We stayed at Crystal springs for two nights but by the first day, we realized that we should have stayed for a week! The Lodge is set on a beautiful piece of land and is laid out in a way that you do not feel claustrophobic... the only down fall is that the chalets are a distance from the main reception and activities and one needs to use the car to drive to reception but we decided that this could quickly be overcome by taking out mtb bikes with us next time to get around. The chalets are lovely and have everything that a person would need (including a wood burning fire). Each chalet is on the edge of the cliff and the views are fantastic as well as being able to see some wildlife at night (Zebra and Kudu).
The only real disappointment was the restaurant and both times that I ate there turned out to be a disaster - the food is not great and the staff requires additional training on how to serve and take orders.
My tip is to bring your own food and bring cash as the closest shops and ATM's for cash is 27km's away in Graskop. Our next trip to Crystal springs is planned already for November 2014!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crystal Springs has achieved the perfect balance between pristine natural scenery, wildlife and holiday resort. Whether you are looking for a romantic, adventurous or relaxing break, Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge is the perfect choice. This picturesque location has an all year round charm that keeps travellers coming back. All holiday lovers will enjoy Crystal Springs’ spectacular cliffs and gorges, forests, murmuring streams, plunging waterfalls, grazing wildlife, luxury accommodation and vast array of onsite facilities and activities. What to do at Crystal Springs…For the young and young at heart we offer a games room, mini golf, tennis, squash, trampolines, jungle gyms, outdoor pools and an outdoor heated pool. For the adults we have a clubhouse with a gym, indoor heated pool, Jacuzzis, a sauna, a steam bath and a beauty salon. For nature lovers we offer walking trails, game drives, guided nature walks and game viewing hides. Crystal Springs is conveniently situated for easy access to many of Mpumalanga's most amazing tourist attractions. From the historic town of Pilgrim's Rest to nearby Sabie and Graskop; to the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. The world-famous Kruger National Park - home to the Big Five – is only an hour’s drive from the resort.The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa awarded Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge with a four star grading. RCI has awarded Crystal Springs Gold Crown Status.Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge is a VRS managed resort.GPS co-ordinates:24º 51’ 51’’ S30º 42’ 41’’ E ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crystal Springs Mountain Hotel Pilgrim`s Rest
- Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge South Africa/Mpumalanga