Review: Zannier Hotels Sonop (Namibia)

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In the present day: Evaluation of Zannier Motels Sonop (Namibia)

The opulence and finesse of Zannier Motels Sonop, set in Namibia’s southwest nook, instantly remembers the 1920’s period of British explorers. Constructed on prime of granite boulders, the tented camp enjoys a distant and unspoilt setting in untouched wilderness. Each object and vintage within the lodge’s ten spacious tents are fastidiously chosen – binoculars and maps, vacationers’ tales, telescopes, vintage desks and handmade stationary – to make sure that each second turns into a novel expertise. Zannier Motels Sonop captures the restorative essence of the desert panorama with a spectacular open-air infinity pool, spa, health heart and each day yoga

Zannier Motels Sonop options in my prime 10 lists of the very best lodges in Namibia and essentially the most romantic lodges on this planet.

Have you ever ever stayed at Zannier Motels Sonop? In that case, what was your expertise? Depart a remark.

On this evaluate (extra information and images beneath my Youtube clip & slideshow):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Zannier Motels Sonop enjoys a distant location within the southern extremity of the Namib Desert, within the Hardap Area. The property is ready on the coronary heart of an infinite, 13,800 acres (5,600 hectares) personal reserve, which is characterised by quite a few red-colored boulders dotted round lengthy stretches of sand and gravel plains. Typical of the world’s geography, these huge piles of granite rocks – polished and hollowed out by thousands and thousands of years of wind and rain – are the results of highly effective volcanic eruptions. A 5 to hour drive from Windhoek (or 80 min hop on a privately chartered bush aircraft), the reserve can be residence to Namibia’s indiginuous wildlife, with oryxes, brown hyenas, rabbits, foxes, jackals, kudus and leopards roaming freely right here.
  • Zannier Motels Sonop is constructed on prime of boulders, affording awe-inspiring views over the otherworldly desert panorama stretching so far as the attention can see. Constructed on sturdy elevated wood decks to make sure idiot proof stability, the property is comprised of a major tented visitor space and ten tented suites. Every tent stands out with a heat and lavish ornament recalling the period of the twentieth century English explorers, while the supplies and shade palette enhances the encircling desert and mix into the boulders. The development course of was difficult because of the resort’s distant location and guarded environment. All constructing supplies and interiors have been manually transported up the large boulders, by knowledgeable craftsmen from Namibia.
  • Upon arrival, company are first met at a welcome pavilion by the camp’s great workers after which pushed in a 4×4 automobile to the boulder pile. Right here, they’re transferred to an electrical golf automobile and pushed up a steep, winding path to Zannier Motels Sonop’s reception tent on prime of the boulder formation. Overlooking the stark desert panorama, the camp’s major visitor space includes a welcome tent (the place check-in and -out is completed) and a L-shaped eating tent, each full of antiques (extra on that beneath) and surrounded by open-air decking with a firepit. The latter is a stunning place to increase the night following an beautiful dinner contained in the tent. Close to the reception tent can be a cocktail & cigar lounge, designed within the fashion of an genuine gents’s membership with a billiard desk and parlor video games taking heart stage.
  • Picket, elevated walkways join the principle visitor space with the camp’s 10 luxurious tents (8 one-bedroom and a couple of two-bedroom tents). All tents function a big bed room, front room space and a separate lavatory with a big claw foot tub and rain bathe. Furnishings embrace dressing tables with ornate objects, equivalent to tiny flasks and vintage combs. Furthermore, the ceiling to ground home windows (roll-out canvas) enable company to expertise a style of residing in full isolation, immersed within the surrounding panorama. The bedrooms function handcrafted king dimension four-poster beds, an ethereal residing space with comfy armchairs, and a telescope to look out into the distant environment or gaze into Namibia’s darkish sky reserve. All tents have personal terraces that stretch out throughout giant wood decks, providing magnificent views of the desert.
  • Quite than shopping for new furnishings, Zannier Motels endeavored to reuse as a lot as doable – choice was all the time given to antiques. Zannier Motels sourced greater than 550 antiques for its Sonop property, together with binoculars, maps, mirrors, magnifying glasses, bedside tables, carpets, trunks, armchairs and movie frames, in addition to distinctive ornaments equivalent to gramophones, nineteenth Century explorer boots, classic strolling sticks and historic Pith helmets. Any new furnishings was particularly produced from Namibian supplies by native architects, carpenters and development suppliers, native to Namibia. Using pure textures and supplies together with useless wooden, rocks, mud and thatch additionally ensures that nature stays on the forefront of the camp’s design.
  • Following a day of sightseeing within the desert, company can unwind at Zannier Motels Sonop in whole peace. A heated outside infinity pool is positioned on the base of the boulders, on the alternative aspect of the principle visitor space. Providing jawdropping views over the desert, the pool is lined by comfy solar beds, a few of them arrange below a shaded sala with bar space. A wood walkway connects the pool space with the camp’s wellness heart, which homes two therapy rooms. Paying homage to extra conventional development and integrating magnificence with nature in opposition to the backdrop of this huge open panorama, the spa affords all kinds of therapies designed to stability, restore, and chill out your physique. The spa can be residence to a fully-equipped health room with free weights, benches and barbells, and quite a lot of cardio tools.
  • Those that want to discover and uncover, Zannier Motels Sonop affords a wide selection of extraordinary actions. Hikers can choose to take an tour on foot to benefit from the breath-taking panorama by sundown or dawn from a number of viewpoints within the hills. The property additionally has a steady with horses to take out on excursions and bicycle lovers can dedicate themselves to a reasonably distinctive exercise within the desert, utilizing the electrical mountain bikes, providing a extra wide-ranging however nonetheless environmentally respectful outing. As night time falls, the sky lights up, creating the distinctive alternative to find the celebrities from the camp’s quite a few telescopes There’s additionally an open-air cinema close to the pool, which is able to entice all movie lovers, who within the consolation of their lounge chairs can take pleasure in a movie whereas sipping on a cocktail in the course of the desert.
  • At each second of the day, Zannier Motels Sonop affords a nice gastronomic journey. From 7 am to 11 am, an energizing ‘à la carte’ breakfast is served in the principle visitor space, on the heart of the camp. This identical area turns right into a quiet restaurant at midday, providing gentle dishes to share. Each night, company are invited to a gala-style dinner. Seating choices fluctuate from a big communal desk in a prestigious tent shared with different company to personal tables arrange in an intimate connecting tent. Silverware and candelabras set the temper for the elegant dinner, with butlers serving a scrumptious 5-course meal with black-tie and white gloves, such that the complete event turns into an unforgettable gastronomic expertise in the course of the desert.
  • Zannier Motels Sonop’s unforgettable journey will be skilled by means of two varieties of charges: both full board or all-inclusive.
    • Full board package deal consists of lodging, VAT, tourism levy, breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to non-alcoholic drinks at official mealtimes.
    • The all-inclusive package deal consists of actions to the earlier package deal. It consists of lodging, VAT, tourism levy, full board a and all drinks (besides premium manufacturers and Champagne), a each day afternoon tea and a choice of complimentary experiences (twice each day a morning and afternoon nature drive, electrical bike trails, strolling trails, horse driving excursions, outside cinema, group yoga and astronomy expertise). Scorching air balloon flights and excursions to Sossuvlei are provided for an additional cost.
  • Sonop is managed by Zannier Motels, a luxurious resort group owned by Arnaud Zannier, a Belgian-French enterprise man who spent over 20 years within the style trade previous to launching Zannier Motels. Arnaud Zannier’s hospitality imaginative and prescient and philosophy relies on Leonardo da Vinci’s well-known quote “Simplicity is the last word sophistication”. The important thing precept behind each mission of the resort group is devotion to simplicity and authenticity. Zannier Motels at present manages properties in Cambodia, Namibia, Vietnam, and France. The Zannier model can be engaged on the opening of two lodges on Mexico’s Pacific coast, a vacation spot resort in Menorca, residential villas to launch below Zannier Residences, and a curated portfolio of the world’s most exceptional Non-public Estates for short-term and long-term rental. Launching Zannier Motels within the US can be on the horizon.
  • A keep at Zannier Motels Sonop will be simply mixed with a keep at its sister property of Zannier Motels Omaanda, a boutique lodge set within the coronary heart of the Zannier Reserve, a 22,000-acre wildlife conservancy positioned half an hour from Windhoek. Lodging consists of 10 particular person thatch and clay huts, every with their very own sunken bathtub and panoramic terrace. Leisure on the lodge is balanced by adventures by means of Omaanda’s partnership with N/a’an ku sê, a basis devoted to the conservancy of Namibia’s wildlife, land and cultures. Breakfast with meerkats at dawn; observe a rhino or a herd of elephants going for a swim; spy a leopard climbing a Jackleberry tree or just expertise the nocturnal great thing about the savanna – all with your individual personal information. There are each day transfers on demand from Sonop to Omaanda and vice versa.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
  • Zannier Motels Sonop is a tremendous lodge, but it surely’s not for everybody. It takes some efforts to get there (a 5 to six hour scenic drive involving gravel roads or a 80 min chartered flight) and there’s not loads to do, aside from absorbing the place and exploring its surreal surroundings. In case you are blown away by images of the lodge and its magical desert panorama and you’re full of longing, then don’t hesitate and e-book a keep right here.
  • The world-famous dunes of Sossuvlei will be visited on a day tour from the lodge, however remember the fact that this will likely be a really lengthy day with an early wake-up name (a 3 hour drive getting there after which a 3 hour again to the lodge after the go to). The identical is true for company who want to e-book a scorching air balloon (the drive to the launch website takes 90 minutes). Whereas each excursions are a must-do whereas on a vacation in Namibia, it may be sensible contemplating to easily keep at Sonop for a number of days and soak within the place, earlier than transferring on to Sesriem and do the Sossusvleiu tour & balloon flight from there (until in fact you wish to keep at Sonop for an extended time).
  • Zannier Motels Sonop affords communal eating in its major tent, the place company could share tales about their travels adventures. Whereas most individuals adore it, this idea may not be for everybody. Nevertheless, it’s not likely a difficulty since there are a number of smaller tables in an adjoining tent catering to vacationers preferring to dine alone.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 10/10
  • Design: 10/10
  • Pool: 9/10
  • Rooms: 9/10
  • Meals: 8/10
  • Breakfast: 9/10
  • Spa: 8/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Worth for cash: 9/10
  • General expertise: distinctive 9,2/10

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BEST TIME TO VISIT

The most effective time to go to Namibia is from July to October, when the temperatures are comfortably heat in the course of the day and the prospect of rain is low. That is additionally the very best time for outside actions and wildlife viewing, making it peak journey season. Between December and March, some days will likely be humid and rain could comply with, usually in localized, afternoon thunderstorms.


HOW TO GET THERE

Arriving by aircraft to Windhoek, vacationers can select to hop on one other jet to Sonop (hovering over the Namibian desert with its magnificent landscapes, to land 80 minutes later on the lodge) or reasonably go for a highway journey (5 to six hours by a 4WD automobile) to get to this beautiful Zannier Motels retreat.


PHOTOS OF ZANNIER HOTELS SONOP

Under is a choice of my images of Zannier Motels Sonop. To view extra resort images (together with meals), click on right here.

PATH TO THE LODGE
PATH TO THE LODGE
PATH TO THE LODGE
MAIN GUEST AREA: RECEPTION TENT
MAIN GUEST AREA: RECEPTION TENT
MAIN GUEST AREA: TERRACE
MAIN GUEST AREA: TERRACE
MAIN GUEST AREA: TERRACE (VIEW)
MAIN GUEST AREA: DINING TENT
MAIN GUEST AREA: DINING TENT
MAIN GUEST AREA: SUNSET TERRACE
COCKTAIL & CIGAR LOUNGE
COCKTAIL & CIGAR LOUNGE
ACCOMMODATIONS
ACCOMMODATIONS
ACCOMMODATIONS
ACCOMMODATIONS
ONE BEDROOM SUITE
ONE BEDROOM SUITE: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM SUITE: TERRACE
TWO BEDROOM SUITE: LIVING AREA
TWO BEDROOM SUITE
TWO BEDROOM SUITE: BATHROOM
POOL DECK
POOL DECK
POOL DECK
SPA
GYM
ZANNIER HOTELS SONOP AT NIGHT
ZANNIER HOTELS SONOP AT NIGHT
ZANNIER HOTELS SONOP AT NIGHT
ZANNIER HOTELS SONOP PRIVATE RESERVE

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