Royal Malewane, The Royal Portfolio's safari lodge in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park, has completed an extensive refurbishment of its public spaces, rooms, suites and award-winning spa, along with the addition of a brand-new bush bar.
The refurbishment of Royal Malewane entailed major structural work to the lodge, including new floors, doorways, walls, decking and thatching, as well as resurfacing of the swimming pools. Liz Biden, the owner of The Royal Portfolio, who designs all of the collection's properties, has added new, hand-selected pieces of furniture and fabrics to the lodge décor. Royal Malewane's two signature Royal Suites were also enhanced with new gazebo entrances, while the lodge's kosher kitchen was completely redone.
The centerpiece of the newly reimagined Royal Malewane safari lodge is the new Masiya Bar. This contemporary gin and whiskey bush bar is a tribute to Wilson Masiya, the first of three Master Trackers of wildlife at Royal Malewane, who passed away in 2015. The Masiya Bar will be a space for guests to relax around the fire and socialize. It can also be set up for private dinners for guests of Royal Malewane.
More developments in the pipeline at the lodge, including The Farmstead at Royal Malewane, set to open in mid-2019.
Royal Malewane is part of The Royal Portfolio, a collection of hotels and private residences in South Africa. Along with the Royal Malewane, the company’s portfolio includes Birkenhead House in Hermanus, La Residence in Franschhoek, The Silo Hotel in Cape Town and a collection of private residences that includes The One Above penthouse.