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“Mountain Retreat”
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Kiara Lodge
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Durban, South Africa
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Mountain Retreat”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

We stayed in 15D a three bedroom thatched roofed chalet. The high ceilings and spacious layout together with tiled floors throughout, granite tops and well maintained furniture and fittings ensured a luxurious stay. The bedrooms were all en suite with the third in a loft area meant space utilisation was optimised. The ergonomics of the unit worked well with the open plan kitchen, dining and lounge areas remaining somewhat separate through good design and wall angles. The veranda includes a built in braai (barbecue) and was a good place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a sundowner. Mountains surround the resort and walking trails abound for the more athletic with the reward of spectacular views from the high ridges reached. Clarens golf course is 18 km away and serve a fine lunch as well as a good golfing experience. Quad biking, horse riding, tennis and mini golf are all available on site. The pub and restaurant has a cheerful atmosphere but on the night we were there the fare was disappointing (in particular the hake and chips and the vegetarian platter were below par). The Golden Gate National Park is a few km away and worth the visit. Remember to obtain a permit to use the National Park roads and routes. The charge is nominal. The Kiara Lodge resort is a wonderful retreat for young and old. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Kroonstad
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We have booked a six bed chalet late last year and invited the kids with their partners to join us for the weekend.

We thorouhgly enjoyed the weekend at this quiet but well equipted resort. Early morning was time to catch some bass in the big pond, but no luck with the trout flies. Later the kids went horseriding before they then tackled the veld on the Quads. I went for a walk into the mountains and returned with some lovely photos. Early afternoon it was the mini golf challenge whereafter the women strolled down to the spa to book a treatment for the next day.

Saturday us men played golf at Clarens Golf Course nearby while the women went shopping in Clarens with its beatiful little shops and arts & craft market. We met them later at the local brewery where we spent a substantial amount of time. (Watching other people drink!)

Sunday was time for a proper wooden braai, before the kids had to take the road back to Gauteng. The wife and I stayed over and enjoyed the cozy fireplace in the chalet for one more evening.

Throughout the weekend the place was well maintained by the friendly staff who are followe around by the little meerkat's and other small animals.

We can certainly recommend this resort.

Room Tip: The chalets at the top has the best views but are further away from the main complex.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2012

Just got back this evening from Kiara Lodge..just outside of the Golden Gate National Park.. what an amazing part of the world and Kiara Lodge is ideally situated, nestled in the mountain side.

the resort is family oriented, with lots of things to do - aimed at families... the staff were friendly and the service in general very good... the self catering apartment was really great with a deck with a an awesome view... the apartment was kitted out very well with new fittings and new sleeper couches in the lounge.

very enjoyable stay... will definitely recommend to anybody.

Room Tip: apartments 23 to 40 are 1st & 2nd floor units with great views...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2012

The reason people come on holiday is too get away and get some rest not too hear banging and grinding three days in a row at eight in the morning thanks for making me feel right at home.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2011

My wife and I have just checked in .It's starting to drizzle.We park the car at our car at the general parking for the amenities parking (restaurant, body bliss etc) and dart some 30-40m to our unit. As we approach it it looks like a tiny round hut. It has no veranda and yet the other nearby units (49B & 50C) have a veranda almost as big as our unit and the occupants are relaxing on the veranda. As I walk through the open plan bedroom into the tiny kitchen then the bathroom, I injured the sole of my foot on to an unmarked and unprotected small step with a sharp edge. I ask my self "Why did they book us in such a terrible unit? Is it because we are black? Our holiday has been ruined. We are forced to spend our holiday out doors by default. The surroundings are definitely great especially the Golden Highlands National Park where we saw zebras and cattle grazing together!

Room Tip: Unit 48A IS TERRIBLE. This is my first impression on arrival on 05/12/2011.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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98 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2011

Accommodation typical timeshare but well laid out with nice decks and braai areas. Good kitchen and bathroom. Huge property with walks, swimming pool, mini golf restaurant and spa. Other outdoor recreation next door. Comfortable Stay. Golden Gate National Park nearby.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2011

We had a lovely weekend away at Kiara Lodge in one of the original sandstone buildings on the Kiara lodge farm. It had all the facilities you could wish for: exceptionally clean spacious rooms, comfy beds, great self catering facilities, lovely views, scenic walks (and longer hikes nearby in the national park), refreshing swimming pool, cosy restuarant and pub on the premises serving good food (order room service and they bring it to your chalet) and only a 4 hr drive from Jo'burg. It was magic! We cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kiara Lodge
Address: R712 Golden Gate Road | Dihlabeng, Free State, Clarens 9701, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Free State > Clarens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Clarens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiara Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Maluti Mountains between the Golden Gate Reserve and the quaint village of Clarens, Kiara Lodge offers an all encompassing retreat with easy access to explore nearby attractions. Large grounds ensure that you get to enjoy the peace and quiet, and with a choice of apartment style or freestanding self-catering chalets, there is a unit to suit everyone's needs. ... more   less 
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