Travel into the cool of the forest country, and far into the mountains lies the warm and inviting Cybele Forest Lodge and Health Spa. Cybele Lodge is a charming old farmhouse where you can wile away the hours overlooking the magnificent gardens from the veranda while taking in the aromas from the nearby Arabica coffee plantations. From the cozy retreat of the lodge, the perfect place to stretch your legs is just beyond you in the extensive gardens and further afield to the nearby waterfall, perfect for taking a picnic. Hot air ballooning and helicopter trips can be arranged to the Byde River Canyon, view the dramatic Drakensberg mountains on the horizon with breathtaking tangerine and fuchsia sunrises that memories should be made of.
Set in the heart of the Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa stands amidst 300 acres of cool African forest and meadows, high in the mountains, offering the height of homely luxury. Like the Greek Goddess (of Earth or nature) of the same name, Cybele changes magically with the seasons, enhanced by the moving colours of indigenous and exotic vegetation.
The interior of the old homestead is soft and, furnished with antiques, art works and exquisite fabrics. Outside rolling lawns lead down to the heated pool. The Paddock and Courtyard Suites all have their own walled gardens with stunning views to ensure maximum privacy for each of the guests with added personal touches to make your stay as special as the lodge itself. Fireplaces and heated floors (for those colder nights), satellite television with video library and hifi, complimentary sherry, and luxurious outdoor showers are all installed to make sure your stay is perfect for whatever time of year you might be visiting.
Why we like it
We like being able to take time out and just do nothing sometimes and Cybele Lodge does just that. We can afford to just relax, enjoy good food (one of the focal experiences of your stay at Cybele), beautiful surroundings, spa treatments and take out that book we have been desperate to read but can never quite find the time.