The 22 Most Luxurious Hotels in Africa
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You’re planning a trip to Africa and you’re looking for a classy and luxurious stay? niood lists you the 22 most luxurious hotels and resorts in Africa:
Built in the style of a stately Edwardian manor house and featuring a light and airy atmosphere, Singita Sasakwa Lodge offers panoramic views, a sense of immense freedom, and stillness.
Striking the perfect balance between casual luxury and sophisticated elegance, it features a grand entrance, wraparound verandas, silver candelabras and coveted antiques, as well as bespoke décor elements such as local artefacts and tribal cushions.
Offering expansive en-suite bathrooms, dressing areas, fireplaces, living rooms and French doors opening onto welcoming verandas, the elegant cottages feature polished parquet floors, vintage collectables and comfortable furnishings – and provide guests with complete privacy, as well as unfiltered space and time to connect with the breathtaking surrounds.
Setting the benchmark for hotels in Cape Town, The One Above penthouse is the city’s most exceptional address. Indulge in unobstructed views of Table Mountain and Harbour from the two private pools and outdoor entertaining spaces.
Decadently expansive, The One Above is a luxury penthouse unlike any other. With large outdoors terraces and living spaces, this four-bedroom Cape Town penthouse is ideal for entertaining family and friends in your own secluded celebration.
The study, library, gym and bedrooms are situated on the first floor of The One Above, with the dining areas, lounges and kitchens on the second floor. Large, outdoor spaces await on both floors – each offering panoramic views.
The first floor deck includes an outdoor shower, pool, bar, barbecue and catering area, long dining table and pool loungers. The second floor has a wrap-around terrace, also with its own pool, water feature, barbecue area, and seating; each space an entertainer’s paradise, and offering guests the most exceptional views of Cape Town.
Set at the far north of an Indian Ocean archipelago, North Island is a remote tropical paradise that offers the ultimate luxury escape and consummate privacy. We act as a haven for discerning travelers looking for bespoke, personalized experiences that evoke total relaxation and restoration. We believe no two guests should ever be treated the same, and our devoted associates work tirelessly to ensure everyone has the holiday of their dreams. North Island features just 11 villas spacious villas offering each guest an unparalleled sense of exclusivity and luxury. All villas have been individually handcrafted and are surrounded by sheer natural beauty of white sands, granite peaks, and turquoise waters. During your stay, a North Island villa will be your home-away-from-home whilst completely immersed in an unrivaled island experience. on this property, your footprints will be the only evidence on the Island’s vast, untouched beaches.
Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Endangered black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephant wander the forests, male lion stalk the grasslands and flamingo crowd the soda lakes.
Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque châteaux that transports you into one of the most famous African landscapes. An eclectic blend of teak panelling, Victorian furnishings and whimsical African touches creates a sumptuous atmosphere that is as elegant and unique as the Crater itself. In this place of dramatic contrasts, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.
Divided into three camps, 30 suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service. With ever-changing views as mists swirl over the huge wildlife cauldron below, the location is truly breathtaking. Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at this lodge. Everything is chosen to delight the imagination and enhance the spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings.
The ultimate Cape Winelands experience, Delaire Graff is dedicated to beauty in its many forms. Much like polishing a diamond to reveal its brilliance, jeweller Laurence Graff has transformed an extraordinary natural setting into a world-class destination for wine, art, cuisine and escape from the everyday.
Located in the central region of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, are the five star, exclusive Londolozi Granite Suites. An extraordinary experience, the Granite Suites offer a private river affair, literally set on the banks of the active Sand River.
For the exclusive use of six guests (individually or as a private camp) there are three private suites. Bold, inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rock that flanks the camp. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting. A seamless integration with nature is achieved with massive doors and windows all opening directly onto the river. Each suite has a bedroom and lounge, indoor and outdoor shower, outdoor river view bath, air-conditioning, mosquito net, minibar, outdoor sala and private outdoor heated swimming pool from where you can view the active river life. The double volume thatched central lodge includes lounge areas with comfortable seating, an extensive deck and dining area, outdoor boma and central swimming pool, all with stunning river views.
Located in the Indian Ocean far off the south east coast of Africa, Mauritius is a melange of multiple ethnicities, languages and religions. It was colonised by the Dutch, French and British, who came for its natural resources; from ebony trees to vanilla, sugarcane and peppercorns. The island’s capital city: Port Louis has a diverse culture that is reflected in its vibrant arts, architecture, museums and markets.
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Mauritius is the best hotel in Mauritius; directly located on the pristine white beach of Turtle Bay, a natural marine park. Spread over twenty acres of lush, sub tropical gardens, it offers views of breathtaking sunsets and night skies bursting with stars.
Magnificent accommodation with traditional thatched roofs. Unique restaurants serving authentic Creole and international cuisines. And a Touching Senses programme of daily cultural and mindfulness activities. All complemented by warm, intuitive hospitality at our five star hotel in Mauritius.
The innovative off-the-grid eco-design of four-bedroomed Morukuru Ocean House in pristine De Hoop Nature Reserve perfectly tethers tourism to sustainability. Our five-star luxury ocean house maintains a fine ecological balance with the lightest footprint possible. Our accomplished team of hosts delight in tailoring your seaside wilderness adventure to your liking.
Morukuru Ocean House, in the 36 000-ha De Hoop Nature Reserve satisfies the craving for exclusive encounters of Southern Africa’s wilderness. The topography is exciting and diverse. Fifty-one kilometres of white sandy beaches and dune fields lapped by the Indian Ocean are home to Africa’s most significant Southern Right whale nursery offering rare sightings during calving season from mid-July to November.
Set on the gentle slopes of Sasakwa Hill, this spacious sanctuary epitomises casual, carefree living in one of the continent’s most iconic settings.
Boasting endless views of the vast Serengeti plains as well as the nearby waterhole where game regularly gather to drink, this modern African home includes a 25-metre rim-flow flow, expansive outdoor dining decks and fire pit – ensuring continuous engagements with the wilderness.
The villa’s four boldly proportioned guest suites – each with serene bathrooms, outdoor showers and private terraces – embody refined luxury underpinned by contemporary comfort, and this expansive property also includes an eat-in family kitchen, media room, fully-equipped fitness centre, tented massage treatment suite and tennis pavilion.
The relaxed and understated interiors of this former home of the grandfather of Singita’s Founder, Luke Bailes, feature nostalgic references that capture the spirit and history of the original camp.
The property combines the most refined elements of a private safari lodge with the rustic charm of a country farmhouse. Many antiques and furnishings have been refashioned, adding authenticity to the living areas that extend outdoors onto deep, covered verandas which overlook tranquil lawns, a busy waterhole frequented by game and an expansive swimming pool.
The beautiful stone-walled homestead and six double en-suite cottages are perfect for families and friends and accommodate up to 12 guests. Exclusive facilities include a Bocce court, extensive wine cellar, country style kitchen and tennis court, as well as state-of-the-art wellness facilities such as a fitness centre, yoga pavilion and double and single massage treatment rooms. An outdoor boma with uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape allows for magical fireside dinners under the stars.
Celebrating over 25 years of excellence, Ellerman House encapsulates the grandeur of a bygone era while embracing all modern life’s creature comforts. With only 13 individually-styled bedrooms, attention to detail and personalised service reigns supreme.
Perfectly complemented by the grand spirit of Ellerman House, the most recent additions to the property, Villa One & Two, provide a contemporary sophistication. Enhanced by sweeping views over the Atlantic ocean, these two private luxury villas are best suited for families and loved ones travelling together.