Flamingo Villa Boutique Hotel

Built from the ground up across the Walvis Bay lagoon esplanade, Flamingo Villa Boutique Hotel opened for business in September of 2016 to instant acclaim.

Our rating: 3/5 Stars
Location: Swakopmund, Namibia

Accommodation Description

Looking more like a Bauhaus block of seaside apartments than a cheery seaside hotel, the rather imposing exterior belies an explosion of colour and life going on inside. Flamingoes and their pink underbellies feature in motif form throughout the hotel and with good reason - look across the bay and you’ll see hundreds of thousands of them, greater and lesser, doing their groovy shuffle or hunched down against the biting cold wind that blasts off the polar sea current.

The rooms - standard, luxury and a suite - are all enormous with high quality finishes and furnishings. Decor is reigned in for a more neutral, relaxing pose and the floor-to-ceiling windows frame the bird-filled lagoon and setting sun rather well.

Room amenities satisfy all but the most critical of boutique hotel definitions including air con, satellite TV, mini bar, coffee station, wi-fi, gadget-sized personal safe, universal plug points and high quality toiletries, towels, robes and linen.

Fulfilling the grand promises made by the plush finishes and modern amenities, the service at Flamingo Villa is top-notch: warm smiles attach themselves to an attentive attitude giving one the distinct impression the staff here genuinely care about your comfort and happiness. At every turn, the place positively oozes professionalism but nowhere is this more evident than the restaurant.

Chef Konrad trained at the prestigious Silwood School in Cape Town and it shows. Open to the public for a more convivial atmosphere, the restaurant’s small but varied a la carte menu gives Namibia’s excellent local produce a worldly makeover. Seafood of course is the order of the day with some wonderful venison additions. The wine list is well thought out pitting South Africa’s noble vintages against the new kids on the block.

Between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund you’ve got a menu of activities to suit every appetite and taste. Birding is a big attraction at Walvis Bay, the lagoon, salt pans and dune fields being highly regarded hotspots. The lagoon supports flamingoes, pelicans and hundreds of waders; seals, dolphins, mola mola, whales and some mighty game fish thrive on the nutrient-rich waters welling up from the Antarctic Benguela current.

Facilities

17 rooms with sea views including 12 standard rooms, 4 luxury rooms and a suite; en suite bathrooms with robes and towels; air conditioning; satellite TV; mini bar; tea/coffee; wi-fi; safe; balcony; luxury rooms and the suite have additional lounge areas and feature the best views and bigger beds; room service; laundry service; concierge; restaurant; bar.

Activities

Marine cruises - with oysters and champagne - are a must and for the more energetic, kayak tours - with sandwiches and coffee - offer a more tactile experience of the lagoon. Walk along the endless esplanade to find yourself an excellent birdwatching spot or visit the harbour and its lively seafood restaurants. Living desert tours and guided 4x4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour are out of this world and you’ve got several excellent adventure options include sailing, kite and windsurfing, quad biking in the dunes, deep sea and shore fishing, paragliding, skydiving and we’ll stop there. Swakopmund, 40km northwards, is the more tourist-geared of the two towns with restaurants, cafes, craft markets, galleries, museums and a pleasant beachfront (although the water’s icy cold all-year round).

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