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Bishops Stortford
Reviewed 23 August 2014

We had visited this magical place four years ago and had vowed to come back to celebrate some big birthdays. We were a bit nervous about coming back as we had had such an amazing time last time and didn't want to be disappointed. We weren't. The family accommodation was perfect for us - huge glass windows and a decking...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear HJKBishopsStartfford I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your second stay with us so much. You certainly packed in as much as possible including the fabulous trip to Hamilton Russel which was such a treat for your husband's birthday. Thank you too for your suggestions regarding the expansion of our stargazing activity. We hope to implement some new...

Milan, Italy
Reviewed 21 August 2014

The view is breath taking and the place is gorgeous. The staff was very helpfull and we really enjoyed the many activities they offer. For the horse fan, horse riding on the beach is a must! We will definitely go back again!

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Caddea88 Thank you for your review. Grootbos is a perfect place to enjoy your honeymoon and horseriding on the beach is certainly one of the most romantic activities to enjoy. We look forward to celebrating many anniversaries with you in the future. Regards Sean

Franschhoek, South Africa
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We stayed in one of the Grootbos Forest Lodges for 2 nights in August 2014, and were blown away by the sweeping panoramic views of Walker Bay. The well appointed modern Lodges are set on the edge of a milkwood forest, and their huge window fronts and private terrace allow guests to absorb the natural beauty whilst enjoying one's privacy....

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Christiane Thank you for coming "over the mountain" to visit us. I'm delighted ot hear that your stay was filled with memorable moments. I'm sure you've returned back home with a new appreciation for your surrounding fynbos. We would love for you to return someday again in order to experinece the gentle giants of the sea- if not by...

Hampshire
Reviewed 17 August 2014

(3 August – 6 August) The natural beauty of the setting is amazing. Lodges are very well-presented and with excellent panoramic views. The staff (especially ‘Fortunate’ who served us at meal times with her warm personality and great sense of humour) did everything to make our stay perfect – attending to all our needs and making time to be friendly....

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear usinc I'll be sure to pass your comments on to Fortunate and to Jo. They are both fantatsic members of our team and they'll be thrilled to get your feedback. Thank you too for your wonderful review. Regards Sean

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Set on beautiful fynbos reserve with a lovely view of the waters . We stayed at the forest lodge . This is more for adults / couples - families with kids stay at the garden lodge . We checked it out ...planning for future trips with my nephew . A great set up/ activities / family friendly . But a...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear NimBiTus Thank you for your review. We have just about completed our softs refurbishment and I'm delighted to see that you felt the lodges were decorated in good taste. We've incorporated many elements of the ocean and surrounding fynbos into the decor which gives the lodge a natural and calm feel. I appreciate your suggestions regarding the frustrating wi-fi...

Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

We have just left after a few days here as a large group of adults and children. We were transferred to the hotel and cases were taken straight to our room. Welcome drinks on arrival at reception and kids were all taken away by staff - we didn't see them again until dinner. All food was included and the quality...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dera Daniel D Firstly, thank you for your detailed review. It's great to hear that the kids had so much fun! We enjoyed keeping them entertained! I appreciate your suggestions on the beverage charging. We will definitely look into adjusting our policy in this regard. I will also look into the matter of the unhappy staff member. We pride ourselves...

Port Gentil, Gabon
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see, even spotted some baboons at the entrance as we drove up! We stayed in the Garden Lodge for 3 nights, the villa was perfect for our family of 4 (2 kids 7 and 4 yrs). Hotel staff welcomes you and helps to plan out your stay on arrival. Our first day...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear A D I'm delighted to hear that you and your family had such a super stay with us. Whilst the weather was not perfect, I'm glad you enjoyed the little rainy day treats we sent you. It seems like the kids had an amazing time. I hope we'll see you all again soon. Regards Sean

Hermanus, South Africa
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I, my parents, wife and three kids stayed there for three nights in May. What a great time! The property's natural surroundings are amazing, almost other-worldly. Don't pass up the chance at a Land Rover tour of the Fynbos with one of their guides (tip of the hat to Chumani). It's really easy to fill up your camera's memory card....

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Wineseller71 Since your stay with us a few months ago, the reserve has exploded into a magnificent display of floral colour. As Chumani would have told you, the Erica Irregularis, which has splashed the surrounding hills in shades of bright pink, is now in full bloom. For the next month we get to experience a floral diplay that can...

Somerset West, South Africa
Reviewed 29 July 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Forest Lodge at Grootbos for the third time now and I am never disappointed when we stay there. The rooms are always in perfect condition and the warm welcome we receive each time is wonderful. The food is truly amazing and the menu items are so diverse - it's a real treat! Grootbos...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Sam I'm so sorry to have missed you during your stay with us. It feels like just the other day when we were preparing for the BIG QUESTION! We are thrileld that you have returned time and time again and can't wait to create new special moments in the future. Regards Sean

Cape Town
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Spent two nights at Grootbos Forest Lodge and was truly impressed with our stay. Grootbos prides itself on quality accommodation, great food, friendly and efficient service as well as a huge variety of activities to choose from. Grootbos is a very special place and great winter getaway destination. Although expectations were high, they were exceeded on all levels. Congrats to...

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SeanIngles, General Manager at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Jeremy C I'm so glad you managed to make the journey for your first visit to Grootbos. Thank you for your kind words, I'll be sure to pass them on to all the staff here. We look forward to having you and your soon-to-be-wife back again for many anniversaries (and perhaps even the WEDDING!) Regards Sean

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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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Address: R43 Between Stanford and Gansbaai, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $857 - $1,630 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 27
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“The Forest Lodge is the more romantic, modern half of the estate. If you're a couple, choose a suite there if you can afford it.”
  • View from the middle of the reserve looking towards Walker Bay
  • View from the Land Rover during our fynbos drive.
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