My husband and I stayed at Le Mirage for two nights during our trip to Namibia. We were supposed to stay at the Sossusvlei Lodge, but it was booked. So, so happy that we ended up at Le Mirage! Turns out they have two open-air bedrooms at the top of the towers, and by paying a little more, you can reserve one of those. I highly recommend doing this! Sleeping out under the stars was indescribable. There is a large bed with plenty of blankets, nightstands, even a toilet and shower. You will put up a "Do Not Disturb" chain, which may or may not keep out curious people (two little boys came up to our room). This room is in addition to your regular room, so you always have that to go back to. We never even slept in the regular room, which was beautiful, but it was good to have it. Likely due to the time of year, no bugs bothered us, and even though the breeze was a bit chilly, it was not cold. If you can do this, it is worth every dollar.
You will come upon the castle-like Le Mirage after a long drive through the desert. It is about 30 minutes from the entry to Namib Park. I was afraid it would look silly, but it was designed to blend into the surrounding dunes, and did so nicely. We were greeted with a cool washcloth and a welcome drink. When checking on our reservation for the Open Sky room, as well as a private dinner in the wine cellar, the staff seemed unaware of the reservation. All worked out, but certainly double check.
Our room had a large, mosquito net covered bed and a nice balcony with a table and two chairs. The toilet and shower arrangement was a bit odd, with no doors to either and just a short dividing wall between the two, but it was fine. There were no closets or dressers or storage of any kind, so we had to just leave our luggage with clothes spilling out on the floor. Note that our regular room was not near the Open Sky room, which I thought was strange.
For breakfast, there was a small cold selection and eggs prepared any way you like. The large dining area with a bar serves a multi-course meal each night. You choose your entree. Some of our options were pork, kudu, and elan. If you are interested, you can reserve their wine cellar for a private dinner if you are celebrating a special occasion. You will be served the same menu as in the dining room, just in a cooler environment. We did this and enjoyed it, except there was no music, so it was dead silence if we weren't talking! Some quiet music piped in would have been nice.
Other noteworthy items include the fact that the wifi is available only in the lobby areas and is quite poor. At times, the staff seemed confused, such as when they offered us a cool cloth and welcome drink upon returning from the dunes. They did not understand that this was not our first night, and actually took away the drinks! Upon checkin, you will be encouraged to have sundowners outside with a nice view over the dunes. However, you pay for EVERY drink, even water, at Le Mirage, even the sundowner that I though would be complementary. The pool looked very nice, but we did not use it.
I highly recommend Le Mirage, and the Open Tower room in particular. I wish we could have stayed longer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Mirage Resort & Spa is one of the most unique establishments in the Sossusvlei area. It is situated at 21 km from the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei. This makes it one of the lodges closest to the Sossusvlei and the ideal place to stay when you want to visit the highest dunes in the world! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Mirage Desert Hotel Namib-Naukluft Park
- Le Mirage Desert Lodge And Spa
- Le Mirage Desert Resort