From panoramic moun­tain lodges and jun­gle tree­houses to five-star ur­ban re­treats, Ethiopia’s lux­ury of­fer­ings are on the rise

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The Sher­a­ton Ad­dis Most tours of Ethiopia start and fin­ish in Ad­dis Ababa. You’ll need at least one full day to ex­plore the city—check out Makush Art Gallery, dine at mod­ern res­tau­rant An­tica, reen­er­gise at cof­fee shop chain To­moca, then head to this five-star ur­ban re­treat to party the night away at its nigh­club, Gaslight, or soothe road-weary mus­cles at the spa. sher­a­ton­ad­dis.com Bale Moun­tain Lodge Nes­tled in the Bale Moun­tain Na­tional Park, sur­rounded by the Harenna Hor­est and over­looked by ma­jes­tic moun­tains, this cosy lodge is run by a charm­ing Bri­tish cou­ple who can ar­range guided hikes and wildlife ex­cur­sions— we spot­ted Ethiopian wolves and wild lions dur­ing our stay. Feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous? Book the ro­man­tic tree­house with the scenic out­door shower. bale­moun­tain­lodge.com Li­mal­imo Lodge Perched on the edge of an es­carp­ment over­look­ing the Simien Moun­tains Na­tional Park, this cool and con­tem­po­rary hill­top hide­away of­fers spec­tac­u­lar panoramic views from its wrap­around ter­race, which is per­fect for early morn­ing yoga, sun­bathing and hot choco­late un­der the stars. Pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude bird­watch­ing and hikes to ob­serve gelada mon­keys. li­mal­imolodge.com Mari­bela Ho­tel Op­tions are lim­ited in the dusty moun­tain­top town of Lal­i­bela but this clean, com­fort­able and con­ve­niently lo­cated ho­tel will not dis­ap­point. Rooms are spa­cious and have bal­conies over­look­ing vast rocky plains and craggy ridges. Wake up early to watch vul­tures known lo­cally as bone-crunch­ers hunt­ing their prey. Try the pizza—it’s sur­pris­ingly tasty. hotel­mari­bela.com

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