With the ever growing demand for luxury travel, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that there is a growing number of luxury hotels opening too. Southern Africa is not missing the boat with several new openings in 2019. Here are 5 of the hottest hotel openings which you need to put on your “to do” list.
The Farmstead, Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa
This new project which will be the newest addition to the famous Royal Portfolio is situated in the Thornybush Game Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park and where the wildlife roams freely between the two areas. Having extensive experience with luxury properties, of which one is the Royal Malewane which is situated a mere 15 minutes from the Farmstead, this promises to be one of the most luxurious safari lodges to date in Southern Africa. The combination of impeccable service, prime wildlife viewings and amazingly luxurious accommodation will make it hard to find anything better. Everything is taken care of, from the time you arrive to the moment you leave this amazing place.The Farmstead consists of only 3 luxury farm suites and 1 farmhouse (with 4 bedrooms), making it perfect for larger groups or families to book the Farmstead exclusively, making it the ultimate luxury safari getaway. By far the hottest and most anticipated hotel opening in South Africa this year. Opening the 1st of June 2019.
Tuludi, Khwai Private Reserve, Botswana
If the Okavango Delta is on your list, then you might want to wait till July as that’s when Tuludi will open. This luxury lodge will have 7 rooms, all in a specific tree-house style but with luxurious and sophisticated interiors. All the rooms will have a plunge pool, even though there is a large swimming pool at the main area. You will also be giving back to the local communities and the eco-tourism initiatives in the area when staying over here, as part of the proceeds go straight back into that. Tuluni is also a Tswana word that describes the markings or colours of the leopard. Must be a sign for some great game viewing over here. Opening July 2019.
Sonop, Namib desert, Namibia
A luxurious tented camp which is situated in the Namib desert. Designed as a refined British colonial experience from the 1920’s but with all the modern touches to make sure you’ll experience a unique time in this remote place. The 10 spacious tents will be furnished with antiques, beautiful carpets and precious wood to give you even more the feeling of traveling back in time. Of course there is a gastronomic restaurant, cocktail and cigar lounge, outdoor heated infinity pool with its own pool bar, spa and so much more. You will have the choice between one or two-bedroom tents, all with their own panoramic views over the beautiful desert. Rather enjoy the open-air cinema, or one of the different telescopes at night to discover the stars? Not a problem, as Sonop will surely make you forget that you are in the middle of the desert. Opening summer 2019.
Magashi Camp, Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Wilderness safaris is known for its luxurious safari camps and this new addition is located in the Akagera National park which might not ring a bell but this park has a very healthy population of wildlife running around, including the big 5. It also boasts almost 500 species of birds for those who love our winged friends. Consisting of only 6 spacious tents, this lodge will give you a very private feeling. All of them have uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga. The style pays homage to the traditional Rwandan culture, which blends in perfectly with its surroundings. Have a drink at the bar area, or in the evening around the fire pit, while you enjoy the sounds of the savannah. Opening May 2019.
Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop, De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa
We couldn’t end this top 5 without at least one new beach retreat. Lekkerwater Beach Lodge just fits the bill as it is positioned in one of the most glorious coastal reserves in Africa. This location is also famous for some of the best whale watching on the planet (the whale season runs from July to November). The name Lekkerwater literally means “the place of good water” and I’m sure it will soon be associated with “the place of good beach experience”. The seven rooms will have a six-kilometre private beach right in front of them, teeming with fish life and including stunning rock pools. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the rooms make sure the spectacular vistas off the Indian Ocean that is right in front of you. Opening April 2019.
Are you planning on visiting one of these amazing properties? If so, which one and why did you choose it?