<< Back to Robb Report, February 2014

Singita Castleton

  • Daniel Scheffler

James Fawcett Bailes, the grandfather of Singita owner Luke Bailes, established the Castleton estate in 1971 in a remote pocket of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. In November, Luke’s pioneering safari company opened the bush home as its third—and most exclusive—camp in the 45,000-acre park.

Following a renovation by the Cape Town–based design firm Cécile and Boyd’s, Singita Castleton encompasses six garden cottages and a main house outfitted with botanical artwork, wooden writing desks, and deep verandas that overlook the savannah. Amenities at the main house include an open-air kitchen, a wine cellar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The exclusive-use estate, which hosts as many as 12 guests (prices start at about $6,885 per night for eight guests), also features a spa-treatment room, a swimming pool, and a tennis court.

Guests at Singita Castleton can head out on private game drives for the opportunity to encounter Sabi Sand’s leopards, lions, elephants, and other wildlife. Visitors can also watch the big game from home, as the local animals often congregate at Castleton’s watering hole. Singita Castleton, +27.21.683.3424, www.singita.com

Read Next Article >>
The 251-year-old French crystal house opens its first hotel…
Photo by Ken Seet
From private-island villas to overwater bungalows, the Maldives offers no shortage of over-the-top...
Photo by Mark Wieland
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples reopened to guests last October after a two-month renovation...
The river cruise line Uniworld will christen the S.S. Catherine, a 159-passenger ship set to sail...
Photo by Mark Wieland
L’Apogée Courchevel opened in December atop the highest point of a former Olympic ski jump...
The historic Knickerbocker hotel reopens as a hotel for the first time in nearly a century…
Photo by Roberto Bonardi
The Palazzo, which is set within a former noble residence, celebrates Milan’s architectural...
Photo by Michelle Chaplow
A new boutique hotel was built on the original site of the Hyde Park Corner tube station...
Photo by Brent Madison
Every one of the resort’s 141 guest accommodations features beautiful ocean views…
The new hotel offers easy access to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China…