What a beautiful place! Grootbos sits up high, perfectly positioned to enjoy the most picturesque views over the bay of colourful fynbos, rolling sand dunes, and the magnificent ocean. In season I imagine you would see the whales breaching as well. We were welcomed by Berdine who was so friendly and wonderfully calm that we instantly relaxed in to our surroundings and sat back to soak it up. The food is exceptional at Grootbos and everything we tasted was out of this world. On arrival we deliberated over a cocktail but decided it was a little too early. In a flash Berdine had bought us the most divine homemade lemonade / non alcoholic pimms / mojito - I can't even describe it, but it was possibly the best drink I have ever tasted! The rooms, service, spa at Grootbos are as you would expect from a 5 star place and could not be faulted; super luxurious and always facing this stunning view.
I met a lot of very attractive, young, enthusiastic staff members at Grootbos as well. They were all so enamoured with the place and it is infectious. One girl excitedly told me about the leopard they were catching on the night cameras and about all the other wonderful species that have made Grootbos their home. And why wouldn't they.. Forest lodge is nestled in a pretty milk wood forest, I think one of the largest there is in the world, and some of the trees are over 1000 years old. Wandering through these twisted gnarly trees to your room or the spa is both romantic and uplifting somehow.
In terms of things to do at Grootbos, I think the list is endless but sadly we didn't have time for much. We did however go horse riding on the beach which was absolutely phenomenal. I have done riding holidays and safaris in many places in the world yet this brief couple of hours will go down as one of the most memorable hours I've spent on horseback. I almost don't want to ruin the surprise but suffice to say if you ski and you're looking out over miles of untouched powder snow, it's a similar feeling but with sand and 4 galloping legs rather than skis..
I would highly recommend Grootbos - do have a look at my pictures as well. And I sincerely hope I make it back there again soon.
- 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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