Leopard Rock Lookout Chalets sounds so unassuming that when you hear they have four honeymoon chalets you never for one moment imagine what you will find when you arrive.
A mere 25 minutes drive from the South Coast finds you in another world – you could be in the Drakensberg or anywhere for that matter.
When we arrived – I had whisked my partner away for a midweek birthday surprise to the honeymoon chalet – the first thing we did was settle down on the wooden deck and order an ice-cold beer and just feast our eyes on the absolutely breath-taking Umzimkulu valley with the river snaking its path way down at the bottom.
As if to greet us the resort's three horn-bills (called the three stooges because they are a regular part of the staff compliment) came to nestle in a tree near us.
Leopard Rock honeymoon chalet took my breath away. Sue is a natural host and one can see she genuinely cares about her guests. She opened the door and proceeded to show us how every bell and whistle worked from how the Jacuzzi worked, to where the light dimmer switches were, to where the candle lighter was, to the fairy lights on the deck, to the bath salts, to where the condiments were, down to the very last detail like what time the mist might come swirling up from the valley in the morning and what an awesome spectacle this would be if the weather was right.
The décor is stunning - what more can I say: The four poster bed is exotic and so comfy. The lounge consists of two giant leather recliners facing the view with a coffee table in-between with the very civilised decanter of sherry and a magnificent vase of flowers. Other ornaments are all tasteful and blend creating a very modern, but also ethnic look. The kitchen is fully equipped down to condiments like olive oil, tea, good coffee (nothing cheap about Leopard Rock!), home-made cookies, and anything else you could want should you decide to cook your own meal.
Everything is just lovely to look at from the paintings to every ornament. Suffice it to say the whole chalet is an aesthetic delight!
On the deck there are comfy chairs to sink down in and just soak up the view.
No TV, no interruptions. God's own paradise. Nowhere more elegant a chalet could you find to stay - I could not think of one single improvement that could be made. And all this at a price that quite frankly is for a song. In a way I worry about writing this story, because I would like to keep Leopard Rock my secret, in case it gets booked up for a year and I can't run away there and get my soul re-charged every couple of months, which is what I plan on doing!
Southern Explorer website: www.southernexplorer.co.za
South Coast Tourism website: www.tourismsouthcoast.co.za