Condé Nast recently released their highly anticipated Hot List for 2017. In this year’s list of the top 75 new hotel openings around the world, Africa lays claim to 5 hot properties including a river lodge in game-rich Zimbabwe, a decadent estate in the Cape Winelands and a private island retreat off Tanzania. Find out why these new lodges in Africa have to be on everyone’s bucket list.
1. andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe
Just thirty minutes upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi, AndBeyond Matetsi River Lodge sits on a quiet stretch of river within an enormous private game reserve. It’s an extraordinary setting for this newly refurbished lodge, which serves up tranquility and adventure in equal doses. This lodge definitely needs to be Nr.1 on your new lodges in Africa list.
2.) The Highlands Camp in Tanzania
This creative and unique camp is set on the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano, in a prime location known for its exclusivity, away from the other camps in the region. Inspired by the local Maasai bomas, the dome shaped tents provide stylish comfort, a stone’s throw from ‘Africa’s Eden’, the Ngorongoro Crater. Be one of the first to explore this extraordinary scenery.
3. Leeu Estates in South Africa
The newly founded Leeu Collection is taking the Cape Winelands by storm, and we can see why. Inside the walls of Leeu Estates, just outside Franschhoek, you’ll find decadent accommodation in a selection of pretty cottages and elegant houses, top-notch fine-dining and an impressive art collection, all surrounded by stunning gardens and overlooked by the towering Dassenberg Mountains.
4. Six Senses Zil Pasyon in Seychelles
In the local language Creole, Zil Pasyon means ‘island of passion’ and there’s no doubt Six Senses Hotels, which was recognised as the world’s best hotel group by The Telegraph in 2016, has put every last drop of their passion for luxury and hospitality into this brand spanking new resort on Felicite island, a 20-minute helicopter ride from the Mahe airport. Isn’t this a great reason to visit the Seychelles?
5.) Thanda Island in Tanzania
Our new lodges in Africa list wouldn’t be complete withouth this private islanda. Enter Thanda Island, an exquisite and totally private piece of paradise that is Tanzania’s newest exclusive-use resort. And there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained too with windsurfing, parasailing, scuba-diving, boating and snorkelling in the surrounding Shungi Mbili Marine Reserve all on offer…