I was fortunate to be a guest at the Karkloof Spa this week. Being in the hospitality and spa industry- and am happy to share with you the sanctuary that Fred Worner and his team have created for the guests. (which is often hard to find and difficult to create- but it is has happened!) The vision is truly for the guest to find peace and tranquility in the middle of a stunning game reserve, Thai spa, lodge and villa/cottages. Basically, you can do what ever want to do, when ever you want to do it... be it eat, drink, game drive, bike, walk to the falls or spend the day at the spa. There is no pressure to be somewhere at a certain prescribed time- the guest creates their own timing- and that is such an important part of the "sancuary" feel. You are never rushed from one program or experience to the next.
The guest journey starts the moment you drive over the first creek/waterfall at the reception area. The sound of nature and water sets the tone for peace... and a few animals such as rhino (a new baby was born about a month ago- adorable and special moment to experience as we drove in) frame this pastoral picture. Check in is simple, and you are made to feel at home with the resort is yours at your finger tips. The decor is lovely, complete with a wine room that you can select South African wines from, to the library, bar and living spaces that have been created for you relaxation and viewing of the mountains, water and animals... and some inner reflection.
I recommend that you spend a lot of time in the spa- very unique and special to have Thai therapists performing your treatments- one of a kind experience to bring the specialty of the Thai culture to the specialty of the African experience. After my 90 minute Thai massage, I looked out of the windows to find a herd of zebra grazing. In addition, there are water treatments everywhere in the spa- so take time to enjoy.
The meals, service, staff, living spaces, spa, and game drives at Karkloof Spa are five star... but my only recommendation is that you must stay at least a WEEK or more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the cinematic splendor of the Karkloof Valley, this modern and contemporary wellness and wildlife retreat is enhanced with the big heart of African sensibility. Karkloof Safari Spa offers a selection of supreme secluded lodges complimented by the finest cuisine and impeccable international standards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karkloof Hotel Pietermaritzburg