Given the choice, which would you prefer: resting your eyes on yet another leopard-print rug or seeing an actual leopard strut across your field of vision? Thanks to wide-open layouts and floor-to-ceiling glass panels, the landscape is part of the decor at the newly revamped Singita Boulders Lodge, a safari outpost in a private game reserve on the border of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, and one of 12 superluxe lodgings and camps offered by Singita.
Designed by South African interiors firm Cécile & Boyd in its signature palette of neutrals (think bone, ochre, and charcoal), the property makes use of elements that look as though they were drawn from the surrounding terrain. Raw-timber pavilions and traditional thatched roofs offer organic texture throughout the 12 freestanding suites and public spaces. Locally made clay vessels occupy alcoves in the solid-stone slabs that serve as bookcases in the living rooms and dining areas, while logs and mortared rocks link the interiors to the scenic plains.
Despite the focus on natural materials, the vibe is anything but rustic. Gone are the campaign furnishings of old; in their place, chic fur throws and sleeker additions, including a shiny copper bar and sheet flooring and contemporary wrought-iron chairs, lend richly detailed sophistication. And while each guest room features a private deck and plunge pool backed by ebony and weeping boer-bean trees, the best views in the house can be found during a soak in your glass-encased tub. —Jennifer Fernandez