Zannier Hotels Sonop

The Lodge

Nestled on the Southern edge of the Namibian desert in the Karas region within an extraordinary Nature Reserve, Sonop is created in the form of a luxurious tented camp constructed on top of boulders. 

Ten lavish tents invite guests to live the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers from the early 20th century. Just like those travellers who traded their beloved homes for the bare Namibian desert dunes, the guests of Sonop will get a taste of living in complete isolation while enjoying the comfort of their accommodation. 

Designed as a refined British colonial experience from the 1920’s, this out-of-the-ordinary lodge offers a perfect retreat in a stunning panoramic desert landscape. Constructed on top of boulders, the ten spacious tents aim to offer a unique journey through time.

At Sonop everything is orientated towards the desert’s richness: all views are awe-inspiring, and a large list of adventures allow guests to admire the desert’s genuine beauty at leisure. Breath-taking outdoor excursions are offered within the 5,600 ha of the private reserve, where oryxes, brown hyenas, rabbits, foxes, jackals, kudus and leopards roam free. 

Flawless service and attention to detail characterise all facilities of the camp. 

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Access by road: 250km from Mariental (2h30), 500km from Windhoek (5 hours), on-site parking available. Driving Directions.

Sonop has its own airstrip, located 5 min drive from the lodge (transfers provided on complimentary basis). You can book direct flights to Sonop with Scenic Air.

 

The Tents

Richly furnished with antiques made of fine materials, colourful carpets and precious wood, the ten tents are an invitation to live the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers. A sophistication that contrasts with the simplicity of the endless surroundings.

 

ONE-BEDROOM TENT, 42m², max. 2 adults and 1 child (6-12 years)

 

 

All tents offer several roll-up canvas openings with panoramic views, a large bedroom and a separate bathroom with double sink and a large copper bathtub combined with a rain shower.

The bedroom features a four-poster bed with a king-size mattress, a distinct living area with comfortable armchairs, a desk and a telescope to view the distant surroundings.

Every tent at Sonop is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a Nespresso machine, kettle, safe, air conditioning system, heating and a docking station. The lodge’s energy supply relies entirely on solar panels.

Food and Beverages

From 7 am to 11 am, an energizing à la carte breakfast is served in the main area, at the center of the camp. This same space turns into a quiet restaurant at noon, offering light dishes to share. Overlooking the desert, the pool bar offers drinks and small bites to nibble. 

Every evening, at 8 pm precisely, guests are invited to a gala-style dinner. A large communal table in a prestigious setting reveals itself to the twenty guests in a room yet secretly kept. Silverware and candelabras set the mood for the elegant dinner, where butlers serve a delicious 5-course meal with black-tie and white gloves, such that the entire occasion becomes an unforgettable gastronomic experience in the middle of the desert. 

The evening can be extended in the Cocktail & Cigar Lounge, designed in the style of an authentic gentlemen’s club with a billiard table and parlour games taking centre stage. A selection of cocktails and exclusive spirits, presented with utmost care on a slate, are served in a convivial atmosphere by the skilled barman.

Activities

The spa, compromising of two double treatment rooms, offers a wide variety of treatments designed to balance, restore, and relax your body. All treatments use only the finest natural and organic ingredients to deliver outstanding and long-lasting results. A tranquil and peaceful relaxation area is also available to all guests. 

Alongside the spa you find a fully-equipped fitness room with free weights, benches and barbells, and a variety of cardio equipment. All gym goers are treated to refreshing herbal beverages and fruits, as well as cold, scented towels. 

Majestic yet melting into the background, the heated outdoor infinity pool offers a superb view over the desert, from sunrise to midnight dip. 

Guest can choose to wake-up with a desert yoga experience, where an experienced teacher will guide guests of all levels. At any time of the day, guests can decide to explore the desert by foot, electric bike, or horseback, accompanied by our experienced guides who will provide unique insights on the local wildlife. 

Sonop is equipped with its own stables, where experienced riders offer guests the opportunity to learn horseback riding, as well as ride into the desert to explore the scenic surroundings. Comfortable game viewers will allow guests to discover the light blue distant mountains. 

As night falls, the sky lights up, creating the unique opportunity to discover the stars from our numerous telescopes. Prepare to be surprised and delighted as you are guided on an unforgettable discovery of the sky. 

The open-air cinema will entice all film lovers, who in the comfort of their lounge chairs can enjoy a film while sipping on a cocktail in the middle of the desert. 

A little further away, the majestic dunes of Sossuvlei are certain to delight even the most well-travelled adventurers. The resorts luxury 4×4 vehicles will allow you to discover this grandiose sight in ultimate comfort. Excursions on offer.

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