My boyfriend and I had a wonderful 2 nights at Phinda Rock Lodge. We had previously stayed at Phinda Zuka last year and were looking forward to another bush experience.
Our host, Richard, did explain on arrival that Rock Lodge is the last of all the lodges to be upgraded, which is due to happen early next year. Although some of the decor is a little dated, it isn't shabby and didn't affect our experience of luxury. Our room was spacious and airy, with lovely views.
One thing I found odd was the toilet, which was sort of open to the world, and I could hear people chatting on the balcony upstairs quite clearly whilst on the loo. Made me wonder what they could hear… :)
Our bed was very comfortable during afternoon nap time, but for some reason we battled to settle down at night. Can't place my finger on exactly what was the problem, but I think there may have been an issue with the air circulation in the room so it was stuffy. This probably would have been rectified by using the air-con, but we preferred not to.
Meals were so plentiful and fresh and delicious. I especially loved lunch, a platter of yummy salads to share with your partner. Sooo good. In fact, after the first night I felt quite ill from all the overindulging, I'm definitely not used to being so well fed and having a drink with every meal, but it was a treat.
This experience for me was the ultimate in luxury. Everything is taken care of and the most difficult decision you'll be faced with is white wine or red?
Game drives were very enjoyable, although Spring is the rainy season, so we did spend most of our game drives in the rain, with ponchos on. We survived, but it wasn't ideal. That didn't stop us from seeing sub-adult lions playing right next to our vehicle.
The lodge only has 6 'cottages' and so it is small and intimate, and a very relaxing and luxurious way to spend a weekend. What a treat.
- 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