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Villa Margherita

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- Central location in vibrant Swakopmund
- Comfortable and stylish rooms
- Professional and friendly service

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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.

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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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