An­tar­tica

AN­TAR­TICA’S ELITE HO­TEL & AD­VEN­TURES

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At first glance these snow­cov­ered bub­bles in the mid­dle of the Antarc­tic wilder­ness don’t seem to have a lot go­ing for them. At $99,000 for 11 nights, it’s also one of the world’s most ex­pen­sive

The lonely lodg­ings are part of the world’s most re­mote ho­tel, where guests have to sur­vive sub­zero tem­per­a­tures in the harsh­est cli­mate on Earth. There are some pretty good rea­sons why the likes of Prince Harry and the Saudi Royal fam­ily have been clam­or­ing for a stay here.

The White Desert camp in Antarc­tica has re­cently been given a five-star re­vamp to mark its 10th an­niver­sary and these pic­tures pro­vide a rare look in­side the unique, lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The camp com­prises six heated, fi­bre­glass domes, known as “sleep­ing pods”. Each pod stands alone on a rugged strip of land in the in­te­rior of Antarc­tica, mid­way be­tween a frozen lake and tow­er­ing walls of ice. In­side, the lav­ish in­te­ri­ors are re­ally im­pres­sive.The bed­rooms come with bam­boo head­boards, Saari­nen chairs, fur throws, and en suite bath­rooms stocked with sus­tain­able Lost Ex­plorer-brand toi­letries, cre­ated by the de Roth­schild fam­ily.

The walls are dec­o­rated with an­tique wooden skis.The din­ing room, which once con­sisted of one long wooden ta­ble, is now out­fit­ted with fur throws cov­er­ing the chairs. There is also a li­brary.The ho­tel’s guests - of which there are a max­i­mum of 12 at any time - dine to­gether, en­joy­ing three-course meals with in­gre­di­ents and wines flown in from Cape Town.

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