The Olive Exclusive is a luxury boutique hotel in the suburb of Klein Windhoek.
Olive Exclusive: Our full report
Overlooking a neighbouring olive grove, The Olive Exclusive is a small boutique hotel situated in the quiet suburb of Klein Windhoek, only five minutes’ drive from Windhoek’s city centre. The hotel boasts just seven individual, high-end suites, and the equally intimate and contemporary on-site restaurant, The Olive.
Open since June 2011, Olive Exclusive comprises three Junior Suites and four larger Premier Suites. Quality finishes blend with natural materials, incorporating an earthy African flavour, while large glass windows and cool screeded floors complement the light and spacious interiors.
Each suite is unique, the décor inspired by Namibia's distinct regions: Benguela, Namib and Otavi for the Junior Suites, and Caprivi, Etosha, Erongo and Kunene for the Premier Suites. Illustrative photographs and natural elements unique to each area are matched with complementary linen and fittings. Well-placed and easily adjustable lighting adds to the ambience.
Broadly speaking, the suites all offer similar amenities, including satellite TV, air conditioning, gas fireplace, laptop, complimentary WiFi and fixed-line internet, telephone, well-stocked minibar and Nespresso coffee machine. They also have a lounge and dining area, where the friendly team were very happy to arrange in-room dining for us when we last stayed in June 2014. Tucked away are winter and summer bathrobes, slippers, blankets, down and hypo-allergic pillows, a digital safe and a hairdryer. The bedrooms all have a super-king-size bed or twin beds, and each en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower plus a toilet. Double basins are mounted on marble bench-tops with an overhanging mirror. A deep free-standing bath, candles, eco-friendly body products, fluffy towels and under-floor heating complete the set-up.
Where the suites differ is primarily in size and view:
The inviting main area at Olive Exclusive houses a reception, small gift shop, bar, lounge, and The Olive Restaurant, all decorated with plenty of warm tones, tactile materials, organic and modern art pieces, and photographic murals showcasing Namibia . Glass doors lead from the restaurant onto an expansive deck set amongst terraced gardens and linked by cobbled walkways and steps. It’s a great spot for outdoor dining in fine weather, or simply to relax and take in the view. There's also a communal swimming pool and secure parking.
Best arranged in advance, wellness treatments such as massages are available next door at The Olive Exclusive’s sister property, Olive Grove Guesthouse.
Our viewThe Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel should appeal to travellers looking for a luxurious, personalised stay in Windhoek. Its attractive setting and stylish design make it an extremely comfortable overnight stop to begin or end a Namibia safari, or for a longer relaxing treat. We particularly liked the striking décor highlighting Namibia's regional attractions.
Ideal length of stay: We recommend The Olive Exclusive to begin or end your Namibia safari. One night is sufficient, but two nights allows time to relax in comfort.
Directions: The Olive Exclusive is at 22 Promenaden Street in Klein Windhoek, about five minutes' drive from the city centre, 15 minutes from the domestic Eros Airport, or 45 minutes from Windhoek International Airport.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Big Sky Lodges
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: The Olive Restaurant offers a small à la carte menu that is updated regularly, with an emphasis on seasonal and signature dishes. Private meals can also be served in your suite. The food during our most recent stay in June 2014 was delicious and well presented.
For breakfast we were served an individual tiered tray of continental treats which included freshly baked mini-pastries, sliced fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurt, homemade bread, cold meats, cheeses and pickles. Hot breakfasts are prepared to order, with offerings when we stayed such as scrambled egg with avocado, crispy bacon or smoked salmon and toasted apple cake; poached eggs with spinach, hollandaise and smoked salmon; or an omelette with cream cheese, spring onions and crispy bacon or salmon. Or simply order your eggs and bacon, as you prefer them.
Lunch and dinner are à la carte.
We had lunch served in our suite: a delicious Caesar chicken salad. Other choices on the menu included tomato soup with pesto yoghurt; feta, slow roasted tomato and cucumber salad; and gourmet sandwiches (we were tempted by the smoked salmon with marinated artichoke, cream cheese and shaved cucumber!) – as well as a hamburger, chicken and mushroom crêpe roulade, and a pasta dish. Prices ranged between around N$55 and N$85 per dish.
On this visit we took advantage of The Olive Exclusive's convenient location and chose to dine out, but on a previous stay, we were treated to an amuse-bouche of salmon tartare with lime aoli with our pre-dinner drinks. Our starter of creamy cauliflower soup with burnt sage butter was followed by tasty grilled fresh Atlantic cob with artichokes and a lemon, white wine and parmesan butter. A dessert of marula fruit crème brulée with almond pastry wafers rounded off a superb meal. In June 2014, dessert and starters cost around N$60–85 per dish, while main dishes ranged between N$150–175.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Complimentary tea and coffee is provided in the suites; all other beverages are available at extra cost from the minibar or the bar in the main area.
Further dining info: Meals can be served to your suite on request.
Attitude towards children: The Olive Exclusive welcomes children of any age.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions to stay at The Olive Exclusive.
Special activities & services: A babysitting service can be arranged on request, preferably with advance notice. However, childminders are not qualified or formally trained in childcare. Prices on request.
Equipment: A cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Generally recommended for children: The suites, especially the Premier Suites, are big enough to accommodate a family of three or even four comfortably. However, the design of the hotel, incorporating raised terraces, steep stairways and an unfenced swimming pool, is not geared towards young children.
Notes: The property is built on a hillside with many levels, including steep steps with no or minimal handrails, and steep drops. Neither the main pool nor the plunge pools in the premier suites are fenced. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There are plug points in the suites and a hairdryer is provided.
Communications: There is a central phone and fax in the office behind reception. Each suite has a telephone, complimentary WiFi access and fixed-line internet with in-room laptop. There is cellphone reception here.
TV & radio: There's a satellite television in all suites with a bouquet of movie, news and radio channels.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: The showers, bathtubs and hand basins are all plumbed in, and there are flushing toilets. We are told that the water is safe to drink, but bottled water is available from the bar.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: Medical centres and hospitals are located in town. There is a first-aid kit and qualified first aiders on site.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: The Olive Exclusive is fenced with secure off-street parking and a remote-controlled entrance gate. A security guard is on site 24 hours. The suites are accessed by key card using a monitored software system.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are located in each suite, and there are also fire hoses and extinguishers in communal areas, including the gardens.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A full laundry service is available at extra cost. In June 2014, prices were N$10–35 per item. Items handed in before 9.00am are usually returned that evening.
Money: There are digital safes in each suite. No currency-exchange facilities are offered.
Accepted payment on location: MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Cash payment may be made in Namibian dollars and South African rand.