Le Mirage is located near the Namib Naukluft NP
Le Mirage Lodge: Our full report
Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa is a somewhat imposing sight, a castle-like building in the middle of the desert that doesn't particularly blend in with its surroundings.
Being a spa as well as a lodge, Le Mirage offers a range of treatments and massages.
Le Mirage is decorated in a Moroccan style, with bright blue contrasting with the orange of the desert outside; in fact the building is would be better suited to Morocco than Namibia, where it sticks out for being different. There are thirty one twin rooms, most of which have balconies that look out over the lush garden below or the distant mountains. The rooms are spread over two separate buildings, with six rooms in the smaller building, which also has a courtyard full of plants and waterfalls, and the rest in the larger. The rooms are laid out so that every second room is much larger than the two either side of it.
Within the stone walled rooms, the four-poster beds are covered by monogrammed sheets and the rooms are decorated with Moroccan style antiques. All rooms have air-conditioning, a safe and an empty minibar (guests must request the drinks to go in it) with tea and coffee making facilities. Two of the rooms in the larger building have access to star decks where guests can sleep on one of the 'castle turrets' under the night sky.
The main facilities of the lodge include a turquoise outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a wine cellar. A choir sometimes performs in the sundowner spot, which also has a fire. Take a look at the cascading waterfall in reception, surrounded by tropical plants.
Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa offers a decadent spa with all types of massage including Thai and Indian. There are five treatment rooms for facials, manicures and pedicures. Three of the treatment rooms offer a 'massage with a view'.
When not being pampered in the spa, other activities that guests can take part in include a Sossusvlei drive with a dune breakfast, bush dinners and sundowners. The lodge can also arrange scenic flights over the area. For those wishing to drive themselves to Sossusvlei, note that the Sesriem Gate is around 20km away. (NB: It’s essential that you read the Quadbike warning in the ‘Health & Safety’ section below for our comments on insurance issues regarding this activity.)
Our viewIf you don't mind staying in a larger lodge, Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa offers a comfortable base for trips to the dunes, although smaller lodges located closer to the dunes are more convenient.
Ideal length of stay: 2 nights
Directions: Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa is located on the C27 around 20km south of Sesriem.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Leading Lodges of Africa
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions here.
Communications: Internet is available at reception.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Mariental.
Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity in this area. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an extra charge.
Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted here, as well as local currency.