Arabella Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
South Africa, Western Cape, Garden Route, Hermanus
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Just over an hour east down the coast from Cape Town, Arabella Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort lies on the fringe of the Kogelberg, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Overlooking the Botriver Lagoon, this deceptively low key architectural masterpiece is one of the country's prime resorts, boasting an impressive range of services, an acclaimed spa and an award winning golf course, ranked amongst the top 10 in the country.
Accommodation at the resort was done in contemporary African style, fitted with rosewood furniture and endowed with large terraces overlooking the golf course and lagoon or immaculate gardens. Guests have a choice of fine dining and more casual venues. The acclaimed Arabella Spa combines traditional Eastern and modern Western therapies in an environment where nature and technology blend seamlessly. "Beauty through healing" is the philosophy behind the holistic approach of spa treatments.
One of South Africa's top courses, the layout at Arabella was built in 1999 by celebrated South African architect Peter Matkovich. This classic parkland layout has spectacular views of the Botriver Lagoon and the Kogelberg mountain range. Blending in rather than dominating the landscape, the course takes full advantage of the natural features to offer an enthralling challenge. There is another excellent course at the neighbouring harbour town of Hermanus. Arabella is managed by African Pride Hotels, who runs two other properties in Cape Town, offering a perfect base to discover the city and play some of Africa's finest courses.
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Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa has received the IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year 2008 Award in the “Rest of the World” category, and also Best Luxury Coastal Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2007. Accommodation at the resort was done in contemporary African style, fitted with rosewood furniture and endowed with large terraces overlooking the golf course and lagoon or immaculate gardens. Guests have a choice of fine dining at the Jamani, a show cooking restaurant offering contemporary cuisine and the option of eating outside on the terrace. Alternatively, a more casual atmosphere can be enjoyed at the Laguna Lounge.
5 Star / 5 Diamond Award Golf Resort • Starwood Hotels & Resorts - The Luxury Collection
145 Rooms & Suites • All with a large balcony overlooking the lagoon/ fairways or gardens/pool • Superior communication and entertainment systems • Rosewood furniture • Luxury bathroom
24 hour room service • 24 hour concierge desk • Laundry/Valet service • Valet parking • Car rental & Transportation services • Baby sitting • Boutique + Jewelry shop • Hairdresser
Jamani Restaurant (Show kitchen) • Laguna Lobby Lounge • Barnabas' Lobby Bar • Cristobal's Cigar Bar • Laughing Waters Pool Bar
Tennis courts • Kids Club at Balou's • Horseback riding, kayaking, Quad biking and shark cave diving
International Conference & Business Centre (5 Boardrooms) • Kogelberg Centre (453 sqm ballroom for 400 people / Divisible into 3 smaller rooms) • Full conference services and AV equipment + High-speed Internet
The acclaimed Arabella Spa combines traditional Eastern and modern Western therapies, in an environment where nature and technology blend seamlessly. "Beauty through healing" is the philosophy behind the holistic approach of spa treatments, using innovative treatments and beauty products of the highest quality. The result is a unique synthesis that regenerates and restores body and mind. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, hydrotherapy circuit, fitness centre and the world-first African Rainforest Experience.
Eastern & Western therapies • African Rainforest Experience • Hydrotherapy circuit • Indoor hydropool + Outdoor heated lap pool • Tepidarium, sauna, steam bath • Skincare Centre • Fitness Centre
• Championship Course
Peter Matkovich (1999) 18 holes - 6,651 yds - Par 72 - Links/Parkland course
One of South Africa's top courses, the layout at Arabella was built in 1999 by celebrated South African architect Peter Matkovich. This classic parkland layout has spectacular views of the Botriver Lagoon and the Kogelberg mountain range. Blending in rather than dominating the landscape, the course takes full advantage of the natural features to offer an enthralling challenge. The fairways are fringed by the famous Fyngos bushland of the Kogelberg, the Biosphere Reserve part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and home to one of the richest variety of plant species in the world.
Fairways: Kikuyu grass + Greens: Dominant Bent grass
Soft spikes only + GPS Carts
27,000 sq.ft. Practice facility
Driving range + Putting & Chipping greens + Practice bunker
Clubhouse Restaurant & Halfway House
Golf proshop (Club rental)
Locker rooms with showers
Western Cape Golf
• Hermanus Golf Club
founded 1923 - Bob Grimsdell (1952) + Peter Matkovich (2006) 18 holes
Konwn as the best whale watching place in the world, the small fishing town of Hermanus on Walker Bay, Africa's souternmost shores, is also the location of a excellent course. the Hermanus Golf Club offers the keen golfer 18 incredible holes of golf. Hermanus has become one of the most popular golf courses in the country - a definite 'must play'. It is a private course, offering privacy to the members yet accessible to visitors.
• Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa
Gary Player & Phil Jacobs (1995)
Nestling under the majestic Helderberg Mountains, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Golf Club is situated in verdant farmland on the outskirts of Somerset West in the Cape Winelands. The original Manor house and farm buildings have been carefully renovated to create a luxury country hotel offering opulent dining in the style of bygone era, award winning gardens overlooking the Gary Player Golf Course and an excellent fully equipped conference facility. Real Estate available.
• Royal Cape Golf Club
founded 1885 - Dr. Charles Molteny Murray (1905)
Founded in 1885 and relocate to its present site in 1905 with a design by reputed South African architect Charles Murray, the club proudly retains an atmosphere of tradition and history as the oldest golfing soiciety in South Africa. Although the layout underwent a major facelift in 2000, when all the greens were brought up to USGA specification. Royal Cape has held the South African Open ten times and the National Amateur Chanpionship on eight ocasions. In the shadow of the Table Mountain, Basically, Royal Cape is a classic parkland course, laid out on pretty flat terrain, where fairways are narrow, causing wayward shots to be severely punished by the bordering trees. Ponds and creeks come into play at a number of holes on both nines.
• Stellenboch Golf Club
9 holes (1904) - 18 holes by Ken Elkin (1953)
South Africa's 4th oldest club, Stellenbosch Golf Club lies in the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains, in the heart of the nation’s wine region. It boast a championship layout that has hosted many prestigious tournaments, such as the South African Open and South African Masters as well as the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships. Nobody remembers who designed the club’s original 9 hole course in 1904, but its extension to a full 18 holes layout was done by Ken Elkin in 1953.
• Mowbray Golf Club
Robert Grimsdell (1910)
Set at the foot of Table Mountain, Mowbray Golf Club is renowned for its breathtaking views, lush fairways and immaculate greens. the club has hosted the SA Open seven times. The original course was designed by a very talented member but over the years many changes have been made according to the designs of leading golf architects of the day, amongst them Robert Grimsdell, South Africa's premier golf architect for over half a century and former pro at Mowbray. Mowbray is a parkland course, which provides an excellent test of golf. The terrain is flat, but plenty of trees and water features make for an interesting experience, with the beauty of the mountain and abundant wild life dominating the scenery.
The harbour town of Hermanus, just 20 minutes away, is famous around the world. From the town, whales can often be seen in the bay. The spectacle of the likeable ocean mammals is incredibly impressive, and is a must-see item on any tour of South Africa. The Southern Right Whales, which can measure up to 18 m in length, swim as close as 10 to 20 m from the shore.
UNESCO Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
Size for size, this 100 000 hectare UNESCO registered Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet! Here we have some 1880 different plant species… the next richest is the South American rainforest with just 420 species per 10000 square kilometres!
Lively Cape Town is just an hour from the hotel. The modern city with its popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain and the famous gastronomy scene all make a day trip very tempting. A drive along the Winelands Route is just the right thing for gourmets. The lure of a holiday in Cape Town lies in its spectacular setting and the beauty of its natural environment, as well as the rich cultural diversity of its people. The city is also the gateway to the Garden Route, as well as to the numerous game parks in the Eastern Cape, a short flight from Cape Town.
Address & Contact
Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa
Arabella Country Estate
Overberg (Western Cape)
Kleinmond (Western Cape southern coast)
22 km. W of Hermanus + 100 km. SE of Cape Town
Cape Town Int'l Airport (CPT), 70 km. (Luxury airport transfers)
All year (Hotel, Spa & Golf)
Mediterranean. Mild winters and warm summers (December-April)