Despite a remote location at the southwest tip of Africa, Namibia has attracted an unusual degree of attention of late. In addition to a pristine environment, year-round sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle, its extremely low population density — fewer than 3 million people in an area 50 percent larger than Texas — has attracted travelers anxious to reengage with the world, but also keen to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19. For an empty desert land of immense sand dunes and jagged mountains, Namibia can boast a surprising number of glamorous lodges, six of which I recommend.
The latest addition to the country’s luxury portfolio is The Nest @ Sossus, a striking new villa for up to seven guests set on the Namib Tsaris Conservancy. The property took eight years to complete, and its remarkable design was inspired by the complex nests of sociable weaver birds. In addition to all expected amenities, the villa comes with a gourmet chef, a butler and a highly qualified naturalist guide. A private floodlit waterhole facilitates nightly wildlife viewing. The villa is located just 40 minutes from Sossusvlei, the famous salt and clay pan surrounded by towering orange dunes. A unique retreat from the world, The Nest could provide the setting for an extraordinary family vacation.