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Reviewed August 13, 2018

This property recently opened in Namibia and my husband and I were very excited to experience Omaanda during our honeymoon. We previously stayed another Zannier property, Phum Biatang in Cambodia, and knew this hotel would live up to the hype; it did not disappoint.

Located only about 45 minutes from the airport, Omaanda feels very secluded as it is set inside a private game reserve (which does amazing work supporting wildlife). The drive is very scenic through the N/a'an ku sê Reserve, and you are able to spot many animals. We drove ourselves, as we were self driving through Namibia, but the hotel offers airport pick up as well.

The hotel is jaw droopingly beautiful. Approaching, it looks as though it is a traditional village, but that is far from what it is. Although brand new, it feels as though it has been there for years and blends into its surroundings with its natural earthy tones and chic design. The design and furniture selection truly resembles a “restoration hardware” catalog.

The rooms are private huts built in traditional Namibian style and offered us a wonderful view of the watering hole. Inside is modern and clean, a large and comfortable bed, even larger walk in closet area. The bathroom is very spacious with a bathtub and shower. We took advantage of the indoor fireplace as it was chilly in the evening. There is also an outdoor terrace overlooking the magnificent reserve. The room offers all the modern amenities you would expect at a 5 star hotel.

Spa - We opted for a couples massage. The spa manager was WONDERFUL and we recommend the spa to everyone who stays. We got to choose from a selection of local oils for our massage which added to the experience. After 3 weeks in Africa on Safari - we truly enjoyed every moment of the traditional Namibian touch massage. The spa is located in another traditional “hut” so it is very private and removed from the lobby area.

Activities: The hotel offers an array of activities for guests during the day, as well as morning and evening game drives which is included, with an amazing guide. We partook in the evening game drive, which was amazing! As the sun set, we enjoyed signature cocktails of our choice, (Manhattan’s all around) and snacks in the middle of the reserve.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all stellar. Not only was the taste amazing, but what made it 5 star was the manner and execution put into each dish. Everything was served in unique ways with so much attention to detail. We did not go hungry, the food was plentiful and divine. The only problem we faced was controlling ourselves to NOT eat that much so we could enjoy dinner!

We enjoyed the fact that there is no buffet at Omaanda and everything is made with fresh ingredients. The chef is absolutely wonderful, and we had a great conversation with her about local food, as well as her preparations and inspiration for meals. She prepared the best meals we had during our entire one month in Africa.

Breakfast consisted of of an assortments of breads and morning pastries, meats, cheeses, a wellness shot of juice (great touch), fresh fruit and whatever you preferred to have as your main meal (eggs, pancakes, avo toast). Lunch was a a large mezze platter with an assortment of amazing Mediterranean inspired food. We ate outside by the pool overlooking the stunning views. Dinner was local and fresh. We had beef, lamb, fresh vegetables, polenta, and lasagna during our stray. The chef offered 3 choices of entree, and the meal consisted of amuse bouche, starter, entree and desert.

Staff - Our impressions of the hotel are enhanced by the graciousness of the staff who went above and beyond to fulfill our every request. Vivian and Olga both made our experience memorable, both were so helpful and friendly, but everyone on the staff blew us away with their kindness.

During our honeymoon we stayed at many top-rated hotels in Namibia, however, no hotel could compare to this property. Omaanda executes a level of “luxury” that is hard to find in within Africa. We recommend this property to anyone would wants ultimate luxury in the heart of the desert.

  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Stefanie P
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Omaanda, Food and beverage manager at Omaanda, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Stefanie P,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about us on tripadvisor and letting the online reading community know about your experiences at our recently opened lodge.

First of all, my apologies for this very late reaction. I have only just recently gained access to our tripadvisor account and am catching up. But even though we are reacting just now, we read your review when you posted it and I can tell you that the whole team was thrilled by reading your gracious descriptions and compliments. You and your husband were one of our first guests and the first to leave a review about us on tripadvsior! Thank you!

Thank you for your wonderful comments on our beautiful design and location and we are very pleased that you enjoyed every instance of the Namibian touch massage.

We are delighted that you so much appreciated our offer at the restaurant and the way we work. Your beautiful comments will only make us strive harder to make every dish and meal the best we can.

We shine with pride when reading ‘During our honeymoon we stayed at many top-rated hotels in Namibia, however, no hotel could compare to this property. Omaanda executes a level of “luxury” that is hard to find in within Africa.’

But most of all, thank you for your comments on the staff. It is a great compliment for each end everyone, from the bell boy to the housekeepers, to the waiters. They all do everything in their power to welcome our guests and give them an outmost stay and wonderful memories to take home with them.

We hope you and your husband have the chance to come once again. A warm welcome will be waiting.

With the kindest regards,

On behalf of the entire Omaanda team,
Annelie Maes
Food and beverage manager

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Stayed: November 2018, travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC