From luxury tented bush lodges to tropical island villas, we have the best new hotels and getaway spots for you.
Situated in a vast 34 000-hectare “Big Five” protected wilderness in the lush UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere of the Limpopo Province, this new intimate tented luxury lodge in the picturesque Welgevonden Game Reserve opened its flaps in May.
The easily accessible premier reserve is in a malaria-free area, a mere two-and-a-half-hour drive or a 45-minute flight from Johannesburg into one of the reserve’s two airstrips.
There are five luxurious tented-safari suites, providing panoramic views of the crystal-clear Sterkstroom River and Waterberg sandstone cliffs. It is a vista you can also enjoy from deck and bar area of the main lodge.
Looking for a luxurious haven to relax after a long flight, or a peaceful massage in the evening after a long and busy day?
Established in 1997, the Fairlawns is a privately owned, luxurious five-star hotel with 41 suites located among its three hectares of landscaped gardens.
The establishment has recently renovated its Balinese-style spa, and its gardens now include a bamboo forest.
Boasting a range of therapies and signature Asian-inspired treatments, the spa with its tranquil lounges, heated pool, and beautiful dining area are all situated in the new gardens. It is a perfect space to escape from the busy city life.
When it comes to island paradises, it is tough to beat the picture-perfect white sand beaches and clear, turquoise tropical waters of the Maldives.
Just a short transfer from Malé via a luxury speedboat or seaplane, this exclusive resort is situated on its own island.
Coming ashore, your first impressions will be the coconut palms, forming a gentle arch on the pathway leading to the beach and magnificent villas, literally on the water.
There are 67 of these double-story residences in the resort, all designed by the renowned Singaporean design group Miaja. Relax at the resort’s two large pools, take a trip on a private yacht, or do some tai chi and yoga if you want to recharge.
If, however, it is excitement and exercise you are after, there is a variety high-adrenaline water sports, along with tennis and beach volleyball courts.