Zannier Hotels Sonop

Zannier Hotels Sonop

Namibia, Africa

Zannier Hotels Sonop is a luxurious tented camp nestled at the Southern extremity of the Namib desert, in the Hardap region (Namibia). Designed as a refined British colonial experience from the 1920’s, this out-of-the-ordinary lodge offers a perfect retreat in a stunning panoramic desert landscape. Constructed on top of boulders, the ten spacious tents aim to offer a unique journey through time. Richly furnished with antiques made of fine materials, colourful carpets and precious wood, they are an invitation to live the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers. A sophistication that contrasts with the simplicity of the endless surroundings.

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hotel Guide

Facilities

  • Eight one-bedroom luxury tents and a twinset of two-bedroom tents
  • Stables; spa; fitness suite; sitting room with deck; cigar lounge with a billiards table, books and parlour games; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: private deck with telescope; antique and bespoke furnishings; Nespresso machine; free daily-restocked minibar; kettle and selection of teas; free bottled water; air-conditioning

Our Favourite

  • The open-air cinema will entice all film lovers, who in the comfort of their lounge chairs can enjoy a film while sipping on a cocktail in the middle of the desert

Wine & Dine

  • From 7 am to 11 am, an energizing ‘à la carte’ breakfast is served in the main area
  • Same space turns into a quiet restaurant at noon, offering light dishes
  • Overlooking the desert, the pool bar offers drinks and small bites to nibble from 11 am until 5 pm
  • Gala-style dinner. Silverware and candelabras set the mood for the elegant dinner, where butlers serve a delicious 5-course meal

Dresscode

  • Because some evening/nights can be fresh and it can get windy in the desert, we advise you to pack a scarf, coat, hat or cap, swim suit, lip balm, sun cream and good shoes

Budget

  • Rooms from EUR. 600 (NAD13,600) including tax at 15 per cent. Daily gourmet à la carte breakfast, lunch and five-course silver-service dinner; all drinks (except premium spirits and champagne); twice-daily shared desert drives; a 30-minute horse ride; bike hire and stargazing session
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Local Guide

Concierge

  • The dedicated concierge team is at your disposal to improve your comfort. They will offer bespoke support to organise any activity, booking or transportations for you. They will happily try to respond also to any other need or requirement

When to go

  • With 300+ days sun per year, Namibia is country that can be visited all year round. Winter season starts in April and ends in September. Temperatures are between 20-25 Celsius, but evening and nights can be fresh. October to December has little rain and average temperatures around 25 Celsius. December until end of March can be very warm between 25-34 Celsius but chilling nights

Activities

  • Guest can choose to wake-up with a desert yoga experience, where an experienced teacher will guide guests of all levels. Guests can decide to explore the desert by foot, electric bike, or horseback, accompanied by experienced guides who will provide unique insights on the local wildlife
  • The hotel is equipped with its own stables, where experienced riders offer guests the opportunity to learn horseback riding, as well as ride into the desert

Eco-friendly

  • Water conservation is of the utmost importance at this desert camp: the lodge recycles waste water, channelling it to watering holes for local wildlife and using it to water plants. It’s solar powered, too, and every effort is made to keep the environment pristine, with clean-up campaigns, eco-friendly cleaning products and sustainable dining

How to get there

  • Fly into Namibia’s Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport; direct flight from Frankfurt. Flights from major cities in the UK, US and further afield usually stop over in Johannesburg. From Windhoek, you can arrange a plane transfer to the hotel’s private landing strip (a 90-minute flight)
  • The camp is around a six-hour drive from Windhoek, and return transfers by chauffeur-driven car can be booked, plus trips to and from sister property Omaanda
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