If seeing gorillas in the wild has always been on your bucket list, here’s an incentive to plan a trip. A new luxury property in Rwanda, Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House, places guests right on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to 320 mountain gorillas. This is a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population – and ecotourism and conservation brand Singita is enforcing reforestation initiatives here to protect the habitats of the endangered species.
The property itself is a luxurious oasis in the wild. Built on 72ha of land, its dozen suites are inspired by Rwanda’s landscape and cultural heritage. The design features volcanic walls, woven ceilings and terracotta brickwork, all created by local artisans and builders. The lodge kitchen, meanwhile, offers a largely vegetablebased farm-to-table menu, and an on-site nursery contains around 250,000 indigenous plants and trees.
While gorillas are the star attraction in the national park, trekkers can also spot golden monkeys, all the while knowing that a bathtub awaits at the end of the day for that spot of relaxation.
01 ANANTARA’S FIRST RESORT OPENS IN SPAIN
The Anantara brand has set foot on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, with the opening of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort. The palazzo-style property has 132 guest rooms, suites and pool villas, and is situated on rolling hills overlooking the Mediterranean. The facilities will keep guests occupied: Think three world-class 18-hole golf courses, over 1,200 original artworks scattered throughout the resort, and an impressive number of dining options including O by Paco Roncero (by two-Michelin-star chef Paco Roncero).
02 AMAN TO TAKE ON SAUDI ARABIA
Aman hospitality group will debut three resorts in Saudi Arabia in 2023. All will be situated in Al Ula, a 22,561 sq km walled city that contains a desert valley, sandstone mountains, and heritage sites that are thousands of years old – the most famous of which is Hegra, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The three concepts will be a tented camp that’s integrated with nature, a resort that’s close to Al Ula’s heritage areas, and Aman’s take on a ranch-style desert resort.
TEXT ALISON GOH