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Tour of Black Rock Senegal Artist Residency By Kehinde Wiley

American artist Kehinde Wiley has opened the doors to Black Rock in Dakar Senegal, a multi-disciplinary artists residency program designed to bring together an international group of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers for a period of self-reflection, practice development and cultural exploration and cross-cultural collaboration. For Kehinde, who’s fame reached new heights with his portrait of Barack Obama, Black Rock is more than just a residency it is also home to his personal studio as he seeks to divide his time between New York and West Africa. 

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Mhondoro Game Lodge Spotlights African Design

  Mhondoro Game Lodge in Welgevonden Reserve, South Africa opened in early 2016 and seeks to move beyond being just another luxury Africa travel bush destination. Designed to give guests a seamless experience of luxury interiors and bushveld landscape Mhondoro Game Lodge combines cutting-edge architecture with some of the best in African design interior inspiration. The Mhondoro Game Lodge was created by interior designer Myriam Vogel who co-owns the lodge with her husband Frank.  

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Travel: Underwater Adventures

The Manta Resort, Pemba Island [Zanzibar] Nestled in the Indian Ocean, of the Swahili coast is the remote Pemba Island forming part of the Zanzibar archipelago, and home to The Manta Resort a place to a place that allows you to disconnect from the noise and pressures of modern life, inviting you instead to immerse yourself in the serenity that comes with nature and a simpler way of life.

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Travel: Dar HI – Eco-Lodge and Spa

Dar HI – Eco-Lodge and Spa [Tunisia]   [Image credit: Dar HI, Tunisia – Welcome Beyond] In south Tunisia, one will find the historic town of Nefta, an area famed for its natural geological diversity, including thousands of date producing palm trees. The town is located between sand dunes and the salty plains of Chott el-Djerid, a setting film fans may be familiar with, as the Nefta Desert was the location for Star Wars and the English Patient. Nefta is also home to the Dar HI, an ambitious luxury eco-Lodge and Spa development dedicated to ecological research and discovery, whilst nurturing […]

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Travel: Ngerende Island Lodge

Ngerende Island Lodge [Kenya] [Image credit: Ngerende Island Lodge via Kiwi Collection] Offering guests luxury in the Kenyan wilderness, Ngerende Island Lodge is a five-star luxury lodge situated on the Olchoro – Oirogua Conservation Ranch, bordering the northern part of Kenya’s famed Masai Mara game reserve. Located close to the Mara River, the Lodge is surrounded by water on all sides, bar a tiny passage that prevents it from completely becoming an island in the true sense of the word, but this does not take away from the feeling of indulgent isolation and wonder at being away from it all, in a […]

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Travel: Hotel Particulier A Chic Boutique Hotel

Hotel Particulier [Côte d’Ivoire] [Image credit: Hotel Particulier] Hotel Particulier is French word denoting an elegant private residence or townhouse; and is the name given to a chic boutique hotel in the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The owners of Hotel Particulier, have sought to create a stylish space, with a peaceful, intimate atmosphere that allows guests to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. The healing soothing effects of nature is a key feature of the Hotel, which sees rooms located on the ground level to take advantage of a luscious, well-tended garden.

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Travel: Singita Mara Rivier Tented Camp Ushers in a New Safari Chic Aesthetic

Singita – Mara River Tented Camp [Tanzania] [Image credit/source: Mara Tented River Camp – Singita]   Luxury game reserve specialist, Singita are introducing a new camp to their safari camp and lodges portfolio. The Singita Mara River Tented camp will be in Tanzania, located in the remote Lamai Triangle region, the northernmost tip of the Serengeti National Park. In keeping with the laidback luxury style of their other properties in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, see the Singita Pamushana Lodge featured here, preview pictures of the new camp reveal a refreshing, modern take on the safari chic aesthetic. What I like most about this […]

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Travel: Cruising Lake Volta with The Ohemaa LXI

The Ohemaa LXI [Ghana] [Image credit: The Ohemaa LXI] Cruise the waters of Lake Volta by setting sail in the luxury confines of the Ohemaa LXI, Ghana’s premier private yacht. Ohemaa means queen; a title appropriate for the stately yacht that mixes contemporary luxury with traditional Ghanaian culture; whilst the numerals, LXI represents the year in which the Volta River Project began- 1961. Having undergone renovation and refurbishment, the Ohemaa LXI is now offering its clientele a truly special experience from the moment you step on-board.

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Travel: Luxury Eco-Lodge Adrère Amellal

Adrère Amellal [Egypt] [Image source: Adrère Amellal Eco Lodge via Kiwi Collection]  No electricity meaning no lights, no TV, and definitely no sockets to charge your phone/laptop/iPod or other media devices, Egyptian luxury eco-lodge Adrère Amellal is the ultimate get-a-way from it all; an enchanting place that blends into the spectacular setting of a desert oasis. An eight hour drive from Cairo, Adrère Amellal emerges out of the desert landscapes of Siwa, Egypt’s largest oasis, which is home to natural hot springs, date palm plantations, salt lakes ancient ruins; and has a strong Berber culture. Adrère Amellal means ‘white mountain’ in the […]

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Travel: The Red Pepper House in Lamu

The Red Pepper House [Kenya] [Image credit: Dining – The Red Pepper House] The historical island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast is home to The Red Pepper House, a stylish boutique hotel that nestles between Neem and Acacia trees, and interestingly not a Red Pepper tree in sight, the owner just liked the name. Situated close to the Old Town, The Red Pepper House brings together influences in the form of African, Arabic, Indian and European; that have all had an impact on Swahili Culture dating back hundreds of years. A large Makuti thatched roof covers The Red Pepper House […]

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Travel: Striking Modern African Interior Design Inspiration at Nyungwe Forest Lodge 

Nyungwe Forest Lodge [Rwanda] [Image credit: Main Lodge – Nyungwe Forest Lodge] I have just finished reading a delightful and touching book called ‘Baking Cakes in Kigali‘ by Gaile Parkin and in it, the main characters take a drive through the Nyungwe Forest, which they describe as being ‘beautiful’. When reading this part I kept visualising the chic Nyungwe Forest Lodge whose website I had come across a little while back. About four to five hours drive from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali; Nyungwe is a closed canopy rain forest. Designed to blend in with the surroundings the Nyungwe Forest Lodge is located on […]

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Architecture: Hilton Windhoek Hotel World Architecture News Hotel of the Year Shortlist 2012 

Hilton Windhoek Hotel [Namibia] [Image credit: Hilton Windhoek Hotel – Wasserfall Munting Architects via World Architecture News] One of the main features on MSN UK this morning, was the World Architecture News Hotel of the Year Shortlist, and amongst the chosen was the ultra-modern, and quite industrialised looking, Hilton Windhoek Hotel. Situated in the centre of the Namibian city, Windhoek, the Hilton Windhoek Hotel was designed by Wasserfall Munting Architects; a local architectural practice that was founded in 2004 by Jaco Wasserfall and Paul Munting. Heralded as ‘a distinctive local landmark’, the Hotel features a tall cylindrical glass and steel entrance poised like a beacon to welcome approaching guests, […]

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Travel: Four Weeks Immersed in Creativity

[Image credits: clockwise from top left; Fishing Boats via Senegal.co.uk; Obstacle Serge Alain Nitegeka, Installation at l’Institut Français © Tapiwa; The Millennium Door Statue © Tapiwa, Ocean View © Tapiwa;Sous Verre Paintings via Le Pays De la Teranga; and Baobab Treetop © Tapiwa] Nanga def, (‘hello, how are you’ in Wolof… and, also the name given to a rather yummy cocktail!). Four weeks in Dakar have come and gone leaving in their wake a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and colours. My time Dakar was amazing, surpassing my expectations. There are times when some things are just meant to be when everything just comes together; I felt that during my time in Senegal. I […]

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Messages & Musings: On Holiday

On HolidayGreetings from the vibrant city of Dakar, Senegal; which has been my home for the last two weeks and will be for the next two, as I take time out to indulge in a bit of r&r, whilst soaking up the local culture; and the main reason for my silence! Posts have been few and far between over the last few weeks as I was busy sorting myself out and completing last-minute tasks before my trip; and although I was hoping to create some posts whilst on holiday, unexpected restrictions with accessing my provider services means its unlikely that […]

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Travel: Babylonstoren Luxury Farm Hotel in the Cape Winelands

Babylonstoren [South Africa] [Image source: Babylonstoren, the Hot List 2011 – Conde Nast Traveller] I grew up in Harare, the Sunshine city with a spacious yard to run around in with not a care in the world and taking for granted the ‘comforts’ that come with city living i.e. TV and electricity. My paternal Grandmother, now late, lived a traditional way of life in the rural areas i.e. no TV and no electricity, calling for visits throughout the year, prompting anxieties in my ten-year-old mind over how to cope without seeing favourite shows or the trappings of city life for the week […]

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Travel: Riad Noir D’Ivoire, Luxurious and Romantic Boutique Hotel 

Riad Noir D’Ivoire [Morocco] [Image credit: Private Terrace Jacuzzi – Riad Noire D’Ivoire/Elan Fleisher] Tucked away down an unassuming alleyway in the Bab Doukkala quarter of the Marrakech Medina you will find Riad Noir D’Ivoire, a luxurious and romantic boutique hotel that will surprise and entice from the moment you arrive, making it the perfect romantic getaway. Leave the hustle and bustle of the souk behind as you enter through a wooden door emerging into the spacious courtyard of an elegantly restored traditional Moroccan riad. Riad Noir D’Ivoire is a haven in the city, a place whose intimate setting exudes romance and […]

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Travel: Exploring the Natural Beauty of Ethiopia With Wild Frontiers

Ethiopia with Wild Frontiers [Ethiopia]  Often receiving more than its fair share of negative press, means for far too many holiday seekers Ethiopia doesn’t immediately spring to mind as an ideal holiday destination, but this year I have read about more and more people choosing it as their holiday destination of choice as they search for a more meaningful way to spend their vacation time. Wild Frontiers is a pioneering, award-winning travel company that specialises in taking small groups of it’s discerning clientele to places that don’t tend to be part of the popular tourist trails and return offering them a unique […]

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Travel: Villa Monticello Ghana’s Exclusive Boutique Hotel

Villa Monticello [Ghana] Whether you’re a frequent traveller to Ghana or just looking for a stylish cityscape, Villa Monticello is an exclusive boutique hotel positioned to tempt the discerning traveller in search of ‘something a little bit different’ without having to compromise on luxury and quality. Situated in the capital, Accra Villa Monticello combines luxury with the rich culture of Ghana and is a very chic city retreat comprising just fourteen suites, a defining feature that allows the hotel to extend a highly attentive and personalised service to each guest who comes to stay. What sets Villa Monticello apart is that each […]

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Travel: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge [Zimbabwe] [Image credit: The Victoria Falls – Illustrations Photography] Last summer I spent four amazing days representing Zimbabwe with my jewellery at an art fair in Oxfordshire; amongst the memories I left with were the number of people who stopped by my table to reminisce on their visit to Zimbabwe, frequently mentioning Victoria Falls; and what really made my day was hearing how most of them had visited within the last few years. Victoria Falls is a place that holds a special place in my heart; not only did I get to work on some of the […]

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