I am one of those unfortunate souls who works most weekends. Once my exams finally ended and I had a weekend off, I just needed to get away. I wasn’t up for a long, tiring drive as my main purpose for the trip was R&R. I searched the good ol’ internet for accommodation near Cape Town with a heated pool and found this little gem: Piekenierskloof Mountain resort in Citrusdal (This is a review of the hotel and not the self-catering units).
Getting to Citrusdal from Cape Town takes just under 2 hours on the N7. If you factor in the current roadworks taking place in the Malmesbury area, it could take a bit longer. There are loads of signage for Piekernierskloof along the road. You can’t miss it.
Check in was swift. We were shown to the spacious honeymoon/ executive suite. The room was wonderfully spacious, well appointed with simple yet modern decor. Despite the size, the room still feels warm and cosy. It was even better than it looked in the pictures. It had tons of amenities too.
There is a kitchenette with a bar fridge, a microwave, basic cutlery and crockery, a kettle with tea and coffee and a sink. There is a lounge area with a TV and DSTV compact. In-room Wifi is available but the connection wasn’t great. The bed is large and comfortable. That, together with the block-out curtains and the air-conditioning, makes for a good night’s rest. The highlight of the room has to be the walk-in bathroom with a large, elegant walk-in shower and a spa-bath. In addition, the room has underfloor heating for that added comfort. There is a balcony to watch the most gorgeous sunsets and sunrises over the mountain.
Okay, I think I’ve gushed enough about the room. The only drawback I found was the omission of gowns and slippers which is a basic expectation for a 4-star hotel, especially when returning from the heated pool in the Winter.
The hotel itself and the surroundings are very quiet, peaceful and spotlessly clean. There is an indoor and outdoor pool. The indoor pool is about 30 degrees which is not particularly warm for the winter but its pleasant enough and the kids love it. There is a giant chess board as well as trampolines and a mini-park area for the kids. There is a games room with a coin-operated pool table which we didn’t make use of. We did however have tons of fun being really bad at mini-golf on the 9-hole putt-putt course.
We attempted to go for a hike up the surrounding mountain but everything was completely burnt due to a fire early this year. This includes the hotel’s zip-lining facilities. Despite the set back, The views from the mountain are still lovely. I’ve been informed that the zip-lining facilities is once again running.
There isn’t much to do in this area at night other than cuddling under the blankets. There is a restaurant but we chose to have the halaal food from Madinah Meals as room-service. These are pre-packaged meals which can be heated in the microwave. Not the most elegant but it is really appreciated when hotels make an effort to accommodate their Muslim guests.
All in all, we had a really relaxing time at Piekenierskloof. Its a great place to unwind with loads of facilities to keep the kids busy while the adults put their feet up. The short distance from Cape Town makes it a great option for a weekend getaway.
Price: From R1000 per room, per night.
Tel: +27 (0)861 010
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