Has anyone ever told you on holiday do what you want, whenever you want and wherever you want?
Karkloof Safari Spa does exactly that. I had visited with my wife and one and half year old child( they don't normally accept children below a certain age but since I was in South Africa for a month, they made an exception).
One can check in at 8 am on day 1 and check out at 8 pm on day 2....that makes it a 36 hour stay unlike any other.
Location: 20 minutes drive from Pietermaritzburg Airport or 1 hour from Durban's King Shaka International Airport. Set upon a hill, surrounded by 3 river valleys, teeming with wildlife!
The accommodation: 16 well appointed villas with bath, shower, large beds, sofas and a private deck overlooking the valley. All in room facilities including well stocked "free" mini bar, Nespresso machines etc etc.
The Experience: Eat whenever you want, go on safari whenever you want and visit the spa anytime and as many times as you want. No restrictions...but you need to give some notice for them to prepare. This is all included in the price!
The Food: Stunning South African Food. In tune with their spa hence you find a lot of dishes based on their detox programme, however having said that,you can simply ask for junk food as well!
You can eat any meal anytime you want and wherever you want ( in your room, on the deck, in the dining room, in the spa or even on safari)...again no extra charge but needs reasonable amount of time to prepare.
The Safari: No claims on the big five. They have a lots of general game which are not afraid of human interaction. Nyalas and warthogs amble across the lawns around the villas, the other game is kept out by a discreet electric fence. Loads of Giraffe, Zebra, rhinos,hippos etc. Game drive vehicles are well appointed and the guides very knowledgeable. They even provided a car seat for our baby so that he could go out on the game drive with us.
The Spa: The spa is open till the last guest leaves! Multiple treatment rooms with therapies ranging from foot massages to full body, from Tai Chi to Yoga, different types of pools such as flotation and Turkish baths.
Overall a stunning experience and amazing staff. They never say no to anything...and always deliver.
Value for money for sure.
Put together what you get and what you pay against, what you get and what you WOULD have paid elsewhere... Karkloof Safari Spa comes out the winner...
I would go back...again and again and then yet again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the cinematic splendor of the Karkloof Valley, this modern and contemporary wellness and wildlife retreat is enhanced with the big heart of African sensibility. Karkloof Safari Spa offers a selection of supreme secluded lodges complimented by the finest cuisine and impeccable international standards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karkloof Hotel Pietermaritzburg