Where can you watch elephants gather at a watering hole from your own private balcony, or swim in your own private pool surrounded by wild giraffes and savanna? Africa. This expansive continent has so much to offer, from wildlife and natural beauty you can’t see at home, to luxurious hotels – Africa is the perfect place for a summer retreat.
1. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff – JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
A magical place to get away to in South Africa, The Westcliff is one of Africa’s most lavish hotels. Marble bathtubs, large rooms, and private balconies are part of what make this retreat feel so refined. Just some of the amenities here include two expansive pools, the Polo Lounge which serves cocktails and fine cigars, tennis courts, a fitness center, a spa, and 24-hour room service.
2. Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, Palace – MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Moroccan hospitality and refined luxury combine at the Es Saadi Marrakech Resort and Palace. The 5-Star resort will make you feel like a King or Queen with its spa, fitness center, concierge, outdoor pool, 24-hour room service, and luxurious Moroccan furnishings.
3. Steenberg Hotel – CONSTANTIA, SOUTH AFRICA
The Constantia Valley is home to another luxury summer retreat in Africa, the Steenberg Hotel. It is surrounded by an 18-hole championship golf course and vineyards, providing guests romantic views of ripening grapes and lush green fairways. The historic hotel, which dates back to 1682, is elegantly decorated with 17th-century style décor and antiques and offers an on-site spa, winery, restaurant, and outdoor pool and bar.
4. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge – VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Our next luxury summer retreat, located in Zimbabwe, is the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. It borders Zambezi National Park, offering a rare view of elephants and wildlife in their natural territory – all from your private balcony. It is the perfect place to travel to particularly if you love the outdoors. You can have your fill of hiking, fishing, excursions, canoeing, exploring nature, wildlife viewing, even white-water rafting.
5. Belmond Mount Nelson – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
For 200 years, the Belmond Mount Nelson has been providing guests a place to relax and take in the enchanting views of Table Mountain. This 5-star hotel has two heated swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, and an on-site beauty salon and spa. Among the many celebrities the hotel has hosted include Lenny Kravitz, the Dalai Lama, Tiger Woods, and Oprah Winfrey.
6. Riad Kniza – MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Marrakech, Morocco is where you’ll find another perfect luxury summer retreat. Riad Kniza is an elegant hideaway surrounded by gorgeous views of the Atlas Mountains and cityscape. The hotel offers an on-site spa and sauna, indoor pool, Hamam, concierge, solarium, and lavish Moroccan furnishings. It is also a cozy and private place to stay, with just 14 guest rooms.
7. Mateya Safari Lodge – MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
In the heart of South Africa ‘s Madikwe Game Reserve you’ll find the Mateya Safari Lodge, our 7th pick for a luxury summer retreat in Africa. Like our #6 pick, Riad Kniza, this hotel is private and exclusive. Only ten guests are allowed at a time in its five luxury suites. It’s a truly unique experience, as each suite provides its own private pool and views of the waterhole and plains. It’s a feeling of privacy and seclusion you can’t get with most hotels.