Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre reception | Courtesy of Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
Hospitality in Namibia is unique in that it often combines traditional Africa with contemporary levels of luxury and refinement. There is a vast selection of fabulous accommodation options in the country that offer guests oceanside living, desert solitude, city sights, and magical wildlife. Here is our selection of some of the more interesting and unique, yet world-class establishments scattered across Namibia’s vast and stunning landscape.
Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, Swakopmund
Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre | Courtesy of Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
Guests at the Swakopmund Hotel and Enertainment Centre will find their every desire catered to with swimming pools, golf, a casino, and two cinemas among the many things to keep visitors busy. There is also a gorgeous restaurant and a gym and wellness centre, while the 90 spacious rooms overlook the garden courtyard and swimming pool. The design of the hotel compliments the historic architecture of the rest of the town and there are myriad activities nearby the hotel that guests can enjoy.
If you fancy staying on the ocean’s edge and right next door to a lighthouse, Pelican Point Lodge is the place to go. Only 10 luxury suites are housed here, in a renovated old harbor control building offering unique accommodation on a remote stretch of peninsula. With the pristine beaches of the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and the enchanting Walvis Bay lagoon on the other, there is nothing much else to do besides relax and reflect on paradise. Each room has a viewing deck and fantastic photographic opportunities are readily available. Dining is an elegant affair, especially magical on misty nights.
All the fine trimmings of a country estate can be found at Midgard, which offers old-world charm and intimate tranquility. The location is ideal for a family getaway as the rooms are all surrounded by sprawling country gardens where outdoor activities can be enjoyed, such as hiking, nature drives, and sundowners with stunning views. Rooms range from standard to luxury and there is also the unique Midgard Train Carriage that offers accommodation for up to 70 people. Beautiful accommodation is rounded off with a restaurant, pool bar, terrace, and boma (outdoor entertainment area).
Agama River Lodge offers a truly spectacular break in the midst of the ancient Namib Desert. Although surrounded by little more than sand dunes and desert wildlife, the camp brings an elaborate touch of African luxury to its harsh and arid surrounds. The campsite itself is shaded by beautiful acacia trees with the chalets located on the upper banks of the Dieprivier River course. While air conditioned inside, each chalet also boasts its own wooden deck, the perfect spot to recline on warm starry nights. There is also a swimming pool, boma, and dining area.
Offering a home away from home, the stylish Belvedere Guesthouse has a choice of accommodation options ranging from standard rooms to a penthouse suite, all elegantly furnished and offering pretty views across the sweeping guesthouse garden. Belvedere also features a swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as an artificial putting green and floodlit tennis courts. On chilly evenings, guests can head to the cigar lounge to relax in front of the fireplace or choose a bottle of South African wine from the well-stocked wine cellar. With only 18 rooms, privacy and attentive service are guaranteed.
Standing as a destination all of its own, the Strand Hotel in Swakopmund is an iconic landmark and one of the social epicentres of the city. It is located on the Mole, a historic site that is surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Arriving at the hotel is an amazing experience as one passes its Ocean View Atrium, which is 42 feet (13 meters) high and 29 feet (nine meters) wide, and travels the entire length of the hotel, offering gorgeous sea views at either end. Rooms range from standard to presidential suites and there is a beauty spa and fitness studio for guests to enjoy. Meals options are diverse with three onsite restaurants, bars, a sea-facing terrace, beer garden, and beach kiosk.
This gorgeous lodge has a picturesque riverine setting that provides a welcome breath of fresh air from the dusty gravel roads that surround it. It is a place to kick off your shoes and unwind as you take in the birdlife, sparkling water, and muted sounds that drift over the hills from nearby villages. The lodge offers a selection of bungalows and suites that are all tastefully furnished with a distinctly African flair and overlook the famous and pulsating Okavango River. Fishing and sunset cruises are all part of the fun and the lodge also offers a swimming pool, bar, and restaurant.
Conveniently located in the centre of the city, the contemporary Hilton Windhoek offers rooms, suites, and executive rooms that are designed for maximum comfort and ease. Those who want to unwind can book a luxury treatment at the onsite beauty spa or simply relax with a cocktail at the classy Skybar, where the views of the city will take your breath away. There are a number of restaurants and bars to choose from, serving everything from coffee and light meals to gourmet cuisine, and the hotel also features an elegant and modern glass wine cellar offering a superb regional and international wines.
First established in 1905 the Hansa Hotel has long held a reputation for providing luxurious accommodation and friendly, personalized service. Located in the heart of Swakopmund, it offers a large choice of accommodation options ranging from family units to double rooms and suites. Each room is individually decorated and fitted with underfloor heating to ward off chilly seaside nights, and there are two onsite restaurants as well as a bar and a private lounge. The beach is but a few minutes away, as is access to some of the best adventure activities on offer in Namibia.
Ohange Namibia Lodge lies nestled in the heart of the Otavi mountains and promises rejuvenation for mind, body, and soul. Surrounding the lodge is raw, natural, and stunning Namibia at its best and guests are encouraged to simply sit back and enjoy the show. This is a place where time stands still and worries can be set aside as you sink into the indulgence of luxury lodge living. The 10 stone chalets all have views of the nearby waterhole as well as shaded verandas for epic views. A swimming pool offers relief from the heat and the lodge offers numerous outdoor activities.