By Cailey Rizzo
September 03, 2019
Credit: Jack Alexander + Fox Browne Creative/Courtesy of andBeyond

After a 10-month renovation, the upscale Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will reopen on October 16, 2019, elevating luxury in the Namibian Desert.

The Sossusvlei lodge closed earlier this year to undergo a complete rebuild. When it reopens this fall, guests will stay in all-new, completely self-sustaining glass suites.

Credit: Jack Alexander + Fox Browne Creative/Courtesy of andBeyond

The lodge is located in the middle of the Namib Desert. The suites, designed by South African-based Fox Browne Creative, maximize the desert views while promoting sustainability and luxury. Each suite features floor-to-ceiling glass, with the exception of one wall, made out of stone. Skylights above the bed allow guests to truly be able to fall asleep under the stars. The lodge is located in one of the few Dark Sky reserves in the world.

Credit: Jack Alexander + Fox Browne Creative/Courtesy of andBeyond

Each of the 10 suites measures 1,400 square feet and provide expansive desert views. Local Namibian artisans have designed the wall hangings, rugs, and basketware around the lodge. The room comes packed with ice cream and Namibian craft beer, in-room fireplaces and artist easels (should inspiration strike).

Each suite has its own chilled plunge pool and a private outdoor veranda, with outdoor shower and firepit. But perhaps the most impressive part of each suite is that it runs on its own solar power plant, which produces enough energy to power the room’s electricity, air conditioning, and water treatment system.

Credit: Jack Alexander + Fox Browne Creative/Courtesy of andBeyond

The interesting touches keep going outside the rooms. Each meal at the lodge is served in a different location. Guests may have personalized dinners on the rooftop, lunch in the nearby “fairy circles,” or even a picnic on a sand dune.

It’s been said that some of the world’s most interesting cuisines come from the most dire circumstances. At the lodge, Namibia’s desert becomes the springboard for some truly unique dishes, including Namibian venison grilled on desert salt rocks, Namibian oysters and pickled, preserved and fermented foods, necessary for desert survival. The lodge will also allow guests to handle the flames, getting in the kitchen to cure game meat or make their own ice cream.

Rates start at $645 per person, per night, and includes room and board, safari activities, and transfers to and from the airstrip.