As you walk over the wooden bridge spanning a reed- and papyrus-fringed pond, you'll find yourself in the midst of traditional Africa at its most luxurious. The terra-cotta colors of the polished stone floors blend with the browns, ochers, creams, and russets of the cow-skin rugs, the hide-covered armchairs, the hand-carved tables, the stone benches, and the carefully chosen artifacts that grace the surfaces. Tall pillars of woven reeds, old tree trunks, and stone walls
reminiscent of Great Zimbabwe support the huge thatch roof, and from every side there are stunning bushveld views. You're guaranteed to gasp when you walk into your sumptuous suite. An entrance hall with a fully stocked bar leads into your glass-sided lounge dominated by a freestanding fireplace. Earth-colored fabrics and textures complement leather and wicker armchairs, a zebra-skin ottoman, and desks and tables fashioned from organic wood shapes, with writing, reading, and watercolor materials. A herd of impalas could easily fit into the bathroom, which has dark stone floors, a claw-foot tub, his-and-her basins, and an indoor and outdoor shower. Every door leads out onto a big wooden deck with a bubbling horizon pool, inviting sun loungers, and bushveld views. Request Room 11 or 12, which overlook a waterhole.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa