Global hospitality group, Habitas, has announced that its newest hotel, Habitas Namibia, is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2019.
The hotel will be built on property owned by Comsar Properties located one hour from the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Habitas said in a statement that it has reached an agreement with Comsar to convert its property into a wildlife and nature conservation reserve, which will also house a 40-room hotel, state-of-the-art spa, education and learning centre, and an events and convention facility.
Habitas has pledged to invest into the ecosystem, turning the land into one of the top locations in the world for wildlife and environmental conservation.
“The hotel will be built using the latest sustainable technology and using renewable energy. The guest rooms – each a custom-built private bungalow constructed with minimal impact to the surrounding environment – will have outdoor and indoor showers, private viewing decks with their own telescopes for star gazing.
“The main lobby will overlook the property and will have communal gathering areas such as a restaurant, fire pits, and a variety of areas to relax and lounge.”
Oliver Ripley, the CEO of Habitas said they are very happy to have chosen Namibia as their first home in Africa.
“We thank Comsar for its vision and support to transform a historic hunting lodge into a world-class wildlife reserve for the conservation of species. This is our first step in a long-term partnership to bring a new generation of conscious tourism to Namibia.”
Habitas said it will attract new international tourists to Namibia leading the way as pioneers of authentic responsible tourism and travel.
“Our holistic high value - low environmental impact and high social impact approach, makes Habitas Namibia a unique destination with the future traveller.
“Our guests will experience a perfected curation of nature, wildlife, culture, community and conservation. Habitas’s ethos is focused on learning and education and its mission will be to educate people about local history, traditions and culture.”
Habitas has designed and developed a flagship hotel in Tulum, clubhouses in New York and Los Angeles, and has forthcoming projects in Bali, Malibu, Namibia and the Bahamas.
Government in October defend its decision to lease four farms, measuring 17 385 hectares to Comsar Properties that intends on investing billions into infrastructure, conservation and jobs.
Government said the tourism sector will also benefit in that there will be a steep growth in the Russian tourism market in Namibia, and tourists coming to Namibia will inject much-needed money into the local economy.