Over the last two weeks I have been sharing some of our time at the amazing Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Today I’ll be sharing more about what we did on our third day…
Our planned early start was foiled by the black-out curtains and we all only woke after 8:30 on Sunday morning – bliss – except not when you have to get to the stables in 10 mins. We raced off to the stables with a muffin from the buffet table and all 3 of us mounted our trusty steeds (unfortunately my husband is highly allergic to horses). I opted to head off on the longer ride with 2 other guests and left the kids to enjoy their shorter ride with their responsible guides leading them. My ride was breathtakingly beautiful with views across the bay to the mountains shrouded in morning mist. I didn’t want it to end!
After a leisurely breakfast enjoyed on my own I went to meet up with the rest of my family who were enjoying some puzzles in the kids play room and playing chess with one of the guides. It was time to pack up our things and checkout, but we were in no hurry to leave Grootbos just yet! The day was turning out to be a perfect one and I decided to unpack my book and take advantage of the 5-star lifestyle for a little bit longer, by reading and sipping on a iced drink on the amazing deck overlooking the sea.
One more delicious meal followed on the terrace, we tucked into salads, lamb and malva pudding with ice cream – all in a day’s work! And then there was time for one more pony ride for the kids – this time in the paddock with Calla, one of the stable guides, who actually ran around the paddock with the pony so that Ben could experience trotting for the first time! What a way to end the stay for him.
All in all we had the time of our lives. It was such a treat to live the 5-star lifestyle that to be honest we’ve struggled a bit coming back to reality…. (What? We have to MAKE our own food! Don’t be ridiculous!) The setting, accommodation, service, food and activities were all incredible. We thoroughly enjoyed living the 5-star lifestyle for 2 days and can’t wait to do it again – at Grootbos or elsewhere. What it did show me was that you can still enjoy luxury travel with kids, you just have to choose the right resort – one where you know that kids are welcome!
Next weekend are we going to come back? Ben, age 6
That being said if you are still in the kid-free category of travel, Grootbos would make the most amazing place for a romantic weekend away. The Forest Lodge across from the Garden Lodge caters primarily for couples and no kids under 12 are permitted, making it the perfect place to spend your honeymoon! (P.s. Keep your eyes open for their honeymoon specials available from time to time!)
So, what does all this luxury living cost? The per person per night rate in low season starts from R1600 and goes up to R2900 in high season making it an exclusive spoil for a special occasion! You might like to know about the Grootbos last minute deals where you can get 50% off their room rates if you call 48 hours or less before arrival to reserve your room.
Keep in mind that the rate includes the following:
Luxury Accommodation in 5 star luxury suites
5-course Gourmet Dinner
Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
Specialized Guides to accompany you on all activities
Reserve Horse riding for all levels of Riders
Flower Safaris including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
Best Land Based Whale Watching (June- December)
Beach Picnics with Snacks and sundowners
Excursions to ancient archeological caves
Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks.
Transfers to/ from all activities
Fresh fruit & fresh flowers in your room on arrival
Welcome drink served upon arrival
Thanks to Rob and all the staff at Grootbos for an amazing weekend. Our time at Grootbos is one we will never forget!
For more about Grootbos visit their website here.
Disclosure: I enjoyed my stay as a guest of Grootbos but received no other remuneration to write this post and all opinions are my own.
Images: by Kathryn Rossiter