Hotel reviews: Karkloof Safari Spa, South Africa.
agree more. As the gravel road winds its way through the South Africa's
popular tourist route--the Midlands Meander, we make our way through the
gates of Karkloof Safari Spa.
The tagline for this gem reads "Africa's best kept secret." I couldn't agree more. As the gravel road winds its way through the South Africa's popular tourist route--the Midlands Meander, we make our way through the gates of Karkloof Safari Spa. At the reception, as we unload our belonging, I spot two rhinos grazing in the afternoon sun. Unusual it may seem at first, but after the check-ins, as we hop on to safari jeeps and make our way to the villas, I realise this isn't just any spa. This one mixes the art of healing your body in consonance with the environment--some of which includes close encounters with the animal kingdom.
PROPERTY Spread over 3,500 hectares, the spa and villas area, where we stayed isn't even a third of it all! Aptly named, the Rocky Outcrop, Villa 6 was my designated quarter. And may I add, an uber luxurious one. Wooden floors that are heated, crisp bedsheets on a super thick mattress, a patio and bathroom that are the size of an average room, the villas at Karkloof are made to not just pamper but spoil guests. There are 16 such private villas that are individually decorated and come with amenities like a well-stocked bar, heated towel rails, a work area, comfortable armchairs with sherry in crystal decanters that await your return from dinner and top that with a large private viewing deck. If I had all the time in the world, it would be difficult to get me out of Rocky Outcrop.
SPA A short buggy ride away, is the spa. At the reception are friendly faces who, after a lengthy form-filling procedure, will recommend the most apt treatment that your body is in desperate need of. The spa has 17 treatment rooms, all of which have wonderful green views of the surrounding gardens. The eco-design incorporates natural materials like thatch roofs that invite game to graze gracefully in full view. Facilities include a glass fronted hand and foot massage lounge, Moroccan flavoured Rassoul, floatation pool, Kneipp therapy pools, open-air jacuzzi, saunas and steam rooms. I've been recommended the Aroma Thai Massage and the especially hand-picked Thai masseuse, though speaks little English, works her magic like a true professional.
SAFARI At the doorstep waits 'Lovemore,' our guide and ranger who is eager to take us around. We spot several Nyalas (deer), warthogs, wildebeest, zebras calling it a day and then head off to the waterhole to say a quick hello of the resident hippos. After plenty of awestruck moments that involve breathtaking sunsets over the horizon and stunning silhouettes of the surrounding hills, Lovemore fills the jeep's bonnet with a generous display of biscuits, tea and coffee.
AT A GLANCE
What: A luxury spa and safari resort that's sure to spoil you rotten
Where: About 30-minutes away from Pietermaritzburg.
Contact: Ihlanze Ranch, Otto's Bluff Road, Pietermaritzburg, 3231 email: email@example.com tel: +27 79 695 8738 Cost: R 9,900 per night approx.
Verdict: A fantastic luxury experience
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|Date:||Oct 1, 2014|
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