BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS
Boutique hotels are as luxurious as the resort hotels, but small and intimate. Great places to rekindle your romance. With golf.
LODGE AT PRINCE’S GRANT
A boutique hotel golfing experience awaits visitors to this KZN North Coast golf estate. Seven of the 15 rooms are on the upper floor of the clubhouse, and offer stunning views of the course. A similar experience awaits golfers at Gowrie Farm in the Midlands, and the common denominator here is Guy Smith, who developed both.
The Zimbali golf estate on the KZN North Coast at Ballito has two luxury hotels, but the original Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, adjacent to the golf clubhouse in the Coastal Forest and overlooking the course, is perfect for golfers who wish to be pampered. It has a spa, and splendid views from its infinity pool.
THE LODGE AT ATLANTIC BEACH
This 20-room establishment is inside the Atlantic Beach golf estate at Melkbosstrand on the West Coast outside Cape Town, and has both a spa and leisure centre which offers tennis, swimming and a gym.The Teddy Webber academy and driving range is handily nearby.The course itself has excellent views of Table Mountain.
ROYAL ST ANDREWS
With a grand-sounding name and situation opposite the entrance to Royal Port Alfred Golf Club in the Eastern Cape, this 1920s hotel has 10 rooms and a spa.The original building has been restored and is home to the Highlander Pub.
ERINVALE ESTATE HOTEL & SPA
This Cape Dutch-style hotel, with 57 rooms, is situated outside the entrance to the Somerset West golf estate, in rural surroundings with landscaped gardens, and has the magnificent Vergelegen wine estate next door. Opened in 1994 on the site of an historic farmstead, it has had Irish owners, and Skelligs is an Irishstyle pub. Popular for conferences and weddings, the course is ranked No 25 in Golf Digest’s Top 100.