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San Francisco, California
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...

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

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...

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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...

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

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...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 February 2014

My husband and I had a lovely stay at this magical resort. Our suite was bigger than the ground floor of our house in London. We loved the bath overlooking the bush and the huge veranda. I lost Martin in the bed and we loved having a fire in the living room. The staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. The food...

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

Dear Niamh G Thank you for your super review! It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your husband. The baths are one of our best features, whether you are sipping spakling wine in it as the sun sets on a glorious summers eve or you fill it with bubbles and watch the wild weather battering the Bay outside...

Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Although it has taken me a while to write this, I can still remember the feeling of calm and relaxation that came over us on arrival at Grootbos. As a party of 9 with various ages we could have presented a challenge but our welcome meeting determined that our stay for the next 48 hours was going to be 'Perfect'...

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

Dear NikkiBasham As you will know, if your kids are happy, you are happy! I'm so glad they took advantage of the range of kids activities. The young girls generally veer towards the stables, some spending the whole day there with our stable guides, assisting them with the daily duties. It's a young girls dream! I hope you'll return again...

Hermanus, South Africa
Reviewed 18 February 2014

We had a wonderful time celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and our daughter Sophia's 3rd birthday. The room was suite was spacious and comfortable and the attention to details by the housekeeping team made it extra special! Guides shared their knowledge with so much passion and made sure that each excursion was fun for both the parents and little one!...

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

Dear Happytobespoiled I'm delighted that you decided to visit us on "our" side of the Bay. It's sometimes so wonderful to escape from home when you are actually not very far either. I hope we'll be seeing you again, perhaps for lunch or breakfast only when Walker Bay presents us with a spectacularly clear and crisp day. The views from...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 17 February 2014

As walk-in guests we were warmly welcomed. We were showed around and offered a welcome drink. Planning of the next two days took place. The suites are all delightfully furnished. Extremely romantic. A picnic lunch was packed for us and a map offered of good places to have the picnic. The 7-course dinners were an absolute treat. We especially enjoyed...

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Dear Ann992013 Thank you for choosing to stay with us. I'm so happy to hear that you had such a wonderful stay. I'm particularly glad that you enjoyed the horserising excursion. Berna and her heam at the stables do a great job in looking after our 22 horses. Being elevated just above the fynbos brings you up close an personal...

Taunton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 February 2014

What an excellent way to spend some days enjoying nature, this has to be the best. From the moemnt we arrive this was the best place. Reeption and the main house are superb, but my personal oasis was even better. just wish I had stayed longer. Bring a group and take the villa!

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

Dear Phinthyme We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. I hope we'll see you back again in future- next time for a little longer. Regards Sean

Sao Paulo
Reviewed 12 February 2014

My husband and I had never been to South Africa before, but we didn´t want to take that regular tourist schedule. We wanted to know Cape Town in an unique way. So, we found out Grootbos. What a wonderful place! I don´t even know if it would be fair to call it a hotel, because it is more than it!...

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Dear MiyaSaoPaulo Thank you for your wonderful comments. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the food so much. You are quite right- our access to the absolutely freshest ingedients grown on the property really does ensure that the dishes produced by our talented chefs are an absolute delight to taste. I'll be sure to pass on your commments...

Reviewed 10 February 2014

We had taken our travel agent's recommendation of GPNR on trust, but had no idea that he had booked us such a special experience. We loved our chalet with a sea view and private decking, the large bathroom and comfortable bed, and the climb up through the lovely gardens to the main lodge. The concept of conservation of the fynbos...

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

Dear JulesL Thank you for your review. I'm so glad you appreciated our magnificent gardens. Joan Carboni, our resident landscaper should take the credit for them. It's always so interesting to see how different parts of the gardens come alive with colour and texture as the seasons pass. As you mentioned, the bulk of the fynbos plants on the reserve...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 February 2014

This is a quite exceptional experience. Set on a hill in the fynbos overlooking the sea in the Klein of Little Karoo, Forest Lodge is an exercise in understated luxury. The views from the room are panoramic & splendid, ideally positioned to enjoy the sunsets. The lodges themselves are perfectly appointed with the woman in mind, everything just exactly where...

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Dear PhilipL We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Your picture of the view is one that so many of our guests have imprinted in their memories after a stay with us. Looking out across Walker Bay, your mind switches off and allows you a few moments of inward reflection. Enjoy your memories... 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, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 7220, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $839 - $1,597 (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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“All units are small houses on its own overlooking the ocean; all excellent.”
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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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