I received an email from Kurland Hotel a few weeks back requesting I do a review on their Hotel, I was initially very excited but it slowly dwindles to doubt for 2 reasons. Reason 1 – I had been to Kurland before and it came across as being very wealthy, only for the rich and famous and I was a little bit out of my comfort zone and Reason 2 – Well I am very nervous around horses.
With these doubts in mind I contacted one of my closest friends and asked for his advice on what to do and he suggested that I go to Kurland with an open mind and pretend that this was going to be my first Kurland Hotel experience. I took his advice and I am glad I did as I think that Kurland needs an “outsiders” point of view.
I was going to go alone but thought that the company of my older brother for the afternoon would make feel a bit more at ease and well honestly what is the point of going to a five star hotel if you can’t enjoy it with somebody
Kurland Hotel Review
Kurland Hotel is a 700 hectare estate in the beautiful area of the Crags which is approximately 20 minutes east of Plettenberg Bay. As we approached the grand black iron gates we were greeted by a very friendly gate attendant who helpfully directed me on where to go and off we went with waving gate attendant behind us
The requested time to arrive was 11H30 but I had to go on a tour of the grounds with Matthew as my room was not ready upon arrival. The rose garden is apparently something to see but unfortunately what I got shown was the end of the Rose season so it was a little bit drab and dull. Matthew also gave me a list of things I was able to do at no additional cost 1. Was horse rides (no thanks) and 2. Quad Biking (yes please!)
We took a tour of the hotel which includes a dining room, honesty bar, gym, a kiddies area, a well looked after tennis court, a pool with a jungle gym area and a small baby pool. I got to check out the spa and was told by Matthew that I could book a treatment as soon as the therapist was out of her session, and would let me know when she was done. I am still waiting for somebody to get back to me
My brother and I eventually sat down for lunch. I really do think there is something for everyone on this menu, I am a fussy eater and was surprised that I had no difficulty in ordering. I ordered the pasta minus any form of tomato and my brother ordered the deep fried calamari. We asked our waitron for some tomato sauce but by the time it had arrived my brother had gone through most of his meal. The meals in itself was delicious and I kept eating and eating even when I was full I still picked out the olives.
I was eventually shown to my room, Rose Garden Number 4. My first reaction was how clean it was and the smell of freshly cut roses was lovely. The room is very spacious with acres of pillows and cushions an open fire place and your own private plunge pool on the veranda outside. The décor I think some would describe as shabby chic or kitsch. For me it is what it is, a country boutique hotel. The room was very well presented and I was happy.
After freshening up a bit my brother and I headed out to Birds of Eden for the afternoon. There are so many wonderful Crags activities. Monkeyland, Jukani, The Elephant Sanctuary, you have to visit the Mohair Shop, Bramon Wine Estate, Snake Sanctuary and the list goes on. If it’s the beach you looking for, both Nature’s Valley and Keurboomstrand are about 15 minutes away.
Back at the Hotel we discovered it was “High Tea” time, the highlight of my trip! I cannot explain the happiness I feel when I hear the words cake, cupcake or muffin. I become a kid again. I ordered the Carrot Cake Muffin and my brother the Chocolate Cake. OMW! Both were really amazing. I will definitely go back for the cake!
Sunset was an epic fail as it was just too cloudy and cold so we decided to sit on the veranda with a bottle of Bramon Wine, enjoy the view and chat away.
After my brother left, I was ALL ALONE! Earlier I had requested that my fire be lit in my room, sadly that wasn’t done, but I phoned up reception and not even five minutes later Jodi had the fire on the go, which I made it my mission to keep it going for as long as I could. The emotional rollercoaster I endured trying to keep that fire going was rather entertaining to my friends who I was WhatsApping. I passed out in front of the fire and crawled into bed at some random hour in the morning.
Breakfast time – I was rather disappointed here. I was undecided about getting pancakes or the French toast. I asked my waitress and she suggested the French Toast. I happily took her suggestion but unfortunately when it arrived it wasn’t made from the bread that was suggested on the menu, instead it was normal white bread. I ate one slice and moved onto the buffet table. I spotted a scone and it was the best scone I have EVER eaten!
After breakfast I took a walk around the estate to get some photos for this blog posting. It is truly a remarkably beautiful estate as you will see below with the photos.
In summary – 3/5
The staff came across as very friendly and accommodating, sadly attention to detail for a 5 star hotel is lacking. The food was excellent and the high tea, highly recommended. The Wifi is extremely bad, I didn’t use it, was getting frustrated with it. I think Kurland is for people looking for old world charm, roaring fires, wood panelled dining rooms to old libraries. The estate is really run down, but even though there were 8 other cars in the parking bay I found it to be private and quiet. Hardly saw anyone.