Best of the Best 2018 - 53
ANDBEYOND SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE
SOSSU SVLEI (N A MIB R A N D N A TU R E R ESER VE), N A MIB IA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Sossusvlei Desert
A sense of tranquillity overtakes one at andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge - inspired, no
doubt, by the stillness of the dramatic Namib Desert. The ten stone-and-glass villas are equally serene, with split-level air-conditioned bedrooms, outdoor showers, custom-stocked bars
and star-viewing skylights. After a day on a nature safari, go on a quad bike excursion, fly high
in a hot-air balloon or hike to view bushman paintings and take a dip in the springs-fed pool.
Over sundowners, watch wildlife gather at a nearby watering hole, then sit down to exquisite
Pan-African fare on the open deck or have a surprise dining location arranged.
Private stargazing dinner for two, once per
stay; and personalized leather travel wallet
(including two leather luggage tags, pen and
summarized itinerary) per couple.
For an adrenaline rush, grab one of the quad
bikes and hit the trails, or float over the
desert in a hot-air balloon; both adventures
are led by expert guides.
Distance from Private Airstrip: 6 minutes
FOUR SEASONS RESORT SEYCHELLES
MA HÉ ISLA N D, SEYCHELLES
N E I G H B O R H O O D Quiet Artists' Quarter
Experience treetop living at Four Seasons Seychelles. The resort's 67 villas and 8 private residences perch atop stilts amidst lush foliage surrounding the sugar-white beach below. Absorb
it from your wraparound deck, private infinity-edge plunge pool or glass-walled, indoor rain
shower. Balance your chakras with a signature spa ritual or find inner peace with yoga. For
families, the private residences provide spacious living areas in which to enjoy cooking classes
and movie nights under the stars. Water activities range from surfing to big-game fishing. Dine
on Creole, Asian or Mediterranean fare - it all comes with fabulous views.
$100 value spa services credit per stay.
Plan your visit during September or October
for a chance to swim among gentle whale
sharks during their annual migration around
the Seychelles archipelago.
Distance from Seychelles Airport (SEZ): 11 miles/18 km
Size: 67 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Zen
PR A SLIN , SEYCHELLES
N E I G H B O R H O O D Anse Takamaka
A short drive from Raffles Seychelles brings you to Vallée de Mai, a primeval palm forest, home
to the Coco de Mer, the world's largest nut, and the rare Black Parrot. This romantic resort
feels like utopia, resting among lush green hillsides with Anze Lazio - ranked among the
world's finest beaches - just a sandy stroll away. The 86 fresh and uncluttered villas feature
private plunge pools, outdoor pavilions and attentive butler service in the one- and two-bedroom villas, and there's even an easel with sketching paper for when inspiration strikes. Find
transformation with yoga, meditation and natural treatments at the Raffles Spa.
$100 value food and beverage or spa services
credit per stay.
Cycling around picturesque La Digue,
snorkeling off Coco Island or visiting giant
tortoises on Curieuse: Praslin is the perfect
base for discovering the Seychelles.
Distance from Seychelles Airport (SEZ): 64 miles/102 km
Size: 86 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen
A FRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Size: 10 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen