Both tourism and economic development is rife in Ethiopia. It’s attracting a lot of affluent tourism, which is why the luxury hotel market is quickly on the rise. There is unique wildlife, culture and landscapes to be enjoyed in all of Africa, but Ethiopia is incredibly safe compared to most of its neighbours and boast a unique blend with contemporary infrastructure.
This doesn’t mean it’s the easiest holiday to book, so it’s necessary to be aware of a few things. Between June and September is their rainy season (National parks will close during this period). It’s important to take enough cash and presume the ATMs will not work – because most don’t! You will need a visa for Ethiopia, which can easily be completed online and is a simple process. It is also recommended to get the PHAC and WHO vaccines for Ethiopia.
The Kuriftu Lodge is a health and beauty spot, designed to nourish the soul, provide peaceful surroundings with an abundance of birdlife, and provide great spa features. In fact, the whole of Bahir Dar is similar in this respect. It is a very green, palm tree-laden place. You can get a boat tour around a lake and visit the monasteries before heading back to the luxury Kuriftu Lodge, where you can get pool views for the same price as a standard double room. This will set you back around €170 per night for half board.
Bale Mountain Lodge
This lodge sits in the Bale Mountains National Park, meaning the €300 per night price tag goes some way to preserving the park and its nature. Despite the adversity of it being several hundred kilometers from the capital, it brings you closer to the heart of African landscapes and a small, safe community. The rooms are fitted with log burners and hot water bottles for the cold nights and there is a choice between stone rooms or wooden treehouses.
Golden Tulip Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia, for which modern architecture and technology is rapidly expanding there. A hotel in the capital will ensure your trip is never far away from WiFi and decent Air Conditioning. The Golden Tulips epitomises Addis Ababa swagger. It provides free transport to the airplane terminal, 24-hour services and wellness club, as well as free internet, flatscreen TV in the room and a coffee machine.
The Sidra makes the list for its value, as it is by far the cheapest option at €50 per night. There is a restaurant, spa and even a dance club at the hotel. Again, free transport to the terminal, two bars and another health club. The feel of the room has a high standard of luxury given its price point, with chimneys in each room and premium furniture.
Capital Hotel and Spa
The Capital Hotel is the second 5-star hotel to make the list in Addis Ababa, priced around €90 per night. It provides a free, complimentary spa along with a large selection of business and leisure facilities. There’s a large outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, a grand lobby with spacious and elegant rooms. The Capital Hotel is popular amongst the business stays because of how fast-growing Addis Ababa is becoming. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not fantastic as a leisure stay – you won’t many places that boasts as many spa facilities.