PHINDA FOREST LODGE, A CONSERVATION-FUELED LUXURY RETREAT, REOPENS IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH A REIMAGINED DESIGN, BALANCING SUSTAINABILITY AND ELEGANCE. GUESTS CAN NOW EXPERIENCE EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURES, INCLUDING SPECIES CONSERVATION INITIATIVES AND ZULU CULTURE IMMERSION.
In the heart of South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge has unveiled its revamped luxury haven, seamlessly blending eco-conscious design with contemporary safari elegance.
&Beyond Managing Director, Kevin Pretorius, reminisces about the lodge’s early ’90s innovation, maintaining sustainability in the rebuild. The lodge, nestled in the ancient sand forest, maintains its ‘Zulu-zen’ charm while embracing a minimalist interior design.
Fox Browne Creative and architectural designer Jack Alexander collaborate, breathing new life into Phinda Forest Lodge. Additionally, the rooms boast natural elements inspired by the sand forest, combining Japanese minimalism with local culture, fostering a deeper connection to the surrounding environment.
Phinda Forest Lodge: Balancing Luxury and Conservation
With a commitment to conservation, the refurbishment utilizes existing structures, minimizing environmental impact. Pathways have been redirected, offering an exclusive experience within the sand forest. A nursery aids rehabilitation, cultivating sand forest trees planted along the trails.
Structural additions include a family suite, library, lounge, and a reshaped tiered pool. The family suite features contemporary design, while the library seamlessly blends Zulu culture with minimalist elegance. Guests can now enjoy a fireside chat by the central fire pit overlooking the wetland.
Phinda Forest Lodge promises an immersive experience, born out of &Beyond’s conservation ethos. Guests can participate in species conservation initiatives and embark on a unique Zulu Village Tour. The lodge also offers extraordinary adventures like diving at Sodwana Bay or witnessing turtles nesting along the Indian Ocean coastline.
Excitement resonates as Kevin Pretorius expresses anticipation for guests returning to Phinda Forest Lodge. The lodge, where &Beyond’s vision and impact model originated, continues to provide unique, immersive experiences, offering guests a luxury beyond expectations.