Planning on a trip to Swaziland soon? Skip the standard spots and pamper yourself by staying a few nights in some of the country’s most elegant boutique hotels. These hotels will make you feel like you’re staying at someone’s fancy home, except you can make yourself right at home and enjoy the luxurious surroundings. Here are the top boutique hotels you must book for your next trip to Swaziland.
In Manzini, you can stay in an elegant and classy boutique hotel which makes you feel like you’ve traveled back to the 1950s in Hollywood. But step outside of Summerfield Resort and you’ll be greeted by a lush botanical garden of various exotic plants, a picturesque lake and roaming peacocks. A water park-like pool is the center of the resort with a poolside bar and a summer terrace bistro where guests love to enjoy their breakfast. As night falls, head into its grand dining room with all the Colonial-style motifs to dine on seafood, steaks and other intercontinental cuisine. Activities that are easily accessible from the resort include guided walks, cycling, horseback riding, white-water rafting, game drives and more.
Nestled in the foothills of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains, Royal Villas is a top-of-the-line boutique hotel with abstract architecture and indoor furnishing that would fit perfectly in a royal palace. Guests can lounge in a boomerang-shaped pool with the mountains in the backdrop and if you’re staying on a Sunday, you’ll be invited to the hotel’s poolside braai (barbecue). On other days, you’ll love it’s own dining facility, Liwahu Restaurant, that serves up classic African fusion. Because of the hotel’s ideal location in the mountains, activities include caving, mountain biking, white-water rafting, hiking, game drives and other exciting ways to get yourself immersed in the outdoors. For those who cannot join in the strenuous activities, there are other fun-filled things to do such as golfing, glassblowing workshops and candle-making classes.
Phophonyane Falls Lodge
Get a dramatic escape to the mountains in northwestern Swaziland by staying at Phophonyane Falls Lodge. where you are within steps of waterfalls and a pristine forest. One thing that stands out about this boutique lodge is that guests get to stay in luxury beehive huts, giving visitors something they’ve never experienced elsewhere. Other accommodations available on the premises are cottages, luxury safari tents and standard safari tents. The Driftwood Restaurant is available at the main house for visitors to try out traditional Swazi meals paired with fine South African wines in front of a roaring fireplace. The lodge sits on 600 hectares of land where a wealth of wildlife like duikers, bushbucks, clawless otters and bushpigs are repeat visitors to the hotel.
The George Hotel
In Manzini, The George Hotel is a popular go-to for visitors to get treated like VIPs, where guests will get to stay in a cozy luxury room and enjoy the modern amenities. A spacious pool sits by the hotel with lush palm trees providing scenic views for diners. The hotel has two restaurants that include a gourmet buffet featuring all the delicious Swazi goods and seafood. Treat yourself to an in-house spa at the hotel, where you’ll receive soothing massages and manicures. Monitor the hotel’s website to catch any upcoming themed dinners available at the hotel such as a Valentine’s Day meal and Father’s Day.
Stay in a hotel that’ll leave you double-checking that you’re staying in Swaziland and not at a villa in the Italian countryside. Ematjeni Guesthouse is situated on a rugged mountain area near Kruger National Park where guests feel like they have the entire land to themselves. Each room has incredible views of the mountains and a balcony to enjoy the sunrise over the mountains with a cup of coffee in hand. The guesthouse is a stonehouse, giving it a historic feel, especially since it’s covered in breathtaking moss that blends in with the view. An outdoor pool overlooks the land and guests can enjoy gourmet-made dinners prepared for them each day. Activities that can be easily arranged by the hotel include white-water rafting, horseback riding, aerial tours, game drives, and a tour to a nearby candle-making factory.
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