The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
Just eight low-slung Villas of glass, wood and concrete meld into the riverscape. The lodge attracts those in search of time away in their own space. From your bed, deck or private plunge pool, this is one of the best places to look in on Africa – uninterrupted.
The lodge’s eight one-bedroom Villas, secluded at the confluence of the Sabie and Sand rivers, are the ultimate bush retreats. Your private lounge, patio, deck and pool invite easy relaxation, while a dedicated team of staff are around to take care or your every whim and fancy. Here, everything is included – from your champagne of choice stocked in the maxibar, to your favourite shirt, washed and pressed – creating a highly-personalised experience of a safari, your way.
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The wilderness spa allows you to slip away for a while and re-emerge centered and rejuvenated
Always an adventure, the Mack & Madi kids’ programme keeps curious youngsters busy (and parents relaxed)
Dining at Ivory can turn into an exploration, with a table laid out wherever you wish, and dishes and wines introducing you to new flavours
“The noises at night were incredible, and the stars were like nothing we’d ever seen.”
Chalkley Treehouse : A MILLION-STAR EXPERIENCE
Romantics, adventurers, and solitude seekers alike can discover the magic of an evening out in Africa – in complete luxury.
Delivered by safari vehicle to your chosen hideout, you will spend the sunset hours enjoying a gourmet picnic and spotting the animals that wander past (at a safe distance), before turning in for the night beneath a blanket of stars.
Lion Sands Treehouses have their origins in Chalkley Treehouse, built on the site where Guy Aubrey Chalkley made camp in a centuries-old leadwood tree.
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Welcomes couples and solo explorers
Views of the open savannah
Picnic dinner and breakfast
Double canopy bed, draped in mosquito netting
Double shower, two basins, and a WC
Solar lighting along the balustrades
Safety door, secure stairway, and two-way radio contact
Miles away (2.7mi/4.3km) from lodge life
A night in this open-air Treehouse is weather dependent
Number of guests: 2 adults (deluxe king-sized bed)
Seasonal : Year-round (weather dependant)
Dining : Gourmet picnic basket
Stargazing : Yes, countless
Shower: Yes (double shower, double vanity, and a WC)
Radio comms & cell signal : Yes
Wi-Fi : You must be joking!
Located in the Mpumalanga province, Lion Sands’ four lodges are found in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and Kruger National Park.
It is an easy hour’s flight from Johannesburg and two hours from Cape Town.