The majesty and awe-inspiring silence of the Namib Desert is a stunning setting for a luxury escape. andBeyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge looks out over dunes and rocky outcrops in the heart of Namibia’s ancient desert and is the perfect place to get away from it all. Fly in to the nearby airstrip (otherwise a 5 hour drive from Windhoek) and relax into the otherworldly landscape, where desert activities include scenic drives encountering the desert adapted wildlife, hot air ballooning, quad biking, star-gazing and intimate desert picnics. andBeyond’s superb service and attention to detail adds that extra touch of luxury to a unique desert experience.
Just ten villas built of stone and glass in sleek contemporary style, look out over the open landscape where a permanent waterhole often attracts desert adapted oryx and springbok. Very spacious, each has a raised bedroom area with skylight over the king-size bed so that the stars shine direclty onto your bed.
Massive windows open up onto the endless vistas, framed in the background by the ever-changing colours of the dunes. There is air-conditioning to sleep soundly in the summer heat. Precious water from an underground spring feeds the refreshing lodge pool, while wildlife gathers at a nearby waterhole. Dune dinners in dramatic desert locations reveal the wonders of the open spaces, and the mysteries of the star strewn skies are unlocked by a resident astronomer. The open plan lounge has a fireplace to warm chilly winter nights, giving out onto a private verandah. Natural wood, stone and bone elements connect the subtle decor with the surrounding desert. The lovely glass walled marble bathroom has both inside and outdoor shower. Modern comforts include a small fridge generously filled with drinks and snacks and hairdryer. Wifi is available in the main lodge.
Whether you are looking for peaceful contemplation or adrenaline fuelled adventure there’s an activity to suit. Explore the rugged landscape on quad bikes traversing the dunes with a guide; go hot air ballooning at sunrise followed by a champagne breakfast picnic among the dunes. Take a guided nature walk, visit the Sesriem Canyon, climb the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, cool off in the lodge swimming pool, and at night explore the night sky with the resident astronomer from the lodge’s observatory. The dedicated staff, including your personal butler, are there to fulfil every wish, perhaps a romantic picnic for two alone in the desert, and delicious feasts cater for any special dietary requirements.
The unique setting, exceptional service and sheer beauty of this corner of Namibia make Sossusvlei Desert Lodge an African experience not to be missed.