The spirit of &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Take a breather from your hectic schedule and reconnect with yourself and with nature at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an escape to the world as it should be. Sheer silence, total tranquillity and romantic luxury. From stargazing to intimate picnics in the desert, this is an extraordinary desert wilderness.
Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. A world of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the utter tranquillity and extraordinary clarity of light make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.
In this spectacularly beautiful location, spacious and serene suites envelope guests in pure indulgence, complete with an outdoor shower and a dramatic skylight over the bed for late night star gazing.
If you’re up for something more active, quad bike excursions, fatbiking or nature walks will let you explore the surrounding scenery and satisfy your sense of adventure.
Why we love it
- Unforgettable dune dining, guided nature walks to see San rock painitngs
- Scenic nature drives in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles, 4-wheel all terrain quad bike excursions
- Excursions to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in closed air-conditioned vehicles
- Stargazing at a sophisticated observatory, accompanied by a resident astronomer,
- Early morning scenic hot air ballooning flights
- Perfect for honeymooners, couples, photographers and families
Emerging from the landscape is &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, a spectacular masterpiece of glass, rock and steel pavilions with a bold geometric structure at the centre. The lodge extends over an ocean of dunes and gravel planes, in perfect harmony with its elemental surrounds.
The guest area features floor to ceiling, frameless glass panels that fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas. An inviting central-island bar and comfortable sitting room allow for convivial conversation, while a number of smaller spaces offer a more intimate option. The interactive kitchen design allows for guests to create their own dishes and menu should they wish to. A range of singular interior and exterior dining spaces ensures guests never dine in the same place twice. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complements sublime meals, while the Safari Shop is an Aladdin’s cave of Namibia’s finest craft offerings.
Other signature features include a one-of-a-kind gym, elevated and ideally positioned to catch the desert sunrise while doing an early-morning yoga session, or quick session on the treadmill before breakfast. A two-part wellness centre offers a treatment room and a private spa-bath, as well as a wet treatment room with a shower and bath, complete with its own skylight for early-evening stargazing.
At sunset, wildlife is drawn to a nearby waterhole, a double bonus to sundowner time in the desert. The Sossusvlei skies, one of the world’s few Dark Sky Reserves, are a wonder-world of constellations. Every evening, guests are invited to celebrate these magnificent skies with a resident astronomer at the on-site, world-class observatory.
Cradled against the ancient mountains, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its superlative accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. 10 exquisite suites offer the sophistication of simplicity, reflecting chic desert-inspired minimalism, and the two-bedroomed Star Dune Suite is ideal for families or groups of friends, who prefer more privacy.
Desert adventures abound here, and small-group, personalised guest activities are on offer. Options include special-interest guided nature walks; dune ecology activity; fatbiking; quad bike excursions; hot air ballooning; San rock painting excursions; outings to the renowned salt pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, and the deep gorge of Sesriem Canyon.