Luxurious Hotel Built on Top of Boulders Will Transport You Back to the 20th Century

View from Zannier Hotels

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In the heart of the Namibian desert lies the Zannier Sonop Hotel, a place that promises to transport you back to the 20th century while maintaining the luxuries enjoyed today. The accommodation is a high-end 10-tent camp that’s constructed on top of boulders overlooking the desolate landscape below. Meant as a place of solitude, you’ll take in the beauty of the rocky terrain and mountain vistas from a room that’s decorated in the style of English explorers from the 1920s.

Although a tent might remind you of camping, the accommodations at the Sonop are anything but that. Rooms begin at a spacious 42 square meters (452 square feet) and go up to 75 square meters (807 square feet). Each tent has several roll-up canvas openings so you can enjoy the scenery from many views—including from your cozy four-post bed. The decor is lavish and a nod to the last century with an antique desk and objects like vintage-style binoculars and maps to adorn it. But, to keep things comfortable, there is also air conditioning and wifi.

Beyond your room, the grounds have some spectacular common areas. There is an infinity pool and cabanas nestled within the rocks and a dining area that hosts a “gala dinner” at its large communal table that promises to be an “unforgettable gastronomic experience.”

If you’d like to explore what lies beyond the Sonop, the hotel offers a variety of off-site excursions. From hiking to horseback riding to trips on an electric mountain bike, you can take in the sights in an environmentally respectful way as you see meerkats, jackals, and even leopards. You can even take to the skies in a hot-air balloon ride.

Scroll down to see more of the Sonop and visit its website to learn more about booking a tent there.

The Zannier Sonop Hotel is in the heart of the Namibian desert.

Exterior Shot of Zannier Sonop Hotels

The luxurious tent-style accommodations are built on top of boulders.

Exterior Shot of Zannier Sonop Hotels
View from Zannier Hotels

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View from Zannier Hotels

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View from Zannier Hotels

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Bathroom View

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View from Zannier Hotels

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The grounds include community dining spaces, an infinity pool, and excursions off the property.

View from Zannier Hotels

Photo: tibodhermy for Zannier Hotels

View from Zannier Hotels Table and Chairs at Zannier Sonop Hotels Desert Landscape Desert Landscape Desert With Truck Movie Playing in Desert Exterior Shot of Zannier Sonop Hotels

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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