Spent one night in early Apr 2007. The place aspires to five stars and has good intentions it does not quite achieve. Beyond that and most notable is that Cybele is clearly NOT a place for a traveller wanting any sense of Africa in terms of surroundings or appointments. Much more intended for South Africans who want to 'escape' to the equivalent of a nice place on the California coast. Rooms were spacious but free of any African context.. Spa was credible with good masseuses. Lodge was pleasant but for some reason kept playing Dusty Springfield and 70s era music too loud...all the time. Dining room service, especially at lunch, was unacceptably slow. A booking mistake on our part. We intended to be in Africa, not Santa Barbara!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Cybele Forest Hotel White River
- Cybele Forest Lodge And Spa White River, South Africa - Mpumalanga