Singita Sweni Lodge is the smallest Singita lodge with only 6 suites. My experience started with GAP Tours which is Singita’s official transfer company. They took me from Tinga Lodge to Singita Sweni Lodge where I was given a very impressive and personalized welcome. I was offered a drink and given an orientation of the lodge. I felt right at home and was right after escorted to the room. Sweni is the smallest Singita with 6 suites. They were incredible designed and definitely one of the best I’ve stayed in the world. Very similar to Lebombo Lodge, but with a few different touches. It has the same comfortable bed, complimentary minibar, bathtub and two showers. One indoor and one outdoor on the outdoor area with incredible views. The wifi was very fast after South African standards and I couldn’t fault anything about the room. I would however like to point out that the Singita’s in Sabi Sand have an outdoor swimming pool which would have been nice to have in Sweni and Lebombo as well. Singita Sweni is a member of Relais&Chateaux which means food is very important.
The food was actually better in Tanzania than South Africa. The food was truly great and with excellent service, but Tanzania was Michelin level and perhaps because of even better chefs than in the South African properties. You can have whatever you want, whenever you want. W’s motto is “whatever, whatever”, but with Singita it’s delivered in a personalized way you won’t get in a big chain hotel. The all-inclusive concept also means you don’t have to worry about a single thing. You can ask about whatever you want. They didn’t even charge me for malerone pills and you feel like a guest in every single interaction you have with any staff.
All nine Singita’s are safari lodges and it gives them an advantage compared to the other of the world’s best hotels. The safari experience is something very special and Singita was far better than the other lodges I’ve stayed. The service, the kindness and professionalism of the guides. Also a big plus for offering walking- and mountainbike-safari, which is very unique and done in very few lodges. The facilities included a great bush spa, a boutique and up-to-date gym facilities.
With a rate of 24.500 South African Rand pr. night it’s definitely one of the most expensive hotels in the world, but well worth it if you have the money. For others it’s highly recommended to save up for as a “once in a lifetime experience”. What can they improve? Hard to say, but I loved the complimentary international phone calls the Tanzanian Singita lodges offered. Overall my favorite Singita and probably my favorite hotel in the world. The room, service and game viewing was the best and with great food as well. An incredible experience and the Singita with best personalized service.
My opinion: Favorite experience.