Many discerning travelers rate a number of factors when choosing resorts such as the location, rooms or suites, amenities, and services. Here are the top luxury resorts in Africa and the Middle East that you’d like to check out after a day at the safari, adventure in the desert, touring around the vineyards, or swimming at their beautiful beaches.
If you want to venture out on a safari and camp out in style, go to the Zarafa Camp which is set in the private Selinda Reserve in Botswana. This intimate camp came from the concept of Dereck and Beverly Joubert, filmmakers for the National Geographic. Beautiful and well-furnished bedrooms allow you to have an unobstructed view of the lagoon and large tract of land that is home to different kinds of fauna from lions to wild cats and dogs to elephants. Enjoy dipping in the swimming pools and a candlelight outdoor dinner at night.
Experience the authentic African wildlife and modern conveniences at the Abu Camp in Botswana. Guests will be able to have access to the extraordinary wildlife and peerless landscape of the Okavango Delta where they will get to encounter the everyday lives of the herd of elephants. They will even have the chance to ride one of the herd of African elephants! Interact with the experienced native mahouts (elephant riders) and dine with them. Then head back to one of Abu Camp’s six fully furnished tents that combine the best of African and contemporary architecture.
Birkenhead House is a sprawling mansion situated on top of Walker Bay, in the town of Hermanus, South Africa. Rent one of its eleven rooms which will serve as your comfortable retreat from your safari adventure. Witness how southern right whale migrate from May to December while enjoying the comfort of your own back patio.
In the central Moroccan desert town of Ouarzazate, there is a luxury resort and gourmet restaurant called Dar Ahlam. Guests will be inspired to write their own episode of Arabian Nights at the exquisite, sand castle-like resort. Rest and relax under the resort’s hundred-year-old palm trees, or dine at the rooftop or among the olive groves. Visitors will have the option to rent suites, villas, or tents by the sand dunes.
For those who both love wine and travel will find a perfect retreat at the Delaire Graff Estate in the university town of Stellenboch, South Africa. This vast, 100-acre wine estate is owned and operated by Laurence Graff, a British jeweler. Its exclusivity rests on its 10 lodges, each equipped with swimming pools and best views of the vineyards.
In the Seychelles island of Fregate far off the African mainland, you will find an unbeatable lineup of beaches and tranquility. Fortunately, there is a luxury resort called Fregate Island Private, a 740-acre haven of lush forests and picturesque beaches. Each of the seventeen villas offers an excellent view of the Indian Ocean, and a private infinity pool.
The charming small town of Franschhoek, South Africa is a tourist destination. La Residence is one of the best resorts for guests who revel in Franschhoek’s natural beauty in its rivers, fields, valleys, vineyards, and cloud-kissed mountains like it’s a dream. La Residence’s lovely and cozy 11 suites and villas, as well as farm-to-table dining, has been rated highly by guests who have stayed there.
North Island is another beautiful luxury seaside resort in Seychelles with humble beginnings, as it used to serve as a coconut and spice plantation. It is an eco-friendly resort, and the wilderness that surrounds it is still intact, bringing excitement to those who appreciate the beauty of nature. Guests also enjoy a wide range of wines, friendly and helpful staff, amazing food, and not to mention the glorious beach paradise in front of them!
Craving an unforgettable luxury holiday in the Arabian desert? The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara was developed by the ruling royal family in the United Arab Emirates. This hotel and resort is situated among huge sand dunes in the Arabian Peninsula’s area appropriately known as the Empty Quarter. Qasr al Sarab is vast. It has 206 rooms, villas, and suites and hundreds of employees, swimming pool, unobstructed views of the desert, stunning architecture and artworks, excellent dining options, lounge, tennis courts, camel riding, and a lot more.
Located in the privately-owned Thornybush Game Reserve (next to Greater Kruger National Park) in the town of Hoedspruit, South Africa, the Royal Malewane offers you a perfect post-safari respite. Choose to stay at its fine one- or two-bedroom air-conditioned suites or if you want a private retreat, opt for the private residence that is good for 12 people.
This resort once served as camps for the British colonists but it has now been launched as a luxury romantic-looking oasis in the midst of the vast salt desert, the Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana. Guests have the opportunity to discover the mystical, empty saline landscape, which is the remnant of a former huge lake.
Singita Grumeti, located next door to the Serengeti Natural Park in Tanzania, is an intrinsic part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, where the Great Migration is also situated. Guests will have the chance to view different wild animals like wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, impalas, and elephants as well as carnivores. It has nine guest rooms, one meeting room, a private infinity pool, spa, and a yoga center.