Also see Selctaspace review which I completely agree with. We also visited with our young family after reading about Grootbos in Tatler magazine.
The website does look great ,with amazing modern contemporary accomodation and lots of emphasis on children. The reality was quite different.
If you are a couple without children you will stay in the Forest Lodge, which is the modern looking accomodation as featured on the website. Rooms are very contemporary, and modern with a nice pool.
If you are a family with children then you will be all lumped into the Garden Lodge, which means that you are in the original accomodation which is old and tired. Rooms are basic, with no air conditioning. We did ask and receive a fan for the children's room (which was surprisingly on a sofa bed)
We stayed for 4 nights and although it was OK, was nothing it had been built up to be on the website. We did actually provide all this feedback when we left but they didn't seem interested.
The kids club and in particular Noleen are good but there appears to be little structure so I wasn't sure about leaving them for too long. Also, when we arrived we were told that there was a kids club with games and dinner between 6 - 9 pm so that we adults could have some grown up time. This never happened and our children were extremely disappointed.
The guides knowledge and input - thank you Thea and Beauty.
So summing up......Grootbos seems to thrive on an arrogance believing that it's better than it actually is. We stayed in better places.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grootbos, with its two 5-star luxury lodges is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award winning reserve is home to more than 740 different plant species, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine wines and is a nature lover’s paradise. ... more less
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