We were lucky to visit Lily Pond for two nights in March when the weather was superb. That meant that we were able to make full use of their beautiful gardens and infinity pool.
This a stylish modern property decorated with a wide variety of African art in what, apparently, is the Afro-Zen style. Much more to our liking than the European style of decor that prevails in many Garden Route lodges.
We stayed in a luxury garden room suite that was spacious and sumptuous. These suites are situated just a short walk from the main lodge.
We dined in the the property both nights (it is a 30 minute drive to Plettenberg Bay) and were very happy that we did. They offer a table d'hote menu but are very happy to alter the choice if you have any particular dietary requirements. The food was excellent and the wine list extensive.
Maria (the proprietor) was on hand for breakfast and dinner and made a point of speaking to all her guests. She gave us a number of excellent tips for things to do and places to see in the area. Her manager, Carol, was on her days off when we visited but the two Josephs were very attentive throughout.
I've tried to itemise the various features of the lodge but this doesn't begin to convey what a tranquil luxurious place this is. If you're looking for an upscale lodge on the eastern end of the Garden Route then do consider Lily Pond Lodge.
We'd happily go back tomorrow!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quietly situated in the best part of the Garden Route with large colorful lily ponds and indigenous forests, Lily Pond is renowned for its design, tranquility, creative cuisine and relaxing ambiance. This contemporary "Afro-Zen" style Country Lodge is adjacent Tsitsikamma National Park and a 7 minute drive from Nature's Valley beach and lagoon. All 10 suites with air condition, shower and bath, TV and private patio overlooking the lily ponds. Restaurant with good fresh food sets the scene. Pool with wooden decking. Jacuzzi along one of the ponds. English, Dutch & German spoken. ... more less
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