The Royal Suite is named for the royal treatment it offers (I’ve decided) – Sasha Wyatt-Minter

We were guests of Kloofzicht last weekend, and were given the lodge’s Royal Suite – complete with a welcome committee that made one feel like a character on the set ofDownton Abbey.

View from jacuzzi


After we shook hands with the the staff who greeted us at the door, we met our personal butler, who was to cater to our every need for the rest of the day. Prosper kept our glasses filled with champagne, while we lolled in our private jacuzzi and watched the sun set over the mountains … but I’m getting ahead of myself, and forgetting the in-room spa treatments …

To offer us a sample of the services offered by the lodge (and available in the Royal Suite) a full-body massage had been booked for both me and my husband. Massage beds had been set up in the lounge of the suite and our spa therapists were waiting for us.


We let our teenage daughter occupy herself with the contents of the gift basket while we settled in for an hour of pampering and a massage that undid all the knots of the past month in our backs and shoulders … with a view of the dam, and the light changing over the mountains, as a rainbow emerged after an afternoon Gauteng storm.

Feeling all relaxed and floppy, we emerged an hour later onto our patio where Prosper was setting the table for dinner. The jacuzzi looked too inviting to pass up, and we spent a chilled couple of hours (accompanied by an equally chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc) while our – wait for it –  personal chef cooked our three-course dinner in the suite’s kitchen.


By 7pm, lured by the aromas wafting onto the patio from the kitchen, we sat down to dinner (after a quick outside shower with the stars for a ceiling … an experience everyone living in Africa MUST have!).

We met the chef in between the courses of stacked avo, chicken and bacon in a salad almost too gorgeous to eat, a melt-in-your-mouth fillet and a fresh pineapple dessert covered in vanilla ice cream and decorated with spun sugar.



Prosper eventually left for the night, the teen retired to bed to watch movies in her separate suite (or take full advantage of the lodge’s Wi-Fi) and once again the jacuzzi beckoned.

This time the warm water was lit by a soft blue light, and we soaked in the bubbles as we polished off the last of the bottle of bubbly we’d opened for dinner.

The only sounds to be heard were the background noises made by fish plopping and flopping in the dam, and the occasional cry from a nocturnal bird. The stars twinkled in the velvet sky and the entire scene was the perfect romantic setting for a honeymoon or a Valentine’s evening with someone special …

Never mind a special occasion: a night or two at Kloofzicht (my husband was keen to stay a week) is a must-do for anyone in need of some time out and pampering – Royal Suite or not.

In fact Kloofzicht offers such good value for money, that I was surprised by the affordable rates for such gorgeous facilities and service.


My recommendation: splurge on the Royal Suite and hire Prosper the butler for an hour or two – it’s a 21st-century Downton Abbey experience and the memories will live on long after you’ve paid the credit card bill.

Kloofzicht dining area

More about Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa

The small but magnificent nature reserve in which Kloofzicht is built, is home to kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, springbuck, gemsbok, zebra and a fascinating array of bird life.

Within easy access (approx. 10km) from Maropeng – where Homo Naledi, a new species of human, was discovered in a cave in The Cradle of Humankind – Kloofzicht has also become the venue of choice in Gauteng for hot-air ballooning safaris, due to the favourable flying conditions.


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