Cape Town Luxe is Available for Canines Too

If you’re planning to visit South Africa’s glorious Mother City to soak up some sun and spectacular scenery, you don’t need to leave your dogs behind. The stunning @Frits Hotel will take care of them for you, while you’re on the beach, or travelling inland to explore.

 

The @Frits Hotel is Africa’s first five-star dog accommodation, opened by pet lover Yanic Klue in December, 2015 to pander to South Africa’s pampered pooches. Of course, as the exchange rate is so good in South Africa, it won’t set you back much to keep your canine in the lap of luxe – room rates are around $17 (that’s R250) per night in the hotel, which is located in the city’s colorful Bokaap district on the fringes of the city center.

The dog hotel offers a number of suites with suitable names, such as ‘Jurassic Bark’, which boasts wallpaper full of palm trees, ‘Pupeye the Sailor Suite’, ‘Hollywoof’ and the ‘Dogald Trump Suite’ and there are all sorts of facilities available, including dawn walks or evening climbs up the slopes of the spectacular Table Mountain. Those canines who prefer a more leisurely lifestyle can watch Animal Planet on screens mounted in the hotel lobby or in the privacy of one of the hotel’s seven suites.

 

The hotel can accommodate up to 100 dogs at a time, but as it’s peak summer in the Cape right now, much of the hotel is full. However, schools start off 2016 by the latest the end of January, so if you’re planning to take your dog on vacation, that’s the best time to book. In addition, Cape Town is spectacular at that time of the year, making it an ideal time for a vacation.

Of course, the hotel boasts its own canine, an Irish Terrier aptly named Frits. Its owner, Yanic Klue is well versed in running a hotel – she also owns a human hotel called Dutch Manor, a beautifully restored 19th Century heritage building in the city center, which is often used for films and adverts because of its authenticity.

 

@Frits’ rooms and suites are decorated with dog-size beds complete with duvets and sofas. Overnight guests can be monitored by their owners via webcam and a smartphone app.  After some outdoor activity, they can make use of the hotel spa for a wash, pedicure or trim, and then there are all sorts of activities indoors to keep them amused, from games to TV. The hotel also caters for an hourly ‘doggy daycare’ service, and fussy owners even pack their pooches specially cooked or canned meals!

Of course, dog daycare and hotels for hounds are popular in the US and Europe, but it’s the first hotel of its kind in Africa, and the first chance that overseas visitors will have to bring their pets with them while they’re on vacation. Although there are many comfortable kennels and pet spas in South Africa, this hotel is the first of its kind. And if it’s as popular as we think it will be, we’re sure there will be plenty more popping up in the future.

 

If you would like to book your mutt into @Frits, either for overnight stays or for doggie daycare, let Baroque Access make all the arrangements for you. Contact us, info@baroqueaccess.com right away. If you’d like to book a vacation in captivating Cape Town, our sister company, Baroque Travel will do this for you, no problem. Just contact info@baroquetravel.com.

Beach Bliss in Mauritius

Escape the winter chill and book your room or suite at the magnificent 5 star Constance Belle Mare Plage on the paradise island of Mauritius

 

Snow, ice and blizzards are standard at this time of the year, but you can start 2016 off in the sun if you prefer. And we have just the island resort hotel in mind. Part of prestigious hotel brand Constance Hotels and Resorts’ unique establishments, the beautiful Constance Belle Mare is a glorious retreat. Located on the island’s spectacular east coast, the hotel offers superlative world class luxury and pampering, making it one of the most sought-after destinations on the island of Mauritius.

 

Constance Belle Mare Plage is one of the island’s oldest hotels. It’s also situated on one of Mauritius’ most exquisite stretches of golden sand beach. It originally opened in 1975 as a small self-catering resort with just 10 bungalows; since 1992 it’s been part of the Constance group of hotels and resorts. Two years later, the group opened the island’s famous Legend Golf Course, which is located across the road from the hotel.

 

Overlooking 2km of perfect white sand and surrounded by 37 acres of magical tropical gardens, this luxury hotel now offers guests five different types of accommodation. The hotel, which was rebuilt and renovated to five star status before opening in 1992, offers guests a choice of rooms and contemporary suites as well as exquisite, exclusive family villas that boast their own private gardens, swimming pool and butler. Whether you’re young, old, active or wishing to enjoy a private, tranquil getaway, the accommodation can cater to your requirements.

 

Guests enjoy a choice of seven excellent restaurants, each offering specialized cuisine, from international to traditional island fare. Gastronomic experiences include a romantic Mediterranean dishes at La Spiaggia which is located right on the sea. The Deer Hunter is situated in the clubhouse overlooking Legend golf course and offers traditional Mauritian dishes. Then there’s Blue Penny Café, an intimate setting filled with the sound of waterfalls cascading. Food is a gourmet delight, and there’s an excellent wine cellar and cigar cabinet to treat the hedonist in you. The hotel also boasts a choice of five bars offering a selection of drinks and cocktails.

 

The Legend golf course, which was designed by South African golf legend Hugh Baiocchi, is one of two golf courses owned by the hotel. Legend, the first 18-hole course on the island, began a trend that has made Mauritius a dedicated golf destination. Spreading over 70 hectares in what used to be a reserve for deer, who still roam the course, Legend is a must on any golf aficionado’s list. There’s also The Links, the second golf course owned by the hotel .which opened in 2002. It’s also an 18-hole championship golf course, but that’s where the similarity ends. The Links, like its name, is designed on a links concept, with rolling wide fairways. Both golf courses offer a Golf Academy, where guests can enjoy professional coaching by qualified instructors.

 

Of course, golf is not the only sport to enjoy at this sumptuous seaside resort.

Constance Belle Mare Plage boasts an excellent diving centre that takes guests on deep sea diving adventures. They can also enjoy snorkeling and a wide selection of water sports, including pedalo boats, windsurfing and waterskiing. Landlubbers can rent bicycles and explore the spectacular surroundings.

 

The state-of-the-art U Spa by Constance and the equally pampering Ymalia Spa both offer a choice of heavenly body and beauty treatments, while children aged between four and 12 years enjoy the complimentary Constance Kids club, a wonderland for children offering daily programs.

 

If you’d like to enjoy five star spoiling that is quite superlative, contact Baroque Travel right away and we will arrange your trip to the sun for you, including flights, transfers and accommodation. Just mail us your details now, info@baroquetravel.com and we’ll get back to you.

New Luxury Ritz-Carlton Opens in Cairo

As Egypt becomes a sought-after travel destination, luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton opens a sumptuous establishment in Cairo

 

 Photo source: Community Times

Photo source: Community Times

According to prestigious travel companies, Egypt has become one of the most popular travel destinations for the coming year. Which is why luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton saw fit to open a new luxury hotel in the country’s capital city, the Nile Ritz-Carlton. Located right on the Nile River, hence its name, this spectacular new establishment had a previous incarnation as the historic Nile Hilton, and hosted numerous celebrities including the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. Ritz-Carlton purchased the hotel in 2009, and had originally planned to refurbish it and reopen by 2011. However, because of political unrest and various construction challenges, this took longer than planned.

 

 Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

But finally, this landmark heritage building has reopened its doors. The Nile Ritz-Carlton boasts 331 magnificent, sumptuous guest rooms and suites, all decorated in traditional style, most with beautiful views of the Nile. The hotel offers every luxury facility, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 10 excellent restaurants and lounges offering every type of cuisine imaginable, from Arabic to Italian and everything in between.

 

 Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

In typical Ritz-Carlton fashion, guests also enjoy various expeditions during their stay to get to know the city and the culture. They are offered visits to the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar and the magnificent Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, as well as a private luxury dining experience on a traditional Egyptian sailboat, called a felucca. And for families, Ritz-Carlton’s signature Ritz Kids program entertains children while their parents have a break.

 

 View from the Presidential Suite; Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

View from the Presidential Suite; Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

Of course, the best way to get to know any city properly, is to explore at leisure, strolling through the city’s streets. And Cairo is a joy to explore. It’s a lively, active city that stays vibrant until after midnight. Stroll along the banks of the Nile, enjoy dining at a choice of restaurants, go shopping in modern stores or traditional markets – Cairo has a wealth of sights to see, just waiting to be discovered.


 The Great Pyramids; Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

The Great Pyramids; Photo source: The Ritz Carlton

Of course, Cairo is also home to the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, known as some of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s a busy, bustling, exciting place, with a skyline full of mosques and minarets, a combination of ancient Arab culture and modern Western traditions. As the largest city in Africa, home to more than 20 million people. The Nile Ritz-Carlton offers a welcome respite, a luxurious retreat with sophisticated solitude and stunning views of the Nile.

 

If you would like to book a stay at this sumptuous new hotel, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. Contact us, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will take care of everything.

Table Bay Hotel (Cape Town, South Africa)


An iconic Cape Town hotel with incomparable mountain views

 Table Bay Hotel boasts magnificent mountain views

Table Bay Hotel boasts magnificent mountain views

There’s only one place to stay when visiting the magnificent Mother City of Cape Town, and that’s on the historic Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Of all the hotels on the Waterfront, the one offering the most magnificent Mountain View is the iconic Table Bay Hotel.

The Table Bay Hotel has become almost as much of a landmark as the mountain. When you stay at this classic five star hotel, the mountain is ever-present, dominating the spectacular surroundings, which include the bustling working harbor and the constantly changing hues of the Atlantic Ocean.

 Table Bay Hotel's accommodation offers an olde worlde feel with all the modern and luxe fixings a guest could wish for.   

Table Bay Hotel's accommodation offers an olde worlde feel with all the modern and luxe fixings a guest could wish for.   

Table Bay is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and had the honor of being officially opened by the great Nelson Mandela in 1997. Although the hotel is renowned for its classic, olde worlde feel, its rooms and facilities are all modern and luxe. Each room has a writing desk, walk-in closet and satellite TV, and en suite facilities.

  Guests at the Table Bay enjoy a wide selection of facilities, including a stunning private pool.

Guests at the Table Bay enjoy a wide selection of facilities, including a stunning private pool.

Guests at the Table Bay enjoy a wide selection of facilities, including a superb spa, private swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium as well as a free shuttle service to various locations around Cape Town. Guests can explore the shops, restaurants and historic buildings at the Waterfront or visit nearby Sea Point and other popular sights with ease. The hotel also offers a choice of two restaurants with excellent cuisine – and High Tea at the Table Bay is a tradition, and well worth enjoying.

 The hotel also offers a choice of two restaurants with exquisite cuisine. 

The hotel also offers a choice of two restaurants with exquisite cuisine. 

Ideally located away from the bustle of the Waterfront, but close enough to enjoy its myriad delights, the Table Bay Hotel is a haven of tranquility where the beauty of Cape Town can be appreciated to its fullest.

Contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire or make a reservation.   

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North Island Magic (Seychelles)

 For those that think they have, “been there and done that”, there is still one untouched paradise island where you can escape in unsurpassed luxury – North Island, Seychelles. We chatted to Maira Koutoudakis, the face behind the retreat’s award-winning design

 North Island in the Seychelles is one of the few remaining untouched island retreats where you can escape in unsurpassed luxury

North Island in the Seychelles is one of the few remaining untouched island retreats where you can escape in unsurpassed luxury

Every few years, Maira and her design team head from South Africa to the Seychelles to “up the notch on luxury” at this exclusive retreat. North Island is where British Royals William and Kate spent their honeymoon, Angelina and Brad Pitt frolicked with their brood and where the Beckhams chose to spend their 10th wedding anniversary. They are just a handful of celebrities from all over the world who have escaped to North Island for the ultimate luxury holiday.

 Only 15 minutes via helicopter from Mahe Island, North Island is easily accessible to those willing to pay for resort's sumptuous privileges. 

Only 15 minutes via helicopter from Mahe Island, North Island is easily accessible to those willing to pay for resort's sumptuous privileges. 

North Island is just 15 minutes via private chopper from Mahe Island, making this sumptuous retreat easily accessible to those who pay for the privilege of its privacy, exquisitely opulent accommodations and sumptuous facilities. Maira and her team have created a lifestyle on the island that is quite extraordinary, not only in its beauty, but also in the variety of offerings.

 With its interiors designed by Maira Koutoudakis and her talented team, North Island offers exquisitely opulent accommodations and sumptuous facilities 

With its interiors designed by Maira Koutoudakis and her talented team, North Island offers exquisitely opulent accommodations and sumptuous facilities 

North Island is where you are pampered with everything your heart desires, from a superb health spa and gymnasium to library, dive center, sunset bar and restaurant. An untouched paradise just waiting to be explored. This is a sanctuary for the privileged few who can afford to escape here.

 Untouched Sanctuary - Maira's North Island designs made sure it incorporated as much of the island's breathtaking environment as it possibly can.  

Untouched Sanctuary - Maira's North Island designs made sure it incorporated as much of the island's breathtaking environment as it possibly can.  

In June, Team Life, as Maira calls her design team, headed back to North Island to refurbish and uplift what is already one of the most sublime holiday experiences in the world. They worked in this paradise setting for five full weeks, ensuring that this ultimate Seychelles retreat remains the cream of the crop.

Maira has been involved in creating North Island’s magic since its inception 14 years ago. Based in South Africa, this Greek beauty has won every possible accolade for her designs of magnificent escapes around the world, including luxurious bush lodges in Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and Uganda, as well as various locations around Europe including the UK and Greece. Of course, North Island has won more than its fair share, thanks to Maira’s creativity. The ones she’s most proud of include her contributions to eco tourism.

Whilst working on North Island, eco tourism played a major part in the refurbishment, and the team was involved in introducing new bird species to the island, as well as rehabilitating the island itself from invasive flora and fauna. “We are involved in every aspect of the island, not just its design,” she explains. Creating the North Island way of life is intrinsic to Maira’s success. Esteemed travel tomes like Conde Nast Traveller offer her accolades every time they mention North Island, and Tatler awarding North Island various titles including “Consistently brilliant hotel”.

Maira Koutsoudakis creates magic. Why not escape to North Island and experience some of it?

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about accommodation and package options at North Island, Seychelles.

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Londolozi Game Reserve - The Ultimate Safari Experience

One of the best, if not the best, game lodges in Southern Africa, the Londolozi Game Reserve has welcomed visitors from all over the globe for almost a century offering the ultimate safari experience. 

If you’re a seasoned traveller, you’ve either enjoyed an African safari or it’s on your bucket list. African lodges offer the opportunity to go into the wild and experience nature at its best but they are also renowned for their sumptuous hospitality.  Londolozi is the first game reserve in the world to be designated Relais & Chateaux status thanks to its plush accommodation, superb cuisine and exceptional service.

The lodge is situated on the edge of the Sand River in the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve, which is part of the six-million-acre Limpopo Transfrontier Park, home to the world famous Kruger National Park. In this rich wonderland, elephants and buffalos roam free alongside the largest population of white rhinos and lions on the African continent.

 The Londolozi Game Reserve has welcomed visitors from all over the globe for almost a century offering the ultimate safari experience. 

The Londolozi Game Reserve has welcomed visitors from all over the globe for almost a century offering the ultimate safari experience. 

Everything about the safari experience at Londolozi is world class and one-of-a-kind which is why visitors flock here from all over the world. There are five different camps to choose from, and all offer the same exceptional experience that Londolozi is so famous for. Whether it's their exceptional cuisine, exciting game viewing adventures, ultra-luxurious accommodation and a wide range of activities suchncluding yoga classes, walking with elephants, stargazing, photographic and walking safaris, a fully equipped gym, wellness centre, library – and more. The Londolozi pretty much has it all.

Accommodation options includes three sumptuous Private Granite Suites, each with its own private heated pool. They are designed to bring the outside into the interior, with a palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in exquisite materials. The Tree Camp offers guests elegant accommodation that includes Ralph Lauren wallpaper, private pools, contemplation decks and chocolate plaited leather beds. Here guests survey the landscape from their private decks and watch elephants feeding below in the river. 

 Sumptuous Living - Guests at Londolozi are treated to nothing less than 5-star accommodation

Sumptuous Living - Guests at Londolozi are treated to nothing less than 5-star accommodation

When it comes to the wildlife experience, few can rival the game drives Londolozi can offer. The knowledge and vast experience of the rangers and trackers make visitors feel completely at ease. The photographic safaris are their specialty where the majestic animals, the variety of birds and trees are a sight to behold.

 Unrivaled Safari Experience - Located within the world famous Kruger National Park, elephants and buffalos roam free alongside the largest population of white rhinos and lions on the African continent.

Unrivaled Safari Experience - Located within the world famous Kruger National Park, elephants and buffalos roam free alongside the largest population of white rhinos and lions on the African continent.

 Londolozi's mouthwatering cuisine are created exclusively of homegrown and organic ingredients, where guests will enjoy recipes that have been handed down through the generations.

Londolozi's mouthwatering cuisine are created exclusively of homegrown and organic ingredients, where guests will enjoy recipes that have been handed down through the generations.

Last but not least the Londolozi adventure also includes dining on superb cuisine. Each day is designed around different culinary treats, from tempting tidbits before an early morning game drive to a hearty breakfast, delicious lunch and indulgent high tea before the afternoon game drive. And then there’s the grand finale, a banquet enjoyed by the fire or a private dinner. The ingredients are home grown and organic and the recipes have been handed down through the generations.

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about accommodation and package options at Londolozi Game Reserve.

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Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa (Cape Town, South Africa) - Iconic Landmark

Nestled between the unspoiled natural beauty of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range in the Table Mountain National Park, and the Atlantic Ocean; The Twelve Apostle Hotel and Spa has repeatedly been voted as one of Cape Town's best hotel.

This African oasis offers 55 spaciously appointed guest room, 15 luxurious suites and Presidential Suite, each individually decorated and reflecting a fresh, calming environment with simplicity, comfort and elegance.

 Each guest room and suite at the Twelve Apostles is individually decorated and reflecting a fresh, calming environment with simplicity, comfort and elegance.

Each guest room and suite at the Twelve Apostles is individually decorated and reflecting a fresh, calming environment with simplicity, comfort and elegance.

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Guests can relax in one of two pools. You could either relax in an infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or their rock pool that allows you to gaze at the imposing mountain ranges.  Both pools have a special menu which is serviced by The Café Grill, for delicious light meals and café-style fare. At the fully serviced tanning deck (including 10 hammocks), guests are encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary refreshment stations that offer fresh fruit, water and sun screen lotion. 

Be pampered with a signature treatment at the outdoor Spa gazebo, while watching the sun set into the glittering Atlantic Ocean. The Spa menu  includes an extensive variety of health and beauty enhancing treatments to ensure that our guests are nurtured, purified, pampered and relaxed. Menu features skin & body treatments, manicure & pedicure, and therapy that involves the use of hydrotherapy pools, sauna and flotation tanks. 

 At Twelve Apostle there is no shortage of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy

At Twelve Apostle there is no shortage of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy

 The Spa menu  includes an extensive variety of health and beauty enhancing treatments

The Spa menu  includes an extensive variety of health and beauty enhancing treatments

Hotel guests are able to stroll straight from their rooms onto the mountainside to take in some fresh air and spectacular sea and mountain views. The Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site, offers uninterrupted views and the hotel has created several packages for unforgettable outdoor experiences.

 Twelve Apostles offer helicopter sightseeing tours as well as helicopter transfers back to Cape Town.

Twelve Apostles offer helicopter sightseeing tours as well as helicopter transfers back to Cape Town.

Thanks to the hotel's very own helipad Twelve Apostles can arrange helicopter sightseeing tours over the ocean and mountains. The hotel also provide guests helicopter transfer back to civilization. It only take a quick 8 minute helicopter ride back to Cape Town's city center. 

 Foodies and Wine connoisseurs will not be disappointed with the hotel's culinary capabilities. 

Foodies and Wine connoisseurs will not be disappointed with the hotel's culinary capabilities. 

Staff at Twelve Apostle Hotel and Spa are renowned to be attentive but discreet and always courteous. You are encouraged to request a staff member to prepare a gourmet picnic for yourself and your loved one, or request a complimentary "sports buddy", where a staff member will accompany you on hikes through the majestic mountain trails. 

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa aims to offer guests all the comforts of home with splendid luxury, thoughtful touches and the latest state-of-the-art facilities.

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about accommodation options at Twelve Apostle Hotel & Spa

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Heaven on Earth - Earth Lodge (Sabi Sabi Reserve, South Africa)

Baroque Lifestyle Expert Sharon Preston paid a visit to the Earth Lodge and experienced the ultimate safari adventure, with lots of luxe, great game viewing and an ecological footprint.

Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in Southern Africa is a haven of luxury and futuristic design (It’s been voted one of the top 50 destinations in the world by Conde Nast Traveller). It’s an ecological masterpiece that delivers on every level – it’s green, it’s earth friendly, it’s magnificent, it’s modern and it offers a sublime safari experience.

The luxurious suites, designed to blend into their surroundings, are almost hidden from view. But when you find your haven of luxury and quiet, you’ll see that it’s a slice of modernity with a sense of the sublime. Everything is natural – wood and stone combine to create a space that is welcoming and warm, comfortable and cool. Your bath is carved from stone, and has a window overlooking the plains. Your bed is made of wood, offering rest and relaxation. Your outdoor area has its own private pool, loungers, a shower and a view of untouched nature.

 Bath is carved from stone

Bath is carved from stone

 Presidential Suite - Everything is natural to create space that is welcoming and warm

Presidential Suite - Everything is natural to create space that is welcoming and warm

 Every room is stunning and designed with the environment in mind

Every room is stunning and designed with the environment in mind

Of course, the service is superb, the offerings stupendous. Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives. Savour food fit for royalty and pamper yourself at the spa, a haven of tranquility where you’re reminded that you’re also part of the natural order of things as you unwind. There’s a library where you can bury yourself in books about nature, ecology, and Africa. Earth Lodge offer courses on photography, cooking and sketching. Stargazing evenings where you don’t even need a telescope because the sky is so clear and the stars almost touch your fingertips.

 Clear Night Sky - Stars so bright you don't even need a telescope 

Clear Night Sky - Stars so bright you don't even need a telescope 

 Guests are lavished with sumptuous and delectable food throughout their stay 

Guests are lavished with sumptuous and delectable food throughout their stay 

 Stunning Outdoor Dining

Stunning Outdoor Dining

The abundant wildlife is the reason you’re here. At the lodge’s scenic waterhole, you’ll see various animals come to drink, to refresh themselves after the heat of the day. They disregard the beauty of the lodge just as they take the magnificence of their surroundings for granted. This is their territory – all of it. And you’re privileged to be part of their daily routine.

 Family of Elephants quenching their thirst at the Lodge's watering hole

Family of Elephants quenching their thirst at the Lodge's watering hole

We watched an elephant come close, a giraffe batting her long eyelashes as she bent her graceful long neck to take a drink. Skittish deer eyed us warily as they raced across the plain. Lions stretched like lazy cats under a tree on our game drive, which was followed by a family of elephants going about their everyday business.

Was the food sublime? The suite comfortable? The service exceptional? Of course. But what we will remember, long after some memories have faded, is the freshness of the air, the silence, the beauty. And the giraffe’s long eyelashes as she bent to take a drink.

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com about accommodation options at the Earth Lodge. 

Six Star Luxury - Constance Hotel Tsarabanjina (Madagascar)

If Robinson Crusoe wanted a romantic island retreat with every luxury, he would have chosen Tsarabanjina…

The island of Madagascar is considered more of an adventure location than a luxury holiday destination. But there is a best-kept secret nearby – an enchanting little island called Tsarabanjina. Located in the Mitsio Archipelago northwest of the main island, Tsarabanjina is about a 90-minute journey by speedboat or a brief helicopter ride.

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The entire island is home to a six star luxury resort created by Constance Hotels. Here, on pristine white sand dotted with rocks and palm trees one finds 25 Malagasy-style palm-thatched villas set on two beaches, each just steps from the sea. Each villa is a castaway home with a difference –21st Century amenities include air-conditioning, en suite bathroom with shower, a private fully furnished terrace, mini bar and kimonos. Luxury is on tap, but don’t expect TV, telephone or other mod cons. This is a paradise island. You don’t even need to wear shoes…

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Wake up in the morning and lift your head to the view of an azure sea and a welcoming set of loungers underneath a beach umbrella. Your footprints to breakfast (the restaurant is on its own private beach) are the only ones on the sand. A superb spread of food awaits at this pretty bungalow on the beach with spectacular ocean views. Food is all freshly prepared, buffet style, and the choice varies daily. You can smell the ocean on the breeze as you savor French-style omelets, fresh fruit, aromatic coffee and freshly baked croissants.

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At Tsarabanjina, you are literally in the middle of nowhere and yet there is so much to do. The resort offers a wealth of watersports… enjoy waterskiing, take a fishing expedition or go snorkeling right off the beach. Play Petanque in the sand, enjoy a game of beach volleyball, or explore the island on a guided walk. Pamper yourself in a private cabin on the beach with massage and reflexology, or get fit with aqua-gym. Of course, you can always just soak up the sun on your personal lounger and wait for lunch, tea and dinner.

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Fish is freshly caught for meals, and the rest of the food is brought in by boat or helicopter from Madagascar. The chefs prepare everything from scratch, and bread, cakes and pastries are baked fresh every day. You’ll be forgiven if you forget you’re in the middle of the ocean here, because the bounty is a delight, a gourmet treat at every meal. Buffet lunches give way to more formal three-course dinners with a definite French flair, but the Malagasy magic is there, too. The resort also offers romantic seafood dinners for couples on the beach.

There is nowhere more romantic, more beautiful than Tsarabanjina. The luxury of knowing you are far from the madding crowd, the luxury of walking on sand that is bare of footprints and the luxury of looking out and seeing nothing but clear blue sea. Yes, heaven can wait.

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about accommodation option at Constance Hotel Tsarabanjina.

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Campi ya Kanzi - African Safari Hideaway (Kenya)

Brimming with style and comfort, a world-class safari hideaway will have you experiencing wondrous Africa in never imagined before luxury. 

This private Kenyan reserve is located a mere 20 miles from the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The resort offers walking safaris led by the local Maasai tribe’s people, day and night game drives, horseback riding, gourmet dining in breathtaking locales, spa treatment and scenic flights.

The territory is a symphony of breathtaking landscapes and is rich with wildlife. Luxury tents and baths await guests after the day’s memorable wilderness encounters. 

What's unique about Campi ya Kanzi is that every aspect of the camp was designed with preservation in mind. The resort was built using entirely of local materials, not a single tree was cut in the resort’s construction. Campi ya Kanzi sources its water from rain collection, water is heated by solar power and food is cooked using eco-friendly charcoal made from coffee husks.     

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about accommodation option at Campi ya Kanzi.

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The One & Only Le St Geran (Mauritius)

Nestling on the west coast of Mauritius on its own private peninsula is the five star One & Only Le St Geran, a haven of luxury and tranquillity.

Guests enjoy personalised service from the moment they arrive, when their private butler unpacks their luggage. There’s a menu for pillows and for room fragrance and one can even choose which Nespresso flavors they prefer so that the right pods are kept ready for that caffeine fix.

There’s far too much on offer at Le St Geran. For starters, the beach is right outside your door, so sunbathing and relaxing are mandatory. And there’s a beach service to ensure that you have every comfort and refreshment necessary.

A short stroll through tropical splendor takes you to the boathouse, where a choice of water sports is available. Guests enjoy water-skiing in the protected lagoon, as well as a selection of other facilities, from pedal boats to kite surfing. Instructors are on hand for those who need tuition, too. Other activities are arranged daily as well, including golf, tennis, mountain biking, volleyball, yoga and stretch classes.

The resort is famous for its spa, where many guests come specifically to enjoy its many treatments. Pampering includes a dedicated Pedi/Mani-cure Studio that is run by an internationally acclaimed French podiatrist, facials and massages that are world class, and a brand new concept called Harmonia, which is supervised by Chinese medical practitioner Francesc Miralles. This personalized offering includes a program to cleanse, detox, rejuvenate and rebalance with specially designed personal menus, daily acupuncture and sacro-cranial massage, Tai Chi, physiotherapy, osteopathy and meditation.

Of course, one of the best things about a luxury island holiday is the food. The main restaurant, La Terrasse, prepares a mind-boggling breakfast and dinner buffet bounty. The variety is exceptional and the quality is superb. The pastry chef prides himself on offering a different selection of mouth-watering desserts every night, and the freshness and wide variety of all the food is one of the reasons that guests return year after year.

 For lunch, guests have a choice of fresh seafood and other delights freshly prepared at Le Badamier, an outdoor restaurant overlooking the azure sea. If they prefer, they can enjoy these delicious titbits on the beach – signature One&Only style is food delivered in a beautiful leather lunchbox.

 One can’t visit Le St Geran without savouring its two specialist restaurants. Located on the water’s edge, the renowned Rasoi by Vineet provides a modern Indian menu with a Creole influence. The menu, which was created by the only Michelin-starred Indian chef in the world, Vineet Bhatia, is extraordinary. The food is delicately spiced and beautifully balanced, and each dish is a masterpiece on a plate. Sublime seafood, fragrant curries and unexpected dessert combinations make for an unforgettable dining experience.

And then there’s Prime, the resort’s contemporary grill, watched over by Le St Geran’s Executive chef, Karim Hassene, a Frenchman to the tips of his toes, with a love for the finer things in life. This is reflected in his quirky combinations of flavors and ingredients, including sea urchin soufflé, ‘hot and cold’ tuna sashimi and peanut butter tiramisu. A gastronomic delight awaits…

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about accommodation option at Le St Geran.

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