earth lodge at top again
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge's position as one of the top hospitality destinations in the world was confirmed last week when the lodge was named one of the world's top 101 destinations in the latest Tatler Travel Guide (UK).
Since opening in 2001, Earth Lodge has received a string of local and international accolades and awards* and has become a favourite with travellers from all over the world.
The lodge's appeal, says Sabi Sabi managing director, Patrick Shorten, is that it breaks the mould of traditional game lodges in terms of design, layout and features, yet maintains the essence of warmth, hospitality and exceptional game viewing synonymous with the Sabi Sabi brand.
"Every visitor to Earth Lodge is bowled over by the sheer uniqueness of the lodge. Its organic architecture, unadorned finish, natural fabrics and furnishings and creative use of space and light combine to create a lodge that is both luxurious and at one with the environment," say Shorten.
The Tatler Travel guide is compiled under renowned editor Victoria Mather with a panel of judges visiting hotels all over the world. Hotels and lodges are listed under different categories such as 'Art', 'Classics', 'Gems' and 'Retreats'. Only two South African game lodges feature in the Top 101.
"This recognition from Tatler Travel is confirmation that Earth Lodge is indeed a world class lodge," he says.
About Earth Lodge
Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, Earth Lodge has been described by a visiting architect as the 'the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa'. Sculpted into the earth - hence its name - the lodge borrows heavily from nature, using texture, space and light to present a lodge like no other. Inspired by Sabi Sabi co-owner, Jacqui Loon, Earth Lodge was designed by South African architect, Mohammed Hans, who, together with internationally-renowned South African sculptor, Geoffrey Armstrong, set out to create a work of art that reflected Africa today. The lodge projects completely natural finishes, down to unadorned plaster finishes on the walls, stone floors, hand crafted wooden furniture and sculptures and natural fibre fabrics.
There are 13 suites, each with featuring glass fronted rooms and en-suite bathrooms that look out onto the unspoiled bush. Private pools, private butlers and outdoor showers are just some of the luxuries that guests can expect. The lodge also has an indoor / outdoor dining area, boma, Zen meditation garden, Earth Nature spa, 6000-bottle underground wine cellar and library.
Game viewing is spectacular - Sabi Sabi is a Big 5 Reserve - and highly skilled and trained field guides (rangers and trackers) ensure the ultimate bush experience for visitors.