Africa may not come first to mind when you think of luxury destinations, but it definitely should be considered. There are many countries in Africa that offer luxurious hotels with sophisticated design and jaw-dropping amenities. Numerous hotels also offer unique experiences that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world. Whether you want to surround yourself within Africa’s wildlife or cuddle up with a good book on a private deck, these impressive hotels will satisfy any traveller craving luxury.
A paradise by the Zambezi River, the Royal Chundu draws travellers from all over the world who are looking to spend their vacation both thrill-seeking and relaxing. As it's the only luxury hotel on the Zambezi River, you’ll find tranquility unlike any other, and you’ll also have access to water adventures at nearby Victoria Falls. At Royal Chundu, there are endless activities: you can embark on a helicopter tour, a stunning river safari, or even a thrilling canoe ride on the Zambezi.
This exclusive boutique resort and spa sits on one of the most pristine beaches in the world, the Bwejuu – Paje beach on the island of Zanzibar. Offering a number of private villas with either ocean or garden views, this resort provides luxury through design inspired by Arabic, Swahili and Indian décor. Aside from the 5-star restaurant and spa, Baraza Resort is also close to The Water Club, a water sports center offering fun-filled activities such as snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding.
Ellerman House, South Africa
Sitting on the slopes of Lion’s Head on the beautiful Bantry Bay, the luxurious Ellerman House offers majestic waterfront views that you’ll be dreaming of for years to come. Known for offering some of the best ocean views in South Africa, this hotel is for travellers craving ultimate tranquility and relaxation. With plenty of spa treatments, exquisite cuisine offerings and a library filled with books and art collections, you’ll be staying in a house that you’ll never want to leave.
Located on a private 30-acre estate in South Africa, this luxurious hotel sits on the beautiful Franschoek Valley, a destination perfect for travellers who are looking for a relaxing escape. Exuding opulence, La Residence is surrounded by extraordinary views of mountains, vineyards and plum orchards. With Franschoek Valley’s natural beauty, you’ll enjoy a number of outdoor activities from cycling and hiking to simply lounging by the pool.
This luxurious haven in the heart of Namibia (Damaraland) has stunning desert landscapes that will have you feeling as though you’ve travelled back in time. With a design inspired by the natural landscape, each hotel villa is hidden between boulders and gives a different view of the land, which is home to a number of game animals, including elephants, springboks and jackals. Travellers can embark on many activities at this secluded yet elegant boutique hotel. During your stay, you can visit Twyfelfontein (a site of ancient rock engravings), visit the Organ Pipes Mountain, or go on dune drives to meet the local elephants.
Situated in the center of Botswana’s wildlife, Vumbura Plains Camp is a luxury hotel that allows travellers to view Africa’s most incredible animals, including elephants, giraffes, impalas and zebras. With a contemporary design featuring outdoor lounge areas, a private pool and a campfire deck, you’ll get to enjoy every minute of the outdoors.
Near Victoria Falls and in-between the Masuwe River and Zambezi ravines sits a glamorous and intimate hotel known as The Elephant Camp . Rather than staying in a standard room, this hotel offers luxurious tents with private decks, plunge pools, lounge areas and picturesque views. Travellers can rest up at the luxurious camp after a full day of activities nearby, such as meeting the local elephants, touring the rural village and witnessing the beauty of Victoria Falls.