As we speak: Evaluate of Giardino Boutique Resort, Swakopmund (Namibia)
Throughout my vacation in Namibia, I stayed one night time within the funky city of Swakopmund. Located centrally alongside the Atlantic shoreline of Namibia, Swakopmund is the primary city via which most vacationers touring in Namibia need to move on their journey, because the city hyperlinks journey routes from Etosha Nationwide Park within the north, the capital Windhoek within the east and the well-known dunes of Sossusvlei within the south. So, it’s a great place to loosen up after just a few thrilling days within the desert and wash off the sand.
The charming city retains a robust German taste – from its cobbled, palm-lined streets and picturesque buildings to typical German eating places and pubs. The city has develop into Namibia’s main adrenaline vacation spot and presents a variety of actions like sandboarding, quad biking and 4×4 driving within the dunes. If that’s not your cup of tea, you may also take pleasure in boat excursions to search for seals and dolphins or just pattern a few of the finely-brewed native beer and famend Swakopmund fare resembling fish, lobster and the totally scrumptious Swakopmund oysters.
Swakopmund is dwelling to just one 4-star lodge (the Strand Resort), which is positioned on the waterfront and boasts trendy rooms, excessive velocity WiFi (a rarety in Namibia) and the most effective two eating places on the town. For those who like luxurious (and chances are high because you’re following this weblog), then the Strand Resort is your only option in Swakopmund. Town additionally includes a vary of visitor properties and boutique inns, and since I used to be solely staying for one night time (with late arrival and early departure), I made a decision to go for one of many extra charming inns on the town: the Giardino Boutique Resort (advisable to me by Wilderness Safaris).
This evaluate just isn’t in the identical type as my different lodge opinions since Giardino Boutique Resort just isn’t an actual luxurious lodge nor a vacation spot lodge, however it’s an excellent spot for a stayover in Swakopmund nonetheless. The property is ready again 10 metropolis blocks from the seaside, and presents an enclosed and secured parking (which is nice when you find yourself touring with a rental automotive in Namibia). It presents trendy rooms, which are available a number of classes. Throughout my go to, I stayed in a household room, which featured two semi-separate bed room areas, a sitting nook, and a shared open-layout rest room.
There’s a good, enclosed backyard with a small heated swimming pool (open all 12 months spherical). Breakfast is served in a light-filled eating room and consists of varied selfmade specialties, together with native fruits and whole-wheat bread. I did like my keep at Giardino Boutique Resort and I used to be welcomed completely by Roswitha and her workforce and advised to make myself at dwelling which I did. There have been some odd issues in regards to the lodge although, such because the open-layout rest room (with the wall of the bathroom not reaching up the ceiling) in addition to the truth that there was no employees at night time within the lodge (leaving the few company contained in the lodge on their very own). Additionally, the property’s web site lists a eating choice on website however the restaurant was not open on the night time of my keep (probably not an issue as Swakopmund presents loads of eating venues).