Owner Hameed, and their gorgeous dog Sam, greeted us as we pulled into the secure parking lot. Such a warm welcome, and gracious hospitality which continued throughout our 2 night stay. Both Patricia and Hameed make their guests extremely welcome (even those of us with over-exuberant young children!). They go out of their way to introduce their guests to each other (you sit at communal tables for meals). We met a number of expatriates who had come to Nelspruit from Maputo and Swaziland for shopping, and one couple always stay at Utopia with their kids every time. We stayed as a family of 2 adults and 2 children in the Barbet room which was fabulous. Comfortable bedding, heating, a modern bathroom with a clawfoot bath and to top it off a balcony with a gorgeous view over the reserve. The staff were also fabulous and friendly. We had dinner the first night. A 3 course meal of salad, main and dessert. The meal was simple homestyle cooking, delicious and warming on such a cold night. Breakfast is also a treat. You sit outside at tables on the deck overlooking the beautiful nature reserve. For starters there is fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and cereals. Then the staff come to take your cooked order. The coffee was better than you get in most hotels. For our 6 year old twins the highlight was the beautiful surrounds to explore, the monkeys and Sam the dog. They couldn't wait to get back to the guesthouse at the end of the day so they could play with the dog! We loved the place so much that we have booked again for an overnight stay on our way to Maputo in a few weeks time. Thanks for such a lovely time and a warm welcome. We are looking forward to our next stay.
Highly recommend the Barbet room for a family of 4.
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