Brian Gardiner, from Zimbabwe. A seasoned General Manager with ample Africa experience, he was Operations Director for Sanctuary Retreats in Botswana, Opening General Manager of The Saxon Hotel in South Africa, General Manager of Per AQUUM’s Niyama in the Maldives and in his most recent role General Manager of Velassaru Maldives.
History & Story
The 2nd lodge by Zannier Hotels in Namibia, sister hotel to Omaanda. Set within a 5600 private reserve, Arnaud Zannier discovered this breathtaking piece of land while travelling the country and decided to build Sonop on this spectacular site of big boulders, typical for the region.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
10 solid tents in authentic 1920s British Colonial design. Over 500 antiques were sourced for the lodge. All tents feature air-conditioning, heating, a vintage bathtub with combined rainshower, double vanity, telescopes and amazing views. A special highlight is the communal fine dining at night.
Located in the Karas region in Southern Namibia, 4 hours drive from Luederitz, 5 hours from Fish River Canyon and 6 hours from Windhoek. Accessible by domestic flight, as Sonop has its own airstrip. Remote location in desert scenery with volcanos, mountains and large boulders.
Key sites/activities in the area
Open-air cinema by the infinity pool, including popcorn and snacks. Horse riding from our own stables. A stargazing activity, in which guests are allocated a star and get to name it in a special ceremony. E-mountain bikes, hiking and walking trails. Group yoga. Twice a day scenic drives. A day excursion to Sossusvlei. Hot Air Balloon rides.
For the gourmet dinner at night, gentlemen have the option to rent a vintage tweed dinner jacket, designed by Zannier, whose background is in the fashion industry.
For safety reasons children under 6 years are not permitted at Sonop.
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Restaurants & Bars
One restaurant, including long communal dining table, with amazing views. All-inclusive meal plan only.
The menus are created by French Michelin-star chef Julien Burlat. Fresh produce, variety and creative presentation are key.
Spa with 2 double treatment rooms
Heated infinity pool
Corporate & Celebration Events
Available for buy-outs for up to 28 guests.
Extra Notable Features
Horse-riding, yoga, hiking, e-mountain bikes, open-air cinema, snooker table in the cigar & cocktail bar