Royal Malewane Lodge & Spa
Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa
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ROYAL MALEWANE -
THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE
Malewane is an advance on the senses. On the Western fringe of the
Kruger National Park, in the heart of Southern Africa's "Big-Five"
territory, Royal Malewane balances an exquisite synthesis of nature's
wild pulse with the quiet and sophisticated sublimity of colonial
comfort, elegance and style.
Come find your self in Africa, where
lions drink and impala dance under the drift of clouds that cruise
like the seamless dreamings of hills.
Luxury, in its purest form, transcends
both the material and the sensual. It is a pannier for the soul, suspended
quietly in space and time, high above life's familiar course.
Repose, refresh and rediscover yourself in the company of all things
Royal Malewane is for those who would like to escape the constraints
of modern life to experience a synthesis of wildest Africa and age-old
colonial splendour. As the suites are set deep in the African bush -
this unspoilt paradise may not suit those who seek a tame, sterile environment.
Rather, it suits the more adventurous traveller who wants to experience
The joys of a bygone era await you at
Royal Malewane, situated within the greater Kruger National Park in
South Africa. Accommodating a maximum of 16 guests in the utmost colonial
splendour, Royal Malewane is an exclusive getaway for those who value
privacy, personalised service and the best game viewing Africa has
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Each of the six freestanding and private suites rests in harmony with
its magnificent surroundings with a rich deck wood terrace, thatched
gazebo and spillway pool finding easy residence in nature.
The colonial style of the lodge is especially
visible inside the suites, which feature a palatial air-conditioned
bedroom/sitting room with a
fireplace, antique furniture and a canopied, king-size bed as well as
an extravagant bathroom with a window-side Victorian bath and indoor
outdoor showers. The suites' luxurious interior appointments draw inspiration
from the grand colonial ethos; neo-classical refuge in the raw uncompromising
bush. Here, after a long day of exhilarating game viewing, you can journey
into dream's domain draped in Ralph Lauren linen, soft mohair rugs
as light as thistle down and quilted comforters from the South of France,
as the lion-roars echo through your window of stars.
Elevated walkways link the suites to the main camp with the African
sky your ceiling.
Royal Malewane's luxurious accommodations
redefine the concept of solitude.
The Royal and Malewane Suite
plains of Africa are stage to an age-old drama; the perpetual tale
of the hunter and the hunted.
Watch this gripping
epic unfold before
your eyes from the bushveld’s ultimate vantage point – Royal
Malewane’s Royal Suite.
Stretching out majestically in the shade
of Acacia thorn and boasting panoramic views, the Royal Suite is the
pinnacle of refinement and opulence
and is the largest in Africa at 210 square meters. This ultra-luxurious
private hideaway accommodates four guests in two en-suite rooms, private
lounge and dining facilities. Complimentary services include a private
butler and chef, masseuse and private game drives. Dining is a grand
affair with the very best china, silver and crystal set against crisp
white napery. Only the wildlife witnesses guests relaxing in the private
Jacuzzi and pool.
Guests wishing to arrive incognito may request the use of a helicopter
or executive jet.
The main camp complex is the heart of Royal
Malewane. African thatched-roof buildings house the library, shop, dining
and reception areas. Furnished with rich antiques and Persian carpets,
every fitting creates the feel of original colonial elegance.
The Royal Malewane Spa
The Royal Malewane Spa is the perfect refuge for guests
seeking relaxation or rejuvenation. This sanctuary for the senses in
the heart of wildest Africa offers guests an indoor and outdoor treatment
area, gym, steam room and, of course, the highest level of personalized
Staffed by two internationally qualified
therapists, who are on hand to provide a vast array of massage, aromatherapy,
care and hydrotherapy
treatments, the spa offers all that’s needed to reawaken and pamper
The indoor treatment room has sliding
glass doors that can open completely on either side of the room. This
who prefer their
treatments indoors don’t miss out on the melodic bird calls, scents
of the wild, and passing animals such as nyala, impala and the occasional
buffalo or elephant.
For those who like to get closer to nature, the outdoor area consists
of a Vichy shower and palatial spa bath. The Vichy shower has seven heads
which can be positioned to simultaneously achieve different therapeutic
effects on specific areas of the body.
The spa bath, also boasting a bird’s
eye view over the surrounding bush, provides enough space for two people
to comfortably enjoy treatments
together while marvelling at the breathtaking scenery Africa has to offer.
Guests may also enjoy the treatment of
their choice at Royal Malewane’s
spectacular open-air sala. Nestled between the branches of Lantern Bush
and Acacia Thorn, here one can indulge the senses while surrounded entirely
by the sights and sounds of the wilds. Alternatively, guests may relax
with a treatment in the complete privacy of their own suite.
The Royal Malewane gym also overlooks the bush, and sliding doors ensure
guests can enjoy the fresh bushveld air while exercising. The gym contains
a treadmill, bicycle, weight station, stepper and free weights. For those
requiring assistance with their workout, the spa staff are also internationally
qualified gym instructors.
While the soul takes flight, the heart is well grounded in the warm hospitality
and culinary eminence of Royal Malewane's creditable hosts.
World-class cuisine is the order
of the day, with all meals and local beverages inclusive. Guests
are treated to a full breakfast,
lunch, high tea and gourmet dinner - all expertly prepared by
its award-winning chef, who is on hand to cater for any special
preferences or requests, be it a favourite dish for dinner under
starlight in the boma or a pre-packed bush breakfast. With a
staff to guest ratio of better than 2:1, Royal Malewane is able
to offer expert personalised service of the highest order.
Your hosts have handpicked
a selection of South Africa's finest wines. Guests are welcome
our underground cellar and select
from these sought-after vintages. The Royal Malewane house wines
originate from the world-renowned Klein Constantia wine estate.
Expertly produced by winemaker Ross Gower, Klein Constantia wine
is the perfect partner to the array of culinary delights.
John Jackson, Royal Malewane's
has been a name behind some of South Africa's most sought after
Some of the restaurants
that he established includes the Country Restaurant, L'Orangerie,
The Wild Fig and the Rosenfontein restaurants, the latter receiving
a National Top Ten rating.
John Jackson also opened
Jackson's and Café Bijou as
two complementary restaurants at The Peninsula Hotel in Sea Point.
Jackson's featured in Cape Town's Top Ten and also achieved a
National Top Ten rating. Café Bijou was regularly rated
as one of the Cape's top informal restaurants.
In 1999, John Jackson joined Royal Malewane delivering a culinary
experience of a truly royal nature to the guests. He has also
been awarded the Blazon by the Chaine des Rotisseurs.
An early morning pleasure
at Royal Malewane is the large jugs of freshly blended chilled
papino, mango or strawberry juice. Fragrant
coffee brews on an open fire. Hot muffins, light golden scones
and scented honey from the lowveld are passed around, the final
touch to the king of bush breakfasts. While enjoying your coffee,
your charming host, is there to see that your every need is
catered for and chats about the activities still to come.
A table that moves harmoniously from mid-morning breakfast,
set in a clearing in the bush, to a leisurely late lunch on the
wide Palau Indonesian hardwood deck, perched among giant Jackalberry
trees. At night, enjoy a veritable feast, warmed by blazing fires
in a boma, open to the stars and the frenetic night sounds of
the bush; the humming of cicadas and myriad frogs, bull frogs,
reed frogs and the bubbling cassinas.
white linens, crystal, silver, fine wines and a menu that combines
a multitude of tastes and textures. Smooth creamy avocado, rich
Macadamia nuts, sweet Mozambique crab, prawns and lobster, rare
lamb, meticulously roasted duck with a dramatic passion fruit
sauce, tender venison fillet combined with John's fruit preserves
made with jewel coloured berries.
Late evening, on returning to your suite, you will find a single
exotic fruit, a chilled prickly pear, Satsuma, a ripe purple
fig or fragrant clementine each with a descriptive handwritten
note and a poem.
Savage. Inspiring. Humbling. A myriad
of emotions flow, as eyes and mind open to the revelations lying
in wait among thicket
and shadow. The Big Five. And a million more. Up close and intensely
personal, the spirit of the wild utterly seduces your senses.
Every beat of your heart rustles in thorn and thistle, every
breath you take sways and bends the tall grasses. You are at
Game viewing at Royal
Malewane provides guests with the best opportunities
for seeing the natural
big game on the 12000 ha Reserve, home of the “Big
Five” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and
rhino. Over 250 recorded bird species are also to be found
in the Reserve. Game viewing is tailored to guests’ individual
needs, either by open Land Rover or on foot. The expert
ranger and master tracker (one of only two in South Africa)
accompanies the guests.
The order of the
day is usually: Early morning game drive followed by
a leisurely breakfast.
Thereafter, guests can
enjoy the luxury of the camp before lunch is served. An
afternoon game drive and sundowners follow the sumptuous
high tea, culminating in a night drive in search of exciting
nocturnal game. Dinner is served under the African sky
or with silver & crystal in the dining areas.
Since opening in January 2000, Royal Malewane has always
striven to provide its guests with a safari experience
of a truly superior nature. This commitment to excellence
has resulted in Royal Malewane being featured in no fewer
than 35 local and international publications, and receiving
international acclaim in the form of the following prestigious
Top 10 Spas of the
World - Tatlers (UK) August 2003
Top 101 Hotels - Tatlers (UK) 2001 & 2002
Top 57 Hot Spots of the World - Condé Nast Traveller
"Hideaways of the Year 2001" Grand Award Winner - Andrew
Harpers Hideaway Report
Best Destinations for 2001 - Forbes Magazine
One of the top 150 places in the World - Harpers & Queen
Travel Awards 2003
Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon for Cuisine
Royal Malewane is widely
recognised for serving up some of the most exciting cuisine
Africa has to offer. This culinary expertise has culminated
in Executive Chef John Jackson and Creator Liz Biden
being invited to exhibit their skills at these international
April 2001 – Athenaeum
October 2001 – Beau
January 2002 – Fitzpatrick
Castle Hotel, Dublin, Ireland and Hibernian Hotel, Dublin,
July 2002 – Athenaeum
October 2002 – Napoleon
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