8 Of The Most Luxurious Country Clubs In Africa
Serving as a place where tastemakers and social leaders meet, mingle, and occasionally make deals, these African country clubs are some of the most exclusive venues in the world. Many have luxury real estate developments attached and play host some of the continent’s most elite events. Here are 8 of the most luxurious country clubs in Africa.
Beldi, Marrakech, Morocco
The Beldi Marrakech sits on 14 acres of land and is nearly a miniature city. The property has a hotel, spa, several restaurants, and a cathedral for the residents who live in private homes on the premises. The club also has a souk — a traditional Moroccan shopping market — where members can buy elaborate carpets, cushions, and other household items, or walk the stunning gardens. The spa is built to resemble a small village, with indoor and outdoor massage rooms, a solarium terrace and traditional hammams, says Beldicountryclub.com.
Aberdare Country Club, Nyeri, Kenya
The Aberdare Country Club was once the private estate of an English couple who settled in the Aberdare Highlands in the Great Rift Valley. The club still maintains the charm of a private home, but now serves as a country club and small hotel. Some of the amenities include fishing, gardens for nature walks, horse riding trails and a health club and spa. Sitting along a natural reserve, the property offers chimpanzee tracking, bird watching and champagne breakfasts, according to Aberdarecountryclub.com.
Abraka Turf & Country Club, Delta State, Nigeria
The Abraka Turf & Country Club is a private country resort that focuses on environmentally conscious activities and practices that conserve the surrounding natural landscape. Activities include deep river diving, kayaking, polo, golf, and tennis. The club also offers art and poetry workshops. There’s a variety of restaurants, bars, and venues for special events, including a barbecue courtyard, gazebo and small island, says Abrakaturf.com.
The Country Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Country Club is a private, modern, social club that caters to Joburg’s socialites. It has a broad culinary scene with several formal sit-down restaurants, grills, and cafeterias. The property also has the exclusive Dormy House—a small, boutique-style inn for members only and their guests — a popular setting for honeymoons. A full package stay at the Dormy House includes a game of squash, bowls or croquet, access to the club pool and a meal at one of the club’s restaurants, according to TheCountryClub.co.za.
The Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa
The Durban Country Club does have a reputation as a golf club, but it is also seeped in tradition and is a hub of social activity. The Dutch-style clubhouse has both fine dining and casual restaurants, with menus accompanied by a specially curated wine list, as well as an intimate cocktail lounge and more laid-back bar. The club has a dress code that is generally unenforced but requires that members look “neat and presentable at all times” according to Dcclub.co.za. Along with squash, bowling and tennis courts, the club also has state-of-the-art practice rooms with virtual golf courses for members to practice their game.
Sakkara Country Club, Giza, Egypt
The Sakkara Country Club has a reputation for being a high-end equestrian club, but it also has a range of sporting and social facilities. The club boasts four freshwater swimming pools and four Jacuzzis surrounded by a stunningly manicured landscape of palm trees. Sakkara also has a classic cigar lounge, along with a restaurant offering buffet and à-la-carte dining. For those wanting a longer stay, the property also has 26 suites, each opening up onto a terrace, according to Sakkaracountryclub.com.
Seasons Country Club, Giza, Egypt
Seasons Country Club claims to be family friendly while still remaining upscale. The property has hideaways or villas for rent for visitors hoping for a longer stay, as well as fitness facilities and restaurants enjoyed by the locals. In fact, the country club delivers items off of its various menus from its bistro, lounge and play café (for kids). What makes it stand out, though, is its Comme Il Faut Beauty Center, which features fitness and beauty treatments and sessions designed for women, according to Seasonscountryclub.com.
Windsor Golf Resort, Nairobi, Kenya
The Windsor Golf Resort is a popular destination for golf, fine dining, and weddings with its own wedding photography sessions available. The property has four places to eat, including a cafeteria and bar that are both open 24 hours a day. Windsor offers something for everyone in the way of recreation, with jogging trails, bird watching, and even old-fashioned games of petanque. The property also has stunning five-star accommodations that range from hotel rooms to private cottages, a beauty salon, pool, steam rooms and spa, according to Windsorgolfresort.com.
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