Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers eco-friendly 5-star accommodation in exquisite natural surroundings near Hermanus
A five star retreat in pristine and exquisite fynbos and coastal surroundings, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near Hermanus and Gansbaai is offering a “One-of-a Kind” Valentine’s Special with “unbelievably discounted rates for the ultimate romantic indulgence” for the month of February. The price of R2 100 per person sharing includes accommodation in luxurious free-standing suites discreetly nestling amongst ancient Milkwood trees, all meals, five-course and delectable – and a host of complimentary activities.
These include a guided 4×4 flower safari, guided or self-guided walks along a variety of well-marked trails, horse-riding and 50% off spa treatments.
This special is available for the whole of February 2013.
Grootbos has received a large number of prestigious awards over the years, the latest being the Best Resort Top Travel award 2012 and the Responsible Tourism Green Travel Award 2012.
Owner and General Manager of Grootbos, Michael Lutzeyer was born in Cape Town from German parents. After a completing his military service in South Africa he emigrated to Germany for 13 years. Drawn home by his love of “open spaces and sunshine”, Michel bought the farm Grootbos near Gansbaai in 1991. At the time it consisted of dilapidated farm houses on a “worthless piece of ground.”
Initially raising fynbos for commercial purposes, Michael came to appreciate the symbiotic relationships between the plants and creatures on his farm. This, together with his family’s hospitality towards the stream of family and friends who visited, led to the gradual but steady expansion of the farm. “Hard work, enthusiasm, honesty and the strong family corporation was the recipe for success” for transforming a “self-catering hideaway” into a B & B and ultimately into the luxurious lodge that it is today.
The accent is not just on luxury eco-friendly accommodation. Deeply concerned about the preservation of the fynbos and wishing to develop the knowledge base and skills of unskilled and unemployed members of the local communities, the Grootbos team established the Green Futures College, training them in fynbos landscaping, horticulture and eco-tourism and giving them the opportunity to create their own successful businesses upon graduation. The college, a combined partnership between Grootbos and the DEG (German Investment and Development Company), i s a non-profit organisation funded through plant sales and a fynbos landscaping business.
Grootbos offers a variety of specials during the year.
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