Tsala Treetop Lodge
Bon Vivant visits Tsala Treetop Lodge in South Africa.
A luxury resort in a beautiful, indigenous forest on the coast of South Africa, Tsala Treetop Lodge sits at the start of the Garden Route (between Plettenberg and Kynsna) and is the perfect setting to begin an African adventure.
It proudly boasts a small number of boutique treetop rooms and suites where the stunning interiors come a close second only to the 360 degree views of the forest around.
The Afro-Indian design at Tsala Treetop Lodge is sumptuous and sophisticated and the dark wood and tactile, heavy textiles sit wonderfully amidst the treetops around them.
A small resort of only 10 suites (sleep two guests) and 6 villas (sleep four guests), each is totally surrounded and secluded by its own canopy in the forest. Guests navigate the resort along tree-top walkways linking the welcome reception, the suites and the restaurants with al fresco dining.
The suite comprises of a lounge, bedroom, bathroom and al fresco shower room, all of which face the forest, and all offer spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows from which to enjoy the view. The lounge also opens to a sun-facing terrace so at all times in your Tsala suite you feel connected to the habitat.
It's from the bathroom that we spot our first monkeys, and during an outside shower they curiously appear to be watching from the branches.
Tsala's restaurant served up an excellent dinner, and when you learn that herbs, fruits and vegetables are all sourced from Tsala's beautifully rich gardens, you begin to understand the attention to detail that has created this wonderful restaurant.
Guests sit amongst modern, African interiors overlooking the gardens and a spectacular sunset throughout dinner. Make sure you save time for a digestif next to the log fire outside too - blankets are provided and the excellent wine and drinks list make for the perfect end to a pretty wonderful evening.
Tsala Treetop Lodge welcomes children over the age of ten only, and with a serious wine cellar and very proud sommeliers, this resort provides a sophisticated Jungle experience.
An absolute treat, the views, the staff and the atmosphere make Tsala Treetop Lodge a very special place indeed.
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