assembly. The airline has outpaced its key competitor, Air Tanzania, and now offers an extensive domestic network that covers Zanzibar […]

Five star to truly mean five star in Uganda

Five star to truly mean five star in Uganda

Uganda has just two truly five star properties, the Kampala Sheraton Hotel and the soon-to-be-opened Kampala Serena Hotel, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it. Until now, five star ratings have been self-allocated rather than state-decreed.   All this looks set to change, however, as the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism looks set to present a bill […]

Uganda Broadcasting Corporation makes way for hotel in Nakasero

Construction of  the new Hibiscus Hotel is starting in Nakasero in Uganda. The 5-star hotel occupies the former site of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (formerly Uganda Television). Controversy surrounds the development, however, with concerns as to whether UBS will be able to continue transmitting from their new location, and with some parishioners from the nearby […]

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 […]