The Jewel of the North Coast

Brides Essence - - Contents - The Ban­quet­ing Hall is pur­pose built with out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties that can seat up to 140 guests at four­teen round ta­bles each suited to cater for 10 guests. The Thatched hall is fully air con­di­tioned and is fit­ted with glazed con­certina doors that open on

Ho­tel Izulu was the very first 5 star property in Bal­lito and is con­sid­ered the Jewel of the North Coast. Ho­tel Izulu has been pre­sented with the ‘Best Ho­tel’ award by FED­HASA, based on hos­pi­tal­ity of the high­est stan­dards with ex­cep­tion­ally well-trained staff that go be­yond the norm in cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion.

Ho­tel Izulu has re­ceived pres­ti­gious awards for its Impilo Beauty Spa, which is a Clar­ins Gold Sta­tus Spa. The spa re­ceived this grad­ing owed to the out­stand­ing level of pro­fes­sional ad­vice of­fered and ad­min­is­tra­tion of treat­ments. Founded on in­ter­na­tional cri­te­ria, the treat­ments pro­vided by Impilo Beauty Spa ther­a­pists have ex­actly the same stan­dard as those of­fered by a Clar­ins Gold Sta­tus Spa in Paris or Switzer­land.

Cre­ated not only to nur­ture the body, mind and soul, guests are also pre­sented with a wish list of unique and restora­tive fa­cials and ad­vanced skin ther­a­pies de­signed for in­di­vid­ual needs by a team of ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als. The spa is a place of en­light­en­ment where holis­tic re­ju­ve­na­tion com­bines with the warmth of the trop­i­cal sun and the joy of the In­dian Ocean.

Crown­ing this unique property is Gigi’s Brasserie, headed up by an Ex­ec­u­tive Chef. Gigi’s menu of world-class cui­sine, with added South African flavour ori­en­ta­tions, broaden the palate ap­peal of the menu for the en­joy­ment of both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional guests alike. A di­verse menu recre­ates clas­si­cal dishes in a more mod­ern and healthy fash­ion. Din­ing is ac­com­pa­nied by a wide choice of rare and sought af­ter South African vin­tages from the wine cel­lar - to be en­joyed by the bot­tle or glass. Guests can also opt to dine in the in­ti­macy of their suite or at a ta­ble set in the charm­ing wine cel­lar.

Ho­tel Izulu is com­mit­ted to op­er­at­ing in a greener more eco-friendly en­vi­ron­ment. The ho­tel has an or­ganic herb and veg­etable gar­den which pro­vides a daily sup­ply of fresh veg­eta­bles for use in GiGi’s restau­rant. The prin­ci­ple source of food for the gar­den is the out­put of the “wormery” - one of sev­eral “green” ini­tia­tives adopted by the Ho­tel.

An or­ganic Or­angery thrives in this cli­mate and there is a range of cit­rus trees each planted in in­di­vid­ual ter­ra­cotta pots. Top­i­ary is a prom­i­nent el­e­ment of the gar­den, which has be­come a place for re­lax­ation and re­flec­tion for guests. De­signed to be wheel chair friendly the paths en­cour­age ex­plo­ration of the whole

gar­den where ex­ten­sive sig­nage ex­plains ex­actly what is be­ing cul­ti­vated.

Nes­tled on the Zulu King­dom’s sub­trop­i­cal su­gar belt, this 5-star bou­tique re­treat ra­di­ates un­der­stated op­u­lence and re­veals a side of Africa that is lit­tle seen by the in­ter­na­tional trav­eller. Set in sub-trop­i­cal for­est against a rugged coast­line, this lux­u­ri­ous re­sort of­fers guests year-round sun­shine, which can be soaked up by the pool - with staff to in­dulge your ev­ery whim … or on one of the glo­ri­ous beaches nearby.

The property boasts 19 lux­u­ri­ous suites within a con­tem­po­rary blend of Tus­can ar­chi­tec­ture, African fea­tures and Ba­li­nese in­flu­ences. The dif­fer­ent styles of ar­chi­tec­ture form a con­vivial mix and are most of­ten de­scribed as “an African heart with an east­ern spirit”. Five lux­u­ri­ous free­stand­ing vil­las are spread out in man­i­cured grounds and each villa of­fers two Ex­ec­u­tive Suites, two Deluxe Suites, a pri­vate court­yard and an 8-seater Jacuzzi.

Lux­u­ri­ous liv­ing man­i­fests it­self in the Royal Suite – the pre­ferred choice of VIP’s and Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties. Sprawled across the en­tire top floor of Villa In­gelosi, it en­com­passes a bar, din­ing area, per­sonal deck and Jacuzzi, which in­ci­den­tally over­looks the In­dian Ocean. The Royal suite is per­fect for honey­moon­ers; in fact, bridal cou­ples will fall in love with Ho­tel Izulu! They may marry in bliss in the ho­tel’s chapel and then cel­e­brate in style in the ban­quet­ing hall.

At the 2013 Diner’s Club Winelist Awards, the 5-star Ho­tel Izulu, Bal­lito, was awarded the im­pres­sive Di­a­mond sta­tus, gain­ing a score of over 90%, for its new and ex­ten­sive wine list. This is the third year that the Ho­tel has won an award and the first year it has gained the pres­ti­gious Di­a­mond sta­tus.

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