When each of the ultra-luxury suites at Sabi Sabi has been completed, the finishing touch has been to give it a name which matches, or has relevance to, the lodge in which it has been built. Thus, the Amber Presidential Suite at Earth Lodge evokes the spirit of a lodge which reflects the mineral wealth of South Africa, and is a suite filled with beautiful amber beadwork. The Ivory Presidential Suite at Selati Camp reminds us that the camp is situated on an animal migratory path, a path that elephants follow day in and day out. The Mandleve Presidential Suite at Bush Lodge is in deference to the awe-inspiring great tusker of that name who spent much of his life wandering the bushveld of Sabi Sabi.

When the two magnificent Bush Lodge Villas were completed, the challenge was what to name them. What sprang to mind was the sleek, sultry, great cat for which Sabi Sabi safaris are famous - the beautiful, elusive leopard.

A highly territorial creature, the leopard is a "must see" for many guests. Two wonderful male leopards (Toms), have afforded visitors to our lodges spectacular sightings over the years.

Mahlatini (meaning "thick bush") wandered onto our reserve many years ago, and made the dense undergrowth around Bush Lodge a favoured part of his territory. A shy leopard at the onset, Mahlatini developed into an exceptionally large male - a really prize specimen. He was dominant in his prime years, but admitted defeat to a much younger Tom, Maxabeni, the ruler of the Sabi Sabi leopard empire - for now.

The sire of some of the most famous leopards in the Sabi Sand was a glorious male named "Tumbela". This leopard had a habit of digging warthogs out of their burrows, one of which eventually caused him serious injuries. Ironically he spent much of his recovery time resting inside a deserted warthog burrow. A prominent scar which left an indent on his right front paw made his spoor easily identifiable for our trackers.

Leopards are lords of the bushveld. They enjoy peace and quiet between the exciting moments of their days. They savour their meals and relax in solitude when the mood so takes them. Our two luxury villas at Bush Lodge have fittingly been named after the great Mahlatini and Tumbela, symbolising glamour, opulence and seclusion.

Each villa is extraordinarily expansive and feature two luxuriously appointed suites, each with an en-suite bathroom. The villas are sumptuously furnished, with a central lounge/library which extends through onto a huge reed-covered patio and private plunge pool. The master suite, with king size draped four-poster bed, leads into a dressing area featuring hide covered chairs and ottomans.

A little further and one steps into a unique, palatial, floor to ceiling glass walled bathroom. The two side-by-side his and her baths have sliding windows opening to the outdoors. Outside, the al-fresco shower is almost invisible, tucked away in an indigenous tree. The second bedroom is also beautiful, with twin draped beds and comfortable cushioned window box seating to relax and watch the great outdoors. This bedroom features a private en-suite bathroom, which includes a bath and rain shower.

The Mahlatini and Tumbela Villas are perfect getaway destinations for small families or couples travelling together. Children of all ages are well catered for at Bush Lodge and can enjoy the EleFun Centre, where activities are aimed at nurturing a deeper understanding and love for the surrounding bush. The exclusive use of a game drive vehicle, with a ranger and tracker team, is included in a booking at the exquisite Bush Lodge Villas.

Crafted around natural Leadwood sculptures, the idyllic suites combine a respect for the environment with all the luxuries of a world class, 5-Star destination.

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New luxury lodge, Ulubisi House, in the Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route in the Western Cape,  has opened its doors.

Imaginea luxuriously spacious and stylish African villa with your own Field Guide, Chef and Butler.   The villa is privately situated in the reserve’s 1000 hectare walking area surrounded by grasslands teaming with game.  Three luxurious guest suites, with endless mountain views, provide extravagant accommodation for 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children.  The ultimate bush getaway to restore and revive with friends or family in a Big 5 game reserve ideally and accessibly located on the Garden Route. 


The property comes with a full complement of staff, including butler, chef and field guide, and sleeps either six adults or four adults and four children.

Developer, Mark Rutherfoord, incorporated the large-scale structure, made of stone, wood and thatch, into the natural environment.

Ulubisi House is in the reserve’s 1000-hectare protected walking area for endangered species with 180-degree views of grass plains dotted with game, fynbos-covered rolling hills and the Outeniqua mountain range.

The property also hosts a coffee and wine bar area, swimming pool, hot tub, an outdoor dining area, a game ranger and a private game-drive vehicle.

Wrap-around terraces and living areas open up to the landscape of surrounding bush.

Activities include bush picnics and fishing excursions, guided walks, including fynbos and wildlife hikes, mountain biking (with seven bikes in varying sizes available), and trail running. For children, there is Gondwana’s Junior Ranger Experience with a private field guide. Satellite TV and Wifi are also available.

For more information please contact Luxury Representation Collection: info@luxuryrepcollection.com  or see www.gondwanagr.co.za
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Louis Group Hotels, Spas & Vineyards is a collection of sophisticated four and five star properties in South Africa.  Each hotel is carefully selected to be part of the management group with top standards fluent throughout the portfolio.

Boutique Travel Marketing Ltd has been marketing these products to the UK since 2007 and we have seen them grow and mature over the years.  Below are a few updates on the various hotels and restaurants.

Devon Valley Hotel honoured in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Hotels Awards
The Devon Valley Hotel has announced that it was chosen as a winner in the Bargain category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Traveller's Choice awards.

Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards honour the world's best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best - real travellers.  Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

"TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognise the world's most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travellers around the globe" said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business.  "From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travellers' Choice winners"

Devon Valley Hotel is located 6km outside the centre of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape Winelands.  Overlooking the vines of the Sylvanvale Vineyards Devon Valley offers guests a wonderfully relaxed environment after a full day of sightseeing and winetasting.

For reviews on the Devon Valley Hotel click here

T
o see why this hotel is so highly ranked view the IBrochure here

Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa maintains excellent standards

The renowned Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa had its annual grading inspection recently and passed with flying colours.  A special mention was made of the alterantions and renovations done in the past year.  "It is encouraging to note the improved trading environment for this hotel.  Guests feedback programs indicate that high service standards are being maintaine"  said inspector Mark Goveia.

Steeped in history, surrounded by the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains, neighbouring the magnificent Erinvale Golf course, the Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa offers guests a peaceful and memorable stay.  Set amongst private gardens, cobbled walkways and beautiful oak trees, the estate is only 40 minutes from Cape Town and 20 minutes from Cape Town International airport, the magnificent beaches at the Strand are also only 15 minutes from the entry to the hotel.

The home of distinctive and captivating hospitality, service is of paramount importance at Erinvale, with great emphasis placed on it.  This is clearly evident from latest Trip Advisor win by the Hotel - a Certificate of Excellence Award - a compliment to the committed management and staff, by the industry.

Foreign and local guests have been returning to the property repeatedly for many years, in some cases as many as 15 years, often bringing their fmailies to join them on their holidays.  This has resulted in generational travelling, which is a high accoldae for all who work with such dedication at this unique hotel, in the Heart of the Helderberg.

View Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa's reviews on TripAdvisor

For more information and images view the IBrochure

For more information on the Louis Group Hotels, Spas and Vineyards please contact Tolene on info@boutiquetravelmarketing.com 


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