Africa & the Middle East

Phoenix-based travel company Exclusively Dubai is offering travelers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a luxury golf tour of Dubai, as well as VIP access to the European Tour’s season-ending...
The first couple of hours that we spend drifting down the Zambezi River pass with little action. They’ve been as uneventful as two hours spent drifting down the Zambezi can be, which is to say, they’...
On August 1, Mahali Mzuri , a Virgin Limited Edition property, opens on the Motorogi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem in Kenya. It comprises 12 tented rooms, priced from $590 per person per...
Whether you’re a first-time explorer or a seasoned safari-goer, Extraordinary Journeys ’ new Million-Dollar Safari will take you on an African expedition like no other. Led by the renowned private...
Lemala Kuria Hills has opened in Serengeti National Park in the Wogakurya Hills of Tanzania. Situated within the main migration corridor for wildebeest and in proximity to the Mara River, the remote...
While the State of Israel often seems to be in a mire of conflict, the nation’s second-largest city has evolved into an oasis of creativity for some of today’s most forward-thinking designers. With...
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts opened its second European property on May 11: the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul . The six-story hotel, set on the Bosporus, has 186 rooms and suites (from...
Segera Retreat has opened in a 50,000-acre wildlife sanctuary in Laikipia on the foothills of Mount Kenya, just 13 miles north of the equator, surrounded by a savanna and grasslands and home to an...
Though it is now an 11-room hotel, the elegant Cape Town mansion of the late British shipping...
Jupiter is barking. Somewhere within the thick maze of arrowroot leaves that blanket the Republic of the Congo’s Odzala-Kokoua National Park, we hear—and feel—the silverback gorilla and his dozen or...
Attention die-hard cyclists: Trek Travel , the Wisconsin-based company that organizes cycling vacations worldwide, is giving 20 people the chance to participate in the world’s first mountain bike...
Opened in December, Amanruya (+90.252.311.12.12, www.amanresorts.com ) is the third Mediterranean resort and 25th property worldwide from Singapore-based Amanresorts. The 36-villa retreat—located...
For those who can’t get enough history and culture, TCS and Starquest Expeditions has created a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary giving travelers unrivaled access to some of the world’s greatest...
BOTSWANA Abu Camp OKAVANGO DELTA Completely revamped in 2011, this 20-year-old camp remains the best lodge for hands-on interaction with African elephants. Join Abu’s herd for a ride or walk through...
“One does not travel by plane,” Karen Blixen once wrote. “One is merely sent, like a parcel.” This observation resonates more poignantly today than it did in the mid-20th century, yet even in our...
A few tickets are still left for the maiden world cruise of Seabourn Quest , the newest addition to the Seabourn Cruise Line fleet. This 225-suite cruise ship—which features four dining venues, six...
This 320,000-acre concession in northern Botswana includes three safari camps, the best of which is Zarafa ($1,035 to $1,484 per person), a refined four-tent outpost on the banks of a lagoon. Selinda...
This opulent retreat in Kenya reopened under the Great Plains banner in 2008. The company is working with local Masai communities to decrease poaching in the area and protect the region’s lions and...
After a three-year, $180 million renovation, Marrakech’s La Mamounia has finally swung open its ornate, mosaic doors to reveal a hotel that, despite dating to 1923, is almost entirely new. “Inside...
Though inhabited for thousands of years by nomadic Bedouin tribes, Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter is one of Earth’s hottest, driest, and least hospitable environments. The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by...
The newest and most fashionable of Cape Town’s luxury hotels is the One&Only, where two small atolls provide the setting for 40 Island Suites and a One&Only Spa. Dark African woods,...
When Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress was exiled at the height of South Africa’s decades-long apartheid struggle, the leader accepted an offer of shelter from insurance tycoon Douw Steyn—...
Molori, says Kirk Lazarus, one of the Molori Sarfari Lodge’s owners, is intended for the traveler “who wants an exclusive environment with everything at his fingertips.” Molori, which means “dreamer...
Following the death of United Arab Emirates founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2004, the sheikh's sons decided to convert Sir Bani Yas, an island where the family owned a palace, into a...
The Mara Safari Club, Kenya’s most famous retreat, is a haven of the mid-century jet set that was founded in 1959 by William Holden, one of Hollywood’s most charismatic figures. Regular guests at the...
Behind its ornate gate, Kasbah Tamadot is a 19th-century pastiche of rose gardens, splashing fountains, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, rooftop terraces, and hidden, curtained alcoves. The...
The 2,500-acre Pezula property encompasses a chic spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, a private residential development, and the elegant Pezula Hotel. The 20 modern villas house 78 suites with...
Hermanus’ Birkenhead House is the maritime equivalent to a South African safari lodge. Fireplaces, stone walls, travertine floors, chandeliers, large couches, and floor-to-ceiling windows create a...
North Island resort revolves around an open-walled main lodge built with the trunks and thick, gnarled roots of salvaged takamaka trees. Ten of the two-bedroom, 4,890-square-foot guest villas occupy...
Built to resemble a sheikh’s royal summer retreat, Al Qasr features intricate mosaics, panels, and Arabian antique furnishings in its palatial public spaces and guest rooms. Each of the rooms has a...

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