LARA SAGE visits a new lodge that packs a vibrant visual punch at Royal Malewane, in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park. Colour

The newly coined word “Glamour-flage” might best be used to describe Waterside , a collection of six luxurious suites that combine the subtle tones of safari with the sumptuous decadence that’s a hallmark of boutique hotel group The Royal Portfolio. Bringing a scintillating splurge of colour, founder and co-owner Liz Biden has created a spectacle here, without forfeiting the authenticity of the African bush. Waterside is an effervescent reminder of the abundant colours that exist in nature. The property’s design brings to mind the turquoise flash on a kingfisher’s wing, the saturated yellow of a golden oriole, the rose-tinted pink sky of an African sunset, and the verdant green of new growth after the rains. The more I looked, the more I noticed nature’s multi-coloured splendour amongst the hues of a classic safari. Bold colours were present in the luminous lime-green trunks of the fever trees, the cerise pink of the flowering impala lily, and the lemon yellow of the leopard orchid that grows in the boughs of trees.



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