Each of the lodge’s new T and boasts its own plunge pool and outdoor deck. Offering contemporary luxury, every detail has been carefully thought-out, from a mini-bar crafted in the style of an explorer’s toolbox to the hand-stitched waxy leather upholstery on furniture and a custom-designed table with canvas and leather pockets.
The centrepiece is an oversized bed with views onto the delta. Its handmade copper finish headboard references Botswana’s mining tradition and its design, inspired by the wildlife that inhabits the lagoons, allows light to filter through and dance on the bed. Like the gentle hues of the surrounding grassland, the colour palette combines greens and soft yellows with subtle grey tones, reflecting the land itself as well as the elephants that feed nearby. Shades of dusty gold and bright yellow have been added to suggest the vibrancy of birds.
Each Deluxe Tented Room features a luxurious bathroom with a large bathtub, a double vanity unit and a walk in wardrobe, as well as a walled outdoor shower with a window looking onto the delta.
The public areas of the lodge have also been totally renovated and now include a roomier reception area, new restaurant offering inside and outside dining and new lounge area with bar and library.
Perched on a private island encircled by some of the deepest stretches of the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland water systems and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is one of three Belmond safari lodges in Botswana. No other lodge in Africa offers such a water-focused safari experience, with activities including motorboat safaris, barge cruises and mekoro (a local canoe) safaris, as well as walking and air safaris in a private helicopter.
Prices for a Deluxe Tented Room at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge start from $1,560 (approx. £1,000), based on double occupancy, per night. From 1st November until 23rd December 2015 Belmond is offering four nights for the price of three at any combination of Belmond safari lodges in Botswana and a complimentary 35 min helicopter safari when staying at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge.