3 New African Accommodations that Made Travel & Leisure’s 2012 “It” List

by Sandy Salle on July 17, 2012

Travel + Leisure magazine recently published their It List: The Best New Hotels 2012 with three of the 50 featured hotels situated in Africa. See below for a spotlight on these three new hotels:

Lamai Serengeti: Pure Rustic Luxury

Situated on the Serengeti’s finest piece of property, Lamai Serengeti is one of the top accommodations to visit for exceptional game viewing and natural scenery. Known for its meticulously crafted layout and design, Lamai Serengeti is where rustic meets luxury.

The lodge itself is comprised of only 12 suites, which are separated between two lodges. The main lodge contains eight rooms, while the Private Lodge has four rooms. Each of the 12 rooms has been carefully designed to optimize views of the Serengeti and its residential game, and enhance guests’ experiences by allowing the subtle elements of nature to pass through with grace and tranquility.

The photo above is owned by Nomad Tanzania and was taken from the Nomad Tanzania website.


The photo above is owned by Nomad Tanzania and was taken from the Nomad Tanzania website.


To bring the natural beauty of the Serengeti to life even more, the rooms are each designed using sustainable, natural materials, including canvas, plaster, natural fabrics, and furniture. The colors and textures are also reminiscent of the spectacular outdoors, incorporating earthy tones with simple elegance.

As for the activities that guests can experience at Lamai Serengeti, the lodge offers year-round adventures and excursions for all types of travelers to take part in. For travelers wishing to indulge in the Great Migration, Lamai Seregenti is situated right inside the action during the months between late July and October. At this time, you’ll witness millions of zebra and wildebeest traveling right past the lodge—a truly breathtaking experience to say the least!

In addition to witnessing one of the world’s greatest natural phenomenon, The Great Migration, visitors can also enjoy game drives along the Mara River, interactive bush walks, and more.

The photo above is owned by Nomad Tanzania and was taken from the Nomad Tanzania website.

 

The photo above is owned by Nomad Tanzania and was taken from the Nomad Tanzania website.

 

The photo above is owned by Nomad Tanzania and was taken from the Nomad Tanzania website.

 

The Olive Exclusive: The Epitome of Elegance

Located on the outskirts of Namibia’s bustling capital, Windhoek, The Olive Exclusive boutique hotel is a tranquil sanctuary that brings elegance to life through a nature-inspired design, fantastic cuisine, and world-class service. But what we love most about this charming hotel is its ability to turn the fresh colors and textures of nature into a modern design. And what’s even more amazing is that each of the seven suites boasts a unique design, completely different from the next–all while staying true to the hotel’s vision for grace, sophistication, and contemporary elegance.

Each suite is equipped with a lounge area, fireplace, dining room, sprawling deck, wide glass doors, bathtub with stunning views, satellite TV, WiFi access, and more. It’s also important to note that all Premium Suites come with a private plunge pool.

The photo above is owned by Big Sky Lodges Namibia and was taken from The Olive Exclusive website.


The photo above is owned by Big Sky Lodges Namibia and was taken from The Olive Exclusive website.


The photo above is owned by Big Sky Lodges Namibia and was taken from The Olive Exclusive website.


The photo above is owned by Big Sky Lodges Namibia and was taken from The Olive Exclusive website.


The photo above is owned by Big Sky Lodges Namibia and was taken from The Olive Exclusive website.

 

Another interesting element that we love about The Olive Exclusive is the select walls that are covered from floor to ceiling with abstract Namibian landscapes, photographed by the famous Micky Hoyle. The entire hotel truly embraces Namibia’s one-of-a-kind beauty and spirit.

As for dining at The Olive Exclusive, guests can choose to have a private dinner on their personal deck, overlooking the Namibian landscape, or in the hotel’s restaurant, which features an exceptional array of African-inspired dishes, fresh local ingredients, and international flavors.

White Pearl Resorts: A Lavish Beach Retreat

Find escape and serenity on the secluded beaches of White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli, in southern Mozambique. From the moment you step onto this simply elegant resort, you’ll feel pampered, revitalized, and at home. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean on one side and canopying casuarinas trees on the other, White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli, is an exclusive resort for individuals looking for personalized service, an isolated retreat, and deep relaxation (as well as a splash of adventure, depending on what type of water activities you like to do!).

The photo above is owned by White Pearl Resorts and was taken from the White Pearl Resorts website.


The photo above is owned by White Pearl Resorts and was taken from the White Pearl Resorts website.

 

The photo above is owned by White Pearl Resorts and was taken from the White Pearl Resorts website.

 

The photo above is owned by White Pearl Resorts and was taken from the White Pearl Resorts website.

 

The photo above is owned by White Pearl Resorts and was taken from the White Pearl Resorts website.

 

The photo above is owned by White Pearl Resorts and was taken from the White Pearl Resorts website.

 

With a contemporary design, a soft color palette, and clean lines, this enchanting resort redefines stylish and chic. Each of the 22 suites is equipped with large, sliding glass doors that open to the Indian Ocean, as well as a private plunge pool, spacious deck, outdoor shower, and stunning views.

The resort also features a variety of guest areas that include The White Pearl Restaurant, The Beach Bar (laid back and casual), The Pool Bar, The Pool Deck (comprised of four poster day beds to lounge in the outdoors), and of course, a nearly endless beach.

In addition to relaxing on the beach, The White Pearl Resort offers guests a vast array of things to do during the day, including horseback riding along the bush trail, scuba diving along Mozambique’s colorful coastline, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and exceptional spa treatments. Guests can also enjoy half-day boat charters for deep-sea fishing excursions to catch sailfish, king mackerel, dorado, king fish, and a variety of tuna.

Which of these three accommodations would you rather stay at (if you could only just choose one!)?

 

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