Francois talks about their trip to SPIER

Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms dating back to 1692, this farm is rich in history and remains a special place to anyone who visits. Located about 40km from Cape Town, you’ll find this historic farm on the outskirts of Stellenbosch.

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Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What made you decide to stay at SPIER?

Francois: SPIER is ideal for us as we have kids (two boys aged 6 and 8). The large natural open spaces, great facilities and scenic surroundings.

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Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was your first impression of SPIER on arrival?

Francois: It’s actually very close to Cape Town! SPIER is located in the wine capital of South Africa and has a farm feel to it. On arrival we were greeted with warm friendly smiles from the staff which is always the best way to start a stay.

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was the service like?

Francois: The staff at SPIER were very friendly and attentive to all our needs. They are particularly good with children (e.g. entertaining the kids while the parents take a deserving break).

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): Is it child friendly?

Francois: Yes, SPIER accommodates families with children of all ages, with a variety of activities and facilities to keep kids occupied. The food for the children was also good and I loved the fact that there was a grape juice tasting on offer when we as adults did the wine tasting. On the morning of our check out from the SPIER hotel, our youngest son immediately asked: “When can be come here again?”2015-06-20 15.01.49 2015-06-20 11.58.15-1
Klein Collection (‘K.C’): 
What activities are offered at SPIER?

Francois: Activities offered onsite at Spier are as follows:

  • Segway tours: Take a tour of the vineyard on your very own Segway PT – a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle.
  • Wine tasting and chocolate pairing (highly recommended)
  • Eagle encounter (very educational and was great for our kids)
  • Local art being on display throughout SPIER (insprirational)
  • A spa (beauty treatments and massages)
  • Food (wonderful selection of restaurants, deli and picnic baskets)

 

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was the food like?

Francois: Food quality at SPIER is top class and they make a conscious effort to cater for the children’s tastes as well. EIGHT Restaurant prides itself in the fact that most of the ingredients in the meals served, are locally produced on the SPIER farm.

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Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was the highlight of your stay at SPIER?

Francois: The overall openness and spaces to walk and cycle, value for money and how our children enjoyed every bit of our stay.2015-06-19 16.42.37

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What should potential visitors take note of

Francois: Be ready to want to make SPIER a regular place to visit (at least once a year for 2 nights).

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): Who is SPIER ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?

Francois: Anyone really – but SPIER is great for small or large groups and people with kids.

 

Point out of 5
Service  5
Location  5
Food  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

 

Should SPIER sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

The Zanzibar Collection

On the East Coast of Zanzibar, on one of the island’s award-winning beaches lies a trio of beach resorts, each with its own unique character, each exquisite in its own way. Sophie and Jonathan visited The Zanzibar Collection’s Breezes Beach Club, Baraza and The Palms and discovered peace, tranquility and proper beach-TLC!

Review by Jonathan and Sophie Ellaby

Breezes

We’re impressed the moment we arrive at Breezes. Ayman has only been head of operations for one week and yet we get the impression that he’s been here for years – as he gives us a grand tour, his enthusiasm for this beautiful resort is obvious and makes us feel right at home.

Pool at Breezes

Pool at Breezes

It’s low-season and still Breezes is running at almost full capacity, and we quickly discover why this resort is a favorite among Zanzibar regulars. With everything a beach-lover’s heart could possible desire right on the doorstep, such as a PADI-certified dive centre, endless water sports opportunities (kayaks, wind and kite surfing and more), a beautiful pool, spa, gym and several dining venues – this place delivers.

Breezes villas

Breezes villas

After settling in to our tastefully appointed and well-equipped room we head straight to the pool for a swim (well-deserved after biking 60 km here from Stone Town!), followed by lunch in the pool bar. As a nice touch, Breezes offers all new arrivals a pre-dinner welcome drink and canapés on the first night – this creates a nice informal atmosphere and encourages guests to mingle. The Gala Dinner in the Sultan’s Restaurant is an à la carte 3-course gourmet experience with a good selection of seafood – a natural highlight of Zanzibar’s culinary delights. Accompanied by a live jazz band with excellent singers, we tuck into avocado hummus, coconut prawns, white snapper with rock lobster and finally passion fruit pavlova for dessert. Breezes may be a 4-star hotel but it certainly doesn’t ‘settle’ for that – the aspirations are sky high and that shows – we would happily award 5 stars!

Beachfront at Breezes

Beachfront at Breezes

Best for: Families and couples alike

Not so good for: Struggling with this one…

Our verdict: Excellent value for money – prime property on a prime beach with top-notch facilities.

Baraza

It’s a short bike ride for us the following day as we move 250 metres down the beach to Baraza, the 5-star sister hotel to Breezes. With its distinctive Omani design in not only the symmetrical architecture and layout but also in the interior décor, Baraza has 40 private villas, some with garden views, others ocean views and some with an exclusive ocean front location.

Pool at Baraza

Pool at Baraza

The 2-bedroom villas are perfect for two couples travelling together, or a family. Interiors are simple, yet lavish – brass lanterns, ornamental trays, private plunge pool, a king-sized bed, TV, mini-bar, bathrobes, slippers and the essential air-con. We are thoroughly impressed as manager Valeria shows us around the giant property – the feeling of space is overwhelming and even with a fully-packed Baraza it would never seem crowded. The pool is big enough to do laps (although there is also a separate lap pool in the spa), and the area is beautifully designed with lots of areas for relaxation.

Buffet at Baraza

Buffet at Baraza

Lunch is a culinary buffet – we are spoilt for choice as we struggle to decide between lobster sandwiches, chicken satay, pizzas, salads, not to mention the desserts (chocolate éclairs, coconut mousse, apple cake, and more)… the decadent lunch leaves us in need of some exercise. Luckily, Baraza has a fully equipped gym and even its own yoga instructor! We spend the afternoon lazing by the pool, enjoying the sea breeze and watching the tide come in. Just as we start to feel thirsty, one of the many waiters arrives with a bottle of water in an ice bucket… timed to perfection, what more could you ask for? A cocktail perhaps, so we order one of those.

Our suite at Baraza

Our suite at Baraza

The staff at Baraza deserve a special mention – gracious and welcoming, with incredible attention to detail, we were in good hands from start to finish. It is often the level of service that truly characterizes a place, and at Baraza they’ve got that down to a fine art. There’s even an impressive Kids Centre with its own pool and babysitters available. Before dinner we enjoy a cocktail in the Dhahabu Bar, where a group of musicians perform traditional live taarab music.

The culinary ambitions are not to be underestimated and for dinner we enjoy an outstanding Asian-themed buffet with (again!) an overwhelming amount of choice (including sushi, our favorite). Baraza delivers, on every level.

Good for: couples, honeymooners, families…basically everyone.

Not so good for: Still contemplating this one…!

Our verdict: An exquisite and quintessential 5-star resort with an outstanding level of service and amazing food. Our personal favorite of the three Zanzibar Collection resorts.

The Palms

It’s no coincidence that we visit The Palms on our last night. Located on the middle stretch of beach between Breezes and Baraza, The Palms is an exclusive collection of 6 colonial villas nestled amongst palm trees. The atmosphere here is laid back, quiet, relaxing – the guests are truly the centre of attention. Service is discrete and very respectful of those wanting an intimate, private holiday. Best of all? No kids allowed! In other words: this is honeymoon heaven. And with the added benefit of being able to use all the facilities at Baraza and Breezes, you really get the best of all worlds at The Palms.

Pool at The Palms

Pool at The Palms

As we walk into our villa, we are greeted by a bottle of complimentary champagne and there are traditional ‘kangas’ as gifts to wear on the beach. Each villa has its own plunge pool and its own private thatched beach “banda” with sun loungers and a sheltered day bed for that essential afternoon snooze. All meals are à la carte and the culinary levels are as high here as at Baraza – for dinner we have a trio of avocado, prawns with aubergine, fish stew with lobster and chocolate fondant for dessert. It’s the perfect wrap-up for our beach break.

The Palms

The Palms

Good for: Honeymoon couples and those wanting a very private holiday.

Not so good for: Those not wanting all meals à la carte – but then again, with the option of going next door to Baraza to indulge in their buffets, you really get the best of both.

Our verdict: An intimate resort with a compelling sense of peace and tranquility.

The Zanzibar Collection has something for everyone at different budgets and it’s our recommendation for beach resorts in Zanzibar. Whether you’re looking for a stand-alone beach break, or looking to unwind after an East Africa safari, you won’t be disappointed here.

For our top safari recommendations, see the safari section of our blog.

Welcome to Schoone Oordt Country House

Schoone Oordt Country House is a charming country hotel in Swellendam South Africa, possibly the best of Swellendam accommodation, with 10 luxury bedrooms set in lush gardens, an intimate Conservatory restaurant, a sparkling saltwater pool and a passion for people, family, food, wine and the environment.

Francois talks about their trip to Schoone Oordt Country House.

KC:  How far is Schoone Oordt Country House from Cape Town?

Francois:  After about 2 and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town you will discover Swellendam (one of South Africa’s hidden treasures) with Schoone Oordt Country House being one of the gems within this beautiful village.

Schoone Oordt Country House

KC:  What made you decide to stay at Schoone Oordt Country House?

Francois:  About 3 years ago we drove through Swellendam for a quick lunch and I saw this beautiful Victorian building as we were looking for a place to eat. I immediately asked my wife to settle the kids somewhere suitable – as I wanted to go and see if this striking building could be a boutique hotel… and it was!

Since then I have wanted to experience this charming establishment firsthand.

KC:  What was your first impression of Schoone Oordt Country House on arrival?

Francois:  Attention to detail and authenticity – old world charm, handmade furniture, antiques, wooden floors, rich textures and friendly warm smiles greeting us as we arrived.

KC:  What was the service like?

Francois:  Very attentive and friendly. We were fortunate to meet the owners (Alison and Richard Walker) with their lovely children. They made us feel right at home and it really felt like we were old friends getting together.

Schoone Oordt Country House

KC:  Is it child friendly?

Francois:  Yes, with Schoone Oordt’s owners having 4 kids themselves – everything has been tested as child friendly and our kids were very welcome. They even arranged a babysitter for all the guests’ kids while we were having dinner.

KC:  What activities are offered at Schoone Oordt Country House?

Francois:  The Conservatory Restaurant is onsite and known as one of the top culinary experiences in the area. There are also many activities that can be arranged from the Schoone Oordt concierge service – from wine tours, horse riding, excursions to the De Hoop reserve and more – or just take a stroll down Swellendams main road with antique shops, coffee shops and other treats.

KC:  What was the food like?

Schoone Oordt Country House

Francois:  We were privileged to have been invited by Alison and Richard to a traditional braai and spent hours along the long dinner table in the Conservatory Restaurant sharing stories and laughter with the other Schoone Oordt guests. The food was great.

Breakfast was also fantastic and Schoone Oordt’s eggs benedict with salmon has my vote any day!

KC:  What was the highlight of your stay at Schoone Oordt Country House?

Francois:  The leisurely, traditional braai in the Conservatory Restaurant with interesting people and no time restrictions.

KC:  What should potential visitors take note of?

Francois:  Driving from Cape Town can become a long trip – so make it a journey and plan a stopover somewhere in the middle (Gabrielskloof Wine Estate (in Bot River) is always a winner for us). I would also recommend that you stay at least 2 nights at Schoone Oordt to allow you to experience what this special boutique and surrounds have to offer.

KC:  Who is Schoone Oordt Country House ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?

Francois:  Young and old enjoying boutique-style service with an appreciation for architecture and interior.

In short: if you have style, you will love it.

Point out of 5
Service  5
Food  5
Location  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

Should Schoone Oordt Country House sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Welcome to South Hill

The Venue at South Hill Vineyards nestles at the eastern end of the picturesque Elgin Valley. Surrounded by the Kogelberg Mountains, neighbouring orchards, pine forests and the farm’s own vineyards, The Venue is a very special place.

South Hill

Francois talks about their trip to South Hill.

KC:  How far is South Hill from Cape Town?

Francois:  About 45 minutes drive from Cape Town located in the beautiful Elgin Valley – known for fresh produce (especially apples and pears)

KC:  What made you decide to stay at South Hill?

Francois:  I have heard great things about the guest house on the South Hill farm and took the opportunity to experience the villa myself – with my wife, Carien and our two boys (James and Francois).

South Hill

KC:  What was your first impression of South Hill on arrival?

Francois:  Wow – scenic setting, fresh air, farm size open spaces and privacy – and all of it just for us to enjoy for two full days!

KC:  What was the service like?

Francois:  We felt like we were visiting friends who own a wine farm – Sandy welcomed us with a warm and friendly smile and guided us through all the villa’s facilities and features.

KC:  Is it child friendly?

Francois:  Yes, the villa accommodated us perfectly and our children had space to play outside – and play games inside in front of the large fire place in the evenings.

South Hill

KC:  What activities are offered at South Hill?

Francois:  South Hill is a wine farm and the wine tasting is a must if you enjoy good wine. The Villa is also stocked with South Hill’s wine – so you can have your own wine tasting while having a bite to eat in your private space. There is also a restaurant on the farm and the Old Mac Daddy trailer experience is just across the road with a restaurant on site as well.

KC:  What was the food like?

Francois:  The facilities in the villa are really top end and any chef would feel right at home (and inspired) to cook up a storm. All I can say is that we ate well!

South Hill

KC:  What was the highlight of your stay at South Hill?

Francois:  Quality time with my family in front of the fire place in the villa, surrounded by nature – enjoying good wine from the South Hill wine cellar.

KC:  What should potential visitors take note of?

Francois:  You should stay here at least two nights – and you can bring friends along (there is lots of space to accommodate two families in the villa) if you are not seeking a private weekend away.

KC:  Who is South Hill ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?

Francois:  People who love the farm living idea and want to experience living in a luxurious farm house for a night or two – cook, eat, sleep and relax.

Point out of 5
Service  5
Location  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

Should South Hill sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Bluebells Cottage

Bluebells is just a brisk stroll away from the centre of Greyton; a town known for its delightful coffee shops, top restaurants and interesting corners filled with arts and crafts. Every Saturday from 10 to 12 you will find the locals and visitors streaming to the morning market where locally produced or harvested treats and fresh produce are sold.
                                                                       
Francois talks about their family trip to Greyton.

KC:  How far is Bluebells from Cape Town?

Francois:  Bluebells is located in Greyton, a peaceful and picturesque village in the Overberg region about 150 kilometers from Cape Town.

KC:  What made you decide to stay at Bluebells?

Francois:  Myself, Carien and the two boys have been to Bluebells in 2012 for the first time and we have been hooked ever since. Bluebells offers something really unique – allowing us as a family to connect, relax and spend quality time together.

Bluebells Cottage

KC:  What was your first impression of Bluebells on arrival?

Francois:  We are home (although we do not own the house…)

KC:  What was the service like?

Francois:  Bluebells is a self-catering cottage – the check-in procedure and cleaning services offered was friendly and efficient.

KC:  Is it child friendly?

Francois:  Yes, Bluebells and Greyton as a whole are meant for children. The gravel roads to walk or cycle and the random free roaming horses makes this place a paradise for children – my kids loved it!

KC:  What activities are offered at Bluebells?

Bluebells Cottage

Francois:  Bluebells is walking distance from Greyton’s top restaurants, art galleries and more. The cottage is well equipped and we ended up buying fresh goods in Greyton and then cooked up a storm every evening – with the fire burning in the back ground (and kids playing snakes and ladders in the lounge – and not staring at the IPAD )

KC:  What was the food like?

Francois:  Greyton offers a good selection of restaurants and if you do not feel like cooking yourself – Bluebells is a hop skip and jump from where you want to be!

KC:  What was the highlight of your stay at Bluebells?

Bluebells Cottage

Francois:  The time with Carien and the two boys in the evenings in front of the fire – just the slow pace of the surrounds and quality time with my loved ones.

KC:  What should potential visitors take note of?

Francois:  You need to stay for at least 3 nights – and you will be back!

KC:  Who is Bluebells ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?

Francois:  People wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of normal city life and want to connect with their loved ones in a rustic unpretentious environment.

Point out of 5
Service  4
Location  5
Facilities  4
Décor  4
Attention to detail  4
Value for money  5

Should Bluebells sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

The perfectly located InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel

South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport hotel is only a 68.7-metre (225-foot) walk from the International Arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Stephanus talks about his and his wife’s trip to InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel.

KC: How far is InterContinental OR Tambo from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa?

Stephanus: 67m… literally!

KC: What made you decide to stay at InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel?

Stephanus: My wife and I travelled to Johannesburg for business and we required accommodation close to the airport.

KC: What was your first impression of InterContinental OR Tambo on arrival?

Stephanus: I’ve always driven past it on my way from the airport to wherever I was heading, so I’ve always been curious to see what it’s like to stay there. I was pleasantly surprised. The porters (with their muted African attire) were incredibly friendly and quietly took care of all our baggage. The check-in process was equally smooth and the duty manager made us feel right at home. The hotel, although modern, had a warm and welcoming feeling, and exuded the energy so typical of Johannesburg (albeit in a more relaxed way).

KC: What was the service like?

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Stephanus: Superb. Fantastic. Unforgettable. Seriously, from the moment we walked in until the moment we left, our needs were always attended to in a discreet and unobtrusive manner. Regardless of the request that came their way, nothing ever seemed to be an issue. They have simply thought of all the details: fruit bowel with champagne upon arrival, together with a gift bag and card. Then you have all the other niceties in the room that you’d expect from a 5-star hotel (but which, quite frankly, not all 5-star hotels offer): Nespresso machine, iPod docking station, large flat screen television, mini-bar, clothing press, gowns, complimentary Wi-Fi, electric safe, etc. The windows are triple-glazed (this was a first for me), so despite being only 67m from the airport, the noise levels are less than what you would fine in a hotel overlooking lake Geneva. In fact, the rooms are 100% sound proof, so you don’t need to worry about listening to CNN with your hotel guest next door at 1am in the morning. The bathrooms were exquisite: stylish, light brown marble featuring double basins with a separate bath and shower (and a separate toilet). The hotel manager also called us shortly after check-in just to double-check that we were 100% satisfied and whether there was anything else that we’d require.

KC:  Is it child friendly?

Stephanus: Yes, although the hotel is obviously geared more towards upmarket business and leisure travellers. If a family vacation is what you have in mind, you will probably want to visit Mauritius instead. Nevertheless, they accommodate kids and make them feel just as special as adults. And yes, they offer babysitting services as well.

KC: What activities are offered at InterContinental OR Tambo?

Stephanus: The hotel features a nice gym and swimming pool on the top floor overlooking the airport runway, which is pretty, particularly at night when all the airstrip lights are on. There is also a spa where you can enjoy a massage, including a business centre, various conference rooms for functions of all sizes, a lovely restaurant (which is also open for the public), disability services and 24-hour security, to name but a few.

KC: What was the food like?

Stephanus: It was really delicious – very unlike typical airport food! Everything was so fresh, tasty and stylishly presented. We unfortunately didn’t have dinner there (we had a dinner appointment elsewhere), so I can’t comment on their dinners, although we had a fantastic breakfast (room service).

KC: What was the highlight of your stay at InterContinental OR Tambo?

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo

Stephanus: The overall experience was genuinely unforgettable. It is one of the few places where I honestly couldn’t think of anything else that I would have wanted to experience differently. Also – and I know it sounds cliché – but the people were really so helpful and went to all extremes to make our stay extra special. Although airport hotels don’t ordinarily come to mind when I think of an idyllic holiday destination, I can honestly say that this is the kind of hotel where I won’t mind staying 2 or 3 days, particularly if you just want to relax. The rooms are lovely and I’ll definitely do my utmost to think of another excuse to travel to Johannesburg, even if it’s just to stay there!

KC: What should potential visitors take note of?

Stephanus: Because the hotel is literally 67m (i.e. walking distance) from the airport, you obviously don’t need to rent a car or catch a shuttle between the airport and the hotel. Furthermore, it’s incredibly convenient to literally check out of the hotel, walk a few meters and 5 minute’s later check your bags in at the airport (assuming you’re flying out). Conversely, if you arrive at the airport late at night, you can be dressed in a gown and slippers or sleep in pure cotton linen in a matter of minutes.

Stephanus: Something else that I really found appealing about the hotel is their emphasis on being environmentally friendly, not just in terms of electricity usage, but even in terms of the breakfast take-away packaging.

KC: Who is InterContinental OR Tambo ideal for (i.e. the type of client you would sell this product to)?

Stephanus: Mainly top-end business travellers, but also luxury leisure travellers who need world-class accommodation at the airport.

Point out of 5
Service  5
Location  5
Food  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

Should InterContinental OR Tambo sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Discover the 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel

Discover untold luxury and regal comfort … the 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace is conveniently located next to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Stephanus talks about his and his wife’s trip to D’oreale Grande.

KC: How far is D’oreale Grande from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg?

D'oreale Grande

Stephanus: The 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace is conveniently located about 10 minute’s drive from the airport and 30 minutes from Sandton.

KC: What made you decide to stay at D’oreale Grande?

Stephanus: My wife and I attended a Mrs South Africa 2013 gala evening held at Emperors Palace.

KC: What was your first impression of D’oreale Grande on arrival?

Stephanus: We arrived quite late and decided to enjoy the hotel’s grounds the next day – which we did – so the porter accompanied us to our room and ensured that we were settled in.

We stayed in a Club Floor Superior King room. These elegantly decorated rooms featured a king size bed, a writing desk, easy chair and marble topped coffee table. Other amenities include a hairdryer, digital lap top safe, and TV offering a selected bouquet of satellite channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, full evening turndown, room service, full mini bar and valet service on request.

The great thing about this room is that it is located on the exclusive and private Club Floor, which offers a luxurious Lounge with complimentary refreshments, work stations, a meeting room, free Wi-Fi Internet access, local and international newspapers and access to a Club Floor Services Manager willing to assist with a diverse bouquet of personalised services.

Other room features include early check-in and late check-out options, 24-hour refreshment in rooms, robes and slippers in the room, selected complimentary food and beverage, shoe polishing services and complimentary pressing/laundry.

KC: What was the service like?

Stephanus: The service was great and staff members were always willing to assist. When we arrived in the room, we received a welcome note, including a complimentary gift bag from the hotel – all little things that, at the end of the day make your stay extra special.

KC: Is it child friendly?

Stephanus: Yes. In fact, our 2 year old accompanied us on our trip and we never had any issues. (That said, she is simply adorable and well behaved!) Our 2-year old loved standing next to the floor to ceiling windows and looking down on the world below. Bear in mind, however, that the hotel features a large and beautiful outside pool, which doesn’t have any surrounding fences, so if you’re on the ground floor, you need to keep a watchful eye on your youngsters. Also, as far as I could tell, they didn’t specifically have any kids activities. The hotel is better suited for professionals and luxury travelers who require accommodation for a night or two within close distance of the airport.

KC: What activities are offered at D’oreale Grande?

Stephanus: The hotel features a gym, spa, outdoor swimming pool and expansive grounds, which really provides a great escape from the city.

KC: What was the food like?

Stephanus: We had a fabulous breakfast in the Club Lounge, which was on the seventh floor (the same level as our room). The presentation and food options were great. It certainly didn’t feel like we were dining in a hotel with 192 rooms! The attention to detail was evident and the chef frequently made appearances just to ensure that everything was perfect. My wife, 2-year old and wife were all very impressed!

KC: What was the highlight of your stay at D’oreale Grande?

Stephanus: The Club Lounge was probably the biggest surprise, and we ended up spending most of our time there.

KC: What should potential visitors take note of?

Stephanus: The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the airport which runs every 15 minutes, so there is no need for you to hire a cab.

Ask the hotel to put you on the seventh floor (it was recently refurbished) and double-check with them that you will have access to the private Club Lounge. If you do, you will be able to enjoy snacks and beverages there at any time of day and it’s ‘on the house’. Because we arrived so late, we literally had our ‘dinner’ there, snacking on all the delicious things that they had on display. It’s also a nice place to sit and read a good book or – if you want – mingle with other corporate and leisure travellers.

KC: Who is D’oreale Grande ideal for (i.e. the type of client you would sell this product to)?

Stephanus: Corporate travellers, or leisure travellers who require accommodation for a night en route to their final destination (particularly if you need to catch a flight early the next morning, or arrive late at night).

Point out of 5
Service  4
Location  4
Food  4
Facilities  4
Décor  3
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  4

Should D’oreale Grande sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.