My family of 4 spent 3 nights in 2 Forest suites and had an unforgettable time. We were really sad to leave Grootbos.
The Lodge Rooms are out of this world with stunning views all the way down to the sea. As soon as we got there we popped open a bottle of wine and lay on the balcony just looking at the majesty of the landscape. So relaxing and quiet. You have complete privacy on your balcony, no-one overlooking you. The lounge is massive and the bedroom and bathroom luxurious. I normally prefer showers but I had 3 evening baths here whilst watching the sunset through the floor to ceiling windows. Amazing. there was a second shower room as well and a lovely wood burning stove which was lit for us at night for our return from dinner.
The food here was also of a high standard but perhaps a little too fussy at times . Lunch options were our favourite over the evening 6 course meal which sometimes was limited in its choice. Breakfasts were buffet style and catered for all tastes.
The staff at Grootbos is one of the things that makes this place so great. Because there are not too many guests staying there even at full capacity the staff talk to you by your name and are always friendly and chatty. Our barman Bennett was lovely and ended up knowing my husband would want a Peroni beer before he asked. Also Priscilla and Thelma in the restaurant were professional and courteous through and through and so nice to talk to. And then Clayton who was one of Grootbos' Field Guides. He took us out 3 times and was just great. Friendly, informative and we learnt so much from him. We thought he was great.
The trips offered by Grootbos are incredible and all included in the room price:
The Ancient Cave visit was fascinating. The Flower Safari was really interesting the way Clayton did it and a stop for juice and cookies half way round with a view to kill for was a nice touch. The shark diving (an optional payable excursion) was fun and we were dropped and picked up by Clayton who was happy to wait until we had stopped chatting to the Shark people and were ready to go back to Grootbos. The horesriding with Sam was great as we are all novices so I was quite anxious about the trek but I ended up thoroughly loving it and my son returned the following morning for another ride. There is riding for experienced riders as well so all abilities are catered for.
So really this is a "no-brainer" it might be expensive but it is worth every penny and we hope one day that we will be able to return to this little slice of Paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grootbos, with its two 5-star luxury lodges is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award winning reserve is home to more than 740 different plant species, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine wines and is a nature lover’s paradise. ... more less
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