Africa’s Newest Hotels For Design Lovers In 2021
Travel to Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Morocco for the most stylish design-led places to…
Travel to Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Morocco for the most stylish design-led places to stay making their debut across Africa over the coming year.
Kisawa Sanctuary, Mozambique
Kisawa’s founder Nina Flohr is behind the creative direction for this sustainably built resort, which is designed to have a light touch on land and deep connection with culture and nature. Fusing a celebration of the culture with a strong conservation ethos, the environmentally conscious retreat aims to bring together wilderness and service amid 750 acres of forest, beach and sand dunes on Benguerra Island. Located in southern Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, this remote island is surrounded by protected waters known for an abundance of marine species such as whales, turtles, dolphins and the rare dugong. Here, the Kisawa Residence and 12 one, two and three-bedroom bungalows with beachfront and private pools are joined by two beach clubs, a lagoon-style swimming pool, Barraca beach bar, a library and lounge, as well as standalone spa.
The architecture throughout the resort takes inspiration from the island’s thatched houses and community buildings and is made employing local artisans and materials. These traditions then meet innovation with the implementation of 3D sand-printing technology for the production of the architecture’s building components, which are merged with Mozambican weaving, thatching, carpentry and textile skills. The same 3D printing technology is also being used to print sand coral reefs and marine habitats for Kisawa’s non-profit sister organization, the Bazaruto Centre for Scientific Studies. The retreat is due to soft launch in March 2021.
Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana
January 2021 will see the opening of Red Carnation Hotels’ newest property, Xigera Safari Lodge. Situated within the Moremi Game Reserve of Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta, this lodge will be a base for exploring the Delta’s waterways by mokoro, sleeping out in a baobab treehouse and setting out on game drives. Created by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie and Anton de Kock in collaboration with Southern Guild, the lodge is designed to reflect the surrounding environment through materials such as bronze and carved wood, artisanal furnishings and local artwork.
The interiors of Xigera are described as a ‘living gallery’ of specially commissioned works by some of Africa’s prominent craftspeople and artists. Contributors include Porky Hefer, who created human-sized woven nests for guests to sit in, and the blacksmith artist Conrad Hicks who made a totemic fire-pit sculpture to offer a contemporary take on the traditional boma setting. Altogether, the lodge has 12 individually designed suites with outdoor decks. These include a two-bedroom family suite built on two islands bridged together by a bronze lily centrepiece.
The January 2021 opening hotel Sussurro provides a stylish base on the secluded peninsula known as Nhamabue in southern Mozambique. Situated on the shores of a turquoise lagoon here, the retreat aims to provide a more meaningful travel experience and a space that aligns you with nature. A collection of bungalows, each spanning more than 1,000sqft, exhibit Mozambican vernacular architecture and come with indoor and outdoor bathing facilities, waterfront verandas and artisanal furnishings that were collected from across Africa or created and carved on-site.
A gallery, library, lap pool and yoga deck, bar and restaurant serving plant-rich menus of locally sourced produce complete Sussurro’s resort space. Personalized itineraries from here can include two to four-day excursions into Gorongosa and Zinave national parks with local guides, a dhow safari in the Bazaruto Archipelago and nights spent sleeping under the stars in a Sussurro bush experience. Yoga, fishing, stand-up paddle-boarding, snorkeling, diving and weaving workshops are all available on-site.
The Residence by Atzaro – Cape Town, South Africa
The luxury hospitality brand Atzaro has grown from its luxury agrotourism roots in Ibiza to include a farm-to-table restaurant, beach restaurant, bar and residence as well as the original hotel and spa in Ibiza and more recent addition to the collection, the luxury phinisi Prana by Atzaro in Indonesia. The latest addition to the Atzaro portfolio is The Residence by Atzaro – Cape Town. This mid-century-style villa, which welcomed its first guests in December 2020, sits at the foot of Table Mountain with panoramic views of the mountain, national park, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. Ideal for groups of friends and family, the property encompasses seven suites plus a staff suite, nine bathrooms and sprawling indoor and outdoor areas with terraces taking in the surrounding views.
Additional facilities at the residence include a barbecue, pool, wellness suite, yoga room, gym, sauna and office space. The group’s own design firm, Atzaro Design, created the property to fit in with the natural environment, mirroring the views with a muted palette of natural hues, pale teak and soft textiles. With the exclusivity and privacy of a villa, the residence provides full hotel-style services including live-in house manager and other staff. Days here are spent discovering the nearby mountains, beaches, coves and vineyards and with guided activities such as mountain biking, beach horseback riding, paragliding, snorkeling with seals and wine tours.
Nobu Marrakech, Morocco
The result of collaboration between Nobu Hospitality, Hiverage Collection and MH Hotels—the owner of Nobu Hotel Marbella and Marbella Club Hotel and joint owner of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay—is the creation of Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marrakech. Together, these partners will see the transformation of The Pearl Marrakech. This opening, which is planned for the third quarter of 2021, will mark the brand’s entry into Africa. The hotel is located in the upscale Hiverage district, which is just moments from the historic heart of the city. Fusing its culturally rich location with signature Nobu style, the hotel will encompass 71 spacious guest rooms and suites, along with a collection of dining venues, rooftop space, a luxury spa and fitness centre with indoor and outdoor pools. As each Nobu Hotel fuses modern luxury with Japanese minimalism and the identity of where they are, each exhibits a recognizable to the brand but unique to the location design concept.