Safari operator AndBeyond will open its Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on Oct. 16 after a 10-month complete rebuild. The lodge is located in Namibia's NamibRand Nature Reserve within the world's oldest desert and the continent's only Dark Sky Reserve.
The new design maximizes views of both landscape and skyscape through floor-to-ceiling glass walls and above-bed, retractable skylights while still embracing AndBeyond's core ethos of sustainability with as light a footprint as possible.
The 10 suites, each of them 1,400 square feet, act as their own solar power plant, producing enough energy to power electricity, air conditioning and water treatment and recycling systems. Each suite will have desert views from every corner as well as butler hatches with secret, solar-powered freezer drawers stocked with ice cream and Namibian craft beer; in-room fireplaces and artist easels; large private verandas with outdoor showers and fire pits; chilled plunge pools; and a desert-essential rack complete with sunblock, facial spritzer, kikoi (African pareo), sun hat, walking stick and Swarovski Optik binoculars.
Travelers will have a variety of options for dining venues, from personalized dinners on the terrace or the rooftop underneath the stars to sand dune picnics in the nearby "fairy circles" (mysterious circles with no vegetation growing in them found in the grasslands of the Namib Desert). A new kitchen will also enable travelers to get their hands dirty with cooking lessons from curing light and sustainable game meat to making ice cream.
The lodge also features a new wellness center, a gym which is strategically positioned to catch the desert sunrise for early-morning yoga flows, or a pre-breakfast treadmill run, and a spa.
Rates start at NAD 9,265 (approximately $645) per person, per night, including food and beverage, safari activities and airstrip transfers.