Virtuoso Best of the Best 2009 - 28
SIngITA gAME RESERVES – SIngITA SABI SAnD Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa Two of the most remarkable safari lodges in Africa exist in the mighty Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Singita Ebony, on the banks of the Sand River, and Boulders Lodge, a Zen experience in the South African bush. Both are committed to offering an exquisite safari with fine dining, fantastic wines and world-class service – all in the heart of the African bush. Savvy guests ask for a private suite with a plunge pool overlooking the river. Boulders is remarkably eco-centric; nature plays a dramatic role in the design. The Sabi Sand Reserve itself is the key player here, with its Big Five inhabitants and majestic landscapes. DISTAnCE FROM pRIVATE AIRSTRIp: VIRTuOSO AMEnITy Singita safari peak cap for him and a Singita leather bound journal for her. In ThE KnOW The staff will happily create CDs of your digital pictures, freeing up space on your camera for all the photos you’ll snap the rest of your trip. 28 AF R ICA & M ID D LE E AST 15 minutes uLuSABA pRIVATE gAME RESERVE Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa As with all of Sir Richard Branson’s resorts, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve prides itself on offering a completely personal and exclusive experience. Here on the edge of the vast Kruger National Park, you’ll track the Big Five in open Land Rovers while knowledgeable guides regale you with information about the animals and their habitat. And although you’re deep in the African bush, you’ll experience the five-star luxury you would expect at a fine boutique hotel – everything from world-class spa treatments at the Aroma Boma Spa to remarkable cuisine and fine wines, shared with other fortunate guests. DISTAnCE FROM AIRpORT: VIRTuOSO AMEnITy Two complimentary therapies in the Aroma Boma and an Ulusaba Encountered Book. In ThE KnOW The Ulusaba Cub’s Club kids program – with treasure hunts, story telling, and a backpack filled with goodies – is one of the best in the bush. not applicable &BEyOnD ngOROngORO CRATER LODgE Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania &BEYONd Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has the distinct pleasure of offering three discrete safari camps at the edge of what can only be described as an African Eden. The incredible crater, a World Heritage Site, is home to 30,000 animals. The continent’s largest black-maned lions live here, as do multitudes of zebra and wildebeest. When you’re not out on game drives, enjoy the luxurious lodge, which evokes a blend of Versailles Palace and a Maasai village and offers every creature comfort, from personal butler service to a cozy fireplace. Enjoy dinner overlooking the crater below, savoring the saffron, nutmeg and vanilla hints in the cuisine. DISTAnCE FROM AIRpORT: VIRTuOSO AMEnITy Romantic sundowner cocktails overlooking Lake Eyati and special Virtuoso Body Safari Bag including shower gel, body lotion and body scrub. In ThE KnOW not applicable Visit the nearby Maasai village, where the lodge has built new classrooms, provided skills training and invested in community projects.