I got the impression from the website that it would be child friendly and it certainly was. The room was huge, so an extra bed was no inconvenience - 2 large adults and a child and lots of baggage fitted very well. I had booked a river facing room and it was lovely to open our windows onto a view of the river, vineyards and mountains each morning. After a short walk you get to the main hotel buildings were the restaurant was. On our first evening our son saw a few boys kicking a football on the grass beside the open air tables and he joined them. They became firm friends and spent time playing football, swimming and "propping up the bar" watching football on the TV for the rest of our time there. It was very relaxing for the parents especially as the whole place seemed very safe with a very obvious security presence. We ate most evenings in the hotel restaurant but one night at Moyo's which is separately run but within the estate. It was an interesting experience, great food and the entertainment was quite fun. I wouldn't go a second time but once is okay. The children liked it as they could choose their food from a very extensive selection. The estate also has wine tasting, another restaurant called "8" and lovely grounds in which to relax and eat a picnic. They also do Segway tours and this was the top hit for our son.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spier, in the heart the famous Cape Winelands, is more than a hotel. It is a destination in itself. One of the first hotels in South Africa to be Fair Trade in Tourism certified, Spier offers visitors a variety of authentic experiences - from food and wine to outdoor activities - in beautiful surroundings. ... more less
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