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“Casa do Sol - Fabulous hotel with charm and character”
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aha Casa do Sol
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Hazyview
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Casa do Sol - Fabulous hotel with charm and character”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

We spent 2 nights at Casa do Sol while on a tour of South Africa. It set the bar very high for the other hotels we stayed at!

The rooms are incredibly spacious suites - large bedroom area, sitting area and HUGE back yard/terrace/patio for a hotel. Everything was very well appointed.

Food was exceptional and the service staff as so gracious and accomodating. The outside terrace was simply beautifula and tranquil.

I would love to have stayed at Casa do Sol the whole trip!-

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

We went to Casa Do Sol for the second time in 2 years.Our previous visit was May 2010 and I can start to say that this hotel is now even better than 2 years ago.
+ Quality of the food improved very well, both with higher number of guests (week-end), where we got a very nice buffet, as with lower number of guests (sometimes on week-days) where we got a-la-carte choice. Also the breakfast was very nice.
+ The service improved because more of the personnel speaks English and they are all (apart from an occasional exception) very kind and customer-minded.
At one evening we had very important guests in the house (ANC ministers or so?) but even then we were treated to the same standards as these VIP's.
If we can get a similar value-for-money deal in future we will certainly go back again.
Next to the hotel itself is the location, which is close to 3 Kruger park gate entries (Paul Kruger Gate; Phabeni gate and

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

It was pity to arrive in the hotel late afternoon. Our stay was only for one night so we did not experience much of it. The gardens are beautiful and the swimming pool area a small paradise with amazing plants. We were happy to see a gazelle going around the hotel area while having a short walk after arrival in the hotel.
The hotel has a character (Spanish architecture) and so all the rooms and details inside. It's not the top edge of luxury but everything is well combined together harmonically and still very very good. Our dinner in the hotel was delicious and the personnel attentive. I would stay again in that hotel for even more days it happened to be in the area! It worths it!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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jaipur
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

I stayed with my family in this lovely property in May 2012.
Whatever said is less .
The courtesy of the staff is beyond comparison.
We have travelled a lot but have never experienced such a high level of care and dedication.
KEEP IT UP!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Mtubatuba
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

went there for a week long conference, thus only had lunch there and used the conference facilities, very good and can recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

The rooms are "rustics"... old TV, shower.... I spend only 1 night there to go to Kruger Park. The hotel is very close to the Kruger Gate. But the gardens of hotel are very nice, and quiet... i recommend to spend 1 night....

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

We visited Casa do Sol for the second half of our trip after spending the first four nights further north at a safari lodge. At first it seemed like a really wonderful place to stay, but there were just too many problems for us to give it a higher rating.

The grounds were truly beautiful, and our room was spacious and clean. The housekeeping staff was excellent and managed to zip in and turn our room around very quickly when we left for only a short time. We really appreciated their hard work and patience with our irregular schedule of coming and going.

The hiking trails were extensive and beautiful. We really enjoyed exploring the trails and the solitude they provided. We didn't see anyone else the entire time! A map was provided to us at reception, but we were only able to find one of the landmarks before getting quite lost. It would have been nice if the trails were a little better marked, but we also should have known better and gone earlier in the day when we wouldn't have had to worry about it getting dark.

The receptionist gave us some misinformation about some of the activities nearby. It seemed that he wanted us to do one specific tour, so he told us others were fully booked when that was not true at all. Once we did figure out what there was to do, the proximity to zip lining at Gecko Lodge and Elephant Whispers was really great.

The phone in our room and the internet access at the resort were not working for the entirety of our stay, which seemed strange since they advertise having internet access on their website. We needed a wakeup call the last day so we asked the receptionist and reminded him that since our phone did not work we would need someone to knock on our door. He assured us that would be fine, but no one came in the morning to wake us up.

Most of the staff we chatted with were very nice, but it seemed like they were not very happy with their jobs. They mostly did their jobs just fine, but there was no desire to go above and beyond. It seemed like there was a big disconnect between management and the general staff.

The food at Casa do Sol was really not very good. Breakfast the first day was ordered off a menu and it was okay, but every morning after that there was a buffet. The buffet food was honestly not appealing at all. We didn't mind too much until the last meal when we both got food poisoning. We almost didn't make it back to Johannesburg in time for our flight because I was so sick.

We would not stay here again, which is a shame since the resort itself is so beautiful. There were just too many issues for us to recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: aha Casa do Sol
Address: Sabie Road (R536), Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Hazyview
#4 Spa Hotel in Hazyview
#6 Family Hotel in Hazyview
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Hotel Class:4 star — aha Casa do Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 54
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