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.