There is not much more daydream-worthy than this tiny hotel in Namibia. The Olive Exclusive Namibia is a tiny luxury hotel is the first of its kind in Windhoek (not hard considering the relatively small size). I’m not going to lie here. It was the unusual decor style here that caught my eye but this small hotel appears to deliver on multiple levels. It would be easy to go sideways on the concept of modern meets traditional Africa but considerable restraint has been shown here, preventing the whole thing from sliding into the realm of kitsch.
The seven suites have been designed to reflect seven regions of Namibia, a clever idea that gives guests a small introduction. The four premium suites offer their own private plunge pools. Decorative palettes range from earthy natural hues to white and crisp blue, but each suite has some stunning elements all of its own like the photographic print wallpaper or woven rattan pendant lights. Each room also features similar elements like elaborate masks, painted oryx horns and bongo drums. Glass walls open to a spacious terrace and stunning vista the 400 tree olive garden and Windhoek’s suburban hills in the distance. Rooms feature fast wifi, iPod docking stations and espresso machines.
The Olive Namibia’s restaurant is fitting for the luxe surrounds. The seasonal menu boasts inventive signature dishes as well as an extravagant breakfast, best enjoyed on the restaurant’s terrace. Plates of blinis, crackers with cheese, fruit and organic bread is served along with coffee in massive ups. At night, grab a drink in the whiskey lounge then watch the chefs prepare an a la carte feast in the open concept kitchen.
A wellness room with professional services is available and there is also a small communal pool.
The Olive Exclusive
22 Promenaden Road
Eros, Windhoek 9000, Namibia
Rooms from $120.