Eco luxury at South Africa’s Phantom Reserve

Eco luxury at South Africa’s Phantom Reserve

Experience a luxury South African holiday with a stay at the beautifully unique Phantom Forest Eco Reserve. Nestled in the Afromontane Forest, the reserve offers an exclusive African experience centred on luxury sustainability. Drawing inspiration directly from nature, the reserve blends elegant eco-chic design with an authentic African feel.

Suspended on tall stilts in the jungle canopy and connected by a series of meandering walkways, the elegant and unique African tree suites provide luxury accommodation in the heart of the jungle. The eco-chic tree houses are beautifully designed to combine modern elegance with a distinctly African feel. Each of the exquisitely adorned tree houses comprises of a spacious sitting room, a bedroom, a private deck and a sensuous bathroom housed under a glass roof, ensuring glorious views of the night sky. For a romantic getaway opt for the upper tree camp, intimate and private they provide a beautiful romantic hideaway. Additional features include two double ended baths and a jetted outdoor bath on the private deck where you can relax with a glass of wine and count the stars. The Moroccan tree suites elegantly fuse vibrant North African colours and patterns whilst maintaining the eco sentiment of the reserve.

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve features plenty to keep guests entertained. Take a swim in the stunning freshwater pool, immersed in the forest and offering spectacular panoramic views of Knysna’s lagoons. Take a sauna before unwinding with a relaxing soak in the Bubble Barrel, an outdoor hot tub just for two. For the ultimate indulgence enjoy an authentic African treatment at the body boma spa. Using organic African products and drawing on the ancient properties of the Dead Sea, the therapists will ease your senses in this beautifully tranquil setting.

The culinary experience will exceed your expectations at the reserve’s Boma restaurant. Enjoy a sensational six course meal prepared by a local trio of chefs, using fresh ingredients and traditional recipes. Coffee and liquors follow your sumptuous meal and can be enjoyed round the burning log fire whilst listening to the rhythmic beating of African drums. The Chutzpah restaurant offers an exotic North African baroque atmosphere with intricate interiors and elegant dining. Choose from colourful cocktails and authentic tagines, followed by dates and Turkish delights. The distinct culinary delights of each restaurant provides a fantastic variation of African cuisine.

Spend your days in beautiful South Africa playing golf on the magnificent courses along the garden route, sailing at sunset enjoying the last of the breathtaking views and visiting the amazing African wildlife at the Cango Wildlife Sanctuary. For the more adventurous you can bungee jump from the storms river bridge or go mountain biking in Knysna’s forests. A highlight for many guests is a gentle canoe ride down the river with a picnic lunch.

George is an experienced travel and has written for a number of travel publications, blogs and websites

The author is an experienced travel writer, blogger and journalist and for more info on South Africa holidays he recommends contacting Turquoise Holidays, experts in luxury travel