Tap­ping Into the Senses

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An un­spo­ken phi­los­o­phy among lux­ury hote­liers is to ex­cite vis­i­tors by cre­at­ing emo­tional con­nec­tions through mul­ti­ple sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences. By ap­peal­ing to sight, sound, taste, touch and smell, ho­tels man­age to en­gage all of the guests’ senses.

Sight At Marataba Sa­fari Lodge’s Thabametsi Tree­house, guests have the van­tage point of the Water­berg Moun­tains and are sur­rounded by the lus­cious ex­panse of the Marakele Na­tional Park. Watch wildlife wan­der across the ter­rain. Spot gi­raffes’ heads pok­ing out above the tree­tops, the Big Five roam­ing, an­telopes graz­ing and chee­tahs on the prowl. Bird watch­ers will

catch sight of herons, king­fish­ers, Gur­ney’s sug­ar­bird and birds of prey, in­clud­ing Cape vul­tures. The open skies al­low on­look­ers to en­joy the un­fold­ing of an African sun­set, as rose-gold colours paint the sky. At night, the ab­sence of city lights leaves the Milky Way in full view, with shoot­ing stars dart­ing across the seem­ingly end­less night-sky. Guests at Marataba are im­mersed in na­ture, cease­lessly cap­ti­vated by the sense of sight. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.marataba.co.za/tree­house.

Sound Lon­dolozi in Zulu trans­lates to “pro­tec­tor of all liv­ing things” in English, ex­press­ing the pri­vate game re­serve’s am­bi­tious con­ser­va­tion fo­cus, ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand by those who visit. At Lon­dolozi, sit­u­ated in the Sabi Sand Game Re­serve, guests have the priv­i­lege of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what it sounds and feels like to be right next to a male lion as it roars. In the wilder­ness, lis­ten­ing out for the el­e­ments of na­ture at play, in tune with that of the an­i­mals be­comes an un­sung lux­ury. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.lon­dolozi.com

Taste At Tintswalo At­lantic near Cape Town, renowned Chef Guy Clark has launched “Ocean and Ash”, a tast­ing menu that de­fies the norm. The menu pays trib­ute to the nearby ocean and the re­build­ing of the lodge fol­low­ing the tragic fires of 2015. Chef Clark tan­ta­lises taste buds in an eight-course ad­ven­ture, ac­com­pa­nied by some of the Cape’s finest wines. The menu in­cor­po­rates oceanic in­gre­di­ents, such as sea­weed and sea salt, with el­e­ments that re­late to fire, such as smoke and ash. Good food does as much for the soul as it does for your taste buds, even for the most sea­soned trav­eller. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.tintswalo.com/at­lantic

Touch At The Royal Port­fo­lio’s Silo Ho­tel, the el­e­ment of touch is a very spe­cial part of guests’ ex­pe­ri­ence. Div­ing into bed is a plea­sure thanks to bed­ding that is 60 % linen and 40 % cot­ton. The tow­els are 100 % lux­ury cot­ton. The linen and tow­els are em­broi­dered by hand, de­signed spe­cially by owner Liz Bi­den, to cre­ate a tan­gi­ble feel­ing of lux­ury. The Silo build­ing sits above the Zeitz MOCAA (Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa), tow­er­ing over the V&A Wa­ter­front, with guests feel­ing the sense of be­ing el­e­vated by an ar­chi­tec­tural beacon over­look­ing the city of Cape Town. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.theroy­al­port­fo­lio.com/the-silo

Smell Lon­dolozi’s 1926 ameni­ties range of scents is calm­ing and up-lift­ing. Pre­sented in deep am­ber glass vials, the range has been cre­ated in har­mony with na­ture, cap­ti­vat­ing the evoca­tive per­fume of the sa­van­nah and grass­lands, us­ing nat­u­ral, biodegrad­able in­gre­di­ents and lo­cally sourced fra­grances. Pure es­sen­tial oils, com­bined with aro­matic herbal ex­tracts of wild basil, have been de­signed to detox­ify, re­fresh and bal­ance the skin. The sig­na­ture scent of the range is cre­ated with pure es­sen­tial oils, it is rem­i­nis­cent of old-fash­ioned cologne, with cit­rus aro­mas and earthy un­der­tones. It works as a won­der­ful emol­lient, while the main in­gre­di­ent, av­o­cado oil, is high in Vi­ta­min A, D and E, and is also known for its col­la­gen pro­duc­ing qual­i­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit blog.lon­dolozi.com. The sen­sory awak­en­ing one ex­pe­ri­ences in a lux­ury ho­tel leaves guests with ev­er­last­ing mem­o­ries.

Lon­dolozi

Marataba Sa­fari Lodge’s Thabametsi Tree­house

Lon­dolozi

Silo Ho­tel

Tintswalo At­lantic

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