We stayed at this exquisite boutique hotel for only 1 night. What a pity it was for only a 1 night!
The hotel is beautifully located in the Francolin Conservancy. The Moorish architecture makes for an interesting twist to the area and hotel, but everything is perfectly done from the massive entrance doors to the small courtyards and massive rooms.
We realised that as we were the only couple in the hotel for the night that we actually got upgraded to the one of biggest suite in the hotel (the Udaipur Suite). We haven’t experienced a suite like this. Every piece of furniture in the suite is original antiques and although there are lots of different styles and pieces, everything works together perfectly. The bathroom is huge with marble & mirror cladded walls and a big bath as feature. Out of the bedroom and bathroom are doors leading onto a patio overlooking the whole reserve, from which you could actually see the animals. The lounge in the suite actually has an antique Balinese swing in, on which you can sit and lounge. All amenities in the rooms are top-notch and the mini-bar is also included in the stay with Gin & Whiskey & beers etc in. Everything in the room exudes opulence and originality.
The rest of the hotel is actually just an extension of the room as described above. Antiques dotted throughout the hotel with various relaxing areas and sitting areas to indulge in the opulence. The restaurant at the Orient (called Restaurant Mosaic) is also another tale to tell (please see separate reviews on the restaurant)
Service is perfect from the hostess & owner, Mari, right to the waiters at the restaurant and around the hotel. This truly is a hotel where you check in, and forget about what goes on outside in the world, and get carried away about the location, hotel, rooms, food and service. We actually requested if we can stay another night, but Mari informed us that the restaurant and hotel was actually closed the next evening. But she said that we are more than welcome to only check-out after lunch at 4 the following day, which we did.
An exquisite hotel that will see me as often as my pocket and diary allows it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden in the tranquil surroundings of the Francolin Conservancy, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is a perfect retreat for any gourmet traveler. ... more less