While not nearly as rustic as the off-grid retreat in Kenya where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, the honeymoon choice for newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel is certainly impressive.
The famous couple chose the Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania for their getaway – named by Travel + Leisure magazine as the “Best Hotel in the World” for 2011 and 2012. Located in the gorgeous and species-rich Serengeti National Park, Singita prides itself on striking a perfect balance of luxury and conservation. Not only do they fund anti-poaching units throughout the park, but the eco-resort also helps to build schools and micro-finance sustainable agriculture and conservation efforts.
“An exceptional sense of place meets a blissful African feel, tweaked with a fine streak of eccentricity in the lavish air-conditioned suites, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, each with its own unique charm and complete privacy,” says one review. “Guests can indulge in the relaxed romance of a fireplace, a heated infinity pool touching the wheat coloured savanna and stargazing through a Swarovski telescope from a private veranda.”
According to US Weekly, Biel and Timberlake “checked out the world famous wildlife via 4 x 4s, took a hot air balloon ride and kicked back in a luxurious lodge.”
Want to give Singita a try yourself? Start saving up. Daily prices start at around $850 and balloon well past $7K for any of the private lodges. But screw it – I want to dine under 100 awesome tree lanterns. My kid’s college education can wait.
Dream away at the official site here. Video of one of the lodges below.