Hos­pi­tal­ity par ex­cel­lence in South Africa

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - HOTELS - Open­ing and on th­ese pages. The mag­nif­i­cent Palace of the Lost City at Sun City. The Desert Suite has two rooms equipped with king-size beds and sofa, sep­a­rated by the en­trance hall. There’s a lounge, din­ing area, a li­brary, pantry, bar and kitch­enette. T

The Sabi Sabi Pri­vate Game Re­serve can be found in Sabi Sand Wild­tuin, an un­touched area crossed by the Sa­bie river and lo­cated within the Kruger National Park, a mag­i­cal lo­ca­tion for an ex­clu­sive va­ca­tion with fab­u­lous treat­ments. Here, in­tense feel­ings, ex­treme re­lax­ation and ro­man­tic mo­ments will be ex­pe­ri­enced. An ar­ray of emo­tions wor­thy of a unique hol­i­day where na­ture is the pro­tag­o­nist: like an off-road sa­fari un­der the pro­tec­tion of the Rangers and “Shangaan” Track­ers, who have a deep knowl­edge of the re­serve, the wild land­scape that sur­rounds ev­ery lodge, the breath­tak­ing sun­sets or stun­ning din­ners un­der the stars. Of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent hos­pi­tal­ity in lux­u­ri­ous and wel­com­ing lo­ca­tions, Sabi Sabi’s four lodges have a unique at­mos­phere and an ex­clu­sive el­e­gance. Se­lati Camp re­flects the colo­nial era of the past, with suites dec­o­rated in the style of the old rail­ways and the main hall, rooms and cor­ri­dors fea­tur­ing all the charm of the nine­teenth cen­tury. Orig­i­nally de­signed with­out elec­tric­ity to pre­serve the at­mos­phere, to­day Se­lati Camp has added fans and air conditioning, whilst at night it is il­lu­mi­nated by the glow of oil lamps, the warm light of the fire and the spec­tac­u­lar ra­di­ance of the south­ern night sky. With twenty-five suites, the Bush Lodge is dec­o­rated in a mod­ern African style. The Man­dleve Suite is an ex­tra lux­u­ri­ous suite that in­cludes an open space, a large out­side bath and shower and a pri­vate pool. The Lit­tle Bush Camp of­fers a breath­tak­ing view and ex­cel­lent cui­sine in the midst of na­ture. With only six suites, it is a small and cosy lodge that faces a dry riverbed. The pres­ti­gious Earth Lodge, with its twelve ex­clu­sive, lux­u­ri­ous suites and the Pres­i­den­tial Suite Am­ber, is sculpted deep into the earth and is al­most in­vis­i­ble in the land­scape. Con­tact with na­ture is di­rect, and a hol­i­day here is an un­for­get­table jour­ney through a pris­tine cor­ner of un­spoilt Africa. It fea­tures im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture, an es­sen­tial look and uses mod­ern fab­rics, lights and spa­ces. The el­e­gant Camelot In­ter­na­tional Earth Na­ture Spa of­fers a wide range of in­no­va­tive, tra­di­tional or ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments for the skin and the body, hy­drother­apy and re­lax­ing or en­er­gis­ing mas­sages. The Palace of the Lost City amazes for its grandeur, stylis­tic con­cept and stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture. In­spired by the le­gend of an an­cient African king­dom, it is a mem­ber of the Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World and is the sym­bol of the Sun City Re­sort. It is a lux­u­ri­ous build­ing, just like a Sov­er­eign’s palace, and is sur­rounded by luscious veg­e­ta­tion. A set of ten tow­ers dec­o­rated with African mo­tifs, the tallest of which mea­sures al­most 70 me­tres, em­pha­sizes its im­age as a true royal palace. Fif­teen thou­sand or­na­men­tal pieces, built to size, dec­o­rate the front of build­ing, which houses a great lobby. The ho­tel’s stun­ning 25 me­tre high dome with 16 me­tre di­am­e­ter is hand-painted with African themes and sub­jects by Ital­ian artisans. 338 rooms and suites, three restau­rants, a large swim­ming pool and sev­eral bars are lo­cated in a com­plex sys­tem of rivers, ponds, pa­tios, squares, gar­dens and quiet, strik­ing cor­ners. The dé­cor is in African style, fea­tur­ing ele­phants, an­telopes, ze­bras and lions, and 85% of the in­te­rior is made of lo­cal South African ma­te­ri­als. For the first time in South Africa, the Palace Ho­tel uses fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings made com­pletely by hand in the pub­lic ar­eas as well as in the rooms. Each one of the 338 doors to the rooms is hand­crafted and opens onto spa­cious and el­e­gant ar­eas

which are dec­o­rated in an Afro-chic style, with spe­cially made car­pets and fab­rics, and fur­nished mostly with South African ma­te­ri­als and dec­o­ra­tions tai­lored ex­clu­sively for the ho­tel. An im­mense ex­otic park sur­rounds “the palace”, con­sist­ing of 25 hectares of ver­dant coun­try­side and home to over 1,600,000 plants and 3,200 dif­fer­ent species, in­clud­ing a for­est of 380 baobab trees. “The Palace of the Lost City has a de­sign which is unique in the world, mix­ing ex­otic ele­ments, open spa­ces and ma­jes­tic en­vi­ron­ments,” states Lidia Mart­in­uzzi, Head of Sales & Mar­ket­ing at Sun In­ter­na­tional Italy. “Ev­ery­thing has the grandeur of African style, and the ex­trav­a­gance and de­tail make the ho­tel a har­mo­nious en­vi­ron­ment, which al­ways amazes and leaves even the most ex­pe­ri­enced trav­ellers breath­less, thanks to its at­mos­phere, which I would call mag­nif­i­cent.”

In aper­tura e in queste pagine. Il mag­nifico Palace of the Lost City a Sun City. La Desert Suite dispone di due camere dotate di letti king-size e di­vano, sep­a­rate da una sala d'in­gresso. è dotata di zona pranzo, bi­b­lioteca, dis­pensa, bar e an­golo cot­tura. La suite si af­fac­cia sulla grande piscina del Palazzo e dispone di due bagni con vasca idro­mas­sag­gio e doc­cia sep­a­rata.

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