The first of the small and very fine Grootbos Private Nature Reserve portfolio, and located overlooking Walker’s Bay, along the Garden route, Garden Lodge is a first class eco-luxury lodge.
Situated at the end of an entrance road marked on either side by fynbos, amongst a mixed forest of olive, milkwood and sea gaurri, Garden Lodge is a circular thatch and wood build and consists of a main lodge and 11 suites. The main building includes a restaurant, lounge, children’s playroom, salon, bar, large decked area and swimming pool. Characterised by polished wood floors, whitewashed walls and exposed beams, by chic leather seating, heavyset handmade furnishings, low tables and a great selection in locally sourced art, the design here is both super-smart and very comfortable. Both the service and food is excellent.
Due (winter 2013) for a full soft refurbishment, the rooms at Garden Lodge are, as you might expect, given their age and use, a tiny bit frayed at the edges. Even so, all three classes – classic, luxury and two-bedroom luxury – are by most standards an excellent stay. Beginning with the classic, each room includes a double bed, separate lounge, veranda and en-suite shower room. Spacious, airy and lit, during the day, by floor-to-ceiling windows, surrounded by milkwood trees and marked by the same attention to detail, it is as beautiful as the main lodge. The luxury suites are similarly fine, only bigger and come with a bath, while the two-bedroom luxury suites would suit a family or two couples.
Activities at Garden Lodge include exploring the reserve by foot, 4×4 or on horseback (with an expert guide); and boat and plane trips to see southern right whales, seals, penguins, sea-bird colonies and great white sharks off Dyer island.
Please be advised that Garden Lodge is child friendly, and that Dyer Island boat trip frequency is season dependent.