If you’ve been reading our Singita Pamushana Guides’ Diaries over the past few years you’ll be well-acquainted with the insights and descriptive attention to detail provided by Field Guide, Jenny Hishin, who writes the diaries. Recently we asked Jenny to write a few notes about a special corner of Singita Pamushana – the private villa. You’ll love having an insider’s view of the various exclusive features of this private retreat.
If a secret had a secret it would be suite 7, the private villa at Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe. A handful of the world’s most celebrated (be it in business, royalty or on the silver screen) have chosen this as their holiday destination, and it’s not hard to see why from the second you open the front door.
You step into a sumptuous lounge decorated in a forest of greens – from the beaded chandelier to the designer bamboo chair, but before you can absorb the details the room opens up onto the pool deck and the view seduces you. You’re gazing upon a vast wilderness for as far as the eye can see, and beyond. This is Africa at her wildest, most pristine and naturally beautiful – and it’s the reason this property achieved Global Winner in the Conservation category of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2011. It’s a true conservationist’s paradise.
On this elevated wrap-around deck daybeds beckon, a private pool sparkles turquoise and a Swarovski spotting scope awaits should you want to zoom in on any movement below and observe the wildlife.
The west wing is given over to the master bedroom in a monochromatic theme. The original artworks and design demand attention, yet you are handed a remote control. Press the button on it and the surround glass panels slide down vertically and disappear into a recess, taking your breath along with them. The open-air bedroom leads to an en-suite bathroom and his and hers’ dressing rooms.
Past a double-sided fireplace is what has to be one of the most extraordinary studies ever built. It too has glass surround panels that drop away, air-conditioning, high-speed wireless internet and US telephones. Elsewhere in the suite you’ll find, discreetly placed, a satellite TV and home entertainment system.
In the central area is a private dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. Personal attention is guaranteed with your own banakeli (waiter) offering discreet service and making sure your every requirement is met. Whether for a family or intimate group of friends travelling together, meals are prepared to be savoured in the villa at any time throughout the day or night – or dining can take place in the main lodge areas.
The east wing has four double bedrooms with king size beds and en-suite bathrooms. Each one is a feast for the eyes – jewel colours dominate yet impart an atmosphere of sumptuousness and reflection. You’ll also find a guest toilet leading to an outdoor shower which has unsurpassed views.
Everything about a stay in the private villa is governed by exclusivity and tranquillity. Guests can fly in and out on private charter flights and, for the duration of their stay, they’ll have the benefit of a private game viewing vehicle and dedicated guide. With hundreds of kilometres of the most pristine wilderness to explore the only other life you’ll see is wildlife. You could choose to explore this on foot with your guide, or in a more relaxed manner, sundowner in hand, aboard the luxury watercraft on the Malilangwe Dam.
The main lodge itself is also designed with privacy in mind, with many quiet reading nooks and relaxing lounges, dining areas and outdoor decks. There is a separate yoga studio and a fully equipped gym. The spa is tucked away and offers a host of relaxing treatments and massages – and guests are welcome to request these in the villa or out on their private decks.
The private villa is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown that is Singita Pamushana – a most rare and precious jewel – and you’ll be forgiven for falling in love…