Kurland Hotel Garden Route
Among the advantages of Kurland is the area to a lot of iconic Garden Route areas such as Plettenberg Bay, Nature’s Valley and the Bloukrans Bridge, less than half an hour drive away. But why do you ever want to leave? The resort’s private estate goes for over 2,700 acres, giving guests an insight to the essence of the area and also the chance to research at will by foot, bicycle or horseback. The nearest international airport is Port Elizabeth, 137 kilometers (222 kilometres) away.
Style & personality
9 / 10
The décor of this Kurland Hotel combines state fashion and elegance, and the effect oozes Old World allure. Frequent spaces at the homestead comprise a dining room with vibrant leather couches and floral cushions, shelves packed with interval books along with a fire constantly roaring in the winter. High tea is served every day in the veranda with views across the swimming pool along with white-gabled Blvd, surrounded by palms and manicured yards.
Service & amenities
Luxurious at Kurland is in the details the blossom roses decorating the suites, the hot, home-baked scones served with freshly-whipped lotion in high tea, along with the attentive support of this superb staff, prepared to share anecdotes, assist guests plan actions or simply make them to delight in the gorgeous grounds. Bicycles and quad bikes can be rented free of charge to tour property.
Horses are a part of life in Kurland — it’s possible to organize riding classes and excursions at the next stables, see polo clinic or perhaps program full-day polo experiences. There’s also a spa with hammam, sauna, relaxation area, a small gym and plunge pool.
Even the 12 Kurland suites are individually designed, with complex touches such as chandelier lighting, fireplaces with plush couches, and private patios — the four exceptional suites have plunge pools with views across the paddocks. Beds have embroidered linen and heaps of fluffy pillows. The big baths comprise rain showers and bathrooms, in addition to full size mirrors and heated towel racks. Free Wi-Fi can be found in most suites, with a (fairly) powerful sign — that is uncommon in rural South Africa.
Food & beverage
The restaurant is located from the homestead, guests may choose between sitting at the dining area or even the veranda. Executive chef Leon Coetzee personally discusses the menu together with guests — his cuisine unites heritage and imagination, with dishes such as grilled Karoo lamb chops with teriyaki sauce and springbok carpaccio with balsamic reduction. Breakfast comprises a buffet with fruit, cold meats and muesli baskets; and spicy dishes such as complete country breakfast, eggs Benedict, French toast and sandwiches.
Value for cash
Elegant suites from 4,550 Rand (#225) in low season; also out of 8,880 Rand (#475) at large. Luxurious suites from 6,150 Rand (#332) in low season; also out of 14,560 Rand (#780) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Two exceptional suites are wheelchair-accessible. The main homestead has a couple of actions to negotiate but employees are always prepared to assist.
Kurland Hotel welcomes kids of all ages — luxury and exceptional suites have lofts comprising between four and two bedrooms. There are special children’s menus, a playroom and babysitting service available on request. During vacation periods there is an experienced nursery teacher accessible to perform activities for kids of all ages. Pony or horse riding courses could be arranged.
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