- Stylish property in affluent wine suburb
- Beautifully presented gardens with pool
- 15 minutes from central Cape Town
- Gourmet dining experience
Glen Avon Lodge is a luxury, eco-friendly boutique hotel located in Cape Town’s Constantia suburb, which is noted for its copious wine production. Built in the mid-18th century by slaves for a farmer, this smart and stylish property has a rich and extensive history; today it’s a highly rated family-run hotel with owners who take meticulous pride in making it as comfortable and convenient as possible for all who stay here.
All rooms are spacious and tastefully presented. Amenities include air conditioning, a minibar, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and tea and coffee making facilities. The marble en-suite bathrooms have both a bathtub and a walk-in shower, along with twin wash basins and heated towel racks – complimentary toiletries are provided. There are three grades of room: Double Rooms, Standard Suites and Deluxe Suites. The latter two have a butler’s kitchenette where light meals can be prepared; all have their own balcony or patio overlooking either the gardens or the pool area. Children are welcome and extra beds can be provided in parent rooms.
Continental breakfast is served buffet-style in the main dining room or out on the patio, with optional cooked orders available on request. Lighter bites such as tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes can be ordered by the pool or in rooms throughout the day. For evening meals, the restaurant offers a full gourmet dining experience preceded by sundowners out on the patio. The menu features a carefully curated selection of local and international dishes.
While the hotel is very much a tranquil haven, it also happens to be conveniently close to many of Cape Town’s top attractions. The city centre is just 15 minutes away and is a hub of activity with scores of shops, restaurants, galleries, bars and theatres to discover - the waterfront, in particular, is always abuzz with tourists and locals alike. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, widely praised for its abundant and diverse flora, is a ten-minute drive away and the spectacular, flat-topped Table Mountain is also within easy reach; access to the peak is via a five-minute cable car ride. There are several pristine beaches nearby, along with numerous golf courses and a smattering of bountiful wine farms. When not exploring the city's many offerings, there's a lovely pool to relax in back at the hotel.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019