Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia, Africa
Compared with other African countries, Namibia remains relatively undiscovered, making it the perfect under-the-radar destination for intrepid couples, who are rewarded with rugged, unspoiled landscapes (Mad Max: Fury Road was filmed here), robust wildlife populations and an award-winning safari camp. The eight luxury, solar-powered ‘tents’ have chic, polished concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a watering hole that’s frequented by elephants, oryx and other mammals. Each of the sumptuous tented lounge areas come with a fire pit, library and a well-equipped, gleaming bar. Hessian rugs and cashmere blankets are in muted hues of taupe, cream and grey, accented with the occasional elegant piece of minimalist Scandinavian wooden furniture. Outside is a shady, canopied terrace, plus an intensely Instagrammable plunge pool – modelled on a drinking trough (elephants can, and do, sip from it.) It’s these desert-adapted elephants, and the rare desert lions, that are the main draw here, but there are also brown hyenas, jackals, springbok and, along the Skeleton Coast, fur seals. However, it’s the stark other-worldly scenery, and the coastline dotted with shipwrecks and whale skeletons, that’ll linger in your mind longest.
Wow Factor: A scenic flight in a six-seater Cessna to the coast is a must. The soaring sand dunes deliver majesty and romance – and after a day of wildlife encounters to wow even the snobbiest of safari junkies, you’ll settle down by the fire pit, cocktails in hand, for some of the best stargazing in the area.
Go: Black Tomato (blacktomato.com) offers one night from £300 per person, all inclusive. Flight time: 10 hours, 20 minutes.
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