Garden Lodge | Grootbos Nature Reserve

A Symphony of Form and Colour, true to its name, the warm and welcoming Garden Lodge is set amongst an Eden of beautifully landscaped fynbos gardens and indigenous trees. Fashioned from stone, thatch and timber, the Garden Lodge reflects African warmth with an intercontinental twist, blending perfectly into the surrounding landscape.

The curved lines, high beamed ceilings and endless windows enhance the sensation of light, freedom and natural flow and make full use of the incredible sweeping views across mountain and sea. An elegant restaurant, spacious lounge, beauty salon, library and children’s entertainment room ensure that all needs are satisfied. The wooden deck, terrace and superb pool area extend the interior space into the outdoors allowing sun seekers and nature lovers to make the most of the rejuvenating environment.

The beautifully kept horse stables and outdoor play area with rabbits, ducks and other friendly farm animals provides children with hours of entertainment and facilitated educational activities.


Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

Children of all ages staying in their own bedroom, pay full adult rate. 

* Maximum 2 children on sleeper couch in lounge younger than 10 years. 

** Maximum 1 child on sleeper couch in lounge

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Cuisine - Culinary Delights

Knowing that our guests have enjoyed an active day in the fresh air and coastal surroundings is the encouragement we need at Grootbos to motivate our five-star dining experience. We aim to provide the best possible relaxation and most enjoyable experiences for guests at our two restaurants set in the peace and tranquillity of Grootbos Nature Reserve. You will experience a fusion of culinary delights as well as an unforgettable combination of hospitality, friendship and professionalism while marvelling at the ever changing views over Walker Bay.

Spa Treatments @ Grootbos Bloom Salon

As the day draws to a close, your head is swimming with new and exciting thoughts of the day’s adventures. Your limbs are heavy and weary. It is time to tip-toe into a slower world where the mind can drift away on the vapors of luxurious scents such as sandalwood, arnica and buchu, while your body melts under the soothing touch of our fully qualified beauty therapist. Pampering takes place in the comfort of your own suite or in our recently opened Bloom Salon. For the tired body, a therapeutic full body massage is a definite must, leaving you in a state of absolute calmness. For the weary feet, reflexology, including a footbath, will most certainly do the trick. Manicures, pedicures, facials and a host of other treatments are available as well.

Conferences

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in Gansbaai offers the perfect venue for conferencing and events. We specialize in conference groups from 10-60 delegates and are not open to non-resident guests. The tranquil environment away from the hectic city lends itself to a creative and productive getaway. The 1700-hectare reserve is situated on the hills overlooking Walker Bay with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the distant Cape of Good Hope and Overberg.

Activities

Guided walks and 4x4 drives through the reserve

  • 1-2 hour guided walks through the ancient Milkwood Forests.
  • 1-2 hour guided horse rides through the reserve
  • Guided excursions to the Klipgat Cave, one of the most important archaeological sites in South Africa
  • Guided trip along the nearby coast to view the whales and other marine life(June to December)
  • Opportunities to explore sandy beaches, swim in sheltered bays and picnic on the beach
  • Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
Not-included Activities
  • Boat-trips to Dyer Island to watch about 60.000 Cape Fur Seals, penguins, seabirds, the Great White Shark, dolphins and the Southern Right Whales (June to December)
  • Shark cage diving
  • Scenic Flights

With its heavy wooden beams and homely feel, the Garden Lodge reception area, pool and restaurant is a relaxing setting for those who enjoy a traditional aesthetic. Your breath will be taken by the magnificent view of Walker Bay at its front door.

Overview

  • Lush landscaped gardens you’ll love exploring
  • Nestled within a mystical Milkwood forest
  • Located above the coastline with panoramic ocean views
  • 11 luxury, one and two-bedroom, free-standing suites
  • Restaurant, lounge, barista bar and boma
  • Beauty salon and library
  • A swimming pool overlooking the ocean and landscape

Suites

Luxury Suite

Amble through our abundant indigenous gardens until you reach your spacious Luxury Suite. Feel like you’ve reached your own holiday home in the fynbos as you enjoy your indulgent en-suite bathroom, your own stylish lounge, a minibar, warming fireplace and DVD player for in-room entertainment.

Suite Configuration

  • Approx. Size: 85sqm
  • Beds: Spacious bedroom with large en-suite bathroom
  • Occupancy 2 - 4
  • View: Sea facing
  • Master Bathroom: Bath and/or walk-in rain shower

Amenities and Essentials

  • Private deck with panoramic sea views 
  • Lounge with cosy fireplace 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Air conditioner 
  • Satellite TV (selected channels) and DVD player 
  • Pool bag with pool towels 
  • Mini bar 
  • Secure safe 
  • Tea & coffee making facilities 
  • Our own Just Pure guest toiletries 
  • Gowns and slippers 
  • Hair dryer
  • Rates are per person per night
  • Children of all ages staying in their own bedroom, pay full adult rate.
  •  * Maximum 2 children on sleeper couch in lounge younger than 10 years.
  • ** Maximum 1 child on sleeper couch in lounge
Garden Lodge Accepts Children of all Ages

Garden Lodge -One-Bedroom Luxury Suite:  

Rates are per person per night
Lodges can be confirmed for travel dates between the 01st of October 2019 and 31 March 2020 & 01st of October 2020 and 31 March 2021!

Room size: from 75 – 85 m2 ; Suite features a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace, DVD player for in-room entertainment. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all One-Bedroom Luxury Suites at Garden Lodge, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV and secure room safes are standard.

Notes: The adult sharing rate applies to a child (0-16 years) sharing with a single adult! Should three children (0-16) share one suite, the adult sharing rate applies to the first two children!
Rates are subject to change without notice!


Garden Lodge – Two-Bedroom Family Suite

Please note that the rates for the Two-Bedroom Family Suite are per suite per night and not per person per night. The Two-Bedroom Family Suites can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults plus a maximum of 3 children.

Two-Bedroom Family Suite: Room size: from 80 - 90m2; Our 2 Bedroom Family Suites epitomise luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These spacious suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath), separate lounge and dining area with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace as well as a DVD player. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all Two- Bedroom Family Suites, facilities such as satellite TV, secure room safes are standard.

Lodges can be confirmed for travel dates between the 01st of October 2019 and 31 March 2020! & 
01st of October 2020 and 31 March 2021

Rates are subject to change without notice!

Garden Lodge – Two-Bedroom Luxury Family Suite

Please note that the rates for the Two-Bedroom Luxury Family Suite are per suite per night and not per person per night. The Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults plus a maximum of 3 children.


Two-Bedroom Luxury Family Suite:
Suite: Room size: from 90 - 100m2; Our 2 Bedroom Luxury Family Suites epitomise luxurious home-from- home comforts and are ideal for families. These spacious suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and bath and one with shower only), separate lounge and dining area with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace as well as a DVD player. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all Two- Bedroom Luxury Family Suites, facilities such as satellite TV, secure room safes are standard.

Lodges can be confirmed for travel dates between the 01st of October 2019 and 31 March 2020! &  01st of October 2020 and 31 March 2021

 Rates are Based on Full Board
  • Accommodation in freestanding suites
  • Welcome drink served upon arrival
  • Fresh fruit daily in suite
  • Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu
  • Light lunch
  • 5-course dinner
  • Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)
  • Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
  • Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December) 
  • Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
  • Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks
  • Transfers to/from all activities
Rates Exclude
  • All drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Laundry and minibars
  • Spa Treatments, whale watching boat trips, boat trips to Dyer Island, Shark Cage Diving, beach horse riding, scenic flights, quad biking, kayaking, wine tours
  • Items of personal nature (telephone calls, items bought from the Grootbos Gallery)
Additional Tours and Services  (for the guest’s own account):

We can arrange additional services and tours in advance or during the guest’s stay:
  • Boat trip to Dyer Island combined with seasonal whale watching (July – December).
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Scenic Flights
  • Beach Horse Riding
  • Quad Biking
  • Day trip to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa
  • Shopping Excursions to Hermanus
  • Wine tasting at a wine estate
  • Golfing excursions
  • Road and air transfers (own landing strip) from Cape Town
  • Private Guide & Vehicle:  (on request only)
Cancellation  Policy for Activities not included in the above rate as well as Spa Treatments
  • Shark Cage Diving, Whale Watching Boat Trip, Scenic Flights, Quad Biking, Beach Horse Riding, Wine Tours, Private Guides:
  • Any cancellations within 7 days will incur a cancellation fee of 100%.
  • Please note that Shark Cage Diving and Whale Watching Boat Trip do not operate on the 25th of December and 01st of January each year.
Directions

From Cape Town: Take the N2 from Cape Town, past the Airport to Somerset West. Either follow the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass turning on to the R43 after the Houhoek Pass, or take the R44 along the coast and turn onto the R43 to Hermanus. Drive through Hermanus, Grootbos is situated 13km past Stanford on the R43.

From the Garden Route: The N2 brings you west past Swellendam and Riviersonderend. 10km past Riviersonderend turn on to the R326 to Stanford. At Stanford turn left on to the R43. Grootbos is situated 13 km from Stanford on the R43.

Check in time is 14h00, but you are welcome to arrive at Grootbos anytime and make use of the facilities offered. Early arrivals are subject to availability and are charged at an additional cost.
Check out time on the day of departure is 11h00. Late departures are subject to availability and are charged at an additional cost. If we are unable to accommodate your request for a late check-out, we will gladly store your luggage whilst you enjoy your day at Grootbos Nature Reserve.

Booking Conditions
  •  Rates include VAT @ 14% and are quoted in SA Rand (subject to changes).
  •  Rates exclude Conservation Levy of until 30 Apr 2020 R 100.00 - 1 May 2020 - 30 Apr 2021 R150  per adult per night.
  •  All reservations require a 25% deposit upon confirmation of the booking to be paid within 7 days. Grootbos reserves the right to cancel the booking should payment not be received.
  •  Final payment needs to be made 45 days prior to guests’ arrival. Grootbos reserves the right to cancel the booking should payment not be received.
  •  For last minute reservations, full payment is required upon confirmation!
  •  All requests, confirmations and cancellations only valid if in writing.
  •  Provisional bookings will only be held for 7 days as stated on the provisional confirmation; thereafter the booking will automatically be released.
  •  Rates are not guaranteed until the booking is confirmed.
  •  We strongly recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights throughout the year.
  •  No pets allowed.
  •  All suites are non-smoking.
  •  Garden Lodge accepts children of all ages.
Cancellations

The cancellation fee is a percentage of the full accommodation account.
  • Up to 46 days prior to travel: 5% cancellation fees
  • 45 – 21days prior to travel: 35% cancellation fees
  • 20 – 0 days prior to travel: 95% cancellation fees
Peak Season: 16 December 2019 – 10 January 2020 &  16 December 2020 – 10 January 2021(FIT & Groups)
  •  An initial non-refundable deposit equal to one night’s accommodation and conservation levy to be paid upon confirmation.
  •  The balance of the payment is due by 01st September 2019 or  01st September 2020
No refund will be granted for cancellations thereafter.

Insurance

We strongly recommend to every guest to be adequately covered by comprehensive travel and medical insurance covering at least injury, death, medical costs, emergency evacuation, repatriation, loss of or damage to personal belongings (due to theft or otherwise) and cancellation.

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