What: Often described as the 'Maasai Versailles,' the very dramatic Ngorongoro Crater Lodge encompasses three glamorous camps, consisting of 30 suites that combine Maasai-inspired architecture with baroque interiors. The profusion of gilt mirrors, crystal chandeliers and silk drapes will make you feel like the lucky protagonist in a madly romantic opera.

Where: The extravagance of the lodge's suites is only rivaled by its jaw-dropping location, perched on the edge of the famed Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania. The area surrounding the once volcanic Ngorongoro is one of the most pristine wildlife havens on earth and home to more than 42,000 Maasai. The birthplace of humanity, Olduvai Gorge, is situated to the west of the crater in the eastern Serengeti Plains.

Why: What makes this lodge unique is that it boasts all the opulence of a five-star hotel while offering the opportunity to discover Africa at its most elemental. All year round you can go game walking with local tribesmen, who will not only introduce you to the secrets of the bush but also initiate you on tribal legends and cultures. Other highlights include picnics on the crater floor, game drives, as well as a range of Ngorongoro's incredible massage and therapeutic treatments. A safari adventure like no other!