Africa boasts of a diverse, rich contemporary culture and heritage, fused with an unadulterated sense of hospitality; as a result, Africa offers some of the most unique and luxurious hotel accommodations.
luxury does come at a cost; while it may be a tad bit expensive, it is fair to conclude that every ounce of money spent is worth it. No matter your sense of taste or preference, there’s always something unique in store for you.
Gorgeous views, original art, fine furnishings, discreet service, only the very best in food, wine, design and location – not to mention awards galore: these are Africa’s 10 most ultra-luxurious accommodation options for when you want to pamper yourself on an African safari or honeymoon.
1. The One Above – Cape Town, South Africa
Taking up a 2-storey penthouse suite above the One&Only Cape Town hotel, The One Above is a very exclusive holiday apartment with some of the best views in Cape Town. From the many terraces and living areas, you can see all the way to Table Mountain, Robben Island and across the city’s yacht marina.
Filled with original art by top South African artists and featuring a library and not one but two rooftop swimming pools, The One Above is perfect for a family who want all the sophisticated comforts of home on tap.
From your roof-top wrap-around entertainment area that has two sparkling swimming pools, you will be able to sip your morning espresso to the view of Table Mountain coming alive in the sunshine and toast your good fortune in the evening as the African sun slips below the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. The dazzling views and unbeatable location are matched by a designer interior that includes a temperature-controlled wine loft with 280 vintages, a private fitness centre and a sauna.
• Private butler & chef team
• roof-top swimming pools
• Spectacular mountain, city & ocean views
• Multiple entertainment & dining areas
• Private gym & sauna.
2. North Island Villa, Seychelles
Imagine a honeymoon villa perfectly perched on a huge granite boulder to watch the sunrise over the Indian Ocean.
Consider having a talcum-powder beach all to yourselves and the luxury of a private pool and fire pit set in an indigenous takamaka forest… Villa 11 on North Island in the Seychelles is the last word in tropical opulence.
An ecological success story that is home to ancient tortoises and the legendary coco-de-mer palm, North Island allows a handful of guests to enjoy unparalleled sea kayaking, scuba diving and idyllic wining and dining. Although unashamedly rustic in design, North Island also has conveniences like a helipad, spa, gym and on-site kitchen gardens that supply just-picked ingredients for the ‘no menu’ carte du jour.
• Situated on an unspoilt island oasis
• Secluded, barefoot luxury living
• Pristine beaches & beautiful coral reefs
• World-class diving & dive centre
• Exclusive health spa & gym
• Mouth-watering, ‘no menu’ cuisine
• Winner of ‘Best of the Best’ Condé Nast Readers Award.
3. Ngorongoro Crater lodge – Tanzania
Located on the rim of the dramatic and breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, the lodge offers magnificent views over the world’s largest intact and unflooded caldera. The crater is a place of rare natural wonders, from its miraculous terrain to the abundant fauna and flora it supports, and it is more than worthy of its status as a World Heritage Site.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge boasts architecture as impressive as its setting. While the structural style evokes a traditional Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), the interiors and finishes are pure opulence. Chandelier-lit bathrooms, personal butler service and very fine dining give Ngorongoro Crater Lodge a richly deserved reputation for excellence.
• Dramatic and breathtaking location
• Impressive views over Ngorongoro Crater
• Glamorous and opulent decor: chandeliers, antiques and Persian carpets
• Excellent Big 5 game viewing year-round
• Decadent bush picnics and fine dining with superb wines
• Exclusive and exceptional experience for discerning travellers.
4. Delaire Graaf Estate – Stellenbosch, South Africa
Situated on the crest of the spectacular Helshoogte Mountain Pass in the Cape Winelands, Delaire Graff Estate is an exclusive and luxurious estate famed for its superb wines, spa, and amazing lodge-style accommodation. The estate is luxurious and modern and features a personal art collection adorning the walls of each of the lodges.
Enjoy personalised wine tasting sessions, chilled glasses of wine & canapés in the evenings, and access to the exclusive spa, which offers a range of treatments and therapies.
Explore the quaint town of Stellenbosch, go wine tasting at one of the nearby estates, or dine in style at one of the town’s cafes or restaurants
• Overlooking the Stellenbosch Valley
• Stay on one of the top wine estates in South Africa
• Gloriously spaced suites all with private decks and pools
• Stylish interior & contemporary decor
• Fantastic dining option with two restaurants on the estate
• Experience an exceptional spa
• Exquisite art collection and gardens
5.Granite Suites – Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Londolozi Private Granite Suites offers an exclusive African safari experience in the heart of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. With space for just 6 guests, the camp creates an intimate and unforgettable experience of Africa and her wild life. The camp is designed to emphasize volume, light and privacy, with large doors and windows opening out onto the river below, allowing the outdoors to merge with the elegant interiors. Perfectly designed and located in a very exclusive private concession, you will be able to sink into your indulgent outdoor bathtub between game drives, have private yoga session or edit your photographs in the private studio.
Londolozi Private Granite Suites offers several opportunities for Big 5 game viewing. Experienced rangers and trackers will explore the surrounding wilderness with you on game drives as well as walking safaris. Bird watching is also excellent in the area, as well as the star-gazing after dinner. If you just want to spend some time relaxing at the camp, you can enjoy massages, yoga classes, or cool off in your own private plunge pool.
• Set within one of the finest private concessions in the Sabi Sands
• Unbelievable tailored service
• Elegant silver, charcoal and grey materials blend into the granite surroundings
• An intimate camp for honeymooners
• Excellent big five game viewing, particularly leopard.
6. The Oberoi – Turtle Bay, Mauritius
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Mauritius is a wonderful beachfront hotel situated in Turtle Bay on the North West coast of Mauritius. The Oberoi has a well designed open-air structure with all of its public areas overlooking the Indian Ocean.
A highlight of this peaceful oasis is the unique ‘Touching Senses’ programme of daily complimentary activities that are expertly curated to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Learn special breathing techniques, take a sculpture class or join a guided nature walk. Your children will be looked after at the dedicated kids’ club called The Hub, where trained minders will ensure they enjoy their time at The Oberoi.
- Situated in a bay on the West Coast
- Elegant & refined experience & discreet service
- 20 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens
- Delicious cuisine & fine dining
- Traditional Mauritian spa treatments
7. Morukuru Ocen House – De Hoop, South Africa
De Hoop is a coastal reserve on South Africa’s picturesque Whale Coast, which runs along the ocean from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Ocean House is probably the most outstanding vacation villa along the way – after jetting in by private plane and landing on a runway with bontebok grazing peacefully nearby, you will have the 6-bedroom, eco-friendly house to yourself. Toast the sunset after sandboarding, unwind in the private hot tub while looking out for southern right whales or curl up with a book from the library in the 360-degree view living area.
8. Serengeti House – Tanzania
Basking on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the Serengeti’s sprawling Grumeti Reserve, Singita Serengeti House offers discerning travellers an unsurpassed safari experience.
Elegant and refined, the beautiful villa offers up to eight guests a relaxed and private retreat in which to soak up both the incredible natural surroundings and the drama of the Great Migration.
With a private guide and vehicle at your disposal, game drives are conducted to your wishes. Game viewing is excellent all year round but it is from June to August that the region hosts the greatest natural show on earth as the wildebeest herds roll in for the river-crossing season. Singita Serengeti House makes an ideal one-stop safari experience but can easily be combined with other lodges both in the Serengeti and other parks of Tanzania.
9. Castleton – Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Where Serengeti House is a rambling villa, Castleton near the Kruger National Park is broken up into six individual cottages, allowing teenagers or couples in the party to have their own personal space. Throw in archery, a spa treatment room, a tennis court, a wine cellar, a private chef and tailor-made game viewing with a top guide, and it’s no wonder you’ll won’t ever want to leave.
A luxurious but restrained collection of antiques, tribal artefacts and muted colours, Singita Castleton is, above all, comfortable and welcoming. Family-friendly and ideal for multi-generational groups, spend your days taking breakfast on the terrace overlooking the waterhole where elephant and zebra come to drink, having spa treatments in the garden and catching up at a roaring fire in the boma – a blissful and rejuvenating vacation in the untamed bush.
Looked after by a dedicated staff of five, Singita Castleton is the ultimate combination of modern safari lodge and historical country home, with everything from doorstep views of a private waterhole to activities like archery and fishing.
• Excusive-use holiday home & boma
• Tailor-made Big 5 viewing
• Tennis, gym & archery
• Private chef, tracker & guide
• 6 individual cottages for privacy
• Wine cellar & spa treatment room
10. Ellerman House – Cape Town, South Africa
An automatic choice for celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Ellen Degeneres, Ellerman House in the exclusive enclave of Bantry Bay exudes a subtle glamour and old-world grace. Strung along a seaside hill with views over the Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House has a private modern art collection packed with the best South African names, a brandy bar, a vintage champagne cellar and an enviable location that is equidistant from the cosmopolitan Cape Town city centre, V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and gorgeous beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.
Located on the mountainside, overlooking Bantry Bay, Ellerman House is an elegant villa offering exceptional service and exquisite accommodation. The Herbert Baker-styled mansion has been fully restored and lavishly decorated with South African art to create an opulent retreat, ideal for the discerning traveller.
Ideally located for an exploration of Cape Town, Ellerman House is close to Table Mountain, the excellent beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, and only a few minutes drive from the city centre and V&A Waterfront.
The concierge desk is available to arrange a host of excursions and experiences, including trips to the nearby Cape Winelands and Cape Point Nature Reserve. Alternatively, relax on a lounger beside the swimming pool as you enjoy the remarkable view and exceptional service.
• Situated in exclusive Bantry Bay
• Cape Town’s first boutique hotel to go green
• Renowned for its impeccable service
• A historical mansion with classic architecture
• A regular on Conde Nast’s Gold List
• Africa’s largest private art collection
• Fantastic cuisine & wines