Kaya Mawa – Malawi
British magazine Tatler listed Kaya Mawa among their top 101 Hotels in the World, while Condé Nast heaped praise on it as one of the Ten Most Romantic Places in the World; it was even voted as the third Best Beach Property in Africa in the Good Safari Awards in 2013. With that being said, it is safe to assume that if you are looking for a vacation spot in Southern Africa, a stay at Kaya Mawa would be worth every second.
Located on the Likoma Island and surrounded by the impossibly clear waters of Lake Malawi, the lodge first opened its doors in 2000; however, it wasn’t until 2010, after a year-long renovation, that it started dropping jaws. Each of the lodge’s 12 rooms are built differently, but they all have polished concrete floors. The accommodation hosts a variety of activities to keep you busy as well: quad biking, diving, and kitesurfing are all ideal if you feel like breaking a sweat. There’s also intimate picnics and indulgent spa treatments for those who enjoy laid-back afternoons.
Ellerman House – South Africa
Ellerman House is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Located in Bantry Bay, perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head lies the elegant mansion Ellerman House. Featuring panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, it boasts a lush garden, outdoor swimming pool and offers a complimentary airport shuttle.
Individually decorated rooms with classic furnishings come with a balcony or terrace. Each room is equipped with a satellite TV, safe and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.
Ellerman House restaurant serves breakfast daily and offers a variety of cuisines with the influence of Cape Malay spices and fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine at the bar.
The spa features a sauna, steam room and a selection of treatments available upon request. Facilities include a fitness centre, wine cellar and art gallery.
Free WiFi is available. V&A Waterfront is within 6 km, Camps Bay is a 5 minutes’ drive and Table Mountain is a 10-minute drive away.
Bantry Bay is a great choice for travellers interested in scenery, food and wine.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.
La Mamounia Marrakech, Morocco
La Mamounia is a characterful Marrakech hotel offering lovely walled gardens, a choice of four restaurants, fabulous breakfasts and Moroccan style rooms, near the Medina and Jemaa El Fna square. Although in a prime spot, close to the Medina, the city’s souk and Jemaa El Fna square, the hotel is located in 17 acres of walled parkland including flowerbeds, lawns, cacti and vegetable gardens, which are magically lit up by night.
Immaculate door staff in traditional robes set high standards. Flip-flops and trainers are discouraged. International guests (including many from France), comprise celebrities, politicians and royalty. The large and rather impersonal, open-plan public areas are scented with cedar wood and cooled by splashing fountains. One of the five bars is named after Churchill who regularly wintered here. The outdoor pool is larger and busier than the indoor one which is located next to a basement spa area offering treatments based on local products including argan oil, orange-flower water and honey.
There are 135 rooms, 71 suites and three three-bedroom riads. Opt for a Park room on the higher floors overlooking the pool and gardens, as bedrooms on the side of the hotel can be affected by street noise and from the call of the muezzin in the early hours of the morning. Decorated in Moroccan style, rooms have intricately-patterned wall tiles, internal lattice-wood screens, large gilded mirrors and colourful mosaic-tiled floors. Large picture windows lead onto private terraces with chairs and coffee table provided and bathrooms have roomy, alcove showers with convenient inglenooks for toiletries.
Zuri Zanzibar Hotel Zanzibar, Kendwa, Tanzania
Zuri, a high-design eco-resort, spills onto the best stretch of beach on the Tanzanian archipelago. Follow lantern-lit jungle paths to one of 55 thatched-roof villas gathered in clusters reflecting a traditional African village. The first Design Hotel in Zanzibar, Zuri serves sustainability with Afro-chic style. Zuri is quite literally off the beaten track, secreted away at the end of an unpaved road about an hour from the airport and Stone Town. Draped across a gentle beachside slope in Kendwa, the 13-acre Zuri micro-universe feeds into dreamy, sunset-facing beach, uniquely unaffected by the massive tidal fluctuations that plague the rest of the region’s beaches.
You can’t pass the flocks of gardeners in wide-brim sunhats and other staff members without hearing Swahili greetings of ‘jambo’ or ‘hakuna matata.’ Service is slow, steady and smiley. Though some things get lost in translation (an order for a double cappuccino required an explanation), everyone is there to make you happy — and they succeed.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort Medjumbe, Mozambique
Situated on a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort boasts a restaurant, outdoor pool and diving opportunities.
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the villas at the resort boast a furnished deck with plunge pool. They are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom and tea-and-coffee making facilities.
The resort’s restaurant Jahazi serves local dishes and international cuisine with Portuguese influences. Cocktails and stunning views can be enjoyed at the Bahari Lounge Bar. Private dinners and diet menus can be arranged.
Guests can unwind with a relaxing massage or beauty treatment at Anantara, the resort’s beachfront spa villa.
Activities offered include water ski, kayaking, fishing, sailing and and snorkelling. Scuba Diving enthusiasts can book diving excursions to drive sites within 15 minutes boat ride of the resort. Picnic trips to Quissanga Island can also be arranged.
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort has an airstrip and is a 45-minute flight from Mozambique’s Pemba International Airport.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Medjumbe! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
Constance Tsarabanjina Resort Madagascar
If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Nosy Be, look no further than Constance Tsarabanjina Resort. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Constance Tsarabanjina Resort also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Nosy Be. To name a few of the hotel’s facilities, there are 24-hour room service, car park, room service, airport transfer, babysitting.
Constance Tsarabanjina Resort is home to 25 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts as clothes rack, free welcome drink, linens, mirror, towels. The hotel’s recreational facilities, which include private beach, fitness center, massage, garden, water sports (non-motorized) are designed for escape and relaxation. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Constance Tsarabanjina Resort the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Nosy Be.
Inagbe Grand Resort Nigeria
Inagbe Grand resorts were developed by Gran Imperio Resorts Ltd (a subsidiary of Gran Imperio Group, a real estate development conglomerate). This beach resort is a haven of refined elegance and luxury. It is situated on the serene banks of the glorious Lagos lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. The Inagbe Island, where the resort is located, is about 15 minutes from Victoria Island, Lagos by boat ride. You can get a charter boat from the Regatta Jetty on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive (formerly Queens Drive) in Ikoyi axis.
There is a blend of nature, culture and tradition in the outstanding landscape, clear skies, sandy beach and striking nature at the resort. The customer service here is classic, and the atmosphere is beautiful and peaceful. The resort rooms, which include standard rooms, deluxe rooms, ocean view executive rooms, a 2 bedroom bungalow, and a 6 bedroom villa, are spacious and beautiful. Each has an en-suite bathroom, flat screen TV with satellite television channels and in-room telephone.
The resort restaurant offers international delicacies while the bars provide a relaxing atmosphere for drinks. There is a Children’s park, Horse ranch, swimming pool and football pitch. You can engage in various activities such as Horse riding, Quad bike riding, Swimming, Beach volleyball, Beach football; as well as Golf, Lawn tennis, Table tennis, Snooker, Basketball, Spa treatment and Resort jungle tour. It promises to be a memorable experience
The Oberoi Mauritius
Everyone should experience the Oberoi at least once! Although the grounds are beautiful and food is amazing, this hotel wouldn’t be as special without its staff.
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Situated along the sandy beaches of Turtle Bay, The Oberoi Mauritius features a swimming pool, spa & wellness centre and fitness centre. It is set in 20 acres of sub-tropical gardens.
The luxury rooms and villas are spacious and come with air-conditioning, a seating area and en suite bathrooms. The villas include a private garden or swimming pool, and a dining area.
The Oberoi offers a kids club, a library and evening entertainment. Activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing and scuba diving are also available. The restaurants serve cuisine ranging from Oriental and Creole to BBQ.
The resort is located 20 km from the Grand Baie and from Port-Louis. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is 55 km away.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Balaclava! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
The Oyster Box South Africa
Overlooking the Umhlangaand , The offers 2 outdoor pools, an award winning spa and free Wi-Fi. Gateway Shopping Centre is 2 km away.
The rooms at the 5-star Oyster Box are decorated with rich fabrics and furnishings. They include satellite TV, Mini Barand tea/coffee making facilities. Some guest rooms offer a private lounge area, patio and plunge pool.
The Ocean Terraces Restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers a delicious seafood and. The Grill Room offers up the best premium steaks and seafood dishes. Guests reserving Half-Board reservations are offered a signature set menu, hosted either in The Ocean Terrace or The Grill Room.
Guests can work out with cardiovascular equipment at the gym, followed by a soothing massage by one of the onsite experts.
The Oyster Box is set in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks and within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Free private parking is available.
This is our guests’ favourite part of Durban, according to independent reviews.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Durban! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
La Badira Tunisia
Offering 3 outdoor pools and a private beach access, La Badira – Adult Only is located in Hammamet. Free WiFi access is available.
Each room here will provide you with a TV, satellite channels, air conditioning and a terrace. They include a minibar and a safety deposit box. Private bathroom also comes with bathrobes. You can enjoy sea view and pool view from the room from the balcony.
A buffet breakfast is served each morning at Zahilah restaurant. Guests can enjoy local cuisine at the Adra restaurant.
Other facilities offered at the property include Spa and wellness center using Thémaé products, meeting facilities, an indoor pool, a yoga and fitness centre, a tour desk and luggage storage.
An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including golfing. The property offers a tennis court and free parking with valet service.
The hotel is 10.6 km from Yasmine Hammamet, 3.4 km from Medina and 12 km from Citrus Golf. Tunis-Carthage International Airport is 73 km away. Airport shuttle can be provided upon request.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Hammamet! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
AUTHOR: DAVID MENSAH
DATE PUBLISHED: MAY 20, 2021
SOURCE: AFRICA FACTS
PHOTOCREDIT: AFRICA FACTS