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The MOST luxurious place I have ever been

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Jan 2005
If you are thinking of going to Singita DO. My husband and I spent 7 days there for our honeymoon - 4 nights in Ebony Lodge and 2 nights in Lebombo. We also visited Boulders (next to Ebony) for dinner. This stay could not have been more perfect. I have had the good fortune to stay in many luxury properties accross the US and in Europe, including other Relais and Chateaux properties, Four Seasons, etc. Singita was the best experience of them all -- firstly, the setting of all the properties is beautiful, and the buildings are stunningly, originally, and beautifully decorated. The buildings themselves are interesting, and sited and constructed with great sensitivitly to the environment (aesthetically; I know nothing about their green status). Basically, as beautiful as it looks in the photos, it is, and at all levels - the common rooms, dining rooms, guest rooms, and spa. Also, the vehicles are in great condition, and the rangers and trackers highly skilled. We saw the most amazing animal action. This area does not have the density of game you see in Botswana but it does have the big cats and rhinos. We saw leopards and lions at the kill in some hair-raising scenes, though we always felt safe and in good hands.

The way the property really outdid itself was in the warmth and sincerity of the staff. All the people who work there - from the guides who escort you to your suite at night, the ladies who work in the kitchen, the trackers and rangers, to the managers, all were nice, courteous, and seemed genuinely happy to have us as their guests. We have never been so well taken care of. Also, they really work hard to entertain: every evening dinner would be served in a different room, beautifully candle lit, or outside by a bonfire in the "booma". The food was to die for, and they really do have a massive wine cellar with a first class selection of South African wines, any of which they are happy to open for you at no additional charge. All of the lodges are of the same quality. However, Lebombo/Sweni is brand new and is exceptionally special if you like a modern place - it is on a much more picturesque piece of property. Our room was a glass box cantilevered high up on a cliff overlooking a river with hippos. Singita has recently been named a T&L best hotel and they deserve it more than most. If you are looking for a unique (not cookie cutter) luxurious African safari, save up and spend the money on Singita -- it is worth it!
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