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When New Doors Open: Inner City and Wildlife Experiences

We give you the lowdown on all the new hotels you’ll want to check in to from an unparalleled wildlife experience and an inner-city gem to a revamped business hotel.

Singita Kwintonda Lodge And Lodge Kataza House 

Rwanda

With neighbours as fascinating as these – some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas – you will be forgiven for not paying too much attention to your lodgings.

But this eco-sensitive establishment, which perches lightly on the border of the Volcanoes National Park, gives new meaning to the term creature comforts.

At its heart is a central hub, complete with indoor and outdoor lounges, dining areas, a firepit, interactive kitchen, bar, deli, and a wine cellar. From there, a web of volcanic rock pathways leads off to private bedroom suites.

The buildings, crafted from volcanic rock, river stone, handmade ceramic tiles and oven-red clay bricks manufactured by surrounding communities, blend in seamlessly with the landscape, while the carefully curated interiors celebrate all things artisanal. The four-bedroomed Kataza House is an exclusive-use bush villa.

Labotessa

Labotessa

Cape Town

Experience the inner workings of the Mother City’s picturesque CBD when you check-in at this exciting new addition to the city’s hotel offerings.

Slap-bang in the middle of the cobbled Church Square and housed in a restored 17th-century national monument, Labotessa is a flawless example of history combined with elegant sophistication.

While the ginormous three-bedroomed penthouse Governor Suite (named in honour of Simon van der Stel) is in a class of its own, each of the hotel’s seven Signature suites afford a luxurious experience of residential living.

Featuring private lift access, a concierge service, valet parking, and a beautiful view of Lion’s Head, this will be a hit with discerning business and leisure travellers who value tailor-made hospitality.

Cresta Oasis

Cresta Oasis

Cresta Oasis 

Zimbabwe

One of the most popular hotels in Harare has reopened following an extensive overhaul.

Bedrooms, bathrooms, public areas, and conference rooms have been meticulously renovated, while new carports, a conference room, and a generous bar-and-entertainment centre have been added.

To cement this hotel’s position as a contemporary business option, and for those who really value privacy, there are five high-end digital smart rooms with no human interface from check-in to check-out.

Well-appointed refurbed apartments offer all the amenities of the adjacent hotel with the convenience of self-catering.

Words by Biddi Rorke

 

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