50 of the most romantic places to stay: Africa
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21. La Mamounia
This grand palace-hotel, with its reflecting pools and citrus trees, exudes romance and exoticism. Sweeping arabesque curves and mosaic details complement the legendary service and the lavish splendour of the six Signature Suites, the perfect choice for a romantic getaway. Four tantalising restaurants and a sensory spa, with stunning indoor pool, invite couples to linger in Moroccan indulgence.
22. Zarafa Dhow Suites
The romance of a 1920s safari is alive at this two-room tented villa in the Selinda Reserve. Repurposed railway sleepers form a deck where you can spot hippos and elephants from the pool, or admire the wildlife from a copper bathtub in your room. Capture the majesty of the wild during your daily game drives, thanks to a professional Canon camera set, provided for your use, along with a Swarovski telescope and binoculars. Relais & Château-acclaimed dining is the final touch in this intimate safari experience.
23. Sanctuary Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge
The romance of the African bush is alive at this eight-suite lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve. The stone, wood and thatch construction blends into the riverside landscape, allowing for up-close wildlife encounters with lions, leopards, elephants and rhino. Sleep out under stars atop a two-storey-high deck, with just your loved one, the sounds of the bush and lanterns.
24. Delaire Graff Estate
Stellenbosch, South Africa
The extraordinary landscape of the Cape Winelands is a picturesque backdrop for this artistic retreat, owned by the King of Diamonds, Laurence Graff. Oversized canvases and fascinating sculptures offer unending delight as you stroll the estate, from the main lodge and 10 guest lodges to the gardens. Dine on the terrace at Delaire Graff Restaurant and on Pan-Asian specialties at Indochine. Complement your visit with a sparkling Graff creation from the boutique. delaire.co.za
25. North Island
In the 10-plus years since opening, this private island has become a byword for tropical perfection. Its 11 unique villas, extraordinary environment, menu-free dining and impeccable service has won North Island favour among celebrity honeymooners, from the Beckhams to the Clooneys. Soak up the island’s beauty on a guided walk, dive into a wonderland on the reef, or feel as if you have North to yourself by reserving Honeymoon Beach for an afternoon picnic in paradise.
This article appeared in volume 27 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style. Click here to subscribe