Dubai, UAE – 01 July 2019

Sofitel Dubai Downtown is celebrating five years as one of the UAE’s leading luxury destinations with incredible food and beverage offers across several of the hotel’s restaurants, VIP and poolside lounges, as well as in-room dining. 

Until the 30th September 2019, guests staying at the hotel, where room rates start from AED500, can take advantage of an offer to spend the full amount paid for the room – excluding taxes – in the hotel’s sumptuous array of dinning outlets, including Les Cuisines, La Patisserie, Mosaic Pool and Lounge, Above, exclusive access to the hotel’s VIP lounge, Club Millésime, as well as room service. A range of fantastic discounts on treatments at Sofitel Spa is also available.

Klaus Assmann, General Manager, said: “In celebration of our five-year anniversary, this summer all our guests will have the opportunity to experience the luxury of Sofitel Dubai Downtown in our guest rooms and suites while also indulging in a variety of world-class cuisines. We will also ensure rest and relaxation are in ample supply with several enticing offers in our tranquil spa or by enjoying a swim in our infinity pool overlooking the Downtown area.”

Sofitel Dubai Downtown has garnered a glowing reputation from the Dubai foodie scene since it opened in 2014. Les Cuisines, an all-day dining restaurant serving a culinary voyage of discovery including traditional French cuisine, Asian specialties and Arabic dishes with a twist. La Patisserie, an elegant alternative for those wishing to experience a more traditional French offering, provides bespoke French pastries, delicious handmade sweet treats and a range of refined snacks and sandwiches as well as coffees and teas.

The hotel’s much lauded 5th floor terrace and infinity pool, is home to Mosaic Pool and Lounge where a five-star offering of sumptuous treats awaits guests. Alternatively, Above, as the name alludes to, is a rooftop lounge and the perfect haven to enjoy an array of signature cocktails, international cuisine, and lounge to the beats from resident and guest DJ’s.

Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy Club Millésime, the hotel’s newly launched VIP lounge which offers indoor and outdoor dining areas, a cigar lounge, a living room, a relaxation area with massage chairs and a boardroom, in a charming old world French country style setting. 

As part of its five-year anniversary celebrations, Sofitel Dubai Downtown has also launched five new products to enhance its world-class facilities. These include Gallery, the latest addition to the hotel’s event space; Luxury Le Petit Prince Family Room which features ample space for two adults and two children thanks to the clever introduction of foldable bunk beds; Le Petit Prince Kids Club which has been recently upgraded and newly designed, VIP Lounge Club Millésime, which offers all club room and suite guests the opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining areas, a cigar lounge, a relaxation area with massage chairs, shower facilities and private check-in and check-out.

Another new addition launching this summer will be Sofie’s Ladies’ Floor – an exclusive floor for female travellers which will feature 12 exquisite rooms and suites with full-length windows providing sweeping views of Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, and the Arabian Gulf. Rooms will include several elegant feminine touches and a host of amenities to enhance the experience and provide added comfort, service, style and quality. 

For more information, contact Sofitel Dubai Downtown on +971 503 666 or visit www.sofitel-dubai-downtown.com

Global, June 30, 2019 –

Travelers who book a two-night stay or longer will receive daily breakfast for two and a dining credit of up to USD50 

From family meals to romantic dinners on the beach, the Savour Summer promotion is available at all Shangri-La hotels and resorts world-wide for stays until September 30, 2019. Guests who book a minimum of a two-night stay will receive daily breakfast for two and dining credit to be used on property during the stay, including curated dining experiences, Michelin-starred restaurants, iconic bars, beach-side dinners and more. 

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives is located in the Maldives’ southernmost atoll, beyond the equator, with only the Indian Ocean separating the island from Antarctica, the private island resort is quite literally on the edge of the world. Boasting not only pristine white beaches and turquoise waters but also a unique jungle setting. As the largest resort island in the Maldives, spreading across 12 hectares, it offer a host of amazing activities including water sports, a 6 km jogging trail, as well as a nine-hole golf course which is the only one of its kind in the Maldives. 

Early risers can enjoy Breakfast with Nature while overlooking Sabah’s iconic Mount Kinabalu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the unique Borneo rainforest at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu’s 64-acre Rasa Ria Reserve, which is home to numerous plants and animals found only in Malaysia.

Originally built in 1896 as the home of French imperial Prince Roland Bonaparte, the iconic building once again welcomes Parisians and world travellers within its walls, over 100 years later.  With 101 rooms and suites, three restaurants, two of which are Michelin-starred, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris cultivates a warm and authentic ambience, drawing the best from two cultures: the Asian art of hospitality and the French art of living. 

Nestled on the quiet shores of Trou d’Eau Douce, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is a luxurious private hideaway embodying the true spirit of Mauritius. Trendy dining experiences, private island retreats and a Bernhard Langer-designed 18-hole golf course are a just few examples of what the resort has to offer. 

Located between the Dolmabahce Palace and the Naval Museum on the European coast of the Bosphorus Straits, the iconic Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul welcomes its guests with an unfolding panorama of the shimmering Bosphorus and green hills of Istanbul’s Asian shores together with the domes and minarets of this magical city.

Asia’s favourite luxury city resort, set in 15 acres of lush greenery just minutes from the vibrant Orchard Road shopping belt, the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is a tranquil, sophisticated urban retreat whether travelling for business or leisure. It features 792 luxurious guestrooms and suites across three distinct wings, which include unique family-themed rooms, supported by a host of dedicated family-focused amenities.

Kids Eat FreeAt all Shangri-La hotels and resorts, when accompanied by a paying adult, up to two children of registered hotel guests under the age of six can enjoy buffet meals at the all-day dining venues at no additional charge. 

UAE-headquartered TIME Hotels has signed an agreement with Dubai-based Plan B Solutions, to offer its guests the opportunity of enrolling in the TIME Elite Club Membership.

The cobranding loyalty programme has two tiers, the first being a complimentary level where would be members can enroll for free, by simply downloading the eliteclub mobile app and registering. Members can earn two points for every one US dollar spent in any participating TIME hotel and points can be redeemed, through the eliteclub e-commerce platform against gift certificates, retail products or cash vouchers, which can be spent at any TIME Hotel.

“Elite Club is all about adding value to our proposition. Guests can earn points every time they stay or dine with us, which can be saved and redeemed at a later stage. Although we already have a very loyal customer base, we thought this was another way of saying thank you for their continued loyalty,” said Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels.

The executive tier of the programme comes with an annual membership fee of AED 990, but opens the door to a world of advantages, including unlimited discounts of up to 50% on F&B, free upgrades and up to 20% discounts on rooms; AED 1,600 worth of complimentary voucher packages, containing free accommodation and breakfast, plus free access to 100 swimming pools and beach resorts for two people, at all hotels enrolled in to the eliteclub loyalty scheme.

“This loyalty programme also allows members to take advantage of considerable discounts and value-led offers, not only from TIME Hotels but from an extensive collection of bars, restaurants and experiences, as well as another 30 branded hotel partners across the globe,” said Elie Younis, founder and CEO of Plan B Solutions and eliteclub. For more information, please log onto http://www.timehotels.ae/

Jan 29, 2019

Ilala Lodge Hotel Group has commenced construction of a new luxury hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, following a Groundbreaking Ceremony held last week. The 4-star luxury hotel will be named the Palm River Lodge and marks a significant expansion to the Ilala Lodge Hotel Group.

Welcoming the construction of the Palm River Lodge, were honorary members of council, including the Honourable Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Matabeleland North Province, Honourable CDE. Richard Moyo and the Mayor of the Municipality of Victoria Falls, Cllr Dhlamini.

“Such expansion allows for the increased accommodation of various tourist activities which translates into an increase of our tourist arrival space,” said the Honourable Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Matabeleland North Province, Honourable CDE. Richard Moyo, “This project will also create a number of job opportunities for our people in the resort town of Victoria Falls and other supporting industries like the transport sector, arts and music industry.”

“In addition to boosting tourism and employment within Victoria Falls, the USD$ 15 million investment marks a distinguished expansion for the Ilala Lodge Hotel Group,” said Jim Brown, CEO of Ilala Lodge Hotel Group, “Given the continued growth of Victoria Falls as one of the premier destinations in Africa, we feel there is room in the market to offer another high-quality, luxury hotel for the discerning traveller.”

The idyllic location of the Palm River Lodge offers an unmatched panoramic view of the renowned Zambezi River, just a short distance from the mighty Victoria Falls waterfall. Guests staying at the hotel will experience the tranquil riverside location, its beautiful landscapes and the wildlife that roams within.

The Palm River Lodge takes inspiration from a rich local history of Victoria Falls town, as illustrated in its high ceilings, spacious verandas and iconic Queenslander style architecture. It will cover a total floor space approx. 8000 square metres. Inside reflects a modern, natural and stylish elegance, with 73 generously-sized deluxe guest rooms, a luxurious presidential suite, two honeymoon suites and two private villas.

The Palm River Lodge will also offer a relaxing spa, state-of-the-art gym facilities and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel will present two unique dining experiences, including indoor á la carte fine-dining and outdoor dining on the banks of the Zambezi River. Guests may also delight in luxury river cruises onboard the Ra-Ikane River Cruise, owned by the Ilala Lodge Hotel Group. Striving for first-class service with immaculate attention to detail, the plus 4-star hotel is scheduled for completion in June 2020.

By Kelvin Atuhaire

Built in 1971 by Danish master architect Hans Munk Hansen, the Kidepo Safari Lodge, now known as the Katurum Lodge Kidepo was put up by the former president Idi Amin, as a meeting point for his international friends. It was also a hunting spot since he loved hunting as a sport. This lodge was built alongside other lodges such as Pakuba Safari Lodge in Murchision Falls and Semiliki to help boost the number of lodges in the national parks.

Katurum lodge was later burnt down and abandoned in 1979 when Amin was overthrown. For 35 years, it fell into disuse in the turmoil which followed his overthrow and the once luxurious accommodation was taken over by wild animals and down on their luck soldiers, until local entrepreneur Cornelius Lorika Kodet decided to take up the challenge of requesting President Museveni to bring the lodge back to life.
“The government was planning to raze the whole place but then I requested the President to give me some time to develop this place again, which I have done. I have built this place on the trust of President Museveni,” narrates Kodet

Pleasure haven
Katurum lodge that used to be a haven for wild animals, is now a perfect place for one who loves adventure, located high on Katurum rocks in the valleys of Kidepo Valley National Park. The park offers an abundance for a more rustic experience into the paradise section of the park.
The lodge derives the name Katurum from the hilltop it was built on. It is famed to resemble a Swiss chalet, where one wakes up early in the morning to the sunrise with windows opening to the natural air and a unspolied nature. 
Katurum Lodge, which is under a 15-year concession since 2014 to Kodet, will be launched early this year to offer a variety of services. It has an accommodation capacity of 100 rooms, including a presidential suites, spa and health club, bar and restaurant. 
According to Kodet, any one that visits their lodge gets a full package for both the game drive as well as accommodation.

Kodet who, is a local investor and already owns Aero Beach Entebbe, Mt Moroto Hotel, says that his love for Karamoja’s development inspired him to restore the famous lodge since it was one of Karamoja’s pride alongside the Kidepo Valley National Park.
“For many years Karamoja has been treated as a human zoo, a no-go area, where tourists are discouraged from visiting. I wanted to change that narrative and I believe Katurum is going to be a home for many, and people will visit Karamoja because of it,” Kodet predicts.

Kidepo Valley National Park has been having a challenge of accommodation, since there are not more than six lodges and hotels within and outside the park. With Katurum coming on board with 100 rooms for guests, it is another boost to the park.

The lodge can be reached by both road and air transport. When using the road, there are four possible routes.
Routes via Kampala – Mbale- Soroti- Moroto- Kidepo is 792 kms,
Kampala – Mbale- Sironko- Kotido- Kaabong- Kidepo is 740 kms
Kampala- Karuma- Gulu- Kitgum- Kaabong – Kidepo 671 kms
Charter flights to Kidepo can be arranged from Aero Beach where Kodet’s offices are located. 
Kodet has a plane to help in the transportation of tourists. The flights take two hours from Entebbe to the lodge.

One does not have to worry about animals attacking them during the course of the day or night, there are Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) rangers deployed at the hotel as well as patrols that move around the park.
The location of the lodge also favours the guests so in case of any attack, people can easily secure themselves in a bunker.

Speaking to Kodet, he expresses his disappointment in the way the government treats its local investors. He claims the government favours foreign investors whom it gives all these bonuses and exemption while taxing the local investor dry. 
“There is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape that an investor struggles through to get even the most basic permit. Many people would want to invest and develop this nation but their efforts are being thwarted. Something needs to change,” Kodet notes sadly.
He says he has been struggling with some corrupt government officials who do not want him to continue with the lodge.

“I am 80 years old, I have put all my investments into this place, but these people seated in the offices are not easy. For 15 years I have been moving from office to office looking for one clearance or other. I know they want some sort of kitu kidogo (bribe) but I am sorry I am not about to participate in corruption,” Kodet states.
Kodet says that he has been operating the lodge on President Museveni’s letter giving him permission to take over the lodge. He says any time President Museveni goes away and they force him to leave he will go.
Another challenge highlighted by Kodet is the transportation of the raw materials from Kampala to Kidepo where every week they had to travel more than 650 kms to bring the materials.

“Imagine each of every inch of these materials was got from Kampala, travelling over 650kms to bring materials here, it is really not an easy job,” says Kodet. Besides Katurum lodge which is now refurbished, Pakuba Safari lodge, Amin’s former state lodge built in 1975 in Lututuru hill, in Agoro Sub-county, 35km away from Lamwo Town council, are still dilapidated.

What they say about Katurum

Jaffer Amin, Idd 
Amins’ son
“We are so grateful because one of our late dad’s friends mzee Kodet has been able to restore our father’s legacy. And not only that, mzee is trying to prove to us that we locals of the country can also invest in tourism as well.”

Phillip Akorongimoe head guide Kidepo 
Valley National Park
“Mzee Kodet being the son of this soil, coming up to restore this amazing lodge, brings pride to us. We are happy that even local people are coming up to invest more in tourism.”


…It would definitely be…

Cultural promotion
Promotion and celebration of this community’s local tourism such as the popular Atekker festival will bring focus to the multitude of ethnic groups in Karamoja. Karamoja has many exciting things but they have not been properly packaged and advertised for the rest of the world. We have some incredible cultural festivals, I would want to see tourists get a chance to be part of. 
[Jaffer Amin ]

Karamoja. There is need for more hotels and lodges to offer accommodation to our visitors that come to Kidepo. There are days when we stop some visitors for coming because all lodges are fully occupied.
[Phillip Akorongimoe head guide Kidepo Valley National Park]

Karamoja. Kidepo is very far, using the road is exciting but also sometimes tiresome with poor roads off Kitgum. I once tried out going there by air it was very expensive. So I think if the air transport is boosted and subsidised it would help promote local tourism. [Jacinta Naigaga ]

Source: Daily Monitor

Cape Verde could be on the brink of a hotel development wave if the government fulfils its promises to improve infrastructure and transport links.

It aims to attract more than a million tourists a year by 2020, far more than the current hotel supply can cope with, so investor opportunities on the archipelago, strategically located in the Atlantic Ocean around an hour from Dakar and around four hours from Brazil and Lisbon, could be enormous.

A detailed analysis comes from Horwath HTL, a global leader in hotel, tourism and leisure consulting, ahead of the new Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain  in Marrakesh in February 2019.

The conference, organised by Bench Events as a sister event to the long-established Africa Hotel Investment Forum, will focus on the markets of north and west Africa.

During the conference, Philippe Doizelet, Horwath HTL managing partner, hotels, based in Paris, will be sharing his expertise, gained from 300 development studies both in France and internationally.

His verdict on Cape Verde, where 45 per cent of GDP comes from tourism-related services, is: “Economic stability and growth, combined with improved international links, could present a golden scenario.”

The country has experienced a boom in hotel construction in the last decade.

From 2010 to 2016 the number of rooms in the country rose by 94 per cent (from 5,891 to 11,435 rooms).

This has led to an increase in interest from leading international tour operators (TUI, Thomas Cook, Look Voyages, Solférias, etc.) who have gradually programmed the archipelago as a top leisure destination, thus generating substantial arrivals by charter flight.

According to Horwath HTL, short term hotel development opportunities in Cape Verde are mainly located in Sal, Boa Vista and Praia.

Sal and Boa Vista are expected to remain major group leisure destinations; however, Praia is expected to develop as an administrative and business hub.

In the medium to long term, the Cape Verdean hotel market is predicted to expand as follows:

  • Sal is expected to become an established destination for leisure groups and to gain importance for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions market.
  • Boa Vista is expected to see growth in both group and individual tourism plus the development of a wide-range of leisure activities.
  • Santiago’s capital, Praia, is expected to attract a more corporate/ MICE clientele; whereas northern and central regions of Santiago are predicted to appeal to individual travellers with a focus on eco-tourism.
  • Sao Vincente, which is currently considered to be Cape Verde’s cultural capital, is likely to evolve as a cultural, natural and beach tourism destination for individual leisure clients.

Doizelet added: “Water-supply, electricity distribution, internet connection and road networks remain the major constraints for further expansion of the sector.

“As a result, the Cape Verdean Government has recently dedicated significant funds to further stimulate development, including the launch of an ambitious transport construction program, as well as introducing attractive incentives for tourism investors.”

FIHA is the premier hotel investment conference in Francophone Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers.

It is organised by Bench Events which has an established record of delivering high-level networking and thought leadership conferences for hospitality investment and aviation in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. ‘

Matthew Weihs, managing director of Bench Events, concluded: “FIHA is a unique forum for francophone Africa, uniting the north and west of the continent and helping countries, like Cape Verde, develop their economies via hospitality investment.

“The chief executive-level speakers, alongside government ministers, will inform the audience about substantial opportunities.

“That’s all complemented by networking sessions with leading experts, enabling delegates to establish relationships and to pose questions to which they’ve always wanted answers.”

Source: BreakingTravelNews

My stay at the Baobab Belge was very nice.

After a couple of days in Dakar, Senegal, I headed on to Saly to meet with my Senegalese friend Diallo. I had booked a one-night stay at the Baobab Belge, a B&B via Booking.com, anticipating that if it falls short of standard, I’ll move elsewhere. I didn’t have to. The Baobab Belge turned out the perfect place – nice, cozy and cost effective.

Saly, a major tourist hub is a beach resort town, about 70km east of Dakar, lying on the Petite Côte, and classified under the M’Bour Department in the Thies Region.

Saly is divided into three areas, or like Fatmata, my Gambian friend puts it, “…there are three Salys.” Saly Portudal, Saly Niakhniakhal, and Saly Nord. The heartbeat of the town is La Place des Bougainvillées which is in the Saly Portudal area. That’s where you’ll find the clubs, bars, casinos, restaurants, banks, shops, discos, ATMs, taxi rank, etc. The Baobab Belge was further down in Saly Niakhniakhal, about a 5mins drive away.

I arrived Saly around 15:00hrs, disembarking at the fuel station along the main road from the Sept-Place I boarded from Dakar. Once I got down, I called Diallo and he told me where and how to find him. I got a cab which took me to La Place des Bougainvillées where Diallo was waiting with his warm teranga smile. We were meeting for the first time, but we’d been communicating via emails.

Being pretty tired, I declined Diallo’s offer to grab a bite first, opting to get to my accommodation instead and settle in. I assured him we would explore the night together, later. A cab got us to the Baobab Belge in about 5mins, where Dominique, the Belgian owner of the accommodation gave us a warm welcome. Diallo left shortly after, promising to return later for our nocturnal rendezvous.

First place you see as you walk in. Serves as Reception, breakfast spot & sitting area.


Dominique manages Baobab Belge with her Senegalese husband. She had actually taken time to call me before I left Dakar to confirm my arrival and I was impressed by the fact that she offered to pick me up on arrival, but I told her I was meeting someone, Diallo. She showed me around the place and made me my first meal of thieboudienne (rice and fish) in Saly, after I had settled in.

My room, the Balafon…

My first meal in Saly! Thieboudienne (rice and fish)

Located just about two minutes from the beach (Plage de Saly), the Baobab Belge is a cute little B&B cottage with about five rooms in a garden-like space. These rooms of varying sizes are named after local musical instruments and they include: two Koras, one Balafon and one Tam Tam – I stayed in the Balafon. A two-storey building is close by where Dominique stays with her husband, and I learnt there were available rooms there too.

Tam Tam or Studio Room…

There are a couple of raffia shades, hammocks, and a cute little Jacuzzi-like tub in the garden. There’s a sitting area in front of the kitchen. The rooms have all the necessary convenience – bathroom with shower and toilet. Each room has a flat screen TV, mosquito nets and fans, as well as air conditioning. The environment is neat, welcoming and quite relaxing.


Sitting area. In front of the kitchen.


Dominique mentioned that she and her husband play with a band most evening at of the spot at La Place des Bougainvillées, but I never got to go see them before I left. They also organise activities like quad-biking and water sports for guests, and even take people on tours to places like Reserve de Bandia, La Somone, and other interesting places close by.

Staying at the Baobab Belge felt much like home, because I had the keys to the main entrance, so I could stay as late as I wanted. The people are was very peaceful and I remember walking with Diallo back to a La Place des Bougainvillées around 12 midnight, after he brought some items I asked him to get for me. He had to get back M’Bour and he could only get a taxi at La Place des Bougainvillées. Of course I took a taxi back myself, but it was not because I was afraid. It was because it was dark and not too sure about the route.


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For the ultimate in luxury on the lakeshore, The Makokola Retreat have now opened a set of brand new stunning lakeside suites and a sunset villa boasting terrific views of Lake Malawi, with state-of-the-art infinity pools for the perfect getaway.

Built along the far side of the resort, pitched by the beach on the shores of Lake Malawi, the 22 new lake suites offer a picturesque view from sunset to sunrise. Designed for adults and relaxation (no under 12’s are allowed), the minimalist modern style decor even showcases art by local artists to give each suite its own unique feel.

The new suites feature air-conditioning, kingsize beds, showers and/or bathtubs, flat screen TV’s and a private balcony or deck for an endless view of the lake.

To offer a sense of privacy there is also an exclusive Lake Suite Pool and Bar area, only accessible by guests staying in the new accommodations.

And for the ultimate luxury, The Makokola Retreat have also created the incredible Sunset Villa.

The Sunset Villa is a two-story structure that is perfect for honeymooners or those who require a little something special on their Malawian adventure. With air-conditioning, a kingsize bed, shower, bathtub, private balcony, and a spacious living room area, to name but a few of the villa’s features, it also has its own swimming pool offering cinematic vistas of the glorious Lake Malawi. You can even step straight out of the pool onto the beach!

For complete indulgence, guests can be served breakfast, lunch and dinner on the deck of the villa.

The new accommodation offered by Makokola Retreat presents guests with the highest level of luxury and a true retreat by the lake.

Feb 16, 2017

Today was dedicated to site inspection and after breakfast, we left the Kampala Sheraton Hotel and visited the Munyoyo Commonwealth Resort and its sister facility, the Speke Resort & Conference Center.

Driving in…
Some light refreshment to welcome us…
…and the inspection begins…
Swimming pool…
Conference room…
One of the rooms…
Oh my! Is Prof being arrested?
A room…
Another pool by the lake…
Lake Victoria…

We spend quite some time exploring Speke Resort & Conference Centre and the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, and at some point I couldn’t tell any more which was which. After we were done, we left, driving on to Cassia Lodge for another round of inspection.

View from Cassia Lodge set on a hill overlooking the lake…
A room with a great view…
Enjoying the view…

Our final port of call was the massive Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, an impressive stretch of class. After we had gone round, the facility, we had lunch at the Kalangala Hall, one of the restaurants within the facility.

Arrival at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa
As we wait for a briefing Richie does his thing…
Swimming pool…
One of the rooms…
Kalangala Hall…
Lunch was welcomed and good…

We returned to Kampala Sheraton Hotel afterwards quite tired. Some people went out to check a nearby facility which we noticed as we drove into our hotel, but I just went straight to my room to rest and await dinner.

June 22, 2016

This has to be the coldest I have experienced here. The mist rose in our mouths as we spoke. We couldn’t take down our luggage last night and since we were only spending a night before moving on, we were stuck with what we had on from yesterday.

We had breakfast and afterwards Angie, the manager of the facility took us on an educating tour of La Rochelle.

La Rochelle Centre… Beautiful…
Going through the Nursery & orchid gardens…
Angie takes us through each room…

We left soon afterwards to begin a winding journey as we navigated our way down to Honde Valley. The landscapes with the tea and coffee plantation were so picturesque, we had to stop and take some photos.

Eventually we arrived at Aberfoyle Lodge where we were to spend the night and it is such a beautiful place to stay. How I wish we had more time to spend there. In truth, Aberfoyle Lodge feels like the perfect hideaway. I mentioned to Lizzie, it’s the right kind of place for making babies, and she smiled. (Don’t get ideas, Lizzie is happily married).

Welcome to Aberfoyle Lodge…

It’s the kind of place a writer can retreat to and produce the manuscript for a bestseller. The ambience is so calming – lush green even in winter. The carefully manicured lawn just invites you to settle down and enjoy a picnic.

We had lunch and after some rest, I tried swimming in the very cold pool with Lizzie capturing the moments for posterity… Soon after, we went out to explore as much of the area as we could before it got dark, enjoying the hike and some ziplining fun.

Lizzie on the golf course…

We made our way back after the thrills and excitement, as the sun began to go down. Temperature dropped quickly and the cold was setting in. After we freshened up quickly, we had dinner in the restaurant and retreated to our rooms for the night.

Ready for some shut eye…