Glen Avon Lodge: my stay at this nice boutique hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

Glen Avon Lodge: my stay at this nice boutique hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town is one of the leading destinations in the world, and winning several awards and accolades on wineries, breweries, golf, and food; you certainly cannot miss a visit to Constantia Valley, a region which possesses 8 award-winning wine estates and which offers a collection of experiences such as wine tastings, craft beer tours, zip lining, biking, golfing, hiking, and festivals during the summer.

Now, when it comes to an accommodation that will help accentuate the marvels of this region there is one boutique hotel that will grant you a special visit: Glen Avon Lodge. Besides having comfortable and spacious rooms, here I enjoyed a gourmet diner and complete buffet breakfast, swam on the pool, and went out to several places nearby as Groot Constantia, La Parada, and BEAU Constantia.

If you live in Cape Town, spending a weekend at Glen Avon Lodge will be perfect to step away from the routine and relax from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life. And if you come as a tourist, I recommend you to stay here to relax while you also explore this fascinating side of Cape Town.

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I stayed here on a holiday planned with Encompass Africa, travel specialists that design luxury tailor-made holiday and safari travel for guests from all over the world. They have 17 African destinations and they handpick the accommodations, activities, safaris, flights and even the insurance that suits you best. I was more than happy to arrange my holidays with them and impressed with the great expertise, and passionate and professional service. Furthermore, I love they are involved in wildlife conservation.

Let me share with you the main characteristics of the hotel, the different kinds of rooms where you can stay, its restaurant, amenities, services, and the activities that you can do nearby.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

1. Main Characteristics of Glen Avon Lodge

a. Prime Location

Only 25 min. drive from Cape Town City Center, Glen Avon Lodge is located in Constantia Valley. It is a tranquil gem which everyone should visit.

b. Sustainability

Glen Avon Lodge supports eco green initiatives to help save the environment. Some of its efforts have been:

  • Add heat pumps to all the rooms to save electricity.
  • Install photovoltaic cells.
  • Buy eco-friendly bathroom products made locally.
  • Re-cycle most of their waste and use vegetable matter for their own composting.
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

c. Social Responsibility

  • They are part of the Soil For Life NGO project that employs people from the Hout Bay Township area and teaches the community how to grow their own vegetables.
  • All their worn towels and linen are donated yearly.

d. Family owned

Glen Avon Lodge is owned and managed by the Stringer family and this was important because I felt a personal touch all around the hotel and their efforts to made the guests feel at home.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

2. The Rooms

a. My Room

With 21 rooms, each of them with its own style as well as their own views. I had the chance to stay in their Deluxe Suite, which had a big king size bed, bath, shower, small kitchenette, and view of the beautifully maintained rose gardens and pool.

 

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

b. Other types of rooms

In general, all the rooms at Glen Avon Lodge have a spacious and elegant design furnished in a contemporary Cape style, with different neutral colors. All bathrooms, have modern granite and glass finishes, with heated towel rails, twin basins, a bath and a separate shower.

All rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, showers, and baths. There are 3 different kinds of rooms:

a. Double Rooms

Each room is overlooking the beautifully manicured front gardens.

b. Standard Suites

Each has a private balcony or patio and kitchenette.

c. Deluxe Suites

Each has King Size Extra Length Beds, views to the pool and kitchenette.

You can find all the characteristics of the different rooms on Glen Avon Lodge website.

3. Dining

Glen Avon Lodge serves daily breakfasts and gourmet evening dinner.

a. Dinner

I arrived in the evening so after unpacking my baggage and relaxing for a while on the suite I went to enjoy dinner. There is a set menu and I can say it was delicious. For starters we had 3 different kinds of soups, the main was Norwegian salmon filet, the dessert consisted of small portions of different tarts and chocolate delicacies and the wine accompanying everything was wonderful .

Furthermore, don’t worry, if you have any dietary requirement, rest assured that Glen Avon staff will fulfill your needs. During my booking I specified I was gluten-free and every time I was served gluten-free bread.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

b. Breakfast

Each morning, between 8:00 and 10:00 am buffet breakfast is served and you can enjoy it either on the dining room or on the front patio sitting on big tables overlooking the garden.

When I arrived, one friendly member of the staff served me a fruit platter and took my tea & coffee order as well as my cooked breakfast order. Then I also took a variety of treats from a full English & Continental buffet, with included freshly baked pastries, yogurt cheese, and cold meat platters, together with cereals and juices.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

4. Amenities

a. Two Pools

I was very lucky because outside my suite there was an 11-meter swimming pool with a lapa area on the back and large relaxing plush loungers to sunbath while reading a book. So right after breakfast, I was able to pamper myself sunbathing and swimming in the pool.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

Additionally, there was a smaller pool on, ‘The Gables’ an adjacent property that was incorporated into the hotel grounds.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

b. Lounge

The perfect place to relax as the day ends would be the lounge. It has a fireplace that creates a cozy atmosphere while you read a book or work on your computer.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

c. Conference center

For the corporate environment, Glen Avon Lodge has fully-equipped facilities that will cater to all business needs.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

5. Service

a. Friendly Staff

Glen Avon Lodge staff was very nice and friendly and attentive and they all helped me with any request I had.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

b. Free Parking

If you’re coming with your own vehicle, there is ample space in the hotel for parking.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

c. Free Wi-Fi

Fast complimentary WiFi access is available throughout the resort. For me, it is very important to have fast internet because I am always working on my computer and the internet at Glen Avon Lodge was perfect to catch up on some work.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa

6. The Activities

Glen Avon Lodge prime Location is perfect to enjoy all the activities offered in Constantia Valley. In front of the lounge, you will find a brochure stand full of activities on offer and you can ask anyone in reception to help you book a tour.

For the wine lovers, these are some of the places that I recommend you to visit:

a. Groot Constantia

Founded in 1685, Groot Constantia Wine Estate is the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa, and I was so happy because Glen Avon Lodge staff gave me a free Visitors Route Experience. I felt like in an old fancy movie walking through the Manor House, the Cloete Cellar and the vineyard and then the wine tasting experience was marvelous.

For more information, visit Groot Constantia official website.

Constantia Wine Valley Cape Xtreme Tour-Cape Town-South Africa
Groot Constantia

b. BEAU Constantia

BEAU Constantia is a boutique wine farm. You can dine either in the main restaurant, upstairs in the lounge area, or outside. I had wine an cheese pairing and it was excellent.

For more information, visit BEAU Constantia official website.

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - South Africa
BEAU Constantia

c. La Parada Constantia Nek

La Parada is a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar chain with different venues all across Cape Town. But my favorite venue is Constantia, you can sit outside on one of the tables and eat your tapas and wine while you get fascinated by the wonderful views of trees and nature that create a memorable experience.

For more information, visit La Parada official website.

La Parada

c. Other Activities

But besides wine tasting and delicious food, there are so many things you can do nearby as going to Hout Bay, Llandudno Beach or Muizenberg. I recommend you to read the post The Ultimate Cape Town Guide: 10 places you must definitely visit!.

hout bay - Cape Town - South Africa
Hout Bay

7. Contact

Don’t miss the chance to stay at Glen Avon Lodge!

  • Website: www.glenavon.co.za
  • Address: No.1 Strawberry Lane, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
  • Telephone: +27 217 941 418
  • Email: stay@glenavon.co.za
Glen Avon Lodge

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5 Comments

  1. Shar
    07/06/2018 / 1:15 PM

    Looks like you had a great time and you took some beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing

  2. Autumn Murray
    07/06/2018 / 9:01 AM

    My friends used Encompass Africa for their trip to Africa last year and loved them. I need to book them for my next trip! The place you stayed is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Indrani
    06/06/2018 / 11:25 PM

    I will find it hard to leave such a place.
    The amenities are too good. I liked the buffet breakfast spread too.

  4. 06/06/2018 / 2:05 PM

    This is another nice place to stay there, all the amenities and views are awesome, by looking at these picture, it looks so relaxing for sure!

  5. 06/06/2018 / 11:27 AM

    This looks like a beautiful place to stay. I have Cape Town on my bucket list; hopefully I will venture there one day. Beautiful pictures, too.

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