Zannier Hotels Sonop

Namibia Desert, Namibia


Set within 13,800 acres of untouched wilderness, Zannier Hotels Sonop’s tents sit on top of granite boulders and conjure up images of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers. With sweeping desert views from every angle, live it up in roaring 20s style as you gallop over the sands, spot wildlife on a drive, and play a game of billiards in the bar.

Key Features

  • Daily sightings of desert animals, from oryx, brown hyenas, rabbits, bat-eared foxes, meerkats, jackals and leopards
  • Facilities include an infinity pool, spa and fitness centre, as well as guided excursions including horse riding, e-bike or walking trails, hot air balloon safari and private sunset safaris
  • All tents offer panoramic views with a large bedroom and a separate bathroom, furnished with a combination of antiques and locally-crafted pieces
  • From the location and the facilities to the 1920s atmosphere, everything is done to transport you away from daily life and create a unique experience


Zannier Hotels Sonop is constructed on top of boulders, resulting in some seriously awe-inspiring views over the otherworldly landscape. Oozing 1920’s British colonial style, the property comprises ten tented suites and a main tented guest area. The hotel effortlessly captures old-world charm, with each tent kitted out with ornate objects and antiques (think binoculars, mirrors, trunks and gramophones). Any new furnishings have been created by local artisans using Namibian materials that tie in seamlessly with the surrounds.

Despite its name, the Namib Desert isn’t as dry as it sounds. There are some brilliant activities here, so spend a morning or afternoon on a scenic drive to sight wildlife gathered around watering holes, or enjoy the landscape on foot with a hike around the hills. There are also stables for guests to traverse the desert on horseback. As night falls, spend an evening stargazing using one of the myriad telescopes dotted around the tents. There is also an open-air cinema, a spa with two couple-sized treatment rooms that uses indigenous ingredients, a well-equipped fitness centre and swimming pool.


An ode to the explorers of the 20s, meals are a silver-service affair with candelabras and white-gloved waiters adding to the elegant ambiance. At 8pm exactly, guests are invited to a gala-style dinner that changes daily and uses as much fresh local produce as possible. Dishes are a marriage of Mediterranean and Namibian cuisines, so expect fresh fish, homemade stews and traditional desserts. Or, to make the most of the beautiful locale, take breakfast atop the Sonop Dune.

Why we love it

Make some incredible memories as you explore the Namibian Desert in style. Take an e-bike out across the sands, or enjoy a tour of Sossusvlei on an exclusive safari to discover Namibia’s famous dunes. Or, for a bird’s eye view, opt for a hot air balloon safari or helicopter tour. There’s also a photographer on hand to capture your adventuring.

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