With tourism steadily increasing in Africa, African Warrior Magazine has compiled a list of top hotels in Africa you should know, and perhaps consider paying a visit. These hotels will leave you in a wonder world as you explore the beauty of Africa.
Nothing but luxury, the beauty of these hotels, spanning the diverse and incredible continent, is the ability to find nothing short of a five star resort in major cities to the middle of the wilderness. However, Africa’s wilderness is a gold coin compared to the little pebble many of us know as camping and there are few places with as rich a cultural diversity and influence. With favorable exchange rates and an endless supply of local sights and experiences, these hotels offer a look at the untouched beauty and celebrated history of African cultures. So whether north or south, in the midst of the city beat or the tranquility of the savanna and jungle, journey through this list and begin to plan that next great memory.
Camp Nomade, Zakouma National Park
For the seasoned and adventurous traveler, Camp Nomade in Chad is the ultimate wilderness retreat, if wilderness retreats had the same luxurious feel as a five star resort. A truly unique concept, visitors to Camp Nomade will have their choice of one of eight tents within the camp in the heart of the Zakouma National Park. One hundred percent of profits return to the park itself to allow clients to continue the ultimate in game viewing experience.
Segera Retreat, Laikipia
Want to visit the parks of East Africa without following the typical tourist route? Then look no further than Segera Retreat. A working cattle farm of 50,000 acres, the owner Jochen Zeitz offers a seamless blend of home comforts with the luxuries of guests staying in eight private villas with large bedrooms and bathrooms, and full modern amenities. One can sit on the patio and enjoy the early morning breeze or wine and dine at the cocktail lounge or the Wine Tower, an above ground wine cellar featuring 2,100 bottles. No matter where one finds themselves on the resort property there are no lack of gorgeous views of landscape or natural wildlife.
Sirkoi Lodge, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
The Sirkoi Lodge provides the perfect setting for anyone who wishes to stay in the heart of a park with the options of different lodgings. The lodge is made up of four luxury tents, a single two bedroom cottage, and a large three bedroom house. The lodge provides the intimacy of a romantic getaway or private vacation with the upscale dining of the finest restaurants.
Es Saadi, Marrakech
Placed far enough away from the busy night life to disturb one’s rest and relaxation, this resort features a beautiful and convenient location to the main souk and many fine restaurants and bars and shopping. With a number of options for style of rooms, one can expect luxury with contemporary Moroccan décor and design. The hotel offers one of Morocco’s finer golf courses for the athlete as well as full yoga classes and spa with full amenities for those looking to unwind from the stresses of life. The hotel appeals to families with children and offers a number of activities for children as well as camps to give mom and dad a break. The hotel offers a twelve of on-site restaurants from more casual poolside lounge cafes and bars to more formal dining venues in the palace corridor of the hotel.
Hotel Nord Pinus, Tangier
Enjoy the perfect little hideaway tucked above the casbah Tangier in one of seven lavishly decorated rooms in a quaint but chic hotel. French hotelier Anne Igou drew inspiration (and decorations) from Syrian chandeliers to Indian silks, to French copper beds. A blend of rich cultures culminates with furniture bought from the Tangier markets. The hotel is adorned with beautiful windows looking out to the Spain in the north and the Moroccan mountains in the south. A beautiful rooftop bar and restaurant is the perfect destination to unwind and enjoy the nightlife the city has to offer.
La Mamounia, Marrakech
To the history buff, La Mamounia is like stepping into a time machine into the grandeur of the twenties. While maintained with the upmost care, the arabesque ceilings, hammam style baths, and open courtyards echo the beauty of the past. The hotel offers a Moroccan and an Italian restaurant in addition to a pool side buffet to please everyone from fresh juices to French inspired pastries to traditional cuisine. The on-site bar, Churchill Bar is named after its most prominent visitor, Winston Churchill to add to its historical background where guests can prepare for a night cap with a day decompressing at the luxury spa.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
If you are looking for a quitter resort outside of the bustle of the medina without losing an amazing vacation experience, the Madarin Oriental is a perfect getaway. Located twenty minutes outside of the medina, the hotel does not lack in amenities. The hotel offers a fleet of cars for guests’ use to travel anywhere in the city with ease. The resort is made up of sixteen villas with large open floor plans opening onto beautiful patios overlooking the pools dotted with comfortable white sofas. Hammam baths are built into the showers of each room with large berber rugs adoring the king-size beds with Jacuzzis in each room. The wrap-around terrace is where each guest ventures to begin the night with a new Hakkasan restaurant and DJ to provide an exciting time without even having to leave the resort. For those not feeling another warm day in the sun, the resort offers a full service Adalusian-style spa to massage any troubles away.
El Fenn, Marrakech
Twenty eight rooms and suites, each with a unique touch surround beautiful tree filled courtyards, surrounded with antique architecture and a lavish feel. This hotel is in perfect location of the pulse and heart of Marrakech just minutes away from the Djemma el Fna square and the life that makes up the souk. Reinvigorated from one of Marrakech’s old mansions, the newly designed hotel feels the invigoration of being new with the touches of antique craftsmanship from local artists and tradesmen. Beginning with just six rooms the property has continued to grow adding pools, a restaurant, bar, spa, and library. The hotel is a unique part of the city for despite its central location it remains a quiet escape for those looking to get away for a bit and enjoy both the quiet tranquility of a beautiful oasis and while being able to experience the life and culture of Marrakech.
Royal Mansour, Marrakech
Located within the medina, the Royal Mansour is an eight acre compound featuring a brand new pool area with cabanas, bars, and an outdoor restaurant. These new additions enhance the already beautiful resort which was built by the current royal of Morocco, King Mohammed VI, a symbol of Moroccan style and culture. The resort features art from native artists from the mountain you step on the property. The step leading up to the entrance bring you through the 2.5 ton etched bronze doors to the entrance courtyard’s mosaics of traditional tile. Upon coming up to the front desk, it is impossible to ignore the hand carved marble moucharabieh screen. The rooms feature spun silk, hand painted doorways with private terraces, heated pools, and fireplaces on each rooms’ roof. Staff are readily available to meet your need wheter it be a request for the room, setting an appointment at the resort spa, or placing dinner reservations at one of the hotels two restaurants La Grande Table Marocaine and La Grande Table Française. There is one café open for breakfast and lunch called La Table as well for the early risers.
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&Beyond Phina Vlei Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve
Throw oneself into the middle of the forest and feel like you are a part of the ecosystem, without ever having to spend a night on the ground. An eco-friendly lodge, each room features floor to ceiling windows for full views of the Torchwood trees. All sixteen suites are air conditioned with private plunge pools to not only look out to the landscape for the Big Five but also the rare black rhino, Nyala antelopes, and delightful Impalas. Enjoy a peaceful evening listening to serene nature while dining on the open deck. A touch of safaris is found with wall adornments like Nguni fighting sticks and etchings of Zulu warriors.
Babylonstoren, SImondium, Western Cape
Undergoing a recent makeover by Elle Decoration editor Karen Ross, the 500 acre Cape Dutch winery dating back to 1692, is one of the new luxury resorts in the Western Cape. The estate is comprised of twelve suites overlooking the vineyards and gardens. On the property are lush gardens growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Keeping the body of the original estate, the resort enters the modern with art and touchups throughout the halls and rooms. Native flowers and South African literature are featured in each suite with the nicest featuring personal, modern kitchens with ingredients for authentic, organic meals with ingredients from the gardens. Those who wish to have their meals prepared for them can find a table at Babel, a restaurant with the menu prepared daily based on available ingredients. Enjoy simplicity yet luxury in this farm inspired resort.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
Enjoy a trip to a picturesque hotel at the foot of Table Mountain and experience the natural beauty of Cape Town. The hotel, full of character with a glowing pink exterior, features five corridors of rooms, and garden cottage suites nestled amongst a rose garden. Oasis Bistro is the more casual of the two restaurants featuring Mediterranean cuisine while the more formal Planet Restaurant serves modern dishes. The warm afternoon sun invites guests to enjoy tea in the lounge and terrace.
One & Only, Cape Town
Right on the scenic V&A waterfront, this newer resort has had no problem competing with more established hotels along the same strip. Truly inspired by contemporary African style, each room is dark with rich African hues in the main hotel while forty island suites have brighter accents of color, located on one of two private islands in the marina. Each restaurant features contemporary meals using locally sourced ingredients and South African infusions. Reuben’s is a central spot with a bar overlooking Table Mountain while alfresco Isola is a restaurant is featured on one of the islands during the high season. The second island is the location of the ultimate, calming spa set away from the bustle of the hotel and city. What is unique about this hotel compared to the rest on this list are the kid friendly amenities making this a perfect resort for families looking for a nicer time spent away from home.
Greystoke Mahale, Lake Tanganyika
There is no more beautiful spot in Tanzania than the clear waters and skies of Lake Tanganiyika. Seated right along the shore this resort is the most remote destination in Tanzania surrounded by only the dense jungles and peaking mountains. Six wood and thatch bandas are line the forest and one gourmet dining area, all made from sustainable material sourced from the area, this resort seamlessly blends into the wilderness as to not disturb the natural beauty of the environment.
An intimate destination that was an easy choice in this list of the best hotels in Africa 2017, the natural landscape echoes the untouched beauty of Africa and takes the guest back to a tranquil history. Ancient coral trees and acacias hid this lodge from the rest of the country overlooking the Arugusinyai River. Blending modern construction with traditional decoration, ten tented suites dot the 134,000-acre reserve placing one in the heart of the forest. The property features thirty three natural springs making game abundant.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Grumenti Game Reserve
Perhaps giving one the most authentic feel of the wilderness excursions on this list of luxury resorts, this lodge features nine en-suite tents in the heart of the Serengeti landscape. The camp, designed with a 1920’s feel, is meant to play into the romantic idea of the explorer, and the thrill of being right in the thick of the environment.
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