When it comes to travel, spectacular should be the norm, not the exception. Your next big trip—whether it’s 2021 or beyond—deserves to be extra special, and these six hotels deliver! Not only can you treat yourself to an extraordinary and unique vacation, you can support Black hotel owners in the process. This short list is just a small taste of the fabulous BIPOC-owned travel experiences out there. We hope it inspires you to not only keep exploring and traveling, but to also support BIPOC-owned brands, businesses and properties.
Jnane Tamsna, Marrakech, Morocco
Meryanne Loum-Martin’s boutique hotel is the stuff of dreams. Palatial, yet cozy, and Insta-worthy from top to bottom, you could fill up your cloud with portraits of Jnane Tamsna. Spend your days exploring the North African interior designs, take your dinner in the nine-acre gardens, or enjoying a soak in one of five beautiful pools. Jnane Tamsna also offers unique experiences like a Moroccan cooking class, Arabic calligraphy lessons, and even camel rides!
The Zanzibari Hotel, Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Zanzibari is one of those places where you’ll feel as though you’ve somehow been before, and you instantly know you belong. The luxury boutique hotel cofounded by Masoud “Masa” Kilanga and David “Babs” Guthrie boasts eight stunning suites and a pair of two-story private villas for ultimate pampering. Enjoy the relaxed hammock-friendly atmosphere, exquisite four-course al fresco dinners, and many guided excursions. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town, is just around the corner. And the hotel’s parent company, A Tent with a View, offers extraordinary safari tours throughout Tanzania as the perfect contrast to your beach-filled days.
Primate Lodge, Kibale, Uganda
Imagine sitting by the campfire while all the wildlife of Kibale National Park serenades you. Now envision sliding open your guestroom doors to uninterrupted views of the spectacular natural surroundings. What you’re imagining is Primate Lodge. A 16-cottage boutique hotel and luxury safari camp constructed with local materials and operating on solar energy, Primate Lodge is a wondrous way to experience Uganda’s outdoors. Especially when you stay in Elephant Banda, the two-storied honeymoon cottage that includes romantic, private dining for two.
The Villas at Sunset Lane, St. John’s, Antigua
Parked on a hillside overlooking Dickinson Bay, Jackie’s bright boutique hotel gives you the full Barbie Dreamhouse fantasy. Service, of course, is unparalleled – you’ll be on a first-name basis with your hosts and fellow guests, and Jackie herself will lovingly prepare your dining experiences to perfection. The adults-only hotel offers two types of suites to best suit your needs. Plus, there’s a two-bedroom poolside villa with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry where you can make yourself right at home. Best of all, The Villas at Sunset Lane is a beautiful site for intimate destination weddings
Asanjaa Ndembo, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Don’t let the setting fool you; your stay at Asanjaa Ndembo might be within hearing distance of the Great Ruaha River, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it. Each of the eight suites in this family-owned boutique hotel features a private verandah, plunge pool, pop-up spa, and all of the comforts you need at your fingertips. It’s an idyllic escape for any occasion, but especially for small destination weddings. After all, lovebirds, what could be a more fitting honeymoon treat than birdwatching in the Miombo forest?
La Créole Beach Hotel & Spa, Guadeloupe, French West Indies
This stylish beachfront hotel boasts spacious suites ideal for families, couples, or even long-term stays. (That sounds pretty tempting right about now.) Best of all, are the two-level Mahogany suites with their uninterrupted ocean views and drop-dead gorgeous interior designs. As its name might suggest, Créole cuisine reigns supreme at this resort. Yet you’ll also experience selections inspired from all over the world, to be enjoyed in the four restaurants and bars. If it’s a little adventure you’re craving, head to La Kaz Notik for heaps of water sports like SUP, windsurfing, kayaking, and flyboarding. Don’t forget to pop into La Créole Jazz Club for a rhythmic nightcap.
Planning a future getaway? Contact your travel advisor to help get you started and support Black hospitality business owners in the process. And for up-to-date information on these or any other destinations, visit our parent company Flight Centre Travel Group’s COVID-19 Travel Map.