Thank you for the 5 day relax! We had a deluxe family room which was a double story unit with kids in twin beds downstairs and we were upstairs with a very comfy king bed, 2 bathrooms and lots of space. The room was modern and well appointed and there were thoughtful items like umbrellas in the room for the unpredictable berg weather. There was a small carafe of sherry in the room on arrival but it wasn't replenished which would have been a nice touch.
The kids had a blast with a mountain (excuse the pun) of activities including horse riding which they tried for the first time and loved, fly fishing which they did for days, games room which they used daily, a terrific pool area, as well as many things we didn't even get a chance to try.
The new years eve party was a lot of fun and the whole family was welcome to join in, but sadly we didn't receive the email from the hotel advising us of the theme for the evening - as a masquerade ball it would have been nice to have our own masks but the hotel did sell some on the day. The decor in the dining room was outstanding as well as fun and the new years eve feast was terrific.
The food in general was very good and we ate like kings on the daily buffet.
The sign of a great stay - we didn't want to leave and booked again for 2014 - although we did book for the next time in a self catering unit as next year my kids will be charged as adults which we find a little pricey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Champagne Castle Hotel is nestled below the second highest peak in South Africa, Champagne Castle (3377m), part of the main escarpment within the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, the highest mountain range in South Africa. Due to its diversity of plant, bird and insect life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa, it has been declared a Mixed World Heritage Site. For visual impact, recreational variety and luxurious splendour, Champagne Castle Hotel is pretty close to being an ultimate experience. Your stay will be characterised by the proximity you gain to the most dramatic and immediate views of the Drakensberg Escarpment and the 'Barrier of Spears'. Whether you walk or hike, trout fish or horse ride, play golf or tennis, swim or bowl, everything here has been configured to embrace this unparalleled setting. ... more less
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