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Grootbos: Forest Lodge - Luxury Suite

Grootbos: Forest Lodge - Luxury Suite

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Grootbos (meaning 'Big Forest' in Afrikaans) is a private nature reserve overlooking Walker Bay - near to the coast between Cape Town and the Garden Route - is dedicated to the enjoyment of the Cape Floral Kingdom's extraordinary natural bounty. Choose from two luxury lodges: the classic Garden Lodge, ideal for families, and the contemporary, light-filled Forest Lodge, which is set among thousand-year-old milkwood forests and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In between, there are deserted stretches of beach, fynbos plains and wonderful vineyards to visit, as well as a range of land and boat-based excursions to experience, which will introduce guests to the local wildlife and superb flora and fauna, including fynbos flowers and ancient milkwood trees. Grootbos is an ideal base to satisfy even the most ardent nature-lover, with friendly, expert Guides eager to share their extensive knowledge.

  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:Two luxury lodges set in a 1,000-year-old milkwood forest
  • Feature:Land and boat-based excursions to view wildlife
  • Rooms:16 Forest Lodge Suites & 11 Garden Lodge Suites
  • Location:Western Cape , South Africa
  • Nearest airport:Cape Town Airport
Location and transfer

2 hours from Cape Town International Airport by private car transfer.

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Grootbos is home to two five-star retreats: Garden Lodge, which is ideal for families, and the contemporary Forest Lodge. Between them, the two lodges offer twenty-five contemporary guest suites.

Guest suites are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite televisions, DVD players, mini-bars, tea and coffee-making facilities, safes, underfloor heating, hot water bottles in the winter, fresh fruit baskets daily, fireplaces and hairdryers. Secure parking is available and a daily maid service is provided, as well as a turndown service, which happens in the evening at dinner time. 

Garden Lodge - Classic Suite:+
  • Size: 55-60m²
  • Room View: Walker Bay views
  • Facilities: The beautiful, freestanding Classic Suites, each have a king-size bed, en suite bathroom (shower, no bath), a separate lounge, cosy fireplace and a furnished private wooden deck - perfect for admiring the beautiful sea views or enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner.
Garden Lodge - Luxury Suite:+
  • Size: 75-85m²
  • Room View: Forest and Walker Bay views
  • Facilities: The freestanding Luxury Suites provide larger accommodation than the Classic Suites, and offer equally stylish interiors with the addition of baths in the en suite bathrooms, rather than just walk-in showers (as is the case with the Classic Suites). Large windows and private wooden decks showcase the spectacular surrounding scenery down to Walker Bay.
Garden Lodge - Two Bedroom Luxury Suite:+
  • Size: 80-90m²
  • Room View: Forest and Walker Bay views
  • Facilities: The luxurious, freestanding Two Bedroom Suite is ideal accommodation for a family or group of friends and comprises two king-size bedrooms with two en suite bathrooms (one with a shower, one with a bath), a separate lounge and dining area and floor-to-ceiling windows leading out to a spacious wooden deck, boasting dining furniture and sun loungers.
Forest Lodge - Luxury Suite:+
  • Size: 75-85m²
  • Room View: Atlantic Ocean views
  • Facilities: Forest Lodge's freestanding Luxury Suites featuring slate roofs and large picture windows that allow for dramatic views of Walker Bay. The canopied king-size bed in the bedroom, lounge with its cosy fireplace and the contemporary en suite bathroom with a separate bath and walk-in shower make for a welcoming interior, while the private furnished deck, featuring sun loungers and a small table, is ideal for relaxing outdoors and also boasts an outdoor shower.
Forest Lodge - Luxury Pool Suite:+
  • Size: 75-85m²
  • Room View: Walker Bay views
  • Facilities: The freestanding Luxury Pool Suites feature the same type of accommodation as the Luxury Suites, but enjoy the addition of private infinity-edge plunge pools on their decks.

Garden Lodge boasts The Garden Restaurant, while Forest Lodge boasts Red Indigo Restaurant, each one serving mouthwatering contemporary, organic cuisine in a spectacular setting. Enjoy casual buffet-style breakfasts and extensive buffet lunches, followed by five-course gourmet dining in the evening, accompanied by an extensive range of fine local wines. Additionally, Forest Lodge boasts a Wine Cellar and a Champagne Bar, and there is a boma for al fresco barbecue dining, plus numerous locations where guests can enjoy sumptuous prepared picnics, including on the beach.

The Garden Restaurant and Red Indigo Restaurant:+
  • Cuisine: South African cuisine
  • Setting: 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 at each lodge's restaurant.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: Yes

Explore the Cape Floral Kingdom on a guided family eco-adventure on foot, by Jeep or horse, or take a sea-safari in search of whales, penguins, seals, dolphins and sharks. You can also plant a tree as part of the resort’s restoration programme, which will be tagged and can be viewed on Google Earth back home. Other inspiring children’s activities include exploring rock pools, bug collecting and football (with children from the local townships, if you wish), all with an emphasis on respecting nature and culture. Children's menus and a special children's turndown service are also available.

Health & Fitness

Bloom Salon offers a range of therapeutic massages, reflexology and beauty treatments. In-suite pampering is also available.

In Addition

Those in need of an adrenaline high can seek a shark experience like no other. Three miles offshore from Gansbaai town, and only five minutes from Grootbos, the Great White Shark hunts for Cape Fur Seals. It's from here that courageous types can go cage-diving and come face-to-face with these giant beasts. In addition, Grootbos is an ideal base in South Africa from where you can go in search of the Marine 'Big Five': Southern Right Whales (in season), Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, dolphins and the Great White Shark.

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