I had high expectations of Grootbos and I am very pleased to write that it exceeded on all accounts. The lodge is beautifully designed, the views over Walker Bay are mesmerising, the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and extremely passionate about the reserve, the food is exquisite, but most importantly the whole experience touches you. I left feeling privileged to have stayed somewhere so special.
I loved the approach that Grootbos takes to looking after what's in their back garden - from training and employing people from the local village of Gansbaai, to a wine list and menu of locally-produced food and wine. By encouraging guests to get involved and support their social projects in an interesting and positive way, they manage to show you not only how precious our planet is, but the small steps we can take to help make a difference.
I found the activities on offer to be varied and plentiful, they are a good mix of fun, educational, relaxing and if you want it adrenalin-based. I would definitely recommend taking a trip out on the ocean, horse-riding on the beach, nature walks on the reserve, sundowners anywhere with a view of the bay, romantic picnics, winetasting at nearby wine estates (they are smaller and less commercial than those over in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch) and make time to stop and enjoy an afternoon relaxing in your suite!
Thanks Michael, Sean, Billy and congratulations on creating such a special place.
- 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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