Little Kulala is an acclaimed desert retreat, situated on a large private reserve, bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, in the heart of the Namib dessert. The 11 elegant canvas-and-thatch villas merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with climate control, exquisite décor, fixtures, innovative bleached decks, bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and private plunge pools. For outdoor enthusiasts, bedrolls can be moved to the rooftop to sleep under the stars on a private stargazing platform. (‘Kulala’ in the Namibian language Oshiwambo means ‘to sleep’). The extensive use of neutral colors, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing earth tones of the desert. Al fresco lunches and fine dining under the stars complete the sumptuous experience. Early morning guided game drives to the spectacular dunes take place through a private gate on the Tsauchab River. Game drives and walks are also offered on the private reserve with incredible views, desert game and smaller desert fauna and flora. Another option is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light; the 60-90minute balloon safari offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site.