Kwandwe Ecca Lodge reopened following a full refurbishment of its 6 stand-alone suites and main guest areas. Moving away from a palette of muted tones inspired previously by Ecca’s surrounding landscape, the lodge’s new décor takes its influences from, and celebrates, the vibrant colours of the African people.
Whilst retaining its easy going contemporary vibe, the layers of luxury and comfort Kwandwe has become known for can now be enjoyed in abundance here too. Furnishings are in soft linens, velvets, cords and eco-cottons in striking, bright and contrasting tones. Many Southern African items have been incorporated into the interiors. Blankets made from South African mohair, acknowledged to be of the finest quality available internationally, come from the Angora goat that thrives in the Karoo region; cotton and linen throws were weaved by a boutique mill in Plettenberg Bay; soft furnishings and curtains designed and handmade by craftsmen in Port Elizabeth; framed prints of wild African animals designed by an artist who donates to the Rhino Orphanage charity; Nguni Skins come from KwaZulu Natal; beaded kudu heads and giraffes were bought from the market traders during the nearby Grahamstown National Arts Festival; display baskets and beaded necklaces were sourced from a collaboration of individual artisans and community based projects.
Enticing guests to gather and relax in after their game drives and safari activities, several different shared lounging and dining options have also been added both in and outside. Each with its micro ambience, guests will find a sofa to curl up and read a good book on, lounge in as they chat about the day’s excitements and recline into for their pre or post dinner drinks.
The 6 stand-alone and well proportioned suites each feature a different base colour with patterns and colours layered over and comprise spacious bedrooms, lounges and large bathrooms with new free-standing baths to offer a colourful respite from dusty days out on the reserve. Super-King sized beds, ottomans and day beds that can be reconfigured to easily accommodate children along with funky bean bags provide a fun, relaxing and sumptuous environment that is more conducive to the way we take time-out to enjoy our downtime in the world today.
Appealing to those who seek a classic safari adventure exploring the wilds of the African bush but who also savour an element of distinction from their lodge’s interiors, Ecca Lodge combines both naturally.
2014 Prices start from ZAR4350 (approx GP£240, US$400, EURO310, AU$440) per person sharing on full board basis, including drinks and safari activities.
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