Friday, 21 January 2011 09:51

Hotel Izulu

 

Hotel Izulu

Hotel Izulu is a luxury five star boutique hotel located on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal. It is the perfect place to enjoy the warmth of the Indian Ocean Hot features nineteen deluxe accommodates within a modern-day intermix of doric architecture, African characteristics and Balinese shapes. Contrasting types of architecture form a sociable mix, and are most often identified as "an African affection with an Asian spirit". Five deluxe detached villas are spread out in manicured grounds and each villa provides two Executive accommodates, two luxurious Suites, a secret courtyard and an 8-seater Jacuzzi.

 

Deluxe living attests itself in the majestic cortege - the favorite option of dignitaries' and Hollywood celebrities. Extended across the full top floor of Villa Ingelosi, it covers a bar, dining arena, individualised deck and Jacuzzi, which by the way commands the Indian Ocean. The majestic cortege is perfect for honeymooners; as a matter of fact, bridal couples will get together lwith this 5 star boutique hotel! They may espouse in bliss in the hotel's chapel and then celebrate a la mode in the feasting hall.

 

Published in Receptions
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:50

Three Trees at Spioenkop

 

 

Summer is our rainy season and we often have thunderstorms in the afternoons. The days are hot but by nightfall it cools off. However please be prepared for the occasional cold snap. Our winters are generally mild and dry with warm days and chilly mornings and evenings – a wonderful time for visiting KwaZulu-Natal. This is a malaria free area The dress code at the lodge is casual.  For the tours you will need comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunblock, binoculars, sunglasses and a light jersey/jacket for the summer and in winter a warm jacket/fleece. A light rain/wind proof jacket is recommended.

 

The bedrooms are equipped with all the modern conveniences with heated towel rails and 100% cotton percale linen adding to your comfort. These luxuries do not detract from the colonial design, but merely enhance your turn of the century South African colonial life experience.

The beds are ¾ twins but doubles are available on request.Each of the six twin cottages has its own shower and bath from where one can soak up the atmosphere of Spioenkop whilst gazing out over the valley.

 

Guest amenities consist of a unique range of exquisite hand-made virgin olive-based African Botanical body care products. They are 100% natural, botanically active, ph-balanced, cruelty free products with no harmful chemicals or parabens.

 

Published in Honeymoons
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:45

Fugitives' Drift Lodge

The wedding venue

Fugitives' Drift Lodge was nominated as a Gold Achiever in the 2003 AA Travel Guides Accommodation Awards Programme. This nomination is done on research done with the travel trade in South Africa and the UK. Fugitives Drift Lodge is situated on the site of the original Rattray homestead, in the famous Natal Battlefields. The Fugitives Drift Lodge is the pilot governance, built by David and Nicky Rattray in 1989 and houses the majority of the memorabilia in the central lounge and dining room area.

Accommodation at the Lodge consists of eight convenient deluxe en-suite rooms. Each has a private veranda affording views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge.The Fugitives' Drift Guesthouse has an outside eating area with stunning views across a plain with Isandlwana in the distance.broad deluxe en suite rooms each have a secret veranda. A feature of Fugitives Drift is the beautiful shady, well-established garden, home to innumerable birds and the most spectacular large swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge.The master farmhouse forms a captivating sitting and dining room for the Guest House, which is set away from the Lodge. The Guest House has six large en-suite bedrooms, all with private veranda's.

 

Published in Outdoors
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:42

Oaklands Country Manor

The wedding venue

Oaklands was founded in 1860 by Bob Hall, an English millionaire who acquired the property as a gift for his wife. Initially run as a game farm, Oaklands took its name from an Oak forest that was planted nearby to supply duiselbooms - the long poles that hitched oxen to their wagons. The property has since been owned and managed by a string of colourful characters including a clairvoyant who is said to have hosted séances on hotel's upper floors, and a South African provincial cricket captain.

Venture out of the city and into our countryside retreat, where scenic surroundings, excellent facilities and friendly, efficient service combine to create a welcoming atmosphere which sets the scene for a good time. Oaklands Country Manor's service offering is uniquely tailored to suit each guest, and it is this which sets us apart as the perfect venue for a memorable occasion

At Oaklands Country Manor in KwaZulu Natal we specialise in intimate country style weddings, each one personalised to create a uniquely magical day for the couple and their guests. The venue is exclusively reserved for the wedding party, ensuring that no effort is spared in coordinating the day the couple will always remember.

 

Published in Country
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:40

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

 

 

The wedding venue

We are tucked away in the most beautiful Kamberg valley in the Drakensberg Mountains near Giant's Castle (just below Highmoor Dam) in KwaZulu Natal approx. 4.5 hours from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban  Passion and dedication are the keywords in the Cleopatra kitchen - his speciality is sauces, a subject very close to his heart. He has long been obsessed with reduction techniques - which allow the full intense flavour of the food to shine through.Fresh ingredients are essential, and being able to pick from the gardens minutes before serving is a real pleasure. For the most exotic tastes, Richard spends hours hunting down local and imported ingredients of the highest quality - flying in fresh salmon from Norway and procuring genuine Parma hams and cheeses from Italy.

Horse riding is available 10 minutes drive down the road on the most beautiful Appaloosa horses. The rides are approximately 2½ hours in duration and they cater for novice and experienced riders. Your horse ride will take you over rolling hills with the spectacular mountain scenery and the horses are well suited to all types of terrain. For those whose taste runs more to thoroughbreds, Sue Armstrong does tours of the local race horse studs. Full and half day tours available. She does offer transport to and from Cleopatra.

 

Published in Outdoors
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:38

The Chantecler Hotel

 

The Hotel and wedding venue is conveniently situated in Bothas Hill, 4km from the nearest business district and 65km from King Shaka International Airport, Chantecler offers all the amenities of city life without losing the tranquility and seclusion of the countryside, The Chantecler Hotel is the perfect luxury “Heaven on Earth” Country retreat.

A dedicated Event Co-ordinator will be at hand to advise and assist you with all your needs, from start to finish, ensuring your event is a success.  From a relaxed “get together”, a corporate “think tank” or a large conference or exhibition,

The beautiful stone and thatch chapel nestled between towering pine trees completes the picture. This stunning location combined with first rate service and excellent food makes Chantecler the ideal location for your wedding celebration.For such an auspicious occasion, The Chantecler Hotel pulls out all the stops, creating magical moments and ever-after memories filled with romance – everything you dream your wedding will be.

For your dream day, we will tailor make a menu according to your personal preferences, providing sumptuous dining for your guests to match the unparalleled splendour of The Chantecler Hotel.  Whether a breakfast, cocktail or dinner wedding, we will indulge your every need.

 

Published in Honeymoons
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:18

Inkungu Lodge

 

 

 

Inkungu Lodge and wedding venue gets its name from the Zulu word 'IzinKungu', meaning 'mist', an apt name when one looks over the valley at the morning mist covering the dam. This harmony with nature has been carried through every aspect of the lodge - the sandstone walls, natural gardens and rim flow pools blend perfectly with majesty of the surrounding Drakensberg mountain range.

Within the lodge, each room has been individually designed with hand-picked furniture and gorgeous fabrics. Many of the rooms boast antiques, each with a unique story behind them.

 

There are 6 Standard Rooms, 4 Double Rooms and 2 Twin Rooms, all with en suite bathrooms. Each room leads out to a veranda with a stunning view of the Drakensberg mountain range.

The romantic Honeymoon Suite, with its own lounge and private bar, is a sought-after retreat for newlyweds. An executive Presidential Suite, also with informal lounge and private bar, lends an air of comfort and relaxation for the travelling business executive.

Inkungu Lodgeand wedding venue  is the perfect setting for the intimate wedding of your dreams. The sandstone Lodge blends in seamlessly with the surrounding mountains, offering a magnificent backdrop for your wedding ceremony and photographs.

Inkungu Lodge offers two venues for a Drakensberg wedding, depending on the size of your guest list. Small weddings of 10 - 30 people can be easily accommodated in the main lodge, and larger parties of 30 - 100 are referred to the purpose-built venue away from the Lodge. Both venues offer stunning rim-flow pools and fireplaces for a cosy atmosphere in winter.

As part of the package, our wedding coordinator would be happy to assist you by sourcing and negotiating with local vendors for all of your additional needs, such as florists, decor, music, photographers etc. The chefs at Inkungu offer you delectable menu options to suit every budget and complement the theme of your wedding. When deciding on a menu for your big day, our chefs will work with you to provide the unique menu you require.

 

Published in Honeymoons
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:11

Palm Dune Beach Lodge

 

Palm Dune Beach Lodge is a rare find wedding venue on the sought after Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal and is less than half an hours drive from the King Shaka International Airport en route to the rich diversity of Zululand’s Big Five game reserves and the St Lucia Wetland Park World Heritage Site.

The rooms are all en suite and air conditioned and configured into one, two and three bedroom units. All the bedrooms have their own access and can be occupied individually or as a complete chalet. These chalets also have a self catering component with a fully fitted kitchen and separate lounge/dinning area.

Palm Dune Beach Lodge is one of the premier wedding destinations on the North coast. Beach Weddings are our specialty and one look at our expansive beach the Lodge is on will convince you why.

The ultimate romantic beach wedding venue of your dreams is attainable here. Whether it is outdoors or an indoor affair, Palm dune has a variety of options.

Barefoot beach elegance is accompanied by fine dining and luxurious accommodation. To pamper the bride, Palm Dune has their own Spa, which offers massages and treatments in preparation for the big day. Complimenting this magnificent setting is a variety of menus to cater for every taste.

 

Published in Beach
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:09

The Chantecler Hotel

 

The Hotel and wedding venue is conveniently situated in Bothas Hill, 4km from the nearest business district and 65km from King Shaka International Airport, Chantecler offers all the amenities of city life without losing the tranquility and seclusion of the countryside, The Chantecler Hotel is the perfect luxury “Heaven on Earth” Country retreat.

A dedicated Event Co-ordinator will be at hand to advise and assist you with all your needs, from start to finish, ensuring your event is a success.  From a relaxed “get together”, a corporate “think tank” or a large conference or exhibition,

The beautiful stone and thatch chapel nestled between towering pine trees completes the picture. This stunning location combined with first rate service and excellent food makes Chantecler the ideal location for your wedding celebration.For such an auspicious occasion, The Chantecler Hotel pulls out all the stops, creating magical moments and ever-after memories filled with romance – everything you dream your wedding will be.

For your dream day, we will tailor make a menu according to your personal preferences, providing sumptuous dining for your guests to match the unparalleled splendour of The Chantecler Hotel.  Whether a breakfast, cocktail or dinner wedding, we will indulge your every need.

 

Published in Weird and wonderful
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:07

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa

 

 

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is as quaint as its name implies. Old-world charm, embedded in the foundations of the hotel and wedding venue, complements the rural ambience and modern comforts.  This elegant hotel with restaurants and spa is in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands at the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, one of South Africa’s world heritage sites. Here we offer country hospitality and homely accommodation a few kilometres from the N3 highway.Dreams are made in the land of Zulu's and weddings are the stuff that dreams are made of. Whether your special day involves an intimate lunch for family and close friends or an opulent banquet for more of a social affair, Granny Mouse has the setting to turn your dreams into reality.At Granny Mouse the wedding package is designed to make this wonderful yet often stressful time as easy as possible, whilst ensuring that we attend to every detail requested by all the parties concerned.  With our air conditioned chapel overlooking the Caversham Valley that can seat up to 150 guests, and the Caversham Room that can seat 120 guests if your wish is to dance the night away, or 150 guests if it is a quieter day - Granny Mouse Country House and Spa is the venue of choice.

 

Published in Country
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