The power of passionDiscover the world of Red Carnation
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The story of Xigera Safari Lodge is one of renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy, and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit that inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari.
This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve.
Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile our guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters.
But Xigera is equally a line in the sand. A raising of the bar. A bold statement in the realm of luxury safaris, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
The Hotel d’Angleterre is a proud part of the family-owned and run Red Carnation Collection and member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Led by General Manager Jean-Vital Domezon, with over 18 years with the company, our team is a family of warm and passionate people, deeply committed to giving the very best guest experience. We are deeply proud of the hotel’s history, both as one of the first hotels in Geneva, and as the city’s only luxury boutique hotel.
Throw open the French doors to your suite, breathe the fresh mountain air and gaze out over placid Lake Geneva and its famous Jet d’Eau, the magnificent 140-metre fountain, backed by snow-dusted Alpine peaks and the majestic Mont Blanc. Set in the heart of the picturesque Swiss city of Geneva, the hotel combines the joys of a central location – the complimentary boat shuttle service leaves from just outside the hotel – with the relaxing atmosphere of a lakeside retreat.
Built-in 1872, the hotel is a true city landmark, with an impressive facade designed by celebrated architect Anthony Krafft. Not only is Hotel D’Angleterre famous for its refined style and generous service, but our pedigree means we are also proud to have some of the longest-serving members of staff of any hotel; one member of our concierge team was with us for 42 years.
From the theatrical Crêpes Suzette prepared at your table, to delectable Wagyu beef, healthy breakfasts and delicious high teas, Windows restaurant is renowned for service and spectacular views over the lake. Executive Chef Alexandre Cardiga creates signature dishes from our founder and president Beatrice Tollman, alongside local specialities and an exceptional wine list, including hand-crafted wines from our sister property vineyard, Bouchard Finlayson.
Our history runs deep. Even our meeting spaces have incredible stories to tell, from the blue-walled 'Louise', named after Princess Louise who fell in love right here with her Belgian teacher and renounced her Austrian title, to the classic, gentlemen’s club-like Cigar Lounge, or the vibrant Leopard Lounge. The Salon Parquet, meanwhile, is an elegant room with original 19th-century flooring and golden chandeliers, with the fittingly awe-inspiring backdrop of the lake just outside.
Stay more than once and you’ll quickly see that no two rooms are alike. Each is filled with carefully curated antique pieces and fascinating pieces of art, with beautiful marble and onyx bathrooms, raw silk curtains and rich, fabric-lined walls giving a cosy yet sumptuous feel. Some suites have private balconies overlooking the lake, while others feature fine art lithographs by Miró, Calder and Picasso – and all are designed with our guests’ comfort at front of mind.
Our staff are proud to work in such a historical hotel, and are passionate about the genuine difference they can make to each and every guest’s stay. From knowing your name from the moment you arrive, or offering a complimentary glass of Champagne before dinner, to setting up a delicious picnic by the lake, or leaving delicate hand-made chocolates in your suite, our service is subtle, caring and truly generous.
Visitors and locals flock to our justly famous afternoon tea, where home-made cakes and delicate finger sandwiches are served on elegant tiered plates – all enjoyed with the finest views of Lake Geneva. Our local experiences are exceptional, thanks to our expert concierge team and our long-standing relationships, including a fascinating half-day watchmaking workshop, an unforgettable picnic by Bentley to Perle du Lac, and an insightful market tour with our executive chef.
Led by Fabio Dotolo, The Leopard Bar is renowned for its selection of impressive beverages, from the prestigious wine list, to creative cocktails and an extensive whisky menu - featuring over 50 pure malt and blended options. There is also a delicious menu, which includes some of our favourite signature dishes - from our famous Leopard Bar steak sandwich to our signature cheesecake. The Leopard Bar is also a popular destination for live music and our Cigar Room featuring a world-class cigar menu, is also available for drinks.
Protecting our environment and contributing to local community projects lies at the very heart of what we do. We are proud to have removed over 30 single-use plastics and implemented various energy-saving and food waste reduction initiatives by working with KITRO. We are also proud to support charitable partners including the Salvation Army and the UNHCR Refugee Food Festival, where we invite talented refugee chefs to promote their food culture and showcase their cuisine in our kitchen, with the profits donated to charity.