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Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Knysna, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna
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Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa - Garden Route, South AfricaLocated on the Eastern Head of Knysna on the exquisite Garden Route coast, just a 40-minute flight from Cape Town, the Pezula Resort and Spa is surrounded by rugged cliffs, ancient forests and sheltered beaches.  With sweeping views of the Pezula Championship Golf Course, the Indian Ocean and the Knysna Lagoon, it is a haven of privacy and luxury.

Pezula is a luxurious and uniquely South African lifestyle travel experience... from the stylish boutique hotel and breathtakingly beautiful Pezula Resort Spa to the magical Noetzie River, 18-hole Pezula Championship Golf Course, gentle Cape Riding horses, soft sands of the Noetzie beach, fresh and delicious flavors from Zachary's restaurant and the awesome "Field of Dreams" sporting complex.

In the short time it has been open, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa has been included in "The Hot List" of both British and U.S. Condé Nast Traveler magazines and the Pezula Spa has already won two awards as "Best Spa in South Africa."

Accommodations            For images of Pezula, click Pezula Images [Page 2 / Page 3]
Each of the 78 suites including the two presidential suites, have been designed to be utterly indulgent and completely private - all with a contemporary African style. Designed to maximize the views, the suites exude the warmth of stone and wooden textures, while welcoming earth tones create an unexpected contrast to the blues and greens of the landscape and ocean.

The interiors exude warmth, with stone and wooded textures, while welcoming earth tones create an unexpected contrast to the colours of the surrounding landscape. In all suites, sandstone forms a backdrop to the real log fireplaces, while marble is prevalent on many floors, patios and balconies.

The suites have individual climate control, satellite television, DVD player, electronic safe, direct telephone, computer and internet access, each has a pantry kitchen with deli snacks and a well stocked drinks cabinet. Each has spectacular views across either Golf Course, Indian Ocean or Knysna Lagoon.

Studio Suites
The Studio (King bedded or Twin bedded) suites are spacious, with a separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, and double vanity. A private patio provides a comfortable space to enjoy the variety of views from the hotels elevated position. Facilities include: Air conditioning, private bar and gourmet pantry, tea & coffee facilities, fire place, walk-in wardrobe, DVD/CD player, electronic safe. Breathtaking views of the ocean, golf course or lagoon. Area: 58 sq metres

Villa Suites
The Villa (King bedded or Twin bedded) suites are spacious, with a separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, and double vanity. A private patio provides a comfortable space to enjoy the variety of views from the hotels elevated position. Facilities include: Air conditioning, private bar and gourmet pantry, tea & coffee facilities, fire place, walk-in wardrobe, DVD/CD player, electronic safe. Breathtaking views of the ocean, golf course or lagoon. Area: 68 sq metres

Presidential Suites
Pezula's 2 presidential suites; KUFARA & MUFARO are luxurious and spacious with separate lounge and dining area, kitchen, guest toilet, and full bathroom with bath, shower, and twin vanities. Private patios lead out to breathtaking views of the ocean and golf course. A butler service adds to the outstanding level of service. Facilities include: Air conditioning, private bar and gourmet pantry, tea & coffee facilities, fire place, walk in wardrobe, DVD/CD player, electronic safe. Area: 137 sq metres

After a long day filled with exploring and action, the body and soul will definitely be in need of some relaxation and pampering. Achieve this with the Molton Brown designer range - Heavenly Ginger Sea Moss and purifying Grapeseed, will moisturise, energise and bathe your body, mind and senses ... the perfect antidote to stress and fatigue, these intoxicating aromas and oils turn your bathroom into a sybaritic sanctuary. All of this in the privacy of your spacious bathroom with double basins, double showers, a bidet and under floor heating. The colonial-sized salles de bains feature grand spa baths and separate showers inlaid with pebble mosaics.

Pezula Private Residences
Five architecturally designed residences built on the 18th hole of Pezula Championship Course offer the option of a self-catering holiday at Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Each superbly decorated residence, with its views over the golf course to the Indian Ocean, has two stunning en-suite master bedrooms with luxury bathrooms; a comfortable living area with gas fireplace, plasma television, state-of-the-art sound system, well-stocked bar and dining area; a fully equipped kitchen with all modern appliances including a dishwasher; a separate guest toilet; and a delightful patio with a heated plunge pool and loungers where you can relax and take in the breathtaking views.

Guests have access to the many amenities and activities offered by Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa which is within walking distance, including the award-winning Spa, the 18-hole Championship Course, Zachary’s gourmet restaurant, the secluded Noetzie beach and river, nature trails, horse-riding, canoeing, tennis, archery and pétanque.

Dine at Zachary’s Restaurant or prepare your own meals in the state-of-the-art kitchen. The residences are fully serviced by efficient, unobtrusive hotel staff who also offer a turn-down service each evening. A personalised butler service completes the luxury.

The Private Residences are perfect for families who do not wish to eat out every day or couples who like to cook as part of their holiday. There is also the option of pre-booking a Pezula chef to prepare food in the Residence.

Private Residence features include:
• Two master suites with en-suite bathrooms
• Private terrace with heated plunge pool
• Living room with gas fireplace
• Dining area
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Separate guest toilet

Private Residence Features and Amenities:
• Private terrace with heated plunge pool and golf course/sea views
• Air conditioning (individual climate control)
• Gas fireplace
• Cordless direct telephone
• 3 flat screen television sets
• DVD player
• International plug adaptors
• Electronic safe
• Full drinks cabinet
• Hair dryer
• Gourmet pantry stocked with deli snacks from the hotel kitchen
• Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer/ toaster/ coffee maker
• Fresh flowers
• Egyptian cotton linen on beds
• Duvets and pillow selection menu
• Luxurious towelling bathrobes and slippers
• Maruwa signature treatment product range in bathrooms

Pezula Private Castle on Noetzie Beach - A Private Residence
Pezula Private Castle on Noetzie Beach is situated on one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the world. Built into the rugged coastal cliff-face, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the beach and the ocean and is the ultimate in ultra-luxury beach accommodation.

Guests of the Castle have every conceivable wish catered for by a team of hand-picked personnel including a resident chef, housekeeper and executive butler. The rate is fully inclusive of all meals, drinks, snacks and refreshments as well as selected activities such as horse riding, hiking, canoeing, tennis and use of the Field of Dreams golf practice range. Gourmet menus are created daily using the freshest available ingredients from Pezula's organic vegetable garden and local suppliers.

Guests have access to all the facilities of Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa including helicopter excursions, golf at the Championship Course, luxurious spa treatments at the multi-award-winning Pezula Spa & Gym and fine dining at Zachary's gourmet restaurant, recently voted one of South Africa's Top 10 Deluxe eateries in the prestigious 2008 Dine Awards.

Pezula Private Castle on Noetzie Beach offers a choice of luxury accommodation in either the Main Castle or the Honeymoon Castle.

Standard features in the Castles include:
Air conditioning (individual climate control), underfloor heating, sea views, DVD player, 72cm TVs, drinks cabinet, gourmet pantry, walk-in wardrobe, private beachfront terraces, electronic safes, wireless internet connectivity, resident chef and butler, personally selected menus for all meals, guests' choice of drinks, tea and coffee on demand

Main Castle
Three luxury bedroom suites which open onto private terraces. A vast living room, dining room, fully equipped chef's kitchen, wine cellar and upstairs sitting room. Each room has double doors which open onto secluded beachfront terraces.
The bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with walk-in cupboards, king-size beds, climate control, flat screen TVs, and a seating area. Bathrooms are ultra-luxurious with heated marble floors and towel rails, freestanding baths, spacious showers and dual vanities. Each bedroom is individually decorated, with seagrass floor coverings, pale blue walls and shades of blue, green and grey highlighted with red, yellow or taupe.

One luxury suite with a king-size bed, spacious seating area and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, twin vanities, underfloor heating and walk-in wardrobe. A vast living room which is airy and spacious, with huge windows and double doors to maximise the spectacular views. Decorated in cool neutral colours of blue, green and beige with warm wooden parquet floors and crisp white woodwork, the room has a large wood burning fireplace, climate control, flatscreen TV and separate adjoining guest cloakroom. The north windows look onto a secluded, sunny courtyard shaded by ancient milkwoods. A 10-seater dining room adjoins the living room.

Two luxury bedroom suites connected by a spacious living room with flatscreen TV and double doors opening onto a vast private terrace overlooking the beach.

Heated outdoor rim pool, thatched gazebo and fully equipped gym.

Honeymoon Castle
Adjacent to the Main Castle, the Honeymoon Castle is arguably the most romantic honeymoon venue in the world. Totally secluded and private, it is decorated as a luxury beach house in shades of cream and blue with quirky accessories that give it a nautical flavour.

An open plan living area comprises a diningroom, fully equipped kitchen, lounge with wood burning fireplace and adjoining bathroom. The living area opens onto a wide, sunny terrace shaded with a rustic reed canopy and furnished with tables, chairs and loungers alongside a cosy heated plunge pool.

Spacious bedroom with wood burning fireplace, a king-size bed, plasma TV and comfortable sitting area with a daybed and armchairs. Spectacular views of the beach and sea from two sets of double windows. Luxury bathroom with underfloor heating, double shower room, freestanding bath, dual vanities, walk-in wardrobe and separate toilet.

Hotel Facilities
The Pezula Resort Hotel is a celebration of African elements with hints of Bali, in overhanging roofs and sliding shutters. Upmarket, distinctive, exceptional, luxurious, singular - words that describe the Pezula Resort Hotel perfectly.

Elements of African art have been incorporated into the design and décor, with warm African colors of red and gold and earth tones predominating and contrasting with the softer shades of the surrounding indigenous vegetation known as fynbos and the sea environment in which the resort is built.

The games room is a comfortable haven for the chess master or the beginner. The library provides a quiet space for literary contemplation and exploration. The wine cellar is stocked with the finest selections from South Africa and afar. The Champagne Bar, Cigar Lounge and Whiskey Bar are all a connoisseurs pleasure with world-class brands to suite all palates. Zachary's gourmet restaurant is sure to tantalize all taste buds with the freshest ingredients and eye-catching presentation. For the executive, the fully equipped conference facilities are situated in a separate wing of the hotel.

Champagne & Whiskey Bar
The Champagne Bar and Cigar Lounge is a seductive blend of delicate feminine and robust masculine elements that has been enticing connoisseurs and aficionados. The elegant salon is decorated in sensual textures and opulent shades of cream and ivory, with sublime lighting - tiny droplets rising to the sky, emulating the fine beads in your flute. The Whiskey Bar offers over forty different whiskeys, from the finest blends to "Ten year and older" single malts and an unusually rich selection of Bourbon and Irish whiskies too.

Cigar Bar
The Cigar Menu caters to all preferences: Havanas include numerous top-end cheroots; the Power Punch Grand Corona is a fine finale after a meal, and the Romeo Y Julieta Exhibicion No 4 is a rare experience, rich with tropical fruit aromas. Recommended for the conversationalist is the easy draw of the Monte Cristo No 2 Torpedo; or ring the changes with the Dominican flavour of the Davidoff Grand Cru No 5 Petiti Corona. The pick of Belgian, Dutch, and South African cigars adds even further variety.

Library & Games Room
The perfect environment for a leisurely read of one of the many carefully selected books. Topics are South African, with appropriate information to enhance the travel experience. The decor is an ethnic fusion with modern touches. The fine finishes and traditional decorative forms - pottery, woodwork or beadwork - have an evocative power, combining African with sophistication and elegance. The rich veneer of dark wood is used for furniture, joinery, frames and doors - the plentiful use of this material being particularly appropriate as it links the hotel with Knysna's illustrious timber-growing past.

Central & Front Lounges
Each facet of the hotel interior invites a moment to sit, relax and enjoy the company of companions and new acquaintances. The central lounge is a sunny sophisticated dramatic space with impressive solid timber columns rising boldly upwards. The front lounge, by comparison, is a calm space, perfect for a quiet retreat to reflect on the days experiences. Softer tones of blues, beiges and natural soft touch textures create a tranquil space.

The interiors dictate the look and layout of the entire hotel. The architecture and furnishings don't intrude, as the spectacular surroundings become the focal point, constantly coaxing the eyes to the spaces beyond the structure. Design is original and creative, with warm African colours of red, gold and earth tones dominating with contrasting softer greens and blues of the external environment.

Spa & Gym
Descending from the upper level of the Pezula Resort Hotel, past a rock-faced wall of trickling water, with moss and ferns enter an enchantingly beautiful world. Beyond the reeded glass, a waterfall cascades into a 12m indoor heated pool that leads your eye outwards towards a spectacular view.

The Pezula Spa has received the highest possible accolade from the national health and beauty industry, awarded Best Spa in South Africa by Professional Beauty SA. This tribute follows the Spa being named Best Resort Hotel Spa in South Africa by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques.  Complementing the serenity of the Spa, the Gym is a vibrant, energetic space. After your work out, relax in the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi and cool off in the rain forest shower.

The Spa boasts nine different therapy rooms and offers a comprehensive range of treatments and therapies at the highest level, combining natural treatments with the most technologically advanced equipment. The Spa's post-treatment delight is a heated water bed that massages the body into its final stage of complete relaxation.

Pezula Gym is a vibrant, energetic environment focused on physical fitness, health and vitality. Equipped with state-of-the-art training machines, our Technogym provides a personalised exercise programme devised specifically to suit your body requirements. Advice and instruction from our exercise professionals ensures maximum benefits without strain or injury. Enhancing your workouts are panoramic views of the Knysna Lagoon and Indian Ocean.

Zachary's is an elegant, intimate dining experience serving gourmet meals worthy of only the finest of international boutique hotels. In keeping with the style of the Estate, Zachary's is elegant and contemporary, with touches of opulence such as the timber ceiling enhanced with gold leaf and the copper and bronze finishes, creating a relaxed yet chic space.

Intimate and romantic at night the restaurant's setting is simply spectacular during the day: magnificent views of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world will certainly tempt you to dine al fresco. Zachary's was given an "Award of Excellence" by the 2005 Diners Club International Winelist of the Year Award.

Executive Chef Geoffrey Murray is responsible for the hotel's restaurant, Zachary's. The menu offers a variety of 'modern ethnic' dishes, which feature the freshest local organic products and are given an original twist using inspiration gained from Murray's worldwide experiences. These include opening 'Boom' in Soho, New York, and his role as executive chef at the exclusive Seychelles island resort, North Island.

The culinary highlight of Zachary's is the Chef's Tasting every Friday evening. Who better to make your dining selection than the maestro himself? Geoffrey's modern, creative inspiration and ability to find the freshest local produce will dictate what appears on the menu.  Zachary's Private Dining Room is also available, where up to 10 guests can enjoy the ultimate in exclusive dining.

Wine Cellar
The Pezula Wine Cellar offers over a thousand fine wines. Most are limited edition handcrafted wines. The union of food and wine is an important factor at Zachary's. The impressive cellar and vast collection of mostly South African boutique wines, as well as the variety of imported whiskies and champagnes, will also ensure there's a perfect accompaniment to every meal.

Pezula is well known for its award winning Spa & Gym, the internationally popular Championship Golf Course and the newly established Field of Dreams which provides opportunity for tennis, cricket, golf, archery, petanque, and various other outdoor games, as well as leisure opportunities including horse riding, walking trails, canoeing and beach activities.

Knysna provides endless opportunity for a wide variety of sports. Mountain biking through indigenous forests or scuba diving in the Indian ocean or the lagoon. Hire a kayak or abseil above the ocean's crashing waves. Choose from action packed adventures, such as quad biking, fly fishing, rock-and-surf angling or deep-sea fishing, sand-boarding or kite-surfing on the waters of the lagoon or even paragliding over the hills and lakes. The Garden Route, South Africa's capital of golf, boasts more than 20 golf courses. All within driving distance of Knysna.

Director of Sports for Pezula's Field of Dreams is former South African number one tennis player, Gary Muller. His ultimate aim is to provide a world-class facility for both beginners and professionals alike. Coaching clinics will form a major part of the tennis programme, with private coaching (booked in advance) also an option. All equipment and balls will be provided if necessary. The four all-weather courts include a sunken court with seating for 700 spectators, creating the perfect environment for guests and members to simply enjoy some friendly tennis or for exciting exhibition matches.

Horse Riding
The horses on Pezula are immaculately schooled, responding to the slightest command - verbal or physical. They are Cape Riding horses - working horses with unwavering stamina. For a skilled rider their willingness, combined with soft mouths and eager responsiveness, make them a ride of a lifetime. For a novice rider, the experience is just the same as their even temperament, calm demeanour and easy handling put even the most nervous riders at ease. Breathe in the fresh air as you ride along the coast, through dense fynbos and truly indigenous Knysna forest. A perfect way to view elusive bush buck, soaring birds and for the lucky, a bush pig in the dense undergrowth of pristine forest.

Nature Trails & Birding
The walking trails through fynbos and Knysna forest, are well marked and maintained. Numerous bird species can be spotted and various trails are on offer with the accompaniment of an experienced guide.

Cleared of alien trees and vegetation and a controlled burning programme has encouraged the regrowth of fynbos and afromontane forests as well as a huge increase in surface water and the emergence of wildlife including birds and soft skin animals. When the project is complete, over a million alien trees will have been removed from the area.

A comprehensive survey undertaken over the past two years at Pezula Private Estate has shown that certain bird species are returning to the areas that have been rehabilitated. These are mainly species that inhabit indigenous fynbos. During the first phase of this project, 112 species of birds have been identified on the Estate.

Two-man Canadian canoes are available for short paddles up the Noetzie river, or for day rentals for a more leisurely experience. These canoes are easy to handle and manoeuvre, with short paddles. Canoeing up the mystical Noetzie River combines complete relaxation as you drift along the still water, with the rush of seeing nature at its most beautiful. As the dense natural forest dips its roots into the cool waters, birds call and flit by overhead and bush buck dart in and out of the dappled shade.

Two heated pools - one with a spectacular view of the lagoon on the hotel terrace and one in the relaxing environment of the Spa - provide an alternative to a splash in the Indian Ocean at the pristine Noetzie beach. A third heated outdoor swimming pool is available at the entrance to the Private Estate. For sand and wave lovers, Noetzie beach is a haven of bird and sea life. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore or a refreshing swim in the ocean. Spot the protected Black Oystercatcher and for the lucky - a school of jumping dolphins or a pod of frolicking whales.

The Pezula Championship Golf Course is perched above the Indian Ocean and the Knysna lagoon. It is a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens rolling through the pristine southern cape landscape. Flanked by indigenous forest, flora and unforgettable vistas, the course offers players both a challenging and rewarding golf experience.

Field of Dreams
The Pezula Field of Dreams will offer a wealth of outdoor activities - and in the near future, a fully equipped gym and a 25m swimming pool. Current facilities include a tennis complex, international sized cricket oval, the academy of golf, archery, Petanque, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and various other outdoor games.

The Field of Dreams also encompasses numerous leisure opportunities, including horse riding, walking trails, canoeing and beach activities. Pezula Private Estate residents with shares, hotel guests and share holders will be able to take part in the games and sports listed above. As well as international cricket matches, the Oval could even be used for large-scale music performances.

Knysna boasts more than 240 terrestrial and marine species, 40 pelagic species and some of the rarest and the most beautiful birds you'll ever see - African black oystercatchers, Knysna warblers, Knysna loeries and malachite kingfishers.

Knysna provides endless opportunity for a wide variety of sports. High-speed mountain biking through indigenous forests or dive the Indian ocean or the lagoon. Hire a kayak or abseil above the ocean's crashing waves. Quad bike, horse riding, fly fishing, rock-and-surf angling or deep-sea fishing, sand-boarding, kite-surf on the waters of the lagoon or paraglide over the hills and lakes. The Garden Route, South Africa's capital of golf, boasts more than 20 golf courses. All within driving distance of Knysna.

All travel requirements, from a chauffeur driven limo service to chartering of Pezula's Eurocopter or 8-seater Hawker Jet are taken care of from the Pezula Travel Desk.

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