Need to know
Five, including two suites.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 1pm.
Double rooms from $510.00, excluding tax at 18 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per booking on check-out.
Rates include breakfast, coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer.
Victoria Golf & Country Resort rates as one of the most scenic courses in the world and is a challenging par 73 championship course. Golf lessons are well-priced and a breeze to arrange. Green fees are reasonable and Clingendael’s special golfer’s three-night package includes a bonus round of 18 holes, plus a dinner for two with drinks at the hotel.
The hotel closes for 4 days in April for the Singalese New Year.
At the hotel
Library of books and DVDs, flatscreen TV in bar area, free WiFi throughout, Jacuzzi, gardens. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine (except in Green Room), iPod docks, own-label toiletries. DVD player and iPods on request.
Our favourite rooms
The Master Suite is super striking for its lavish four-poster bed, sofa-plumped lounge and far-reaching views, but we also adore the Red and Brown Rooms for their delicious mezzanine chill-out floors garnished with rom-com antique day-beds. They also have direct access onto individual terraces for vista-blessed private dining à deux. Bathrooms are monochrome with double rain showers for handy his-and-hers ablutions.
Surrounded by tropical foliage, the compact outdoor infinity pool offers panoramic views over the reservoir, golf course and vertiginous mountains, or take to the sunbeds on the timber-topped terrace. A heated Jacuzzi provides bubbly respite for golf-weary muscles.
The open-air spa sala is at the top of Clingendael’s garden; white curtains shade the treatment area from the sun, and massage include full body holistic or detox sessions, and targeted head, neck, shoulder and foot massages. All use locally-produced unguents, such as natural lime balm, ginger balm and Ayurvedic oil. In-room massages can be arranged on request.
Come club-ready if you prefer the drive of your own up-to-date golfing gear or kit up at the resort’s Clubhouse. Hot to trot Smiths could include jodhpurs and boots in their bags for horseback romps. Mossie repellent is a must.
Smoking is allowed in outside areas including the bar and verandas.
Clingendael is geared towards romantic stays and golf getaways, but can accommodate children. Baby cots and extra beds for the under-12s cost US$62, and babysitters are available for US$62 a pop.