Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts

Drakensberg Gardens Road, Drakensberg Garden, Underberg 3257 South Africa
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Dirty and partially functioning jacuzzi.
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R 1 376
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4.5
#1 of 1 small hotel in Drakensberg Garden
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
We offer self-catering rental accommodation in 6 sleeper and 8-sleeper cottages at The Fairways, situated within the Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort. Additional units can be sourced for larger bookings, subject to availability. The cottages have the following : Fully equipped kitchen including microwave, washing machine and tumble drier. Limited DSTV Individual braai facilities Telephone. Fireplace in the lounge + heaters in the main bedrooms The cottages are serviced daily. The 6 sleepers have a main bedroom with queen size bed and en suite bathroom (separate shower and bath), 2nd bedroom with 2 single beds, 2nd bathroom (combined shower/bath) and an upstairs loft room with 2 single beds. The 8 sleeper unit is similar, but has an additional downstairs bedroom with queen size bed and has an additional separate toilet.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Tennis court
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Kids club
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Spa
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View

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Drakensberg Gardens Road, Drakensberg Garden, Underberg 3257 South Africa
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Khalid B wrote a review Feb 2023
Durban, South Africa242 contributions149 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
They deserve 5 stars alone for the fact that they had a generator powering the entire resort during our visit which coincided with 11 hours of lead-shedding per day (stage 6).

Deep in the Southern berg a short distance from Underberg (on a terrible road), this little gem is part of a greater resort called Drakensberg gardens, all managed by the Gooderson group. The actual facilities are sparse at fairways but guests have access to the all the facilities of drakensberg gardens including the restaurants (which I never tried). Fairways offers a large pool with 2 separate jacuzzis, a games room and a kiddies play area. There is also a small dam where you can hire SUP's or kayaks. The dam is at the golf club house and the golf course is a big attraction here. The rest of the facilities are at drak gardens about 500m away. Some are free such as the mini water park, while others very well priced. Some of the activities include, tennis, squash, bowls, horse riding, archery, putt putt, zip line, rope adventure, etc

Fairways is classified as a gold crown resort which I would think is a step too high. The chalets had no air conditioners or fans and while it does not detract from the experience it simply cannot be a gold crown resort without these. We were there during a heat wave and would have welcomed these. Also the finishes and furnishings are quite dated, I would think they need some upgrading to be able to maintain Gold Crown status.

The chalets itself are reasonably private and comfortable with patios and weber braais. The loft room above the dining area makes it slightly claustrophobic and reduces natural light. Kitchen is small but well equipped. The frying pans should be non stick. Cleaning service was exceptional. DSTV channels were more than adequate. You can even hire dvd's. Cell signal and wifi was poor, although I don't think it was the resorts fault. The cell towers were on the property so cannot understand why connectivity was so erratic.

Beginner hikers can try the on site trails and more advanced hikers can go to the Parks board about 3km away and try climbing the Rhino Peak or other hikes.

The property has access to the River, and its well worth trying a swim in the crystal clear water at hippo pools if its warm enough. The shop at the main entrance stocks some basic groceries and if you need more stuff you can try the Elands Rest shop about 5km back on the main road, you can even get halaal food there.

Overall a very relaxing break.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Hennie P wrote a review May 2021
Alberton, South Africa66 contributions56 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Fairways chalet (6 sleeper) was absolutely clean and upon arrival found the dining table neatly set.
Nice view of the golf course even though I am not a golfer.
The resort golf clubhouse also offers a nice sunset deck at the water edge of a beatiful dam.
Accommodation, reception and activities a definitive "A".
The biggest disappointment of the week was a dinner at "The Bergview" restaurant, situated at the resort hotel pool.
We ordered the butterbean and smoked chicken soup, which was quite tasty.
For mains my wife ordered the oxtail served with mashed potatoes. This she found acceptable.
On the other hand, I ordered the lamb casserole served with buttered potatoes.
This was not a dissapointment but an utter disaster. First of all, it tasted as if the black pepper lid fell of when the dish was seasoned. My mouth really was on fire.
Secondly, I understand lamb casserole is fatty/rich, but to serve it with buttered potatoes, to me is pushing the fat content envelope. I asked the waitress whether the dish could be served with mashed potatoes, but no alternative starch option was given.
The manager did agree with me that the dish was over seasoned with black pepper and offered an alternative dish.
At that stage my mouth was burning and I had no desire to eat any further.
The dish was removed from my bill, but my birthday dinner was spoilt.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: When eating at the resort restaurants, query the menu before ordering as the quality does not...
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Fatima wrote a review Nov 2020
Durban, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked in at the self catering chalets. Rooms are in good condition, appliances and dishes also provided.
Amazing views and plenty to do in the resort. Never left in 4 days. There's Jacuzzis, slides, 1 heated pool, kids play areas, archery, zip line, horse riding, hiking and bike trails. There's also a spring water stream through the resort, can visit hippo pools to enjoy this. Only downside is that the towels and Linen are only changed on a Tuesday and Friday. If requested, towels cannot be changed daily during your stay. We found this Rather unhygienic.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Roger H wrote a review Dec 2021
Southport, South Africa7 contributions2 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
I own a timeshare week here and every year things are just getting worse and worse at Fairways. One of the two Jacuzzis did not work at all during our entire week long stay. The other had very limited functionality and was filthy most of the time. The main pool was starting to turn green. The karaoke night did not work again for two years running now because of their WIFI signal they say, yet there are many karaoke systems that do not require live WIFI signal, why don't they just get one of those. Really disappointing. There was blood on one of the sheets from a previous guest, the bed was made up with this blood on it. Really gross. The water features at the put put had not been filled in ages. Management are just letting things slide. What a shame. We left a request for the manager to get back to us about our concerns, yet they never did.
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Date of stay: December 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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heidi-mervynb wrote a review Jan 2020
Drakensberg28 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A magnificent location right at the foot of the Garden Castle mountains. Beautiful kept golf course and amenities. Lots for the children to do either on their own or organized activities. From bicycle hire to archery, wall climbing, hiking, swimming in both hot and cold pools, water slides, bowls, arcade games. Then the adults can have fun too. There is a sports bar with various night time activities (karaoke, bingo) there is no lack for entertainment. With many restaurants on site or self catering in your unit, sit on your veranda and light a fire and enjoy the view. You wont be disappointed.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Stunning views from all Fairways units.
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Shoaib_Bissessur wrote a review Feb 2022
Durban, South Africa32 contributions19 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a week here to recharge our batteries away from home and work. The resort is beautiful and serene and the facilities are good. There are beautiful walks and trails to go on and enjoy the fresh crisp air of the mountains. For the not so adventurous you can spend time at the wellness centre and heated pools and jacuzzi. There are ample restaurants on site but you would have to ask for them to cater for you for specific dietary requirements eg if you want a halaal meal they will prepare it separately. If you jot happy with this arrangement then cooking your own meal is the alternative. There's much to do on site like golf, horse riding, archery, putt putt and zip lining to name a few. Overall we have had a lovely time at this resort
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't feed the baboons
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Sbuda wrote a review Jan 2020
Durban, South Africa152 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend offered me a 2 night stay at 164 Fairways a self catering 6 sleeper chalet. The chalet was top class and spacious. It also provides beautiful views of the Drakensberg mountains. The cleaners were very professional visiting twice a day. There are magnificent facilities to keep the children busy. We enjoyed the tennis and squash courts. The place feel so isolated yet you have all the amenities. I will definitely come back for a longer stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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nvh2020 wrote a review Oct 2020
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The most beautiful setting with the most amazing views one can imagine! Heartwood cottage gets 10 out of 10 for cleanliness, comfort, utensils, space, setting. We could live there forever. The pictures don't do this place justice. The resort has something for everyone and perfect for families. Rowen is a wonderful host. Thank you all. We will be back very soon.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rod B wrote a review Jan 2021
Pretoria, South Africa43 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Extremely well appointed and well maintained chalets in a stunning part of the country. The grounds are well kept and the staff are extremely efficient and friendly. This is one of the best timeshare resorts in the country and we thoroughly enjoyed our mid-week break. Unfortunately the tar road does need some maintenance, but the scenery can be enjoyed while negotiating the potholes. The walks are lovely and the baboons well "policed", but do need watching.
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Wga23 wrote a review Jun 2021
Durban, South Africa156 contributions35 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A timeshare weekend, started with a beautiful drive from Durban. Arrival and check-in went well despite the covid virus screening. The weather was beautiful, the unit well kitted out except for the dripping geyser and the water leak in the kitchen, which was fixed immediately we reported it.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The road to the resort is tarred, be careful of the pot holes.
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Cheryl0906 asked a question Aug 2021
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa7 contributions
Hi, do we pay for activities eg tennis, mini golf, board games, etc?
Answer from Wga23
Durban, South Africa156 contributions35 helpful votes
A deposit is made until returned
Answer from BARRYBE
Westville, South Africa2,475 contributions153 helpful votes
We travelled from Durban yesterday which was fine Be careful of road construction around Bulwer
Amanda K wrote a tip Jan 2023
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa6 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Setting is absolutely beautiful. The accommodation is adequate, but it was very hot when we were there and there are no fans or air con. "
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vimnaidoo54@gmail.com wrote a tip Jun 2022
Durban, South Africa48 contributions43 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't venture on those roads.Ridden with potholes "
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Shoaib_Bissessur wrote a tip Feb 2022
Durban, South Africa32 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't feed the baboons"
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zorabeekhan59 wrote a tip Aug 2021
Durban, South Africa320 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The resort has all facilities if you are older you need to use car to get around or golf carts. Its quite far to get to different areas if u staying at fairways. "
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Wga23 wrote a tip Jun 2021
Durban, South Africa156 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The road to the resort is tarred, be careful of the pot holes. "
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,304 - R 2,722 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
fairways gold crown hotel underberg
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionUnderbergDrakensberg Garden
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts
Which popular attractions are close to Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts?
Nearby attractions include Cobham Nature Reserve (0.01 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Coffee Patch, Depresso life without Coffee, and Coffee Shop @ Alpine Heath Resort.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Does Gooderson Fairways Self-Catering & Timeshare Resorts have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.