Every year in August we go on a child free weekend to celebrate our anniversary. This year was no different. We always look for boutique hotels as we want something quaint and personal. We specifically want something close to home( Johannesburg ) if something happens with the kids , but also far enough to feel like a getaway.
I found Vaalnest on line and the reviews were amazing. Photos were not very clear but price was good and we took a chance.
We arrived quite late Friday night but the place was warm with a fire going and the staff welcoming.
Our room was neat and clean and a basket of goodies awaited us.
We had dinner in the dining area by the fire. I had the lamb curry and my hubby the fillet steak. We enjoyed our meal.
I must say out of all the places I have been to the staff at the Vaalnest was exemplary. So well trained yet natural and at ease. We really felt they made the stay worthwhile.
So well done on that!
We found the decor in our room a little outdated and not quite our style. But of course that is personal opinion. It was clean and had ample hot water which is always nice. We stayed in the presidential suit and it had a air conditioner as well.
The bed was a little uncomfortable and we struggled to sleep.
The breakfast the next morning was slightly lacking compared to other buffet breakfasts we have had at other places. It was not as good as the dinner.
We also found the staff ( or was it other guests ?) to be very noisy in the morning.
Dinner Saturday night was a bit of a disappointment as we ordered lamb shank - which was popped into the microwave as it had chunks that was hard and over cooked. Definitely not falling off the bone.
The other food was fine.
Overall we felt that the staff and the general ambience at the Vaalnest was great. We would just recommend a fresh eye to look at decor and care to be taken with the already fantastic menu.
I think with a little bit of a fresh look the place can be a gold mine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vaalnest Boutique Hotel at the Vaal Dam is a small and intimate hotel in the quaint town of Vaal Marina in the Vereeniging/Midvaal area, it redefines luxurious accommodation with a 4 star rating. We are a number one stop location on route to Durban, Drakensberg and even Lesotho. Our boutique hotel is a popular couples escape, team building and conference venue. Showcasing some of the most spectacular scenic sites perfect for bird watching, fishing and yachting enthusiasts. Come and experience the perfect outdoor base camp with tailored made accommodation packages to suite your needs. Bookings can be made for various activities such as Paint Ball games, River Rafting, Quad Biking, Inflatable Sports, Archery, Boat Cruises and visits to the birding routes. We have our own in-house events organiser who can coordinate everything from accommodation package to the perfect milestone birthday celebration, conference or team building session. Just about an hour's drive from Johannesburg, it is a perfect weekend getaway in one of the scenic sites of Gauteng. "An alluring nature experience with a touch of tranquillity" The perfect Spa boutique hotel... Rejuvenate your body, and get treated to a relaxing body massage facility that features first class service. Vaalnest together with Kalahari brings you a well sort after Spa therapy that incorporates the finest aromatic body oils to help the body relax and let the juices flow. Our Vaalnest Spa incorporates a lavish tranquil experience with nature and feature luxury service with the right advice, from our outdoor gazebo stations that offer various treatments, to our private indoor room service spa therapy sessions when requested. Vaalnest Spa can be ideal for that relaxing getaway you have been waiting for. Because we care for our client's well-being, we have made some products available for purchase once your treatment is done ... more less