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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kiara Hotel Clarens