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“Amazing views, unforgettable experiences and excellent meals. A must from Cape Town we highly recommend it.”

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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“Amazing views, unforgettable experiences and excellent meals. A must from Cape Town we highly recommend it.”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We stayed 4 nights last week in a pool villa at Forest Lodge. We arrived from Cape Town to a warm welcome and our guide Bongani explained all that was on offer.
We booked it all from fauna and flora open vehicle safaris, to morning walks, to community projects run and supported by Grootbos, to great white shark cage diving to a 1h20 min scenic flight over the tip of Africa. Activity experiences were world lass.
Service was local, charming and attentive especially in the 2 special dinner locations we did; one a private dinner in the wine cellar and the other by fairy lights under the stars in the forest. Very atmospheric and a welcome change from the dinning room.
Wine was well priced with a good selection by the glass l. The menu was tasty and creative using allot of locally sourced ingredients.
We are very well traveled and traditional safari lovers and Grootbos really delivered all round.
Cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed April 2014
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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Dear Bankokian213

Wow! You certainly took part in so many of the activities on offer at Grootbos. The scenic flight must definitely have been a highlight. It's such a magnificient way to see the majesty of the rugged coastline and then to end off with a dinner under the canopy of lantern-lit Milkwood trees- sublime! We hope to see you again soon.

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Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

From Germany it's quite a distance (about 9000km), but the daily flight-prices are quite affordable. When u reach it, you'll be blown away!!! Service and accomodations are 100% luxury... I've actually never been to a place like this before. lonely beaches, without a crowd of people. JUST AWESOME

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear Martina_Reimers2

We are so happy that you chose to visit Grootbos on your long journey from Germany. It was our asbolute pleasure having you during this fabulous time of the year when the weather is just perfect too. I hope we'll see you again in future.

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Sean
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montreal, canada
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

This place is lovely to see the natural botanical beauty of this part of the world. You can venture on horseback with a lovely guide, Sam, or in a 4x4, and I highly recommend Jo. She is a delight, and very passionate. She made the stay there for us. A lovely woman, and a character! The accommodation is a little tired but charming in its way. The food was ok despite the claims it is wonderful. The staff are not sincere, and rather pushy, although Yolande was wonderful. She stood out amongst them, and too bad all were not like here. A nice change from the animal safari. The grounds are lovely.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Dear Las-monteal- Canada

Thank you for your comments. We are thrileld to hear that you enjoyed the reserve and the natural wonders fo the area. I'll be sure to pass on your comments to Sam, Jo and Yolande who will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed their company. I appreciate, too, your comments on the food and the room. We are busy with a soft refurbishment of Garden Lodge and I'm sure the areas of concern in your suite will be rectified during this process.

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Sean
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the Forest Lodge as part of the SecrectEats experience for one night.
What a wonderful experience!!! The view, the food and the staff was the best ever. Will I come back, yes!!!

The rooms does need a bit of TLC. The wood got damaged due to the sun and the grouting between the tiles needs some maintenance.

Stayed April 2014
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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Dear Secreteats

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed magical evening with the rest of your Secreteats party. It was truly a magical evening. Thank you for your comments on the rooms. You'll be glad to know that we are currently sprucing up all our cottages as part of our soft refurbishment. All floors are being re-sanded and sealed and the showers are being re-tiled too. I hope we'll see you back very soon.

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Sean
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed at the Forest Lodge for 1 night, and we would have loved to postpone our flight back home as soon we entered the Nature Reserve. Service was amazing from the minute we arrived at the parking lot until we left again. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and very delicious. We stayed at no. 24, a very spacious cottage with living-room, bedroom, two bathrooms and a wonderful terrace. The view over Walkers Bay from our terrace as well as from all the rooms is breathtaking. We enjoyed our stay immensely, and we hope to be back for whale season.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Dear ClaudiaF

You definitely have to come back! One night is just to short to appreciate everything on offer at Grootbos. Thank you though for including us in your itinerary. We'll have room 24 waiting for you on your next stay (and hopefully some whales too!).

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Sean
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

The proprietors of Grootbos plow the profits into preserving the local fynbos biome and providing training to local young people in a variety of jobs ranging from naturalist to waiter. The rooms in the hotel are built to enhance a feeling of being in a cottage separate from any other building. The views of the ocean are panoramic. The hotel facilities are top flight. It is fun to deal with the wait staff trainees, they are anxious to please, if not always fully aware of the menu. The restaurant menu was hit or miss, sometimes excellent, sometimes barely edible. There is little to do on-site at the hotel, but various guided walks and ocean adventures are offered. The walks are free, the events involving vehicles or boats have a fee. The common areas invite one to read a book while looking out over the fynbos preserve. Grootbos is perfect if you are looking for a luxury, nature retreat.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Dear Southwind3

I'm so glad to hear that you appreciated the efforts we put into giving back to the local communities through the Grootbos Foundation. It's such a vital part of our business and we are very proud our achievements. Many of the students from the on-site colleges come to work at Grootbos after their graduation and in order to facilitate their personal growth, we do expose them to various areas around the lodges including our dining service. Thank you for your patience and understanding when dealing with these students. It goes a long way to boost their confidence.

I'm glad to hear that you decided to skip the activities on site. Sometimes taking a walk through the Milkwood Forest, a treatment at the spa or even a horseride on the reserve is far less important than enjoing a good book on your deck overlooking the bay.

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Sean
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We were at the Forest Lodge for 3 nights. It topped our expectations in different kind. First of all the view from the main building and the spacious rooms over Walkers Bay is just breath-taking. You can sit in the bathtub, having a drink whist watching the beautiful landscape. The rooms in the lodge are more like villas in which you have free wifi, reasonable priced drinks, refreshments, snacks and all kind of amenities you would expect. The restaurant is a real gourmet place. There is always a choice of menus but also a la carte dishes are available. We actually had our best beef fillet ever there. Last but not least the Guides were top professionals providing us with most interesting background information but they were also very funny and we laugh a lot.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Dear Farfromhome730

Thank you for visting us! I'm so pleased to here that you enjoyed your stay. I agree- the bathtubs are the best place to watch the sun setting over Walker Bay. Add a glass of sparkling wine and you're in heaven! I'm delighted to here that you had so much frun on your excursions with our guides. These moments make the memories that you'll treasure when thinking back to your time in South Africa, I hope we'll see you again.

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Property: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Address: | R43 Between Stanford and Gansbaai, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grootbos, with its two 5-star luxury lodges is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award winning reserve is home to more than 740 different plant species, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine wines and is a nature lover’s paradise. ... more   less 
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