When visiting and discovering the beautiful country of South Africa you can either indulge in the buzz and glamour of cities like Cape Town, stay in cozy boutique hotels along the magnificent coast line, experience the beauty of the vineyards or finally discover the thrill of an adventurous safari. You may think you have seen everything this magnificent region has to offer, well, not exactly: Vivez Luxe has discovered something truly unique and absolutely one-of-a-kind – a hotel so special it will make you feel like you are experiencing an exotic dream. After a few hours drive from Cape Town along the beautiful garden route, you will arrive in a hotel that manages to create a secluded oasis, while still being within easy reach of many local attractions.
Welcome to the magnificent Tsala Treetop Lodge – a place that celebrates the true spirit of Africa.
Just five minutes off the main road you will pass through a discrete gate and suddenly enter a world full of natural beauty, generous hospitality, pure tranquility and incredible surprises around every corner. Once you have reached the lobby – a few steps down past tranquil water ponds and the gentle sound of music – you will be greeted by your name with a delicious welcome drink. The main reception area incorporates a restaurant space, lounge area and outdoor deck – a serene space full of light, warm colors, textiles, local arts and most importantly the endless views. In front of you lies a breathtaking fully untouched age-old indigenous forest.
After this welcome, it is time to discover the villa where you will come upon so many little surprises and be able to escape the everyday life. Tsala offers ten absolutely gorgeous Suites and six Villas with two bedrooms, all only a short walk from the main foyer. Already the walk towards the villas through a wooden path in the middle of the trees is an experience in itself.
The villas are stunning showcases of design in harmony with nature: From the moment you open the door you realize that you room is in the trees, literally. The design is modern with an abundance of natural light coming through the large floor to ceiling windows, which gives a sense of space and brings the outdoors inside. The incredible view is perfectly complemented by the interior decor which is warm, inviting and modern while incorporating some afro-baroque touches. The beds are extremely comfortable and have been positioned to allow an open view on the forest. We absolutely love the outdoor shower for a nice refresh kick any time of the day.
Another highlight is that within every living room you will find a fireplace not only creating a beautiful atmosphere at night but also giving you warmth and comfort on one of those colder evenings. What better thing to do after a long day than to just watch the sunset over the endless forest with a glass of wine?
What to do in such a heaven? When staying at Tsala it is most important to just relax and enjoy the serene nature all around you. The first thing in the morning – you will have to leave the curtains open before going to sleep – is the incredible feeling of waking up as the sun gently rises over the misty forest. Then enjoy a delicious breakfast in the main restaurant and – if you are lucky – be disturbed by some of the other residents of Tsala: Monkeys and Baboons might come say hello before going off to their daily adventures. After the beautiful breakfast you will certainly want to retreat in the comfort of your villa: There is no better way to relaxing than just lounging inside your own private pool, as all villas feature a gorgeous plunge pool and different sun loungers.
When staying at Tsala, you should not miss the opportunity to walk around the beautiful estate and discover the Country House hotel next door. On your walk, you might even discover a gorgeous forest chapel and even if you are not spiritual it is certainly worth it to just rest and enjoy the tranquility of the nature around.
When it comes to truly unique culinary experiences the place to go is without any doubt Zinzi. The restaurant is located within just five minutes walking distance from Tsala and offers incredible local cuisine with an international twist. Everything is superb from the smooth service to the beautiful setting and decor of Zinzi. On a warm evening you might even want to choose a cosy table on the terrace and dine under the African stars high above you.
The Tsala Treetop Lodge is one of those places where the world around you stops for a moment and you finally take a the time to breathe in and enjoy what life is all about: peace, quiet, the beauty of nature, good food and genuine warm hospitality.
Make sure to click here to book your next stay at Tsala Treetop Lodge. In the meantime do not miss the Vivez Luxe Travel Series featuring original footage of our visiting Editors giving you a glimpse of what a day at Tsala looks like: