We stayed at Phinda Rock lodge for 1 night for my partner’s 40th birthday celebration prior to our stay at Phinda Forest Lodge (see separate review)
Phinda Rock Lodge truly is a fantastic experience from the arrival right up until departure. Tarryn the manager is extremely friendly and helpful and makes you feel at ease immediately. Actually all the staff was so friendly and helpful that you felt at home from the moment you arrived.
The suites really are big, and we have stayed in some big suites, and this falls definitely in the list. We just loved the Mexican/adobe inspired architecture of the lodge, and also the fact that it only has 6 rooms. The suite have big glass windows for views wherever you are in the suite. Our suite also had an outside shower that had the best view. The day bed next to the private plunge pool just made for awesome relaxation. Really a magnificent suite.
On our game drive the evening our ranger said that we must track a pride of lions, and we found them lying in the grass. We proceeded to stay with them and saw how they first advanced on zebras, but then couldn’t attack them, and the pride then went for a Nyala, and hunted and caught the Nyala bull while we watched everything. It was a thrilling experience and something that I’ll never forget. Our first hunt that we saw from lions. Brilliant!
Once back at the lodge, our suite was turned into a romantic haven, as there were candles everywhere, the bath was drawn and next to the bath was bubbly with glasses. Outside was a table set with lanterns and candles for dinner. Something that is really like in the websites and brochures of paradise, and it was!!! After the bubbly and bath we ate dinner served and drank wine, while elephants were cracking trees in the valley below us. Magnificent Africa!!!
This is one special lodge, and you must spend the extra money and stay here. You will be treated like royalty, yet feel completely at home. Wish I could be back there now!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AndBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge looks out over its own lush valley, like a small private castle amidst a tangle of wild African sights and sounds. The suites of this intimate and romantic lodge cling dramatically to steep cliffs with views across the valley. ... more less