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“Australian beauty with an African heart” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spicers Sangoma Retreat

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Spicers Sangoma Retreat
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews
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“Australian beauty with an African heart”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

From the moment we drove through the gates of Sangoma, we knew we were in for a treat. Zenga and Michael warmly welcomed us to the retreat as if we were guests in their own home and the entire stay was an absolute pleasure. Sangoma is an exquisite gem, just a short drive from Sydney but feels a million miles away from the city. The styling makes you feel as if you're on a luxury South African Safari; you feel immediately comfortable and at home.

I stayed overnight with a group of colleagues and I can tell you we all left feeling as if we couldn't remember eating as well, sleeping as deeply or staying in such beautiful accommodation in Australia.

I cannot recommend this highly enough - thank you for having us.

Room Tip: Stone Suite
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank champagne_kate
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sang0ma, Owner at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
This is Fantasy trip adviser review . We could never imagine it was about us ,not in our wildest dreams . Guests that truly "get" Sangoma ,are the very special people who have empathy for the work that goes on behind scenes to create the Sangoma Magic . Your shared experience is all we ask for in our guests ..... Thank you.
If we had a rewards club ,you guys would become life members without paying the joining fee . We loved your company and are excited at your imminent return .
love
the (old )boys .
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We booked all 5 suites for our annual company vision day which gave us free roam of the entire resort. We spent quite a bit of time researching the venue online and on Trip Advisor but we were still absolutely blown away by the resort when we arrived. Not only did the facilities far surpass our expectations, but the hospitality and service shown to us by Michael, Zenga and Sam was amazing and all 3 of them played a huge part in the overall success of our vision day. Last but not least, the food was an out of this world combination of home cooking and 5 star luxury, we left every mealtime with both our taste-buds and our waistlines fully satisfied. We ate every meal at the communal dining table which further enhanced the intimate feel of the day and the resort. It is so hard to sum up just how great this place is and just how amazing our experience was, as adjectives just don't do the place, or the management justice. We will definitely be going back for our vision day next year as I just can't see how any other venue could surpass the experience we had at the Sangoma Retreat.

Room Tip: Stay in the "Tent" suite for an unforgettable experience.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Neil B
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sang0ma, Owner at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Sir Neil ,Thanks so much for your generous trip adviser review . We are actually looking forward to your companies return with a feelling of great excitement and will be counting the days . A wonderful team ! Thanks once again
Z , Mike and Sam .
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Sangoma retreat is a utopia for soulful relaxation! The food is delectable and the aesthetic created by the talented Michael and Zenga is incredible. Everywhere you look there is a beautiful harmony created between the sculptures and nature. The room was amazing - the bed and bath both so comfortable. We will be back!

Room Tip: We stayed in the stone suite which was amazing, but all the rooms are set up for privacy focussed aw...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sang0ma, Owner at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Two very sweet people from Canberra ,thank you guys so much for the wonderful review . We totally enjoyed your company and it was a pleasure to be of service to you both Please come back soon !!! Love Mike Zenga and Sam !
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Newcastle, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

My partner and I would like to thank the team at Sangoma for such a wonderful weekend away. My partner who had turned 30, was delightfully surprised when he figured out where I was taking him for the weekend.

Words really don't do Sangoma justice; it is simply one of those places where you need to experience the sheer magic for yourselves. As a result, I have highly recommended Sangoma to my brother and his partner and many more people who are wanting to escape whatever it is that is creating stress in their lives.
Michael & Zenga are truly amazing men who go well beyond their duty to make everyone feel remarkable. They are both warm, compassionate, funny, witty and intelligent hosts. No request was too big or too small. They really made you feel like a part of their family.

Sam's (the chef) hospitality was highly impressive. I have a great feeling that he will do excellent in his career now that he has been given the opportunity to do so. Ladies, he's rather nice on the eyes too (I hope he doesn't mind me saying that hee hee).

The resident pussy cat and puppy are a pleasurable addition to the team at Sangoma, Very friendly and warm to all their guests.

We stayed in the Stone Suite and the view was incredible - surrounded by nature, very private, yet close enough to the main cabin. The interior decore was beautiful. We love the wood fireplace in our room. So romantic and cosy. The food was amazing as it challenged your senses and gave us an opportunity to try something different every night, that we would not usually have thought about. Each day and evening it felt as though we were arriving for a breakfast/dinner party with family and friends.

The only problem we encountered was we did not want to go home!! We felt very welcomed and looked after, almost as if we had known the team at Sangoma for a long time. I believe the word Sangoma means "Witch Doctor". Well, Sangoma certainly made us feel better, and we would very much like to visit the Which Doctor again some time soon. Thank you guys for an amazing experience.

Room Tip: There are a few suites to check out, each offering a unique experience. I suggest you have a look a...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mjctiger
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The Woodlands, Texas
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

I could go on forever, but Sangoma in a snapshot: serene, delicious, luxurious and romantic. The accommodation is 5 star all the way, an amazing combination of modern design and nature. Loved the huge bath tubs, the views from the bed, the wood burning fire in the room....as amazing as the suites are, the hosts and the food are even better. Michael and Zenga are not only cool and interesting, but incredibly gracious hosts, making you feel right at home, without ever being intrusive. Zenga is an AMAZING chef...we were in Australia for two weeks and had our best two meals at Sangoma. Healthy, creative, tasty...again 5 star. And we can't forget about Punda! This Rhodesian Ridgeback is the coolest, calmest and easiest to love dog we ever met - getting one!! Griffin the cat is pretty cool too. Definitely go to Sangoma - the only regret you'll have is that you didn't go sooner.
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Room Tip: Stayed in the Stone suite, was fantastic...viewed the tent suite as well and it was very cool and ha...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank allibeel25
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

An experience rather than a destination, our time at Sangoma was delectable. This is *the* getaway you are hoping for and if you're on the brink of deciding between a few places, I hope this leans you more towards Sangoma.

Two nights felt like a week in heaven and Sydney seemed so far away as did any worries or stress. Michael and Zenga have created something beautiful and intimate. We stayed in the Tent Suite which must be the most glamourous "tent" ever conceived. I've included pictures though they do the glamour of the suite no justice.

We actually thought, as this was our first weekend off for months, that we would lie in bed, watch dvds and sleep. We ended up instead sitting in the bath looking out at the magnificent view for hours, walking through the land, and hugging by the fire. The meals were extraordinary and better than any restaurant experiences that we've had in a long time.

This will become the place we go to for special occasions. I'm sad we didn't discover it sooner.

Room Tip: We stayed in the tent suite and I'll be back in there next visit. It was a beautiful experience...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lizstomania
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

We had a truely memorable 25th wedding anniversary thanks to Michael and Zenga at Sangoma. This was really a piece of heaven in every respect. The stone suite, which is one of only 5 suites at the retreat, was private, a delight to the eye and to relax in. The meals were unbelievable and better than at many expensive restaurants we have dined in.Thanks so much to you both. If you are looking for something special and wonderful than Sangoma is it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AnaAlan
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Additional Information about Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Property: Spicers Sangoma Retreat
Address: 70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain, New South Wales 2753, Australia (Formerly Sangoma Retreat)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Bowen Mountain
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Bowen Mountain
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Spicers Sangoma Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cocooned by the natural serenity of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, a mere hour from Sydney, you'll find Spicers Sangoma Retreat. Aptly named after the Zulu word for healer, Sangoma is a place where you'll discover complete rejuvenation and true reconnection. As an eco-certified retreat, Spicers Sangoma Retreat features sauna facilities, infinity lap pool, open plan lounge and 5 suites that capture the beauty of the natural surrounds, making it an ideal setting for luxurious escapes, romantic getaways, intimate celebrations and anniversaries. ... more   less 
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