Tsala Treetop Lodge | TRAVEL

High above the for­est floor in the pic­turesque town of Plet­ten­berg Bay in South Africa’s ev­er­pop­u­lar Gar­den Route, Tsala Treetop Lodge feels like com­ing home.

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We ar­rive at Tsala Treetop Lodge late in the af­ter­noon. The road to get to Tsala is beau­ti­fully scenic and it’s no won­der that the Gar­den Route is the fa­vorite all-year­round des­ti­na­tion of hol­i­day­mak­ers and res­i­dents. Com­bine pow­dery white beaches and indige­nous forests and you have a win­ning recipe. The weather is in­cred­i­ble, even in win­ter, mak­ing it the per­fect es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of mod­ern ev­ery­day life.

The ar­rival point at Tsala is an ar­chi­tec­tural de­light, with its stone­ma­sonry en­trance, fringed by wa­ter fea­tures and the tri­an­gu­lar shape with its glass win­dows, sup­ported by Black­wood col­umns presents an eye-catch­ing ap­pear­ance. Our wel­come is warm; we are of­fered the most de­li­cious cap­puc­ci­nos, hot cho­co­late and home-made bis­cuits.

We are shown to our Villa, Villa no 15 and the wooden walk­way leads us to our im­pres­sive suite. The two-bed­room Villa with lounge and plunge pool is the per­fect an­ti­dote for any fa­tigued trav­eler.

My hus­band and I are ac­com­mo­dated in the master bed­room, with the most jaw-drop­ping views over the indige­nous for­est. Our daugh­ter has her own room, with equally ex­quis­ite views. Both bed­rooms have a full en-suite bath­room, tiled in black mar­ble with the most invit­ing deep tub in the mid­dle of the bath­room.

It is time to un­wind and my at­tempt to care­fully light a fire in the ce­ramic pot fire­place is a great suc­cess. Sip­ping on our sparkling wine while en­joy­ing the com­pli­men­tary snacks, we watch the sun sink­ing be­hind the tree­tops. Tonight, we are din­ing at the highly ac­claimed Zinzi restau­rant. A short walk from our Villa, the at­mos­phere is warm and invit­ing. The food is in­cred­i­bly de­li­cious and per­fectly pre­pared – my hus­band and I dine on chateaubriand and our daugh­ter feasts on her mouth­wa­ter­ing beef burger.

Back at our Villa, we de­cide to call it a night, but not be­fore a cleans­ing shower with the Char­lotte Rhys prod­ucts. Af­ter a warm shower, I put my fluffy bathrobe and slip­pers on. Soon, sleep beck­ons and I climb into the over­sized bed with its soft white bed­ding and ac­cents of pur­ple.

To­day, we are head­ing home and pre­ced­ing our jour­ney, we en­joy a tasty break­fast at Tsala’s in­house restau­rant. The ser­vice is friendly, the food is su­perb – the choices are end­less – a lav­ish buf­fet or your pick from the menu. My hus­band and I opt for the English break­fast and our daugh­ter thor­oughly en­joys her crois­sants and pan­cakes, washed down with the most de­li­cious cap­puc­cino and hot cho­co­late. Tsala re­ally starts to feel like your home away from home.


*** Views ex­pressed are the au­thor’s own.


En­joy the best of Hunter Ho­tels by com­bin­ing a stay at Tsala Treetop Lodge with Go­rah Ele­phant Camp in Addo Ele­phant Na­tional Park. Visit www.hunter­ho­tels.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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