andBeyond announces plans for ultimate desert escape

Conservation-led travel company andBeyond has announced grand plans for the rebuild of andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia. 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. Showcasing the splendour and solitude of the desert, ten beautifully-appointed suites will spread out along the curve of the escarpment.

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. From families, the brand-new Star Dune Suite will consist of two en-suite bedrooms linked by a communal guest area, complete with private lounge and dining area.

Each suite will also boast its own private plunge pool, as well as a sophisticated water recycling system, which will recycle more than 100,000 litres of grey water a month, helping to offset the 50,000 litres of water that will evaporate from the pools each month. Each suite also has discreet roof panels that power the air conditioning, water treatment and recycling systems. The monthly energy and water usage are strictly monitored, and the lodge undergoes an annual sustainability audit to determine its environmental impact.

Guests can choose from a selection of activities, ranging from scenic nature drives, quadbike excursions, guided or non-guided walks and mountain biking, to hot air balloons and hikes up to ancient San rock paintings, there are options to suit all ages and interests. A highlight is the dune ecology experience, which is guided by a specialist guide and showcases the small wonders of the desert.