A Stunning Luxury Eco Retreat is Opening at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, Sydney
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, Sydney

A giant step up from Roar and Snore, Wildlife Retreat at Taronga pulls out all the stops with luxurious accommodation and a restaurant with views of Sydney Harbour

If you love the idea of spending a night at Taronga Zoo but the thought of Roar and Snore‘s safari-style accommodation makes you break out in a sweat, soon-to-open Wildlife Retreat at Taronga could be right up your alley.

The impressive new retreat will not only gives guests the chance to wake up to the rustling of a bandicoot or the call of a lyrebird, and to revel in the natural beauty of the surrounding bushland, but all from the comfort of a five star room – many of which have harbour views.

Designed by leading Australian architects at Cox Architecture, the Wildlife Retreat features five environmentally-sensitive, sustainably-designed lodges built into the native bushland setting of Taronga Zoo, with 62 elegant rooms and suites that overlook the wildlife habitat, many of them with stunning views of Sydney Harbour.

Integral to the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga experience is its dining, featuring uniquely Australian menus with a strong focus on fresh local produce and native ingredients. The restaurant, Me-Gal – exclusive to Retreat guests – boasts some of the most spectacular views in all of Sydney.

Cameron Kerr, CEO of Taronga Zoo, said that the Wildlife Retreat has been thoughtfully designed and curated to cater to couples and families alike, as well as appeal to both international visitors and locals: “For a zoo to remain relevant, it must constantly evolve. Our new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga will deliver truly unique experiences to the people of Sydney, NSW, Australia and our international visitors.”

From their stylishly appointed room, guests will step out into a lush sanctuary where koalas and echidnas roam and platypus swim. They can choose to join guided tours with passionate keepers and guides, or simply connect with the wildlife and its habitat in their own time, reassured by the knowledge that their stay has made a meaningful difference to this not-for-profit, conservation-based organisation.

Owned and operated by Taronga Conservation Society Australia, the Wildlife Retreat will contribute essential funding towards the care of Taronga’s animals and broader conservation and education programs in Australia and around the world, as well as increasing employment opportunities in the areas of hospitality and tourism.

Taronga is a not for profit organisation and works tirelessly to achieve a shared future for wildlife and people, striving to be a centre for conservation excellence and an inspiration to individuals and communities.

“Through the Wildlife Retreat, we will foster genuine connections between people and Australia’s fascinating wildlife, and inspire them to care as passionately as we do about our most precious residents. Guests will leave not only rejuvenated, but also with the knowledge that their stay has made a meaningful difference to wildlife and its conservation,” Kerr said.

The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga opens to guests from Thursday 10 October 2019, with rates starting from $790 per night for two including a two-course dinner, buffet breakfast, immersive and exclusive Australian animal experiences and complimentary general admission to Taronga Zoo.



The Ritz-Carlton, Perth Will Open in November

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth - Lobby
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth - Lobby

The hotel will open on the banks of the Swan River on 15th November 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth has an official opening date, with the highly anticipated luxury hotel at Elizabeth Quay set to welcome its first guests on 15th November 2019.

The hotel is the latest in a slew of properties that have opened in the Western Australian capital in recent years, with the evolving city also making it onto countless global lists of the top places to visit in 2019.

Conceptually designed, the building will seamlessly pay homage to the history, culture and natural beauty of Western Australia, with the state’s landscape weaving its way through the hotel’s design.10,000 pieces of handpicked Kimberley sandstone on the exterior and in the lobby will transport guests to the rich natural wonder of the Kimberley region, creating a sense of walking through the Karijini gorges.

 The Ritz-Carlton, Perth will offer 205 luxurious rooms including 18 suites.The 277-square-metre signature Ritz-Carlton Suite is the jewel in the crown, with an outdoor balcony and floor to ceiling windows providing sweeping views of the city and Swan River.

The Ritz-Carlton Club on the sixth floor will function as a hotel within a hotel, boasting an exclusive concierge, delectable food and an outdoor alfresco area with panoramic views across the Swan River.

The hotel will have two unique food and beverage venues, with the hotel’s signature restaurant putting the spotlight on WA’s flavours, producers and winemakers. The rooftop bar will look out to the Swan River, making it an ideal spot to admire the famous WA sunset, while its menu will offer cocktails and small bites.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa will include four decadent treatment rooms, a heated outdoor infinity pool, saunas and a private yoga studio as well as two outdoor heated vitality pools with massage jets.

Located at 1 Barrack Street, a stone’s throw from Perth sights such as Kings Park and The Bell Tower, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth will also be offering an array of immersive local experiences from luxury seaplane tours to Margaret River to a twilight cruise across the Swan River.



Tassie Gets Another Beautiful Boutique Hotel

Ship Inn Stanley, Tasmania
Ship Inn Stanley, Tasmania

Move over, Hobart.  The port town of Stanley in Tasmania’s north west knows how to do boutique hotels, too – just look at the Ship Inn Stanley…

Oh, Tassie, with your breathtaking landscape and cute-as-a-button boutique hotels, you never fail to impress. The latest offering in the scenic state’s boutique boom comes in the form of a seven-suite guesthouse that recently opened in the historic port town of Stanley in North West Tasmania.

Ship Inn Stanley is tucked at the base of a sheer-sided bluff (The Nut), which sits at the apex of a peninsula and looks out to a panorama of windswept, rugged and remote beauty. The building has undergone an extensive transformation over the last 12 months, with local owners Kerry and Alastair Houston having worked tirelessly to uncover the historic secrets of the property. It was built in 1849 and is one of many remaining buildings in the quaint seaside township that is rich in Australia’s settlement history.

Each of the Ship Inn Stanley’s seven generous suites has its own story and distinct personality reflecting the history of the township and surrounds, while contemporary fittings have been carefully selected to merge effortlessly with the interior’s vintage art and beautiful original timber and stonework. A local stonemason is also in the process of transforming the garden, painstakingly creating a series of spectacular stone walls from rock found naturally onsite.

Ship Inn Stanley also has a boutique yoga studio and gym, and while the property doesn’t have a restaurant (just seven suites, and all that), guests of the hotel will get a complimentary continental breakfast served in their suite, and there are plenty of dining options a short walk away on Stanley’s shopping strip.

Ship Inn Stanley comes hot on the heels of Hobart boutique hotel Moss, which opened in June, with The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel and lifestyle hotel Hyatt Centric opening in the capital in 2020. A five-star, 172-room hotel at MONA called Motown is also scheduled for 2024. It’s officially Tassie’s time in the sun.



The Great Barrier Reef is Getting an Underwater Hotel

ReefSuite, Great Barrier Reef
ReefSuite, Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays’ new floating pontoon will offer visitors the special chance to sleep overnight at the Great Barrier Reef, either on the upper deck or in an exclusive underwater Reefsuite

Queensland has done it again, with the state government announcing yet another quirky and wonderful reason to go to the Whitsundays. First, there was Scuber, then there was Heart Island. And soon, you’ll be able to sleep with the fishes, so to speak, in Australia’s first underwater hotel.

Reefsuites will be located on the soon-to-be-built $8-million Reefworld pontoon at Hardy Reef, giving guests a front row seat to the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the pontoon, being built in partnership with Cruise Whitsundays, “will be one of the most iconic tourism projects in the world”. “We want to invest in tourism attractions that we know will attract more visitors to the Whitsundays and support local jobs – this project will achieve just that… This is about attracting more tourists who stay longer and spend more while they’re in Central Queensland,” she said.

Jones added the Whitsundays should get an extra 60,000 visitors per year as a result of the new attraction, which is being built off the back of increasing demand. “There is huge demand for a new pontoon in the Whitsundays. This will give more people the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef and will allow tourists to experience this natural wonder in new ways,” she said.

The new floating pontoon will measure 12 metres by 45 metres and offer visitors the special chance to sleep overnight at the reef, either on the upper deck or in an exclusive underwater reef suite.

With just two underwater rooms available, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep under the ocean is priced from $749 per person and boasts premium bedding, a glass-walled en suite and floor-to-ceiling views of the spectacular underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. All meals and most beverages, including breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas and dinner are included, as well as a spectacular dining experience under the stars. Other activities at the reef including a private guided snorkelling tour and semi-submarine tour are also available.

For those who love the ocean but not enough to fall asleep in it, the all-inclusive Reefsleep experience, available from $595 per person, will cater to 28 overnight visitors sleeping under the stars in a unique reef bed.

Guests will arrive at the accommodation via a scenic cruise through the Whitsundays to the pontoon, before being shown to their ocean accommodation, which Jones is calling “ an absolute game-changer for the local tourism industry.”

Reefsuites are slated to open this summer.



Aman Announces Saudi Arabia Debut

AlUla, Saudi Arabia | Aman
AlUla, Saudi Arabia | Aman

The luxury resort brand is developing three properties including a tented camp concept, a resort close to AlUla’s heritage areas and a third, ranch-style desert resort

Aman has announced it will be debuting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2023 following a partnership with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU). The luxury resort brand will develop three distinct, architecturally-focused resorts in AlUla – a heritage-rich destination in North West Saudi Arabia – offering guests insight into the Kingdom and its unspoilt natural landscapes and archaeological sites, which have long remained undiscovered.

The first resort will encompass a tented camp concept to immerse its guests in the natural environment; the second, a sublime resort close to AlUla’s spectacular heritage areas; and a third, ranch-style development nestled in an otherworldly desert setting.

The vast area of AlUla covers 22,561sq km, and includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean Kingdoms reigned. The most well-known and recognised site in AlUla is Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare ancient city, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom and comprises more than 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate façades cut from the sandstone outcrops surrounding the walled urban settlement dating back to the 2nd Century BCE.

“Aman is committed to preserving this archaeological wonder with our resorts that will blend into the dramatic surroundings,” said Chairman and CEO of Aman Mr Vladislav Doronin. He added the addition of AlUla will take Aman to 10 properties situated near or in UNESCO Heritage Sites, with many of Aman’s destinations located in areas of outstanding natural beauty and rich history. “As part of Aman’s pathfinder spirit, we have a continued mission not only to curate resorts of architectural distinction, but to seek out and introduce our guests to new destinations and experiences.”

His Highness Prince Badr of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stated the new resorts show the Kingdom’s commitment to delivering an extraordinary visitor experience in AlUla: “The decision by Aman to open its first resorts in the Middle East in AlUla shows the promise and progress of the vision for AlUla to become a worldwide destination for those seeking unique experiences. I believe this partnership will be the next step in the development of the yet-to-be discovered masterpiece that is AlUla.”

All three projects represent an authentic move for the brand and will embrace eco-tourism standards in line with RCU’s commitment to sensitive development, and with Aman’s aim to ensure its destinations are pervaded by a tranquil simplicity offering unmatched opportunities for exploration and discovery.



Immersive Luxury Camping Adventure Launches in Untrodden Oman

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara - Luxe Mobile Camping Desert Setup
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara - Luxe Mobile Camping Desert Setup

The tailored itineraries weave in southern Oman’s rich, traditional heritage through activities and camp locations that showcase a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and empty beaches

You can now experience the true culture of old Arabia in the unchartered destination of southern Oman, thanks to a new bookable adventure by Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. The desert resort has unveiled Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures in collaboration Oman Expeditions, offering the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province, from the mountains to the desert to the sea.

Set between a relaxing stay at the luxury beachside resort in Salalah, the new mobile camping adventures offer travellers the chance to be fully immersed in the destination, in a trend that is on the rise among luxury travellers.

The various tailored itineraries – which draw on the vast country knowledge and experience of Oman Expeditions’ founder, Sean Nelson – weave in the region’s rich, traditional heritage through activities and camp locations that showcase a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and empty beaches.

At the end of each day’s excursions, guests retire to the comfort of a luxury camp made up of semi-permanent structures that allow it to be mobile. Each tent has a private tented bathroom with showers open to the skies, comfortable mattresses, cotton sheets, Arabian rugs, candles and oil lamps. The chefs prepare Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean dishes onsite using local ingredients, and dinner under the stars is served on a properly-set table by a fire.

Travelling via luxury 4×4 vehicles, guests will explore some of the most intriguing, scenic and historically significant spots in the region. Oman Expeditions can also arrange specially-themed trips drawing upon a unique network of experts ranging from Oman’s leading whale and dolphin expert to anthropologists, geologists, archaeologists, astronomers and ornithologists. Dhofar’s top local guides, drivers and chefs to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars are also available to ensure clients have an enriching and authentic experience. In addition, expeditions are accompanied by members of the Mahrah, a tribe who have travelled along frankincense trading routes with their camels since the time of the Queen of Sheba.

To book-end the mobile camping adventures, guests retreat to Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, the first and only five-star resort in Southern Oman with private pool villas. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the resort sits on a pristine 250-metre beach and features a massive infinity pool along with three dining options and a spa.

Luxe mobile camping adventures are available from late September through April. Based on double occupancy, rates start from OMR 2820, which includes two nights in a One Bedroom Garden View Pool Villa with breakfast and dinner, as well as two nights all-inclusive luxe mobile camping.

For more information or to book, visit salalah.anantara.com

Exclusive Seven-Suite Hideaway to Open in Bali’s Uluwatu

Clubhouse at Ulu, Uluwatu, Bali | Hennessytrill Photography

The sister property to award-winning Bali beach club Ulu Cliffhouse promises an exclusive haven atop Uluwatu’s spectacular cliffs

Asian development and hospitality company M. Group has announced its latest project in Bali – boutique hotel The Clubhouse at Ulu – will open its doors in September alongside sister-property Ulu Cliffhouse beach club. The design-forward development and hospitality group is also behind Bali-based Mandala Places, Berawa 9 and Singapore-based Oxwell & Co and Operation Dagger.

Sitting atop Uluwatu’s dramatic cliffs, two hundred feet above the Indian Ocean, The Clubhouse at Ulu is a collection of just seven stunning, individually-appointed suites, each named and inspired by the seven legendary surf breaks that surround the property, including Padang Padang, Impossibles and Racetracks.

Each of The Clubhouse at Ulu’s suites evoke laid-back luxury, with colourful decor, four-poster beds, nomad-inspired artwork, 1950s California style furnishings, cocktail bars with private bartenders and freestanding baths. In-suite amenities include organic products, massage candles and bamboo razors.

Guests have exclusive use of a private members’ lounge, a Clubhouse bar and in-suite or poolside spa treatments, and will have access to Ulu Cliffhouse.

Set to be a boutique and unique hotel experience, guests will be welcomed by their dedicated Clubhouse ‘host’ upon arrival for a swift checkin in-suite or on the cliff top.

“We opened Ulu Cliffhouse to enormous acclaim two years ago, bringing a new level of sophistication to Bali’s beach club scene. We are really proud to now be launching its sister-property The Clubhouse at Ulu, which will offer guests an incredible experience to stay atop the cliff tops of Uluwatu – while benefiting from service that is consistently warm, discreet and bespoke,” stated Ben Jones, CEO of M. Group.

To celebrate the launch of The Clubhouse at Ulu, M. Group is offering a special Launch at The Clubhouse package. The offer is available for stays between 2nd September to 15th December 2019 and includes:

  • USD300++* per night for two guests sharing
  • Daily breakfast for two in-suite or at cliff top restaurant at Ulu Cliffhouse beach club
  • Daily US$ 100 F&B credit to be used either in-suite at The Clubhouse at Ulu or at Ulu Cliffhouse beach club

A number of further complimentary offers apply to multi-night bookings:

  • 2-night stay – complimentary upgrade to next available suite, subject to availability
    3-night stay – one-hour complimentary massage for two on our ocean deck
    4-night stay – bonus 5th night stay

For more information and to book, visit theclubhouseatulu.com

Truffles Take Over at Pier One Sydney

The Gantry & Pier One Truffle Tasting
The Gantry & Pier One Truffle Tasting

Casual fare from Pier One’s food shack as well as an elegant tasting experience are on offer until the end of truffle season

Harbourside hotel Pier One Sydney Harbour’s one-hatted restaurant The Gantry has curated a line-up of truffle themed events and experiences to showcase our nearest growing truffle regions, Canberra and the Southern Highlands, and celebrate the ‘black gold’ of funghi fare. Available until the end of the truffle season – usually the end of August or early September – Head Chef Thom Gorringe and his team have curated a special menu which is designed to take diners on a six-course culinary journey of the heavenly truffle, presented in partnership with the Truffle Association. The menu is on offer within the restaurant or for group bookings in the Private Dining Room.

Highlight dishes include the sharing style Baked Camembert stuffed with Truffle, the Spanner Crab Chawanmushi with truffle and Jerusalem artichoke and the Milk Chocolate Truffle, a twist on the restaurant’s signature Dulche de Leche dessert.

“We invite food lovers to join us in celebrating the best of winter and the great produce of our closest food regions this truffle season, whether it be enjoying the Ultimate Truffle Toastie from The Kerrigan, an elevated truffle tasting experience at The Gantry or a unique truffle experience within a private waterside Igloo,” said Kim Mahaffy, General Manager of Pier One Sydney Harbour.

The Truffle Tasting Menu is available for $160 per person, with matching wines at $89 per person. Guests can get more truffle treats at The Kerrigan at Pier One – the food shack located on the Pier – where mouth-watering truffle fries, a truffle burger and the “Ultimate Truffle Toastie” with truffle pecorino and served with truffle potatoes is on offer. Guests of the hotel over the winter season will also be treated to a limited-edition truffle takeover for breakfast, with indulgent truffle specials updated daily.

Bookings for The Gantry’s Truffle Tasting must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Call +61 2 8298 9999 or visit thegantry.com.au for reservations.

The Langham Sydney to Unveil New Dining Concept

Kitchens On Kent at the Langham Sydney
Kitchens On Kent at the Langham Sydney

The Langham Sydney in Millers Point is redefining the concept of traditional buffet at its new restaurant, Kitchens on Kent

Kitchens on Kent will open on 26th August after a five-month refurbishment and extension that has seen the Langham Sydney’s dining space transformed into a 180-seat, multi-station, interactive restaurant.
Designed by Executive Chef Dave Whitting, the menu will bring together a variety of cuisines that are inspired by his experience working in international hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants.

“We have eight open-kitchen stations where we’ll showcase a vibrant selection of traditional and innovative global cuisines,” he said. “Sydneysiders and domestic and international diners are constantly becoming more experimental. Nowadays, everyone is a foodie, who not only loves fine-dining, but also enjoys choice and flexibility. It’s hard to find both, but now they can, as I’m blending a luxurious à la carte menu with the buffet experience.”

Whitting is betting on the fresh seafood to be the restaurant’s showstopper. The enviable and luxurious display will feature Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, tiger prawns, local tuna, salmon, kingfish and lobster, all supplied by Sydney Fish Market. “The produce and suppliers we work with are extremely important to us, not only are we serving the freshest local and seasonal produce, [but] rare produce that our guests wouldn’t expect to see at a buffet will also be offered,” he said.

Global chefs have been hand-picked by Whitting for the new dining concept, with expert chefs behind each live cooking station, creating made-to-order and customisable dishes.
Interactive culinary experiences will also be on offer for children in the form of pizza-making classes and cupcake decorating.

Cuisine choices will include squid-ink rustic pizzas made in the beech oven, rotisserie, whole-cooked meats such as suckling pig, a Tandoor oven serving up traditional Indian dishes and Sydney’s only robata grill offering a selection of game meats cooked over smoky charcoals. 

Chefs will also be showing off their skills and interacting with the guests at the Japanese sushi & sashimi station, raw bar, dumplings, and wok & noodle station.

Additionally, there will be a fresh pasta kitchen, hot western dishes, a carvery and a charcuterie table filled with a selection of local and international cheese and meats. The vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will also be plentiful leaving nobody out of the full Kitchens on Kent experience.

 The dessert station will feature macaroon towers; a milk, dark and white chocolate fountain; hot and cold desserts; soufflés made-to-order; and a gelato station that will rotate through an abundance of enticing flavours.

The ambience is opulent and luxurious, with an interior designed by Wilson Associates in Singapore. Plush dining chairs and dark timber tables will be arranged in both sociable and romantic set-ups, and two private dining areas will be available for those extra special occasions. 
Kitchens on Kent’s sommelier will give guests the opportunity to pair their cuisine with rare wines from The Langham Sydney’s reserve wine list, or they can opt for an unlimited sparkling wine or beverage package.

“Whether you’re celebrating the arrival of the weekend at our bottomless brunch, a quick mid-week power lunch with colleagues, congratulating your Mum & Dad for reaching their 40th Wedding Anniversary or just celebrating the everyday with your family; we want Kitchens on Kent to be at the forefront of diners minds,” said The Langham, Sydney’s General Manager, Gaylord Lamy. “From your four-year old son, to your 80-year old Grandma and everyone in-between, Kitchens on Kent will please and excite everybody, making it the must-go-to restaurant in the city.”

Kitchens on Kent opens on August 26th. Children under 12 years eat for free until the end of September. T&Cs apply.



Luxury Lodge Supporting Gorilla Conservation Opens in Rwanda

Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Rwanda
Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Rwanda

The new properties reflect the company’s 100-year purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations

Hospitality and conservation brand Singita has opened two new properties: Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Rwanda, and committed to extensive reforestation initiatives to increase the range and numbers of endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

The new properties mark Singita’s expansion into Rwanda after 26 years of operating ecotourism lodges and camps throughout Africa. The company holds a 100-year purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations, and the opening of Singita Volcanoes National Park brings much-needed attention to the plight of the gorillas and the urgent need to expand and protect their habitat.

Set on 72 hectares on the edge of Volcanoes National Park and named after a legendary silverback gorilla known for his humility and gentle nature, Kwitonda Lodge boasts eight luxurious suites and is made up of a collection of small buildings laid out along the natural contours of the ground. Kataza House, an exclusive-use villa, features four spacious suites.

The design and construction of the lodge and villa followed Singita’s stringent sustainability principles, which informed everything from site design and materials used to energy and water systems and interior design.

The design team worked tirelessly with the local community to source most building materials in the immediate Musanze district, and a majority of the elements selected by interior designers, Cécile & Boyd and Hesse Kleinloog (HK) Studio, are made in Africa.

The interiors  are simultaneously bold and gentle, reflecting the duality of the gorilla’s nature, while natural elements like earth, mist, rain and lava are cleverly integrated into furniture pieces and linear artwork, the vivid colour palette echoing the surrounding landscape. Large windows bring the outdoors in throughout the lodge, while guest suites – purposefully designed for nurturing, reflection and comfort – boast cosy couches, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and heated plunge pools, with breathtaking views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes.

The lodge’s on-site nursery, Akarabo (which means “little flower” in Kinyarwanda) has to date provided approximately 250,000 indigenous forest shrubs, bamboo shoots and trees for an extensive reforestation initiative.

“It’s an absolute dream to expand our conservation footprint in Rwanda – a beautiful country with a remarkable conservation success story,” said Singita Founder and Executive Chairman, Luke Bailes. “Contributing to the Government’s enormous efforts to protect the country’s wildlife is both a privilege and a serious responsibility. We’re thrilled with the elegant, exceptionally sustainable lodges we’ve created here. They allow guests to connect deeply with nature in the heart of Africa, after a humbling encounter with the gorillas.”

The lodge kitchens feature largely vegetable-based dishes and local Rwandan favourites, with the fresh ingredients picked straight from the on-site herb and fruit garden. Guests can also embrace tailor-made trekking lunchboxes, flexible mealtimes and a signature “bar-deli”, where they can help themselves to fresh fruit and small snacks throughout the day.

With gorilla trekking a major drawcard for Rwanda, Singita is ideally situated less than ten minutes from the Volcanoes National Park headquarters. A variety of technical gear and clothing for the hike is housed in the Gear Room at Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House. Other activities on offer include golden monkey walks, day tours to the vibrant capital city, Kigali – including a visit to the Genocide Memorial – trips to the Musanze Caves, Nyungwe National Park, Lake Kivu or a local community tour.

Singita Volcanoes National Park is a comfortable 2.5-hour road or transfer from Kigali International Airport. Helicopters transfers are also available to the lodge. Rates for suites at Singita Kwitonda Lodge range between $1,495-$1,750 per person per night; or from $6,877 per night for the exclusive-use Kataza House villa in Green Season. Rates are fully inclusive, however excludes in-room massages, gorilla-trekking permits and extras, which Singita can book prior to travel.