You’re spoiled with a plethora of choices when it comes to resting the body and mind in Cape Town and the Western Cape, which is why Grootbos have taken a focused approach to the business of relaxation. I recently visited them and here’s what I thought…
The luxury nature reserve is split into two sections, one lodge area caters for families, while the other is swayed to service the needs of couples. This is awesome because you don’t get bothered by annoying children should you be on a romantic getaway with your significant other (nothing kills the mood more than screaming kids). While there I stayed in the couple-ey section and was pretty amazed by the house, that I called home for that weekend. It was the perfect experience for a couple looking to get away from the city – a fireplace inside, two bathrooms, a massive bath overlooking the fynbos, amazing bed and an outdoor shower (should you feel like having a sexy wash in nature). The house was bigger than my entire apartment, which is awesome and sad at the same time.
In my mind, the staff you employ go a long way to improving a guest’s stay. The staff at Grootbos are very well trained and come across as genuinely friendly, instead of that weird, insincere smile that you sometimes get from those that work at luxury getaways. They really are all about making sure that you’re as relaxed as possible during your stay and to me, that is worth a ton in gold.
One wouldn’t think it if you had a look at me but I really like to eat. Often the food at the these places is just ok – not quite on the level of Spur but not worthy of a Michelin Star either. This time around I can say that the food at Grootbos was some of the best I’ve had in a very long while. Every single meal was crafted with thought and was absolutely delicious. The portions are massive, so take their advice and don’t snack in between meals.
There is a big focus on unearthing the majesty of nature that surrounds the Grootbos Luxury Nature during guests’ stays. This area has the largest concentration of fynbos species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the World, which makes for some amazing viewing from your house or up close on the Plant Safari, which brings me to my next point – the activities.
There are generally two different types of getaways – one’s that allow you to do as little as possible and then those that litter the day with a ton of activities. Grootbos, tries to balance the two and looks to provide a degree of insight to the area through township tours (aimed at foreigners who have never been into the loxion), zip line canopy tours, helicopter rides, whale watching, flower safaris and of course a spa using elements from nature (unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to check it out to see if it was any good because of some dudes getting a mud bath – book in advance).
All in all it is the type of place that you visit when you just need to unplug and recharge the batteries, away from the city. When I went through, we were the youngest of the clientèle by a country mile, which probably has something to do with the fact that it hasn’t yet become fashionable for the “IT” generation to visit and send copious amount of tweets from… something that is going to change in the very near future. Go and check it out while they’ve still got some of the specials running and make sure you get those brownie points from your other half!
Find out more about Gootbos HERE