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REVIEW: Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort

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Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort is situated between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg and is nestled in between the Cambrian granite boulders of the Bivane River. This resort will definitely make you feel like you are tucked far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

A Durbanite family of three (mom, dad and a 1 year old) sought a family friendly and fun destination that would cater for all the diverse needs a young family and Gooderson Natal Spa delivered!

We left Durban at 1:30pm and the family holiday begun.
The drive was scenic with not much to stop for on the way, except for speed traps and we so arrived at the resort around 5:45pm.

We were greeted at reception by Christina, who was very friendly and helpful and were offered fresh juice or water. The check in process was quick and smooth and soon we were making our way to our room. Xolani was a saving grace and helped us with the truck load of bags we had (we all know travelling with a toddler is not “travelling light”).

With all the “stuff” we had we were worried about space in the room, however when we got to our Superior room (room number 207) the worries melted away. Our room was so spacious with two double beds, a seating area and extra space for the camp cot. Then we opened the doors to the balcony… and WOW… the view of the gardens, pools, valley and the river was incredible. At that point we knew we were going to have a spectacular weekend.

After settling in to our room, we then went down to the dining room for the amazing buffet dinner which had wide variety of options to choose from.

Off to an early start the next morning (toddler wake-up call), we took a walk around resort and were greeted by many very tame dassies, rabbits and guinea fowl. The staff were also all up and getting ready for the guests and the day’s activities.

There is quite a deep history to Natal Spa if you are a bit of a history buff, there’s no shortage of history documented on the walls of the resort. From the San People (and bushman paintings on one of the rocks) and the legend of the big black snake to Oom Piet Wessels. I even found out that our granny went on honeymoon there!

Later that morning I went on the quad bike adventure. There was so much to see and I was even lucky enough to view all kinds of game on the neighbouring game farm. The quad bike course was not too technical and so can be enjoyed by all ages, which I would highly recommend.

We spent the rest of the day pool hopping in the hot spring pools. They have pools of many varying temperatures – hot to cold pools and even an undercover pool that echoes! When our 1 year old realised the echo that the dome shaped roof made he went nuts listening to himself smash the water and shouting.

The Flight of the Eagle – The Zipline was the official name of the zipline that runs over the river. Wandisa and Linda are the two guys that run it, who are extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly. They went out of their way to find a pair of sunglasses that went astray on the second flight, in a field of long grass and bush and the sunglasses were returned to us with a massive sense of achievement.

The zipline itself is no small zipline either with over 370m in length and 50m in height, this really is an activity for the “adrenaline junkies”. The views from the zipline halfway stop are amazing and Wandisa and Linda even gave some history of the resort and information about the fauna and flora. I would definitely suggest doing the zipline at least once, just secure your sunglasses before leaving the platforms.

A few more of the activities and amenities available at the resort: Supertube, Archery, Horse Riding, Adventure Golf, Fishing, Wellness Centre, Table Tennis, Tennis, Squash, Pool Tables, Volleyball, Guided Bird Walk, Paintball Arena, BMX Track/Mountain Bike Trail and Bike Hire.

With a wide range accommodation options from self-catering chalets to the amazing superior room with dinner bed and breakfast there is something for all budgets and family sizes. They also offer 30 camping and caravan stands, all with water and electricity and braai facilities on the stands. There are also 2 sets of ablutions and kitchen blocks at each end of the camping grounds.

There is something for everyone at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort! If it is relaxation in beautiful hot pools tucked away in the banks of a scenic river and amazing service, then this resort is for you. It’s also a great venue for a company team building getaway with conference facilities or if you’re looking for a fun family holiday with adventure around every corner then you should definitely pay a visit.

www.goodersonleisure.co.za/NatalSpa

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Honeymoon in the most romantic place in KZN

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Planning the ideal honeymoon can be exceptionally daunting, not to mention expensive, but if you’re looking local, and want to continue the romance long past your wedding day, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is a definite contender! Renowned for being one of the most romantic getaway destinations in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, this idyllic retreat offers the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon, with its tranquil atmosphere, breathtaking scenery, world-class facilities and attentive staff.

Granny Mouse’s accommodation is luxury at its finest, ranging from their secluded garden rooms, nestled in their spectacular gardens, to their sprawling deluxe suites with private balconies overlooking the Lions River. Each and every room has been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, and are equipped with large bath tubs and aromatic bath salts and oils for those intimate evenings in.

Following the excitement of the wedding, what could be better than relaxing in their on-site, state-of-the-art spa, which offers an extensive range of treatments and therapies, including hydrotherapy to replenish your mind and body before you have to get back to reality?

One of the standout features of Granny Mouse is a culinary haven, offering guests a diverse range of delectable experiences. From their fine-dining restaurant, Eaves, with its sophisticated menu of modern fusion cuisine, to their open-sky Bistro, providing a more casual dining experience, and their wine cellar, which is undoubtedly the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. These, coupled with their award-winning wine menu, will have you toasting to your new life together. No matter where you choose to dine whilst on honeymoon, the Granny Mouse team will pull out all the stops to ensure the most romantic of occasions.

In addition to the fantastic facilities, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is also ideally located for exploring the surrounding area. From picnics in the Caversham Valley to wine tasting, or just taking a leisurely stroll around the local stores to choose some new items for your home together, the list is endless.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable honeymoon. Book your stay at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa today and let their team ensure a romantic and memorable experience for you and your partner.

BOOK HERE

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9 Reasons 1 Licorna Beach is the Ideal Umhlanga Stay

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In the heart of Umhlanga Beach lies a beautifully furnished, newly renovated beach house. Being a double storey with views and access to the ocean, 1 Licorna Beach is the perfect luxury getaway.

Suitable for both business and vacation rentals, this beachfront property will give you the “home away from home” relaxed feel with a pool, garden, outside braai area.

This beach house can accommodate up to 6 guests, and comprises of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Stay entertained with smart tv, dual view DSTV and free wifi.

We’ve listed 9 of the many reasons why 1 Licorna Beach should be your next stay in Umhlanga:

1. UMHLANGA PROMENADE ACCESS
Enjoy direct access to the Umhlanga Promenade: a stretch along the Umhlanga coast and nature reserve, perfect for walks or runs and home to restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream spots and local vendors.

2. DIRECT BEACH ACCESS
Go for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean or chill on the shore. With beach access and a choice of four beaches in walking distance, what more do you need? Make sure there’s a life guard on duty if you go for a dip!

3. UMHLANGA NATURE RESERVE​
Explore the coastal wildlife, birds and forest along the Umhlanga Nature Reserve wooden boardwalk and trail. Be sure to check out the Bike & Bean coffee shop at the Northside of the Umhlanga Promenade.

4. FINE-DINING RESTAURANTS
Spoil yourself with a dinner date at The Chef’s Table or the 14 on Chartwell, both just a stone’s throw away at Umhlanga Village.

5. FREE WIFI
Stay connected with 1 Licorna’s free wifi during your stay. Whether for business or leisure, you and your family or guests are covered.

6. DAILY HOUSEKEEPING
No one wants to do the dishes & sweep on holiday! What’s better than arriving back to your accommodation to find it’s been cleaned?

7. 24 HOUR SECURITY & SAFE PARKING
Safety is a priority at Licorna Beach. Relax knowing that you, your family & belongings are tucked away in a gated, access controlled estate.

8. POOL ACCESS 
The communal pool is available for a dip, if the sea isn’t calling. Whether you’re braaiing, chilling or just cooling off – it’s nice to have options.

9. SELF-CATERING
Explore new restaurants or enjoy the comforts of home cooking. Remember, you won’t have to do the dishes either. Don’t forget to have a braai while you’re at 1 Licorna.

To book your stay:
Cell: 083 492 3241
Website: www.1licornabeach.co.za

Address:
82 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga

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Want to stay in the heart of Cape Town? Here’s why The Cape Milner should be your go-to.

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For Durbanites, a trip to Cape Town is always enthralling. White-sand beaches, throngs of restaurants, and sea life sightings are just some of the things we look forward to when visiting our Mother City. Of course, the various accommodation on offer forms part of said hype – and can either make or break your experience!

Well, we’re here to tell you this: If you’re looking for a hotel that’s contemporary, comfy, central, quiet and not too costly, we’ve found the place for you. Not to mention its fascinating decor, great hospitality, and luxury charm that just wraps you up and keeps you snug throughout your entire stay.

The opulent Cape Milner building matches Cape Town’s Victorian aesthetic. But inside you’ll find a mix of art-deco, modern and African chic; much like the feel of modern Africa today.

As if wedged at the bottom of Table Mountain, the views from the rooms and lounges are spectacular. We particularly enjoyed dining out in the swanky Glass Lounge, where you can look up into the blue sky or night stars while you enjoy a hearty lamb shank below.

Our homely rooms overlooked the serene Milner Road, with its impressive avenues of trees. We were given complimentary macarons on arrival and enjoyed them with tea as we watched the rain pitter-patter on the tails of unbothered squirrels — how cute! The Milner Hotel really is a place you can enjoy come rain or shine.

The hotel was the absolute, perfect base from which to explore pretty much everything and anything. Just a few minutes drive away lies Bree and Kloof  – two favourites, Metropolitan streets for tourists and locals alike. Over the few days of our stay we visited many great spots, all within 5-10 minutes away.

We sank our teeth into cheesy pizza at the much-hyped “I love the dough” and tried out “Mochi Mochi” for dessert; we ordered fizzing and steaming cocktails from “Cause and Effect” at the V&A; and of course, we spent a fun-filled evening at the cheeky and illustrious “Beefcakes” in Green Point.

After each jam-packed day, coming home to our state-of-the-art bathtub and luxurious linen was the cherry on top. It fitted in perfectly with our diverse range of activities we had planned, and matched the entire style of our trip.

We didn’t want to leave!

And of course, we can’t wait to stay again…

To book your stay at the Cape Milner, contact

Tel: +27 11 516 4367
Email: res@extraordinary.co.za

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