A vacation in play. And of the choices you are flirting with is Africa, but you’re still unsure of where to go. Richard Branson hotel Africa could be the thing you wanted to hear and start packing for your trip.
The British mogul owns a chain of award-winning luxury retreats and hotels across Africa under Virgin Limited Edition.
Thus, staying at any of Branson’s hotel resorts spread throughout Africa is guaranteed of luxury and cozy times ahead. You couldn’t expect less from an establishment built by a man with a staggering.
Mont Rochelle, South Africa
Located about an hour outside of Cape Town, Mont Rochelle, is a cuisine and wine lover’s delight. It is nestled among vineyards in the gastronomic hub of Franschhoek and features 26 rooms and on-site wine production.
The rooms are named after the estate’s wines, which include Shiraz, Merlot, and Pinotage. The Cap Classique Suites are simply gorgeous. They feature floor-to-ceiling windows, freestanding tubs, and groomed gardens with blue plunge pools.
The heated outdoor pool offers views of the Franschhoek Mountains. The spa has an anti-ageing grape stem cell facial. It’s not quite dog hair, but it is close – it speaks of what Richard Branson hotel Africa is all about.
Guests can tour the wine cellar and walk through the grapes on the trails. Outdoor dining is taken seriously here. There is an entire picnic menu featuring harissa chicken, smoked salmon, and chocolate brownies.
Miko, the hotel’s signature restaurant, serves a fusion of South African and foreign cuisine, including springbok loin and Franschhoek trout. The Monty, the house drink, is made with the resort’s Sauvignon Blanc with ginger and vanilla.
When Branson visits, he takes full advantage of the local hospitality, and many of the local excursions focus on creative methods to drink wine. A four-hour horse ride with tasting stops is available.
Alternatively, the wine tram runs through the Franschhoek Valley, stopping at several wine farms along the way. Room pricing ranges from upwards of $353 per night inclusive of breakfast, a minibar, and wine tasting sessions.
Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
A walk into this facility infuses a deep North African feeling. The 28 rooms are adorned with antiques, Moroccan rugs and linens in jewel tones. Along with the customary luxury touches, there are caps to protect against the hot North African sun, babouches (Moroccan slippers), and thick, fluffy robes.
And there’s no reason not to send a letter home – they’re already stamped and waiting in the room. Better still Kasbah Tamadot offers guests a chance to experience life in one of the ten Berber tents. Each tent has a king-size mattress, billowing drapes, and plush sofas – glamour at its finest.
Six of the suites include a private Jacuzzi and a bottle of champagne to sip while soaking in the steaming water. Additionally, there is a roll-top bathtub with views of Mount Toubkal, the Atlas Mountains’ highest peak.
Kasbah Tamadot is strategically located – less than an hour away from Marrakech. Astonishingly Marrakech is Morocco’s tourism hub. The city is charming and lined up with a string of businesses dealing in selling spices and fabrics.
For sundown, those in the know make their way to the Jemaa el Fna, the principal square. Twilight brings acrobats, musicians, and entertainers, while lantern-lit shops serve freshly squeezed orange juice and street food.
Kasbah Tamadot features two floodlit outdoor tennis courts in addition to open-air movie evenings featuring Moroccan-themed films on a huge screen.
When the allure of the infinity pool at Kasbah Tamadot wanes, visitors can ride Peppermint, Paprika, or Peanut, the three ‘pet’ mules. Because the resident camels are named Pickle and Pumpkin, there is clearly an order that all animal names must begin with a P.
And, there is Pudding, Plum, and Peaches- the donkeys. Rooms rates start at $549 per night, including breakfast and a minibar.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve sits near South Africa’s Kruger National Park. It is ranked third among the world’s best 50 resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Branson constructed a beautiful game reserve in Africa after purchasing the luxury retreat.
Three thatched lodges provide accommodation. Safari Lodge is an animal lover’s haven – and a vertigo sufferer’s nightmare, with its treehouse-style cabins connected by rope swing bridges. It looks out over the Xikwenga Dam, which is home to elephants and hippos.
While Rock Lodge perches 800 feet above the valley floor, it is at the nine-person Cliff Lodge that luxury reaches supersonic proportions. With a personal chef, gym, spa treatment room, and exclusive game drives, the emphasis is on solitude.
Each lodge has its own pool, and elephants swim in one of the numerous private plunge pools. Due to the resort’s lack of fencing, animals occasionally make their way in.
At Ulusaba, guests are right in the midst of the action, with lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants nearby. Each day, there are two three-hour wildlife drives and safari walks.
For high-octane excitement, guests can take a helicopter tour of the neighbouring Blyde river canyon. It’s a beautiful location, 3,280 feet deep and 18.5 miles long, with flowing waterfalls, samango monkeys, and bushbabies. Room rates range from $834 per person per night.
Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
Mahali Mzuri Luxury Safari Camp in Kenya’s prestigious Maasai Mara emerged as the best hotel in the World’s Best Awards 2021.
The 12-tented luxury safari camp is located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Due to Mahali Mzuri’s excellent location on the Kenyan plains, you’ll have a front-row seat, not just to the annual great migration, but also to the abundant game you can see all year round.
During its twice-daily game drives, you sight lions, wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, and cheetahs, but that’s just for starters! At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 – a peak season for the Great Migration – Mahali Mzuri gave an experience like no other.
The camp offered a real-time virtual safari on the Great Migration from the comfort of its luxurious tented suites.