My sho’t left to Kievits Kroon Country Estate
Last week Friday myself together with my wife had the privilege to be invited to spend a night at Kievits Kroon Country Estate in Pretoria. We arrived at the property at around seven in the evening, having driven from Johannesburg. Directions to the venue were clear, though I mistakenly off-ramped in Stormvoël however managed to avoid paying a toll fee since I was able to get back on the freeway without a hassle.
On reaching Kievits Kroon, we were pleasantly met by the security personnel who demonstrated high hospitality standards through a warm greeting, giving as instructions on how to drive to the main reception area within the property, also ensuring us that we’re going to enjoy our stay at the property. We were highly impressed with such conduct, because in most instances security personnel at hospitality establishment don’t normally give more attention to incoming guests, except telling you turn left/right to find parking without taking ownership of ensuring you’re warmly welcomed.
Once we reached the reception, I checked-in and got a briefing about our stay before driving to our suite (103) which is only a walking distance from the reception to offload our luggage and to return later for dinner at Granite Signature Restaurant. It’s a stand alone double storey building with multiple suites. These executive suites were built before the soccer world cup in 2010 and hosted the soccer referees during the tournament.
All ground floor suites have access to the backyard garden…though no outdoor furniture is provided for guests, which I guess is fine considering that these doors are too close to each other where privacy is concerned. Suites on the upper floor have individually appointed balconies providing guests with more privacy.
The suites are beautifully designed with elegant furniture and offer a bar fridge, office desk, flat screen television, cupboard for your clothes. There is a safe to store all your valuables.Kievits Kroon Country Estate, Manor House Kievits Kroon Country Estate, Executive Suites block Kievits Kroon Country Estate, executive suites patio gardens Kievits Kroon Country Estate, executive suite office desk, with flat screen television
Luxury suites are the original guests rooms for the hotel, are individually appointed and spread across the property. These units are mostly popular with the leisure market. Compared to executive suites, luxury suites have the old television set and not flat screens. Also they don’t offer office desk, however do have outdoor furniture at the back for relaxing outside your room. The bathrooms are all standard, unlike executive suites which offers designer furnishings. As such it only makes sense for luxury suites to be cheaper compared to executive suites with all the bells and whistles.Kievits Kroon Country Estate, luxury suite overview Kievits Kroon Country Estate, luxury suite without office desk
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These facilities cater for solo travellers, who are travelling on budget, since they offer the basics…with shower only.
We enjoyed a fine dining experience at Granite Signature Restaurant, where a gourmet 5-course dinner with wine pairing was served. Am traditionally a beer drinker (Grolsch being my beer of choice), however in recent weeks am enjoying wine a great deal after being introduced to it at the Alto Red & Black Lounge Party hosted at Back o’ The Moon in Gold Reef Casino.Kievits Kroon Country Estate – rose + water Kievits Kroon Country Estate – cheese cake at Granite Restaurant
The highlight of our stay at Kievits Kroon Country Estate, was the spa experience. We’ve been to a few spas before namely Mangwanani (Indaba Hotel), Mount Grace Country Lodge and Raddison Blue Sandton. All these spas are unique in their own right, however nothing compares with the start-of-the-art thermae facilities that consists of steam rooms, swiss showers, plunge pools, saunas and heated indoor pool. These facilities are available on the unisex arm of the spa and also the female side with the heated pool being a shared facility. After a back and neck massage we spent quality time using the spa facilities to our pleasure at our phase….nothing compares, I must confirm.Kievits Kroon Country Estate – the spa building, a walking distance from the main reception Kievits Kroon Country Estate – spa reception Kievits Kroon Country Estate – lockers that can accommodate a soccer team Kievits Kroon Country Estate – indoor heated swimming pool Kievits Kroon Country Estate – feet sanitizers Kievits Kroon Country Estate – swiss shower Kievits Kroon Country Estate – enjoying the jacuzzi after a massage Kievits Kroon Country Estate – after a back and neck massage
Kievits Kroon Country Estate has managed to still be in business when many hotels have closed shop in recent times as a result of the recession because of their strong focus on conferencing. They have 11 conference venues which caters for small to large groups. Unlike many conference venue facilities which are normally next door to each other, here the meeting venues are spread across property, which is a bonus in terms of privacy when different companies are hosting conferences at the same time.Kievits Kroon Country Estate – boardroom Kievits Kroon Country Estate – conference room Kievits Kroon Country Estate – entrance hall to breakaway rooms