Set within a 615-acre private game reserve home to its own herd of giraffe, the intimate and vibrantly colorful Thamo Tele Lodge offers nine private, en-suite luxury tent suites, each set upon wooden platforms and surrounded by trees for added privacy. There are also two honeymoon chalets and a swimming pool with a relaxation area for guests to enjoy.
Named after the smallest member of the resident giraffe herd, Thamo Telele means “long neck” in Setswana. Guests have the opportunity to go on guided horseback riding treks close to where the giraffes feed. Bird watchers can stay busy trying to spot the more than 300 species of birds in the region, while other activities include nature walks and trail biking excursions.
Guest experiences in the nearby town of Maun range from basket weaving classes and visits to the local seamstress shop to walking tours of the town. Guests can also visits area cafés or Okavango Craft Brewery, which supports elephant conservation and positive relationships between elephants and humans.
Thamo Telele is part of the Natural Selection portfolio, which also includes Lekkerwater Beach Lodge in South Africa; a number of properties in Namibia including Shipwreck Lodge, Etosha Mountain Lodge and Kwessi Dunes; and lodging experiences in Botswana like Meno a Kwena, Jack’s Camp, Camp Kalahari, Mapula Lodge, Sable Alley, Okavango Spirit, Little Sable and Duke’s Camp.
Natural Selection donates 1 percent of annual revenue to conservation and partners with local communities and governments to protect and increase Southern Africa’s protected lands and critical wildlife habitat through an assortment of ecotourism projects.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
ToursbyLocals, the private tour marketplace connecting travelers with certified local guides for customizable tour experiences, conducted a proprietary travel survey to determine travel trends for 2023. The company features more than 44,000 guides in almost 200 countries, allowing a comprehensive study to reveal what’s in store for next year.
Hyatt recently announced plans to open more than 20 luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts in Latin America and the Caribbean through 2024. Some of these new openings include expansion of Hyatt brands into new markets.
At nearly 30,000 square feet, United Airlines’ newest United ClubSM now welcomes Newark Liberty International Airport travelers with its modern design, enhanced amenities, culinary offerings, locally sourced art and furniture and Manhattan skyline views. Seek airport solace at the new location in Terminal C3, near Gate C123.
Hotelier Ash welcomes its fourth hotel, Ulysses, to its collection. Situated in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, the 116-room hotel features an all-day café and late-night drinking parlor. The new hotel lies within the historic, nine-story Latrobe Building, a former 1912 apartment building with an early Italian Renaissance design. The hotel earns its name, Ulysses, from a ship that brought Bavarian immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the century. The name also pays homage to James Joyce’s legendary and revolutionary novel and to the Greek hero, Odysseus.
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation unveiled enhancements to its meeting and events offerings through new and expanded partnerships.
Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced a beverage partnership with iconic drink brand Coca-Cola. Norwegian Prima will be the line’s first ship in its fleet to carry Coca-Cola products as its official drink. The remaining Norwegian Cruise Line ships will implement Coca-Cola beverages by the end of December.