Entries Tagged as '>> Around Africa'

FELLAH HOTEL IN MARRAKECH

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013

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Spread across fourteen acres at the foot of the Atlas mountains, Fellah Hotel is more like a village than a hotel. This luxury hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, is the labor of love of a French couple with North African roots. Their influences are eclectic which is clearly visible from the hotel’s interiors: mid modern vintage furniture pieces are combined with traditional furniture made by Moroccan craftsmen.

 

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The beautiful villas have lovely outdoor terraces which offer stunning views of beautiful gardens and the breathtaking Atlas Mountains.  (more…)

THE OLIVE EXCLUSIVE IN NAMBIA

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013

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The Olive Exclusive – the first ultra-luxurious sanctuary of its kind in the Namibian capital – is cool, contemporary and stylish but with a warm heart and authentic African soul. This intimate boutique hotel in a tranquil corner of Windhoek in Namibia embodies the very essence of chic comfort.

 

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Sleek, modern lines are complemented by organic textures, natural furnishings, an eco-friendly approach and dedicated personal service. 

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Dar Kawa in the heart of Marrakech

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012

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Dar Kawa is a beautiful five-star accommodation in the heart of the Marrakech medina. The old riad has been restored together with Belgian architect Quentin Wilbaux. The owner, Valerie Barkowski, looked for a way to combine the house’s seventeenth-century Saadian architecture with modern comfort and style, bringing the house firmly into the twenty-first century.

 

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Only traditional materials were used for the restoration and the basic structure of the house was left intact. The decor is deliberately simple, yet authentic, with great attention paid to details, quality and service. (more…)

Dar Rafti in Fez, Morocco

Monday, Jul 30, 2012

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Dar Rafti is a beautiful restored riad in the exotic city of Fez in Morocco. The stunningly decorated riad is owned by the jewellery designers of Bouvier.

 

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During a visit to Morocco the Australian couple fell in love with the rich culture and colours, the fabulous food and beautiful, generous people in this mystical part of the world. This trip ultimately led to the purchase and restoration of an ancient residence in Fez situated right in the heart of the city’s bustling medina. (more…)

Babylonstoren in the Cape Winelands, South Africa

Friday, Oct 7, 2011

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Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm (one of the oldest!) in the Cape Winelands, South Africa, with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant. Guests staying at an exclusive farm hotel enjoy access to the entire farm, plus facilities like a spa and gym. The aim is to have guests feel more comfortable, more alive among warm smiles and the simple daily rhythm of the farm.

 

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The guest suites echo Cape Dutch farm buildings. The style developed in the Cape Colony of the 17th and 18th century: outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs. Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter. (more…)

Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech, Morocco

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011

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Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech is on my personal (wish)list of places to stay. It has been since owner Maryam announced on her blog My Marrakech that she was building this guest house. I knew from the start that it was going to be fabulous!

 

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Maryam, who is originally fro the US, is a freelance photographer, travel and lifestyle writer, often reporting on food, shopping, spas, and other fun experiences in Marrakech. Currently she is doing a coffee table book – part memoir and part Moroccan interior design treatise – for a major US publisher. Besides all this, she is trying to save the world as an international human rights and democracy specialist. (more…)

Villa L’Ilot on Mauritius

Thursday, Sep 1, 2011

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L’Ilot is a gorgeous villa located just of the coast of Mauritius. In this tropical paradise you can bath in luxury and style.

 

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I’Ilot is a rock platform of 3100 m² situated on the lagoon, a 100 m approximately from the coastline of Mauritius. Access is via a rock and wood bridged causeway. Positioned on a sand bed and surrounded by filaos trees, this vast villa of almost 300 m² faces North-West, with its back to prevailing breezes. (more…)

Riad P’tit Habibi, Marrakech

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011

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P‘tit Habibi is an unique riad at the north end of the Marrakech Medina. The house, which fuses traditional artisan craft with modern design, has the feel of a beautifully designed private house. With only 4 rooms it is the perfect place to spend a wonderful long weekend.

 

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All four rooms are individually designed mixing traditional craftsmanship with cutting edge design. (more…)

Castles in the Sand, Morocco

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011

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After moving from London 10 years ago, interior designers Emma Wilson and Graham Carter bought an 18th century house in Essaouira, Morocco. They spent two years fixing the place up until it was ready for receiving guests. The 4 storey villa Dar Beida is built around a central courtyard and outfitted with a mix of eclectic colorful lighting and furnishings mainly from the 1960’s era.

 

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On the ground level there is a library connecting to a chill out room with fire place. Out in the courtyard is a fountain and rest area. On the 1st floor there is an open plan fully equipped kitchen/diner at one end, a living space with stereo in the middle and two fire places and a moulded bedroom and shower room towards the back.The 2nd floor has two double bedrooms with pod fire places in each. In between the bedrooms is a curved bathroom with skylight. (more…)

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