- Central location in vibrant Swakopmund
- Comfortable and stylish rooms
- Professional and friendly service
Villa Margherita is a charming boutique hotel located in the centre of Swakopmund, western Namibia. The coastal town lies on the edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park and boasts attractive German Colonial architecture.
Though Villa Margherita’s colonial buildings date from 1908, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2008. The updated interior décor comprises a stylish blend of traditional features and tastefully chosen contemporary art, and the fireplace and soft furnishings make for a cosy and inviting communal lounge. The gourmet Italian restaurant offers a locally-sourced, organic menu, and there’s a lovely spa facility. Dining is available both indoors and outside in the well-manicured garden, and there are plenty of tasty breakfast options. Bookings for the restaurant and the spa can be made on arrival and throughout the stay, at additional cost. Other facilities include a bar, and 24 hour secure parking.
There are 8 rooms and suites, set out across four buildings. All rooms are spacious and comfortable, and whilst each has its own unique and quirky décor, the general characteristics are warm colours, stone floors, hardwood furniture, cosy furnishings, and tasteful paintings and sculpture. Rooms range from twin, to double, to queen; all are ensuite, and most have their own seating area. Ground floor rooms generally have direct garden access, and those on the first floor include access to a private terrace or small balcony, with views over the garden or out towards the dunes. The more sumptuous Honeymoon suite offers greater privacy, set across the road with its own terrace and large living room complete with laptop, satellite TV, DVD player, and stereo system.
The hotel is situated in the old town of Swakopmund, near to the seaside town's shopping and dining facilities. The town is well-known for its thriving extreme sports scene, and there is no shortage of activities to enjoy, including sky-diving, dune-boarding, and quad biking through the Namib desert. For any guest less partial to adrenaline rushes, gentle hot air balloon rides provide a more relaxed opportunity to enjoy stunning dune scenery. A day trip to the nearby Sandwich Bay is a great option; visitors can explore a lagoon enclosed by spectacular dunes, with opportunities to see springbok and a great variety of birds. All of these activities can be arranged by the excellent and well-informed hotel staff who encourage bookings with companies who support local habitat conservation efforts.
Children and families are very welcome at Villa Margherita, with no age restrictions. Both The King and The Nest suites are well suited to family guests, each with separate queen and twin bedrooms. The King suite also includes a large private lounge area with views of the dunes. The range of outdoor activities on offer provides plenty of exciting entertainment options for children, while the hotel’s flat screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and laptops available on request are sure to keep them occupied back at base. Whilst parental supervision is generally required at the villa, a babysitting service can be arranged.
Villa Margherita is a delightful property known for the personalised service offered by its attentive and friendly staff. The hotel is ideal for a fairly upmarket and highly enjoyable short stay in Swakopmund during a self-drive safari through Namibia.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019