An idyllic getaway like no other

Grootbos occupies a tiny corner of a 2,500-hectare private reserve, which sweeps down to the coast. With impressive views over fynbos and shrubs, the name in Afrikaans literally means ‘big bush’. Home to the marine ‘Big 5’ (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins), this is one of the most biodiverse landscapes in the world. Owned and managed by the energetic Lutzeyer brothers, and an enthusiastic team of conservationists, Grootbos is home to two luxury lodges and two exclusive-use villas, all discreetly positioned amidst this coastal fynbos paradise and overlooking the vast sweep of Walker Bay. Garden Lodge with 11 One- and Two-Bedroom Suites plus an additional 16 stylish suites at Forest Lodge, all cleverly positioned to offer privacy and maximise on views.

Both lodges are linked by pathways and through an ancient Milkwood Forest, and each has its own swimming pool and restaurant. As a base for nature trails, whale-watching, and horse riding, or just a breath of fresh air between Cape Town and the Garden Route, it’s unbeatable. Grootbos also has two modern private villas of four and six bedrooms, which sit within the reserve alongside its two lodges. With a construction that mimics a light and spacious glass box, the villas seemingly blend into the landscape, and each have been designed, to fully capture the light and surrounding reflections. Floor-to-ceiling windows, infinity pools and super-long terraces take full advantage of the panoramic views, and your villa comes with a complement of staff, including a dedicated private guide, butler, and chef.

Details & Amenities

  • Perched on the verdant slopes of Walker Bay, overlooking the picturesque Hermanus seascape
  • Grootbos Garden Lodge features 11 free standing, light-filled suites with contemporary furnishings, fireplaces & private wooden decks. Fairytale gardens, sweeping views, glorious fynbos & indigenous bush, this is the perfect base for a memorable, interactive wilderness family experience
  • A further 16 romantic suites with clean lines & expansive windows look out over Grootbos eco-reserve’s striking landscape. Sophisticated, with a contemporary design & stylish architectural feature, the ancient Milkwood Forest setting of this blissful retreat is all about dappled light; ocean breezes and generous spaces
  • 2 exclusive, modern luxury villas with 6 or 4 bedrooms respectively, are discreetly positioned amidst the coastal fynbos paradise and overlook the vast sweep of Walker Bay. These afford spacious living, panoramic views & a light, open design with large decks & outdoor zones from which to appreciate the tranquil setting. Flexibility, freedom & intimacy abound with a team of private staff
  • A pioneer in progressive tourism, contributing to the preservation of the environment and the upliftment of local communities.
  • A member of the National Geographic Unique lodges of the World
  • Unforgettable culinary experience & award-winning wines
  • A wide variety of activities led by specialist guides