When it comes to a getaway full of relaxation, quality time and attention to detail, The View Boutique Hotel & Spa is a perfect choice!
Driving up to the property you are welcomed with two entrances, a parking area that leads to the restaurant and another a little further around the bend which can accommodate 100+ cars. This area, I was told, has been newly renovated and off the road, the Hotel does not look like much – until you drive in. This truly is a hidden gem.
Upon check-in, the staff are extremely friendly and hospitable. You are not only welcomed with a smile but along with that comes a sugar bar complete with sweets and pastries – a signature offering courtesy of The View. Delish!
The General Manager, Tammy Bogusch is professional, yet with a warm demeanor that would have you feel as though you’ve known her for years.
She runs a staff contingency of around 50 people spread across, reservations, housekeeping, spa, maintenance and food and beverage. However, the owners, George and Joan Lithgow are very hands-on and can be seen in and around the property. The View Boutique Hotel & Spa started from a mere 2 rooms back in 1994. Since then, the hotel has grown into the prestigious establishment it is today.
Once we were checked in, the lovely lady at reception asked if we needed help with our luggage and we then retreated to our room.
When we arrived, we were stunned at how gorgeous The Grand Deluxe Room with a sea view was. The room boasts a four-poster bed, large TV, balcony and luxurious bathroom. Our Jacuzzi bath with jets (yes jets!) was filled with gorgeous pink petals, and I loved the signature touches of gold on the crisp white towels and leafy green accents, which gave it an exotic Island feel. The body wash, shampoo, and hand wash are all top of the range, that of, Charlotte Rhys – plus, there is a pair of toothbrushes with mini toothpaste which is a lovely touch.
When we moved further into the room, we were welcomed by a bed full of goodies, from a platter full of fruit sticks, olives and feta and other little niceties, to a complimentary bottle of wine, to water, chocolates, and rose petals scattered on the bed.
To celebrate our getaway, we popped open the wine and sipped it while nibbling on the platter and looking at the ocean from our balcony.
What is a getaway without a little exploring? So that is just what we did! The View Boutique Hotel & Spa boasts 6 pools, a terrace with an ocean view, a large spa with fully-equipped gym, an award-winning restaurant called Giorgio’s, and more – there is so much on offer at The View, you won’t even need to leave until check-out time.
During our stay, we were fortunate enough to be treated to a couples pampering treatment complete with a Swedish back, neck, shoulder and head massage and soaking in a skin softening milk bath. For me, this was probably the best back massage I had ever had. The ladies had a wonderful technique, communicated well and were professional. There was also the choice of enjoying a 30-minute session in the Jacuzzi/sauna – which comes standard with every accommodation booking.
When it came to dinner time, we couldn’t wait to try out the restaurant. Giorgio’s is a creation by father and son, George & Giorgio. The restaurant offers a fusion style cooking with Italian flair and boasts elegant décor with chandeliers, accents of silver and plush seating to ensure both luxury and comfort while dining.
The menu offers starters ranging from Snails, to Ostrich Carpaccio, and even Mussels Mariniere, to mention a few. They have also created a menu of designer pizza options, featuring the likes of Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani and more (see below). With the restaurant having an Italian influence, there is a wide selection of pasta dishes, as well as speciality dishes featuring their signature dish – beef fillet.
When we placed our order, we decided to skip the starters and go for a main and dessert. I opted for a Fillet & Mushroom pasta – Giorgio’s creamy white wine sauce served with fillet strips and mushrooms on Italian linguine – and hubby chose the speciality – Tender fillet of beef resting on a base of thinly sliced creamy potato & baby spinach topped with crispy onions and jus. Both dishes were fantastic. Plus, we were treated to a mini pizza as a pre-starter. For dessert, we were advised to try the Chocolate Brownie with Pecan Nuts, which was out of this world. We will definitely be going back to try some of the other dishes! Price-wise the rates are competitive and reasonable for the size of the dish you receive. It is well worth a try!
The restaurant also allows guests to get a glimpse of the history of the hotel and the restaurant itself with a photo wall featuring memories of the family and the Hotel. There is also the wine cellar, which showcases the wide range of wines on offer (they recently won a Diner’s Club International Diamond Award for their wine list for 2017).
At breakfast time the next morning, we decided to order room service and eat on the balcony, which was so relaxing. We had the table set up for us and the breakfast selection was so vast, it was hard to choose what to eat. We both had a yoghurt and muesli starter and then hubby had the English Breakfast whilst I had a three egg omelette filled with caramelised onions, bacon, mushrooms, and cheddar – it was so appetising and it was complimented by a bit of “dolphin-watching” in the distance.
Overall our stay was 9.5 stars out of 10!
The room was spacious, the bed was extremely comfortable and we had a good night’s rest. The spa was amazing, the staff were hospitable and friendly, the venue itself is gorgeous, and the food was delicious. The only thing that may be a bug-bear for some, is that there are quite a few stairs, so it is important to note this when making your booking.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, The View Boutique Hotel & Spa is hosting a Valentine’s special at Giorgio’s. Find out more here
Address: 9 Hillside Road, Doonside, Amanzimtoti, KZN, South Africa
Restaurant is open from 06h30 to 21h30. Prices and times stipulated here are subject to change
Contact: 031 903 1556