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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 346 | R40 Spitskop Road, Kiepersol, White River 1240, South Africa
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Cybele Forest Lodge and Spa
Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in White River
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cybele closed in November 2013 following a successful land claim. To the best of my knowledge it has not re-opened again. I will be travelling to Mpumalanga, where the property is located, in a few days time and will check on its status, but I expect that the establishment will be closed indefinitely.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

What very sad news it is to hear that they will be shutting down on the 17th of November, 2013. A true South African masterpiece will be lost forever. It was a truly a beautiful slice of paradise that holds so many memories. It will be difficult for anyone to match the beauty and service Cybele offered.

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Paris, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This hotel is just a small paradise in the middle of the forest. We spent 3 wonderful days here. You feel like living in the middle of the wild but with all the comfort you can expect from a 5* hotel. Service was perfect, people were helpful and very kind. The spa is great, clean. The hotel is very well... More

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Mechelen, Belgium
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed at Cybele as part of our anniversary trip to South Africa and Mozambique. Cybele was our first stop and we stayed 3 nights. Our stay was wonderful, the staff made it extra special in every way. The cottage are beautifully appointed, and we felt at home right away. Breakfast in the garden every morning was a real treat,... More

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Tampa, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We needed a place to spend a night after travelling from the Okavango Delta to the Sabi sands and did not want to miss the evening drive so we were referred to Cybele.Travelled with my wife and son and daugher-in-law.Cybele was a fantastic break and very relaxing after some intense days in the bush and heading for more intense days... More

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We just loved this place to pieces. The food is the best we've tasted and the gardens are incredible. I would mention that we were a little sad that the pool wasn't up and running for our visit and our bathroom cupboards had a terrible smell, but I give this place 5 stars as it was by far the most... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

It is coming up to our one year wedding anniversary in October and my husband and I still cannot stop talking and reminiscing over our honeymoon experience at Cybele. What started off as a dismal disaster at another lodge in the area turned into one of the most memorable experiences the minute we set foot onto the Cybele property. Annemie... More

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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We only had one night here but we had a very pleasant time. We had a suite and our children had a garden cottage. The staff were all very friendly, helpful and efficient. We had a lovely dinner in the restaurant and our suite was very comfortable. My only criticism would be that the bathroom was in real need of... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Having stayed at some magnificent hotels during our South Africa trip, this was certainly one of the highlights. The Forest Suite was exquisite--beautifully appointed with every conceivable luxury from the complimentary decanter of sherry in the vast lounge to the lovely private pool and garden, complete with vervet monkeys! The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was quite... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We too have mixed feelings about this place. Cybele was recommended to us/included in our itinerary by our travel consultant, probably as a bit of R & R between safari camps as part of our Honeymoon. We stayed the middle of April and were booked in a Garden Cottage – I had noted beforehand that there are only 3 Garden... More

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Address: P.O. Box 346 | R40 Spitskop Road, Kiepersol, White River 1240, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Cybele Forest Lodge and Spa 5*
Also Known As:
Cybele Forest Hotel White River
Cybele Forest Lodge And Spa White River, South Africa - Mpumalanga

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A visit to Cybele feels like coming home. The 6 suites - each with a private heated pool - and the 6 refurbished, air-conditioned cottages offer extreme luxury. Allow the Spa in the Forest to wow you with world class Clarins treatments. Every night guests enjoy a new menu with fresh ingredients from our organic garden. Truly, inspiration for mind body and soul. ... more   less 
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