(Castle) Hotel (16 rooms) 22 Heinitzburg St, PO Box 458, Windhoek; tel: 061 249597; fax: 061 249598; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.heinitzburg.com
This distinctive white turreted fort, built at the turn of the 19th century, is a member of the Relais et Châteaux group. Set high on a hill, it is quiet and secluded, yet easily seen from Independence Avenue. Drive about 1km from the centre, along Sam Nujoma Drive, towards the airport. Take a right on to Heinitzburg Street and the Castle, No 22, is reached via a short but steep drive on the right.
Owned by Jürgen and Beate Raith, previously proprietors of the Fürstenhof, this is one of the most stylish places in town. Its rooms are all different; alongside amenities such as satellite TV and fridge/minibar and gilded bathrooms, expect impressive furniture with expanses of beautiful, solid wood and lots of space. With four-poster beds, dreamy white quilts and sumptuous fabrics, this is a truly romantic hideaway. Outside, a rose terrace commands super views of the city below – an attraction in its own right for non-residents who come for afternoon tea and cakes – and there is a sheltered pool area with sun loungers.
The Heinitzburg's new restaurant, Leo's, offers a contrast in style. Small, modern and sophisticated, its menu is the creation of the hotel's own French chef (see page 141). Lunch is served on the terrace.