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    News bites – 19 August 2020

    Singita’s luxury Serengeti tented camp set to reopen in September

    Set in a 350,000-acre concession in the Serengeti in northern Tanzania, Singita Sabora Tented Camp has captivated guests for more than a decade with its inimitable location. Reopening at the end of September 2020, the lodge’s extensive redesign is a modern interpretation of luxury tented safaris, while retaining the elements of a romantic experience under canvas.

    With added comforts such as private meditation decks and secluded outdoor salas with shaded daybeds, the new camp is now set even closer to the ground. Guests can spend languid afternoons reading on their decks, idly watch game passing by, and immerse themselves in Sabora’s setting. With not much separating them from the bush, every sight, sound and smell is amplified, maximising the thrill of this tented experience.

    The nine self-contained suites feature a seamless combination of in and outdoor living spaces, which include private areas to rest, relax and immerse oneself in wellness activities like outdoor yoga and soothing guided rituals and treatments. The tents also offer private fitness areas and lifestyle units such as a curated pantry and dining area.

    The tents rest lightly above the ground, with minimal impact on the landscape and with the use of sustainable materials, natural light, cross ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and solar power, the off-the-grid design wholly embraces the One Planet Living sustainability framework adopted by Singita. Sabora’s location at eye level with grazing herds of wildlife rewrites the script on sustainable experiences in the wilderness.

    Celebrating the romance of a tented camp and the opportunity for a restorative retreat, Sabora’s thoughtfully tailored luxury is set to reframe the future of luxury safaris on the continent.

    Set in the western corridor of the Serengeti, Singita Grumeti gives guests exclusive access to the Serengeti Mara ecosystem – the renowned migratory route of the Great Migration. It’s protected by the dedicated conservation team at the Grumeti Fund, Singita’s conservation partner in the region, who spearheads projects like the Anti-Poaching Canine Unit, black rhino relocations and the Serengeti Girls Run for the empowerment of girls in rural communities.

    Zebras at Singita. Image credit Singita


    Put Hoshino Resorts Tomamu on your Ski list for 2021

    Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU has been updating safety and hygiene protocol in hopeful anticipation for the rebound of leisure travel. Prefectures in the north of Japan, including Hokkaido have fared much better with regards to COVID-19 cases, recording less than ten cases a day in July and maintaining social distancing rules such as restricting indoor venues to less than 50% capacity. With excellent powder conditions, it will be a great place to visit when Aussies can get to back to Japan’s for ski season.

    For the 2020/21 ski season, Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU will operate from December 2020 – April 2021 with strict preventative hygiene policies to provide guests with peace of mind as they enjoy the winter landscapes of Tomamu. This includes:

    • Frequent and intensive sterilisation of all spaces
    • Social distancing markers to ease congestion in common areas
    • Regular temperature checks for staff and guests
    • Disinfectant hand sanitiser available throughout the property
    • Webpage displaying the level of congestion in common bathrooms

    As an additional safety measure, dining spaces and equipment have been treated with Medical Nano-coat, a film that coats surfaces with a formula that neutralises bacteria. Splash-proof acrylic covers have also been placed on foods to protect against droplet infection.

    Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU offers 29 ski runs, and there are plans for the annual Ice Village, an ice-themed park for children and other snow activities such as ice fishing and snow camping.

    Hoshino Resorts Tomamu. Image Credit Hoshino Resorts

    About Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

    Surrounded by 1,000 hectares of vast nature, Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is one of Hokkaido’s largest resorts to enjoy sightseeing and activities in the Tomamu region, all year round. In winter, it is regarded as Japan’s most family-friendly ski resort with its convenient ski-in ski-out accommodation and world class facilities. With high-quality dry powder snow gracing a diverse terrain, the resort caters to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. During the summer, guests can further explore the region through a variety of outdoor activities including river sports, cycling and hot air balloon rides, and witness a beautiful “sea of clouds” from the UNKAI Terrace.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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