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Reviewed October 14, 2009

The food, the amenities, the rooms, the service: all are top-notch. I went there on my honeymoon, and would return in heart-beat. If you're looking for luxury and relaxation, this is the place to go. Hans and Bennett are AWESOME... the whole staff, in fact. Take advantage of the activities -- we did horse-back riding, shark-cage diving, a tour of the township, the beaches... it was all amazing. And the food is some of the best I've ever had. I can't recommend the place enough.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank keepie
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

Having stayed at Grootbos twice in a garden lodge and a for lodge I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending the place. The garden lodges are more 'homely' in style but very nice and comfortable, and the newer forst lodges are beautiful modern building that blend into the area and have the most wonderful views out to sea from both the deck and if you are lucky the huge sunken bath. Food is excellent, the waiting staff very helpful and knowledgable about the food and wine. Little things like the preparing the fire in your lounge while you are at dinner just go the extra mile to ensure a perfect relaxing stay. I would go back tomorrow

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sll63
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

Very warm welcome from the Grootbos Garden Lodge Team. Comfortable room with great view ou to Gansbaai. Tasty meals, helpful staff. Really enjoyed our stay at Grootbos.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

I wasn't sure exactly what to expect prior to our trip to Grootbos. I had met the owner and was well aware of his eco and social friendly projects, but still wasn't sure what to expect from the lodge.

We arrived relatively late on a Friday night, to a very chic and quiet Forest lodge. The welcome was great (sparkling wine and snacks) and was followed up by an exceptional meal.

We then made our way down to our room (actually a fully independent chalet/cabin) which was enormous and had a large lounge (with roaring fire), a deck as well as a nice room with a massive en-suite.

However none of this prepared us for the phenomenal view that greeted us the following morning. The chalet feels completely secluded and stares out over an enormous expanse of fynbos on the the ocean below. We did very little over the next couple of days, but relax and read on the deck, and enjoy the sumptuous fare the the kitchen churns out.

We did do two of the organised tours; one an informative walk through the grounds, which highlight the abundant local flora (and some fauna) and the variety of social projects that Grootbos is involved in. The second was a horseback ride through the grounds. I would recommend both.

All in all I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Grootbos to anyone who was really looking to get away from it all and just completely relax for a few days. Don't expect too much action, and don't expect large animals, but take it for what it is; a wonderful natural sanctuary in the middle of a pristine fynbos landscape.

I certainly look forward to going back.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

Wonderful surroundings! Panoramic views! We stayed in a Garden Lodge suite which was beautiful. Very spacious, magnificently situated amongst the trees with a sweeping view down to the bay. Flowers and candles placed strategically around the suite, and a roaring log fire at night make it very romantic too! The staff are extremely helpful and really work hard to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible.

Lots of tours are included in the price so a stay here represents great value. Make sure you go on a guided beach walk as well as a guided walk through the reserve itself. A 'social awareness' trip is also an absolute must. All the guides have come through Grootbos' own training programme and are just one testament to the fabulous work that is done here. The owner Michael is a trememdous character with a very clear vision about the future of South Africa.

We will definitely try to visit again!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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