Amid thickets of acacia, marula and leadwood trees, a new luxury African lodge has emerged, unsurpassed in its architectural artistry; an astonishing blend of creativity and simplicity that has resulted in a luxury resort that is truly breath taking. The tranquil sight and sound of water greets visitors upon their arrival and flows languidly beneath a wooden walkway linking the reception at the entrance to the main public area, continuing at the outdoor dining area with seating submerged in cool water, perfect for immersing your feet on a hot summer’s day. Entire lengths of walls comprise of folding doors to invite nature in, and raised viewing decks sheltered by ancient trees provide the perfect spot for absorbing the unspoilt, hushed scenery. Numerous seating and dining areas are scattered along the timber decks, each one with its own appeal, be it overlooking the rim-flow pool or under outstretched limbs of trees, all in light, natural hues in harmony with the surroundings.
Inside the arced main building, a vaulted thatched ceiling soars overhead, creating an open, airy space with comfy, contemporary lounge areas on either side of an immense free-standing fireplace at the heart of the room for those chilly Lowveld winter mornings and evenings. Tucked away in the eaves is a cosy reading alcove with sofas and armchairs, opening onto a veranda and the pristine bush beyond. A chic indoor dining area is located on the opposite end; the earthen design elements offset by a handful of glamourous showpieces such as the eye-catching light fittings. The act of sharing a meal with loved ones in an exceptional location, whether simply for nourishment or in celebration of a special occasion, is the essence of experiential travel, and to this end the chefs at AM Lodge strive to make each meal memorable, from the mouth-watering breakfast spreads to authentic African meals served around a crackling fire at the boma.
Feeding the soul through healing treatments is also central to connecting with your surroundings. Be prepared to yield to utter relaxation and clearing of the mind at the sublime wellness centre, which comes complete with a heated pool, Jacuzzi and a gym with the latest fitness equipment.