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Each of the tree house rooms will be individually and sensitively designed, tailor – made to incorporate as much of their own host tree’s distinctive features and character as possible. By combining traditional local designs and craftsmanship with Bayan Lodge own innovative tree house structures, wewill create stylish ‘living areas’ in the trees which blend organically into their natural surroundings. Guests will enjoy complete peace and privacy as the tree rooms stand in their own small preserves of nature. Wind Savers and Boreholes would provide autonomy energy and water;
Novel access walkways will allow old and young alike to climb with ease from the ground into the forest canopy where the tree rooms have been built. Totally self-sufficient, all rooms will have spacious bedrooms, en-suite treetop bathrooms and deck-verandas. We will design the rooms in such a way that the sides can be raised at will, opening from all angles a stunning, 180°, panoramic vista of the surrounding forest, even whilst lying in bed.
Of utmost concern to us will be maintaining a delicate balance; of protection from the elements and wildlife, whilst simultaneously ensuring guests experience the exhilaration which comes from living enveloped by nature.
Each room will be simply yet elegantly equipped, with everything, down to the smallest detail, exhibiting a touch of sheer class. The furnishings will be an African celebration of luxurious natural textures; from cool linen sheets to hand-woven hyacinth carpets, from fragrant fallen-wood furniture to thick cotton towels. Guests may choose to sit quietly on their deck-verandas, contemplating the lovely views and listening to the symphony of birdsong in the forest around them. Our tree top bathrooms will allow guests to bathe in total seclusion and comfort to a choice of illumination, either by soft solar lamp-light or by starlight and moonlight. Falling asleep in a tree room is a delight, absorbing the evocative sounds and scents of the African night while being gently lulled to sleep by the breeze in the trees.
Our unique Spa – Bayan Loutra has been inspired by culture, nature and history. The 5 senses Smell, Hearing, Touch, Taste and Sight are treated with smell of fresh flowers, sound of the calm water, touch of a professional to bring relaxation via massage, taste of fresh fruits and a calming sight to ring harmony to the heart, mind and body.
On occasion guests might like privacy or a romantic candle-lit dinner for two, in which case they can have their meals served on their own private deck- verandas. Otherwise they can join other like-minded guests at the lodge’s shared dining area. The dining platform will be perched in large trees which overhang the water’s edge. Here guests can enjoy their meals whilst observing Sykes’ Monkeys swing through the branches or watching jeweled kingfishers dart from perch to water. Meals will provide ample choice for everyone. From exquisitely prepared traditional African cuisine redolent of spice and rich in flavor, to gourmet west- ern cookery, to simple yet tasty comfort food – something often longed for when far from home. An ideally situated viewing platform will be linked to the dining area by a secure rope-bridge walkway. This will have plenty of comfortable seating, a comprehensive, informative reference library and a fully stocked bar. Built in the boughs of a tree and overlooking the water, one will be able to chat with fellow guests and local staff members, or just sit and watch [wild] life go by. It will be the perfect spot to contemplate the sun setting over the forest, whilst enjoying a long cool ‘sundowner’.
Our friendly and highly professional local staff will attend to each detail of the running of the lodge, ensuring our guests are taken excellent care of. They’ll be encouraged to engage with visitors providing a personal and informative aspect to each person’s stay with us. Their traditional dress, customs and foods will form an integral part of the ‘tree house experience’ and serve to bridge the gap between cultures. One of Bayan Lodge’ objectives in this endeavor is to open channels of communication between guests and staff and so engender visitors’ interest and involvement in the communities to which our staff belong.
The lodge will provide the perfect environment to adjust to the rhythms of nature, far from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Time will be dictated by the rising and setting of the sun, the only alarm clock the soft call of an Emerald Spotted Wood Dove. The unobtrusive yet ingeniously designed infinity pool will be an idyllic spot to spend the heat of the day, lazing in the clear waters while marveling at the rich tapestry of forest life all around. We won’t organize our guests’ days for them unless they’d like us to. When they’re ready to experience a new adventure, whether it be in the biodiversity-rich surroundings or in the not too distant villages vibrant with life, we’ll be ready to guide them into it.