We hadn't done an awful lot of research before we came here - the photos on the website looked good and it was near Blyde River Canyon so we thought it would fit the bill.
To say we were blown away with what we found would be an understatement!
The journey was arduous as we arrived just after the bad rains and the normal track was washed away (although was about to be brought back into use as we left). This meant we had a tricky journey in our hire car (1.3 Toyota Corolla) along a forest track - advice would be to hire 4 x 4 if possible but we made it with care.
Great credit has to go to Katie and Jacques who made us feel exceptionally welcome and were very knowledgable about the local area.
We stayed in New Moon - a lovely lodge with a great plunge pool and a lovely view of the Sabie River. It was about a 7/8 minute walk uphill to the dining area or alternatively you could drive up - we enjoyed the walk!
What we hadn't expected was the standard of the food - the passion of the chefs (we had two during our stay) shone through from the presentation of the menu, to the food itself, and the review after the meal. Absolutely fabulous and just the right quantities. You could dine in the dining room (with an open side) or outside overlooking a wonderful goldfish pond - we enjoyed both but outside was our favourite. There are only three tables there so if the lodge is busy the staff ensures everyone gets a turn! Breakfasts are superb too.
The design of the whole place is so unusual with an eclectic mix of decor which comes together so well that it is a destination in itself.
The atmosphere was great and thanks again to Jacques and Katie who hosted us brilliantly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each individually styled villa offers private pools, luxurious four-poster Indian beds and candle-lit bubble baths large enough to share. Diner at night is an intimate affair with candle lit meals. Spa treatments are done in the privacy of your villa. There is horse riding, hot air ballooning, river rafting, aerial cabling and a 40-minute drive to the Kruger National Park or Blyde River Canyon.Timamoon is fast becoming popular with couples from all over the world who are looking for a private and exotic destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Timamoon Hotel Sabie