THE AFRICAN AD­VEN­TURE

Singapore Tatler Wedding - - HONEYMOON -

&BE­YOND PHINDA ROCK LODGE There’s noth­ing like an edge of wild­ness to bring a height­ened sense of ro­mance to your hon­ey­moon, and there are few places on earth more ex­otic than &Be­yond Phinda Rock Lounge. Set in the heart of Zu­l­u­land in South Africa, the lux­ury lodge is perched on a cliff face, look­ing down at a plain be­low teem­ing with wildlife. The de­serted set­ting is made even more exclusive with only six suites in this in­ti­mate, char­ac­ter-filled lodge. Of course, the sa­fari game drives bring you to the cen­tre of the ac­tion: when you are not ex­chang­ing glances with the elu­sive leop­ards—a high­light at Phinda Pri­vate Re­serve—you will be watch­ing a herd of ele­phants play in the mud, a pride of lions snooze or a rowdy troop of ba­boons scout for food. And when you are in need of sleep and sus­te­nance your­self, nowhere could be more re­lax­ing than the lodge it­self, with its earthy tones, deep, com­fort­able beds and ex­pan­sive ter­races fit­ted with plunge pools. WHY IT’S PER­FECT: As with most game lodges of this cal­i­bre, morn­ings and even­ings at Phinda are spent in jeeps look­ing out for wildlife, while days and nights are spent at the camp in the lap of lux­ury. But for hon­ey­moon­ers, that glam­our goes one step fur­ther. In the morn­ing, you can em­bark on a walk­ing tour with your guide that ends in a cham­pagne break­fast for two in a de­serted grove. An­other ex­cit­ing op­tion is spend­ing a night in one of the lodge’s tree­top beds: set high in a marula tree, it keeps you safe from the wildlife so you are free to fall asleep in each other’s arms, lis­ten­ing to the sounds of the bush. andbeyond.com

GAME TIME

From top: Stun­ning views of the game re­serve from the ter­race; rooms are dressed in lux­ury with rus­tic touches; re­call the day’s ad­ven­tures in the Lodge’s peace­ful sit­ting area

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