AT LONDOLOZI’S PRIVATE GRANITE SUITES IT IS NOT ABOUT THE BATHROOM
– Introducing the ultimate outdoor bathtub –
Londolozi has once again pushed the boundaries to create an authentic safari experience. A while back the Varty family declared that a true wilderness experience was, “not about the bathroom.” In their view the true essence of safari is the meditative luxury of nature itself and this goes way beyond the bricks and mortar of the lodge. Now they’ve taken themselves quite literally and in the exclusive Private Granite Suites guests will find that when it comes to riverside bathing it is truly not about the bathroom.
“It’s about the sound of water tumbling over vast granite rocks, it’s hearing the song of the white browed scrub robin, it’s about sharing the experience with bathing elephants, it’s about feeling the warm sun on your shoulders or seeing the moon river reflected at your feet,” says Bronwyn Varty about the capacious outdoor bathtubs situated decks below each suite.
The three secluded Granite Suites enjoy uninterrupted views of the perennial Sand River and now in addition to a glass encased en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and swimming pool each suite has a private river bath. The river represents the source of all life in the reserve and the river bath, sensitively located under 500 year old ebony trees at the water’s edge, is the next best thing to actually being in the river itself. For the nervy bather a well-hidden electrified wire ensures serenity without interrupting the sense of being submersed in nature.
The exotic languor of bathing on the banks of the Sand River has been at the heart of the bathing experience since the first pioneering members of the Varty clan made landfall here in 1926. At Granite Private Suite’s guests return from evening game drives to flower strewn, oil-infused, perfectly drawn baths. Now, the blending of the pioneering riverside bathing with more recent pleasures creates a matchless wilderness and sensory experience.
Bronwyn concludes: “We have found a unique way to demonstrate that it is not about the bathroom. At Private Granite Suites it is about nature’s great orchestra playing to all your senses while you adjust the water temperature and prolong the experience.”
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Photographs by: Elsa Young