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Colona Castle

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Set on a mountain side with lovely views
- Characterful boutique hotel near golf courses
- Wine estates, theatre & water sports nearby
- Swimming pool, gym, library, restaurant

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Overview

Colona Castle is a luxury boutique hotel perched on a mountainside with breathtaking views of lakes, beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a delightful retreat with a Mediterranean feel just 25 minutes' drive away from Cape Town’s international airport and city centre. The property comprises eight bedroom suites along with a swimming pool, library, gym and restaurant. We recommend visiting between late January and early April, at the tail end of the dry months. Note, however, that Cape Town does enjoy a temperate climate with warm, dry conditions from October all the way through to April.

There are three types of bedroom at the hotel ranging from Full Luxury Suites featuring private balconies and spectacular views, to Full Executive Suites and Superior Suites. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a verandah, and satellite TV, and a select number of rooms have superb views spanning from Table Mountain across Zandvlei Lake, the Cape Peninsula and False Bay. The luxurious amenities include a library, pool, gym, complimentary internet access, and pretty balconies and gardens. A private butler service and massage and spa treatments are available upon request.

Colona Castle is just a few minutes’ drive away from four world-class golf courses, and the hotel can also arrange visits to the Constantia wine estate or performances at the local theatre. There are plenty of trails to explore on the Drakenstein Mountain Reserve where baboons and a variety of rare birds can be seen, and the property also offers bikes for hire. The hotel is not far from the unspoiled coastline of False Bay where whale and dolphin-watching boat trips are available, along with shark ‘eco-tours’ and penguin spotting excursions.

Further into Cape Town, guests can enjoy seeing famous landmarks and visiting the historical fishing village of Kalk Bay and the wetlands of the Rondevlei Nature Reserve to see the hippos and rich birdlife. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was famously imprisoned for 20 years, also makes for a fascinating historical visit.

Colona Castle welcomes families. There’s a babysitting service in the evenings and most of the activities available in the area are suitable for children of all ages, although age restrictions on certain activities, such as water sports, are to be expected.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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