Chobe Water Villas - Back to Nature Luxuriously
Ever just have a big grin on your face because you are simply happy and excited about what you are doing? Well, I had that "kitchen table smile" as a friend likes to call it, from the moment I saw Chobe Water Villas from the boat as we approached it on April 18th. Excitement grew as we landed and were warmly greeted by the team. We were the only guests arriving at the time. The staff to advantage of that and made us immediately feel at home and like we were the only guests in the facility.
Chobe Water Villas consists of a main lodge that houses the restaurant, kitchens, lounge, bar, an infinity edge pool and numerous sitting areas were you can relax. Chobe Water Villas sits on the banks of the Chobe River on the Namibia shore. Steeply pitched thatched roofs protect the structures from the elements. It was cool under the roofs without air conditioning. There are very few walls. The design of the structures incorporates traditional African features and crisp modern rectilinear elements. Earth tones and art influenced by nature abound. The overall effect is calming and views and breezes are available where ever you are in the complex.
The villas themselves are A-frame thatched roof huts; build on stilts that stand in the water's edge. We were literally blown away, when one of the managers showed us the interior of the villa. The large, luxurious and very European bathroom is as striking as it is inviting. There is a wall of custom built-ins to store your stuff. The bed, ensconced under a canopy, is larger than a US king-sized bed and it is awash in high-grade linens. The canopy also supports the mosquito netting that staff puts in place as part of the turn down service while guests enjoy dinner. There's a sofa and large chair in the sitting area and another cabinet that conceals the complimentary mini-bar, safe, coffee maker and a flashlight (very necessary if you want to go outside after dark -- its really, really dark out there). Each villa also has a deck that overhangs the Chobe River. Guests can really bring the outside in by sliding open the full width glass doors that separate the deck from the villa. The villa remained cool and comfortable due to two large and silent ceiling fans and a system I didn't quite understand that the staff turned on at night that pushed air upward through the bed.
You access the villas from the main building via elevated board walks. I think there are a total of 18 villas but don't quote me. It's definitely on the boutique hotel scale which encourages the kind of personalized service and attention that me and Mike enjoyed.
Guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant. The homemade breads were one of my favorites. The cakes and rolls were also delicious. Breakfasts choices ranged from bacon and eggs to a full buffet. Lunch was usually a nice selection of salads, meats, fresh fruit and cheeses. A quick aside about the water at Chobe Water Villas - The kitchen is equipped with a distiller which is used to purify all the water used in cooking and cleaning food items. We checked before diving into a salad. I am happy to report that we had no issues. Dinners ranged from family-style hearty meals to 5 course formal menus. We enjoyed every meal.
After we checked out and headed to the boat to leave, the staff surprised us with a song that was so heartfelt, I got a little misty eyed. We will miss the folks at Chobe Water Villas, particularly Virginia and John who took really great care of us.