andBeyond has announced plans for the rebuild of andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia.
The property is situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of southern Africa’s largest private conservation areas.
“The original lodge is now more than 20 years old,” explained Joss Kent, andBeyond chief executive.
“It’s time for us to re-imagine the lodge’s design using modern technology to blend it even more seamlessly into its natural environment.
“In keeping with our lodge refurbishment plan, we have made some bold design choices for the new andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge that celebrate the beauty of its environment and imbue it with a strong sense of place.”
The updated design ethos pays homage to the surrounding untouched desert landscape and maximises the scenic opportunities for guests while leaving as light a footprint as possible.
The new building will comprise a series of glass, rock and steel pavilions built to withstand the extreme elements while providing the ultimate in guest comfort.
Showcasing the splendour and solitude of the desert, ten beautifully-appointed suites will spread out along the curve of the escarpment.
Complementing, rather than competing with, the landscape, the glass-fronted suites frame magnificent desert views, while serving as a sophisticated refuge from the harsh desert elements.
The bedrooms will be dramatically reconfigured to provide more space without increasing their physical footprint.
Glass-to-ceiling windows enable views from every corner of the suite, while enlarged skylights over each bed allow guests to appreciate the night sky.
Guests can choose from a selection of activities, ranging from the traditional bucket list desert adventures to the far more obscure and exclusive experiences that will take them beyond the expected.
While day trips to the world-famous Sossusvlei dunes, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Vlei can be arranged, guests are encouraged to delve deeper into the desert experience to enjoy its solitude.