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By Marita van Rooyen
Drift away on the smell of fresh orange blossoms and dream with the calming violet colours … while you either prepare yourself to explore Namibia or rest after the adventure of a lifetime in Windhoek.
Heidi and Ben Dassac, owners and managers of Villa Violet, invited the public to visit their Bed and Breakfast facility on 11 September.
A German/French infusion, the couple decided to move away from the usual African-style decorated interiors and wall hangings. They instead jumped in with a violet coloured paintbrush and gave each room its own calming touch, rounded off with small luxuries and a welcome chocolate.
Asked where the name comes from, Ben replied, “I’m from Paris. My stepmother (who resides in Paris) owns a conference centre with the same name, and we decided to make this our link between Namibia and France, even though our businesses are not connected at all.”
The Dassacs recently added doors between the bedrooms and en suite bathrooms “to ensure privacy, even between couples.”
Flat screen television sets replaced the old boxed versions, and each room now has its own decoder with a proper selection of channels.
There’s also Wireless Internet available all over the property at no additional cost, because, as Ben says, “We are in the 21st century and people want to be connected wherever they are.”
The garden, splash pool, outside deck, breakfast room and lounge provides more than enough private corners to lounge about, listen to the sounds of the birds, and take in the fresh smells of spring.
Heidi’s homemade marmalades adds another unique touch to the business, with delectable flavours like apple cinnamon, passion fruit and papaya, kiwi granadilla, and maul berries to get mouths watering.
This violet-inspired villa in the leafy neighbourhood of Klein Windhoek welcomes guests on their first or last night on a Namibia tour.
With six double rooms, each with its own unique touch to complement the violet colours, guests are assured of privacy and intimacy. Villa Violet is located at 48 Ziegler Street, 800 meters from Joe’s Beerhouse.
MY Reflex Photo: At the open day, French photographer Muriel Auriol, exhibited some of her Namibian works in Villa Violet’s breakfast room. With a focus on Namibia’s wildlife, Muriel admits that Etosha is one of her favourite destinations. See her work here: