andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namibia

The AHEAD MEA Hotel of the Year Award

The most coveted award was given to andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, which ‘sits poetically’ within Namibrand Nature Reserve – a 12,715-hectare expanse deep in the Namib Desert. One judge described the property as ‘a truly sustainable reuse of an existing building’ and said it should ‘set a precedent of inspiration’ for similar development opportunities across the globe; the lodge doesn’t just fit in aesthetically, but also respects its surroundings by relying purely on solar power to operate.