My husband & I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary at this beautiful establishment. I called a couple of days prior & Brigid got back to me within minutes with a quote that included dinner, bed & breakfast, a hot stone massage & all the perks that go with this five star establishment, at a very reasonable price.
We were welcomed upon arrival by Foster, our butler, who would make sure that our stay would be perfect, he parked the cars, brought up the luggage, introduced us to the Catharina Suite & all she has to offer, served our meals, nothing was to much for this fine gentleman, who took such pride in doning his white gloves for our dining experience.
Our massages were the epitome of relaxation. From slipping into our gown & slippers, to taking a stroll through the moonlit garden to the spa, the heady smell of incence strategically placed outside, candles burning, soft music, cocooned in the comfort of plush, warmed towels, while Jasmine & Nanna worked their magic. Both Thai ladies are experts in their line of work.
Our dinner was served in the privacy of the cellar. My husband played it safe by ordering the butternut soup, filet & choc pud. I was more adventurous & opted for the leek soup, duck l'orange & ginger with spun sugar pud. I was not disappointed. It was quite & intimate, perfect for our anniversary.
Where does one start to decribe the opulence of the Catharina Suite & the attention to detail? Best described as an unexpected upgrade from economy to first class on a longhaul flight.
Be prepared to come with a pocket full of fifties as this staff compliment is more than deserving, truly a magnificent stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ultimate Romantic Getaway. 25 Minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and 5 minutes from the Gautrain Station.The serene beauty of Illyria House has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. Against the backdrop of classical music, fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, and a resident duck family an enchanting colonial lifestyle unfolds. Illyria House is highly appreciated by the discerning traveler for its charm, exquisite cuisine, exclusivity, luxury and unrivalled personalised butler service. We offer intimate soirées by world class musicians. Our Oriental Spa specialises in relaxing massages. Our facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, heated pool and a cold pool. A wide selection of tours to historical, cultural and wildlife attractions come highly recommended. Personalised shopping is ideal for a last night stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Illyria House Hotel Pretoria