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Karkloof Spa

Karkloof Spa

Description

Karkloof Spa boasts a luxury boutique lodge with 16 individually decorated villas, an expansive world-class Spa and 3500 hectares of bountiful terrain abundant with wildlife, offering you a variety of unforgettable experiences.

Enhanced with the big heart of African sensibility and inspired by flowing water, Karkloof Spa will capture your senses as your stay unfolds. Enjoy your own time – dine when it suits you, indulge in our Spa or explore the landscape at your own leisure; and most of all, just relax and unwind.

Escape from time and surrender to nature’s bespoke offerings.

  • The Good Safari Guide Gala Award - "Best Safari Spa 2010"
     
  • Tatler Spa Award – “Most Exciting New Discovery for 2009”
  • SA Tourism Welcome Award 2009 – Overall winner “Best Accommodation Provider”.
  • Professional Beauty Award 2009 – “The Best Hotel/Resort Spa” 2009
  • Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Award 2009 – “Leading Wellness Retreat”
 
Karkloof Spa Wellness and Wildlife retreat has been privileged to receive numerous awards, but the most exciting accolade has been the acceptance into the Relais & Chateaux Family!

Karkloof Spa was officially inaugurated as a member of Relais and Châteaux at the 35th International Relais and Châteaux Congress held in Biarritz, France on the 16-18th November 2009.

 

Karkloof Spa was the only property in Kwa Zulu Natal and South Africa to have membership to Relais and Châteaux bestowed upon it in 2010 and now takes its place amongst the best properties in the world
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Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 countries.

 Established in France in 1954, the Association's mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.

Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses.

The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: "ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD".

 Karkloof Spa, located just 24 kilometers from Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu Natal's magnificent Midlands, is a tranquil but uplifting haven for those setting out on a journey to wellness and restoration. It also offers guests an opportunity to absorb the sights and sounds of Africa in a private enclave, which provides one of the continent's most exhilarating ecological experiences.

Set in a verdant bowl, surrounded by towering cliffs, with the shimmering waters of the Albert Falls Dam in view, the Spa and its luxurious boutique hotel provide levels of intimate exclusivity and personalised service unparalleled in this part of Africa. Karkloof Spa is a world class facility, blending the best of the globe's major spas with a uniquely African sensibility. It will capture your imagination and invite you to submit mind and body to a complete revitalisation process.

The waters of the Umgeni and the Karkloof rivers converge on this 3500 hectare property, which abounds with herds of game, the white rhino being the major attraction. Within an hour and a quarter from Durban, by road, and five hours from Johannesburg, apart from being close to Pietermaritzburg's airport, the Spa comprises a splendidly appointed boutique lodge, in addition to its multi-faceted spa treatment centre.

Disease free buffalo and black and white rhino roam this spectacular terrain, together with various small carnivores, numerous antelope species, including the elegant nyala, zebra, giraffe and wildebeest. The property is undeniably amongst the most picturesque on the African continent, nestling in the almost cinematic splendours of the Karkloof Valley. There are five waterfalls, various dams and three rivers, all located within its confines, which makes for an amazingly varied landscape and flora. The area's mist belt forests and thickets, open plains and riverine valleys all contribute to guests' sense of peace and restoration.

Blend these natural assets with the careful attention to detail, personalised service and unfailing standards of African hospitality, not to mention the lodge's superb cuisine and outstanding wine cellar, and you have an experience to be savoured by the most discerning clientèle.

Accommodation

Boasting 16 individually decorated, sumptuous villas, all of which feature spacious bathrooms with double baths, modern conveniences, satellite TV, complimentary Internet access, under-floor heating, air-conditioning, complimentary mini bars and espresso machines, the lodge is designed to complement its splendid surroundings. Africa's heritage is embodied in every design detail, but without sacrificing elegance and sophistication.

The focus of Karkloof Spa, however, is the unparalleled “green” spa and wellness centre, where your time is your own to enjoy, and where you can experience the variety of treatments at your own pace. In fact every aspect of your stay at Karkloof Spa is to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace – dine when it suits you, indulge in one of our five signature spa journeys or devote time to exploring the landscape and viewing the wildlife.

Rates

Standard Rates

  Full Board Basis
  R8000.00 per person sharing* per night
  Rates Include:
 

• Superior quality suite accommodation
• Mini Bar stocked with guests personal preferences
• Café Complet including Nespresso coffee selection and automatic espresso machine per suite
• Personal consultation with chef on arrival to discuss dietary preferences
• Unlimited meals and snacks throughout the stay
• Unlimited beverages throughout the stay, (excludes French champagne)
• Guest laundry and pressing
• Unlimited high speed internet access
• Personal villa attendant/ butler
• Private guided safari’s, walks and hikes, guided activities (mountain biking, bass and fly fishing)
• Unlimited Spa treatments by specialized Thai therapists throughout your stay
• Daily yoga instruction
• Customised wellness programs (detox, weight loss, stress relief, fitness )
• Unlimited use of the Spa Hydro Therapy facilities (saunas, steam rooms, combo sauna steam room, jacuzzi, roman bath, kneipp therapy pools, rassoul, flotation tank)

  Notes:
 
* Single occupany rates are available on request.
Children over the age of 12 years are charged the full adult rate.
Rates are subject to change without notice.

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Directions

From Johannesburg - Harrismith Take the N3 Highway south towards Durban. Remain on the N3 Highway until you reach Pietermaritzburg. Pass the Midlands Mall on your left hand side, and take the next off ramp off the highway. Exit 81 (Church St/ Greytown). At the traffic lights turn left, towards Greytown/Otto's Bluff. Continue straight through the next two sets of traffic lights. The NorthWay Mall SuperSpar is ahead of you. Just before the traffic lights, take the slip road off to the left this is Otto's Bluff Road. Travel straight along Otto's Bluff Road for approx. 20km's. Please be aware that some sections of the road are gravel. After crossing Morton's drift, turn off to the left (Sign Posted Karkloof Spa). Travel along on this road for about 2km's until you reach a gate on your left hand side. From Durban International Airport When leaving the main airport exit gates, travel past the petrol station and turn left over the highway. At the traffic lights, turn right, but keep in the left hand lane. Drive straight across the next set of traffic lights and immediately thereafter, glide off left onto the N2 Highway towards Durban. Stay on this highway until the turn off indicating left onto the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg. Stay in the left hand lane and drive towards Pietermaritzburg. Drive on the N3 Highway for about 45 minutes. In the Pietermaritzburg area (still driving on the N3 Highway) take Exit 81 (Church St/Greytown). At the traffic lights turn right, over the highway, towards Greytown. Continue straight through the next two sets of traffic lights. The NorthWay Mall SuperSpar is ahead of you. Just before the traffic lights, take the slip road off to the left this is Otto's Bluff Road. Travel straight along Otto's Bluff Road for approx. 20km's. Please be aware that some sections of the road are gravel. After crossing Morton's drift, turn off to the left (Sign Posted Karkloof Spa). Travel along on this road for about 2km's until you reach a gate on your left hand side.