Africa

In Africa Romance Never Ends

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2010

sindabezi island For couples really serious about a “get away from it all honeymoon,” Sindabezi Island, a luxury camp in Zambia, is the place to book. A perfect honeymoon hideaway, Sindabezi Island is located near Victoria Falls and if the honeymooners visit Victoria by moonlight on certain days of the month, the newlyweds can enjoy the falls’ spectacular lunar rainbow (or “moonbow,” as it’s known locally), while enjoying a romantic picnic supper on Livingstone Island, where David Livingstone got his first glimpse of the Seventh Wonder of the Natural World. “The Sunday Times” in London cited Sindabezi as one of the best remote places to stay in the world, a honeymooners’ haven, with just five open-sided thatched cottages, allowing guests to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush in a beautiful, romantic location. Views across the flood plains of the Zambezi and into the nearby national park complete the experience. The camp is also building elevated star-gazing decks for viewing the unpolluted night sky and new rooms feature closeable fronts, minimal solar lighting and ultra-comfortable teak beds with fine bedding. Guests at the camp often combine a stay at Sindabezi with a stay at its sister camp, Tongabezi. Tongabezi is another romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream from Victoria Falls. It offers a selection of houses and cottages, each beautifully furnished using local materials. Guests can dine beside the river or on their own private terrace. Luxury safari trips are included, both on the river and in the bush. Call for rates.

marlin lodge Situated on Benguerua Island, a private island in the Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, Marlin Lodge—the latest addition to the high-end Mantis Group collection, offers 14 luxury beach suites and three executive beach suites, each steps away from the turquoise waters of Flamingo Bay. These individual chalets, built from Mozambican hardwood, reed-clad brick walls and thatched jecca roofs, feature furnished verandahs leading into the bedroom, where a king-size, four-poster bed is positioned to take full advantage of the panoramic views. Each suite boasts inside and outdoor showers, and two private seating lounges, but no TVs or phones intrude on your honeymoon clients’ privacy. There’s a pool and open-air cocktail lounge, where guests can celebrate with sundowners and enjoy the stunning vistas of Flamingo Bay, as well as the intimate Beauty & Wellness Spa Center, housed in a timber sanctuary, with a range of massages, reflexology, aromatherapy, facials and hand and foot treatments. The cuisine, carefully crafted by a team of world-class chefs, is traditionally Mozambique—an abundance of seafood infused with Asian and Portuguese flavors—and enjoyed in the dining room, on the beach, by the pool or on a private verandah. Guests can also request a packed picnic, which comes complete with basket, blanket, pillows and umbrellas. Activities include complimentary snorkeling, windsurfing, hobie cat sailing, and kayaking. There’s also horseback riding, diving or fishing. There’s also a complimentary dhow cruise and daily cocktail for guests staying one to three nights; a dhow cruise and island tour for guests staying three to five nights; and a dhow cruise, island tour, and snorkeling trip to 2 Mile Reef for guests staying five to nine nights. All-inclusive rates run $580 pp for luxury beach suites and $742 pp for executive beach suites.

banyan tree seychelles Certainly one of the most picture-perfect locales for an exotic honeymoon experience are the lush, beautiful islands in the Seychelles, an idyllic destination that was once mistaken for the original “Garden of Eden” by the famous British military leader, General Gordon over 100 years ago. And the Banyan Tree Seychelles here is the perfect introduction to these islands off the African coast, thanks to its unique location set at the base of a steep mountain slope carpeted in colorful tropical vegetation, made all the more enchanting with its sweeping, palm-fringed coastline. Nestled by Intendance Bay on Mahe Island, the resort covers an area of about 290 acres on the island’s southwestern coastline overlooking what has been described as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world with a fabulous beach frontage extending over one mile. And your honeymoon clients are going to love the Banyan Tree’s signature Intimate Moments program, set-up and specially customized at Banyan Tree properties all around the world—each uniquely centered on the bathtubs or sunken bathtubs found in the bathrooms of the villas and suites, which are not just spaciously appointed but also conducive to bringing out the most of the experience. Each set-up varies, however, the essential elements include a drawn bath, scattered candles creating a glowing ambiance amid sensual aromatherapy, profusion of flower petals, and tasteful treats that range from chocolates and coolers, to canapes and champagne, for the ultimate romantic sojourn in one’s very own private oasis. Picnic baskets and secluded beach bbqs also add to the opportunity for romantic solitude. Call for rates.