- Style Elegant Anglo-Dutch polo estate
- Setting Nature’s Valley – says it all
A fairytale family home on a vast and beautiful private estate, complete with its own polo club, Kurland hotel is the stuff of holiday fantasies. This luxury boutique stay, within reach of beaches and mountains, has buckets of character, a never-be-bored menu of things to do and staff who know the true meaning of the word ‘hospitality’.
Need to know
- Rooms 12 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $406.48 (ZAR4,246), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast and soft drinks.
- Facilities Extensive grounds, mature gardens, spa with Decléor treatments, steam room, gym, tennis courts, polo club, stables, quad bikes, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, CD/DVD player, minibar, iPod dock, underfloor heating, premium toiletries.
- Poolside Sunloungers discreetly peek over the edges of an attractive outdoor swimming pool. There’s also a dedicated children’s pool so that adults can relax undisturbed.
- Check–out 11am; check-in 2pm. Times are flexible, subject to availability.
Children Superbly family-friendly, Kurland has adorable children’s rooms and facilities galore. Children under five stay free in parents’ suites; five- to 12-year-olds, R540–R990; 13- to 16-year-olds, R1,020–R1,210 per night.
- Hotel closed Annually in June for maintenance.
- Also Rates are based on two adults sharing; they also include complimentary wine on arrival, and use of the sauna, gym and steam room, among other facilities.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms There’s no shortage of space here, so all rooms are large, with open fireplaces, oversized bathrooms, sitting areas and king-sized beds. Elegant Rooms overlook the pool and have two double beds and private terraces; we like the blue-and-white Mediterranean decor of Greek. The six Luxury Suites (two in the Rose Gardens with private patios and lofts, four overlooking the pool area with plunge pools and lofts) are our first love: Paddock IV has a Victorian canopy bed and free-standing roll-top bath. Superior Suites, all with private porches, plunge pools and lofts, are magnificently spacious: we like Paddock VI, with its Oriental silk wall panels; Rose Garden III and IV are pure country romance.
- Packing tips Pick your favourite activities and pack accordingly: riding gear, gym kit, tennis whites, hiking boots, swimsuit, reading glasses, cycling shorts, wine-tasting guides, binoculars, ornithology books…
- Also Everywhere you go, there are gorgeous vintage vases full to the brim with velvety antique roses; just one example of the attention to detail that makes Kurland so special.
Food and drink at Kurland
- Hotel restaurant The intimate, darkly panelled dining room is very romantic. You’ll be served an excellent contemporary menu with South African wines amid countless twinkling candles.
- Dress code Relaxed as you like, although you’ll feel an urge to wear crisp linen and floaty chiffon (when you’re not in your jodhpurs, that is).
- Top table Sit beside the fire in the dining room. Otherwise, Kurland will set up a private dining table anywhere you like; the library is cosy, or dine alfresco on a balmy summer’s night.
- Last orders Around 10pm for dinner.
- Room service None. Breakfast is served on the terrace under a cascade of plants tumbling over wrought iron; there’s afternoon tea with homemade cakes on the verandah; and your minibar will take care of the rest.
- Hotel bar The well-stocked honesty bar includes beers, wine, spirits and all manner of liquid refreshment.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details