This past weekend I had the pleasure of staying at Valley Lodge and Spa with le bf and it was an experience far superior than most. I say this with emphasis on the word superior, as we were given a superior room to indulge and lavish ourselves in.
Valley Lodge and Spa, in Magaliesburg, is the perfect getaway out of the busy city, because it is a quick 100km drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. This means we were driving through the gates of Valley Lodge and Spa within an hour of leaving home. And, no le bf is not a race car driver, the roads were quiet.
As we drove into the Valley Lodge and Spa we were greeted by a tree lined road, a few zebra’s nibbling on the lush grass as well as the flowing Magalies River. With these welcoming sights you know very well you are out of the city and can start unwinding.
Valley Lodge and Spa caters for everyones taste and budget offering standard, luxury and superior rooms. Each room offers striking but homely interiors as well as all the amenities needed for first class luxurious comfort. From an en-suite bathroom, a lounge area and a veranda to soak up nature from, every little corner is superior. The amenities are a mini-bar fridge, DSTV, internet, air conditioner, electric blankets, underfloor heating, tea/coffee making facility with a proper coffee machine and lastly, room service. What more can you ask for, especially in the cold wintery months?
Once we checked in, we were taken to our room. As we walked in, we were totally taken aback by how spacious the room is, the cozy lounge area as well as a ginormous bed waiting to be floated away on. The bathroom boasts the biggest bath and a double shower too. I kid you not, we thought we were seeing double when we saw two rain shower heads; we had to look twice.
Look carefully and you will see the two shower heads! What a win!
Valley Lodge and Spa is located on the banks of the Magalies River allowing guests to take a stroll around the streams and be at one with nature and view the bird life on offer.
When we woke up we took an early morning walk around to see what was on offer. We came face to face with the resident zebras, which was so exciting and so beautiful to see up close. We then took a relaxing walk along the river bank and debated whether we should take a canoe. Le bf won as his argument was he wanted breakfast first and had no energy to paddle.
We also came across the wedding chapel, which is the cutest one I have even seen.
If you open up the front door, The Smurfs will come running out! Ha!
Valley Lodge and Spa’s restaurant offers a buffet dinner, or you can order a la carte off the menu. If you’re feeling lazy you can also order room service. As well as a buffet breakfast in the morning.
We had the buffet dinner and ate until our hearts were content. The starters included crumbed artichokes, curried fish, smoked trout fillets and chicken livers peri peri. Main course was roast rump, lamb bredie, grilled kinglip, and chicken breasts, with a big selection of sides. And lastly, my favourite, was dessert and we had the choice of carrot and vanilla cake, crème brule, chocolate roulade, amarula milk tarts, and petit fours.
Breakfast the next morning is definitely something we look very forward to when we wake up and Valley Lodge and Spa’s breakfast is worth waking up extra early for. From smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, to a hearty bowl of oats, and fresh fruit, a breakfast buffet like this gets me so darn excited!
THE EXTRAS ♥
I love it when there are special touches that make a guest feel extra special, and Valley Lodge and Spa definitely exceeds this. From the friendliest and accommodating staff where no request is too much, to my favourite magazines and welcome snacks (biltong, dried fruit and nuts) in the room, and a jar of my favourite rusks by the coffee machine in the room, I felt so at home, so spoiled and so special.
Thank you to the wonderful team at Valley Lodge and Spa for allowing us to stay at your wonderful lodge and we cannot wait to return!
You can find out more about Valley Lodge and Spa on their website here.
As with all posts, the opinions are my own.