Five Luxury African spots that capture the spirit of their magnificent setting

Cape Grace, South Africa

Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better place to soak in the natural beauty of the Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best. The elegant and warm atmosphere, evident in every fine detail, begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to the spacious harbour and mountain-facing rooms. Stories of the Cape’s colourful past present themselves in the exquisite furniture, rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts and original antiques. Local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair to the décor and feel, while fresh displays of proteas that hint at the wonder of our natural botanical kingdom enrich each room.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

Located on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, a designated UNESCO heritage site, Park Hyatt Zanzibar provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets and mosques. The hotel is housed in two buildings, the Mambo Msiige, a building steeped in history, grace and mystique with a story dating back to the 17th century, and the new Zamani residence, which blends the historic with the contemporary. From the spacious, elegant guest rooms, authentic cuisine and spectacular views to the oceanfront infinity pool, Anantara Spa, fitness centre and exceptional event and private function facilities, Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers discerning business and leisure travellers and luxury holiday an unforgettable stay.

Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco

Is this a palace? Is it an ancient medina? The Royal Mansour’s enormous estate is a haven of luxury and privacy in the heart of bustling Marrakech. The layout of the main building stays true to the style and symmetry of classical Moorish architecture, while the interior pays homage to the virtuosity of Morocco’s artisan craftsman. Every one of the 53 riads is uniquely decorated and is the guests’ private domain, accessed directly from one of the medina’s many walkways. With a world-class spa, library, pool, lush gardens, a cigar lounge, fireplace lounge and three restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice of cuisine and relaxation options.

Mthatha’s Mayfair Hotel, Mozambique

The new luxury Mayfair Hotel in Mthatha was recently awarded a four-star grading by the Tourism Grading Council. Ideally situated in the cosmopolitan district of Mthatha, the hotel offers modern and luxurious accommodation, the ideal base for business and leisure travellers. Whether it’s starting your day with a full buffet breakfast, indulging light lunches, or a delicious dinner, there’s something for everyone. Guests can enjoy a host of retail shops, as well as dining and entertainment options nearby. The central location also means commuting to the airport with ease.

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Consistently recognised as one of the world’s most luxurious places to stay, the lodge is perched above the cool, swirling mists on the edge of the crater. Stay in sumptuous safari suites, which offer breathtaking views. With just 30 suites in the three separate, intimate camps, you can escape to a bygone era, complete with a private butler. Frequently described as Maasai meets Versaille, the stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suites are adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and authentic African treasures. Floor to ceiling windows in the bedrooms, bathrooms and ensuite bathrooms, which look over the crater, make for dramatic sights and memories.

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