Four Seasons Is Going on Permanent Safari in The Serengeti National Park
For all the Four Seasons Hotels loyalists out there (you know who you are, especially you Josh Flagg) in search of a Four Seasons in the wild, you'll be thrilled to know that the posh hotel brand now has a hotel in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Four Seasons has just signed a management agreement with the owners of the existing Bilila Lodge (previously a Kempinski.) The resort will be upgraded and rebranded the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in fall 2012. This marks the first Four Seasons in Sub-Saharan Africa, although the brand is planning a luxury tented safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and a beach resort on the island of Zanzibar.
This particular Four Seasons will borrow heavily from the popular Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand by allowing guests to spy on wildlife (mainly elephants) in a safe and "ecologically responsible" environment yet while still having all the luxury amenities and necessities they can't travel without.
All 60 rooms, 12 suites and five villas on the property have direct views of the Serengeti and a two-storey great house serves as the heart of the resort with several dining options, a spa and an infinity pool. There's no word yet on whether or not you will still be able to watch wildlife while getting a massage.
Right now, we can't seem to find rates on the Bilila Lodge's website which is still functioning. But this being the Four Seasons in a national wildlife park in Tanzania, it will probably be top dollar. We'll start saving our pennies now.
[Photo: Bilila Lodge]