In the South African language of Tswana, Molori means "to dream". Just a visit to the Molori Safari Lodge's Web site will whisk you away to dreamland. One on one with nature's most majestic of savanna wildlife, the resort is an intimate, 5-suite retreat that only houses a maximum of 10-12 people within its exquisite construction, consisting most notably of a rustic-African design that also models international style you might find at a budgetless Pier 1 Imports. The two-year old resort-sponsored "game drives" make it perfect for close-encounters of the jungle-cat kind. Each regally-decked suite's telescope (not to mention the resort's on-site planetarium) make it perfect for uncovering your inner-Galileo. The collapsible glass wall of the suites invite your vacation to the outdoors and, quite perfectly, your personal infinity pool indoors. This place is so perfect, A-listers like Nicholas Cage, Mischa Barton, Lily Allen, Kate Moss and Fran Cutler have been among the baller-guests who shell out over $4,000 a night to stay in this dream-like paradise. Money is of no object in dreams, and South African designer Stephen Falcke spared no expense in creating the five traditionally and internationally decorated, openly constructed abodes. As if being surrounded by the rugged reserve terrain weren't enough of an indulgence, guests enjoy some signature pieces like a Fendi daybed and a Phillip Plein swingbed in their room, and even first-class arrival options as the resort has its own airstrip and helipad. All the more, your tongue is treated to a retreat all its own with fine-dining crafted per your personal requests. On an intimacy scale, there's something to be said about a place where you feel more camaraderie from the beasts of the safari than you do other hotel inhabitants. Molori Safari Lodge is more than a triple threat in the middle of South Africa's brush. This main attraction brings danger and adventure alongside sexy extravagance in a way that makes even the Web browser not want to wake up from the dream!
The Winter Olympics may have just wrapped up, but I'm already looking forward to this summer's World Cup in South Africa! And although you'd probably have to sell your soul at this point to actually get a ticket to one of the matches, you can still be in the heart of the action by planning a vacay south of the equator. At the Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, South Africa (just 1.5 miles north of Johannesburg), you can relax in your room fit for a king or take a dip in the luxurious "palace" pool while the players are getting dirty on the field, and then party with your fellow soccer fans at night. As one of the world's most extravagant hotels, its magnificent architecture and lavish decor that pays homage to South African art and culture will have you really thinking you're living in a palace! The World Cup comes along every 4 years, but the ideal excuse for a trip to South Africa is never this tempting! Check the slideshow for some photos of this incredible resort!