The story of Zannier Hotels Omaanda, the fourth realisation of Zannier Hotels (opened in July 2018) can be read like another sequel in an epic story of unbelievable journeys. It is the story of an encounter between Arnaud Zannier, our founder, and Angelina Jolie, an internationally famous artist loved for her engagement as well as her talent.
When she came across Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang, she was blown away and recounted to its creator the existence of another place – more than 10,000 km away – lying in a glorious natural setting that should be preserved and cherished in the same way that had been done in the Cambodian resort.
Mrs. Jolie spoke to our founder about the incredible work of a friend of her (Dr. Rudie van Vuuren) with the N/A’an ku sê foundation, involved in the reintroduction and protection of the Namibian wild life. Curious about this country he did not know, Arnaud decided to visit Namibia. He immediately fell in love with the beauty of the landscapes and decided to establish there to share with conscious guests the emotion he felt at that time.
He eventually met Dr. van Vurren and felt passionate with the extraordinary opportunity that came to him: the possibility to acquire, with the N/a’an ku sê foundation, a huge piece of land previously set aside for cattle breeding, and turn it into a 9000-hectare safe conservancy reserve. Today, the Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê ensures the preservation of the local natural wealth and the durability of the wildlife.
Guided by the same philosophy of magnifying the timeless quality of a location in discrete sophistication while maintaining the highest respect for the natural environment and local traditions, Arnaud opened Zannier Hotels Omaanda. In the midst of the Zannier Reserve, this lodge is offering guests the matchless opportunity of experiencing the majestic beauty of this site in discrete and exceptional luxury.
Zannier Hotels' Namibian adventure however only just begun. Zannier Hotels Sonop, the second Namibian property of the group, opened a year later. Located more in the South within the Namib Desert, the tented camp offers another opportunity to discover wild Namibia.