reviews

Uniekheid wat jou uiters spesiaal laat voel!  Thulamela is inderdaad ‘n unieke, rustige en romantiese bestemming. Alhoewel daar baie in die omgewing is om te doen, bly ‘n skemerkelkie in die borrelbad by Thulamela die hoogtepunt van elke dag. Puik diens, puik etes, pynlik netjies en skoon – alles wat mens soek op ‘n wegbreek tydjie en nog meer! (June 2016)

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Hi Penny, thank you very much for the amazing service at Thulamela Friday evening. My husband was so chuffed and surprised! Bianca (May 2016)

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Good Morning Penny, we would just like to say a great Thank You again for this weekend. As before we enjoyed the time at Thulamela very much! The food was again very delicious. And your staff is absolutely great!  We look forward to come again soon.

Regards, Kassie and Angelique (May 2016)

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Hi Penny, it was GREAT being back and just relaxing in the Jacuzzi. We were on time for our flight and had no close encounters with our “friends”.  I have to compliment you…very seldom that after 15 years you find accommodation in the same let alone better condition.  Keep this up and thank you for you and your staff’s hospitality. Regards,  Hennie (December 2015)

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Hi Penny, thank you so much in making the weekend extra special with all the extra fine touches like the flowers and rose petals…really a nice touch.  Service and breakfast of high quality…and can’t  stop raving about it to all my friends.  You really have a gem there and you one yourself.  Keep well.  See you one day again.  Ilze (November 2015)

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Dear Penny, we had a wonderful trip and already booked the next one. We had a splendid stay at Thulamela and we were most impressed with the lovely breakfast that was served and the friendliness of the staff.  Peter was very impressed with the comfy bed. Thank you again so much for my bracelet, it was such a kind gesture.  It was lovely meeting you and we thank you for your hospitality.  Warm regards and hope to see you soon.  Anne Downham (October  2015)

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I bought vouchers on Daddy’s Deals for 2 nights at Thulamela with my hubby, and wished we could’ve stayed longer!

The owner, Penny, was not around when we arrived but we were greeted warmly by a very smiley Gertrude, and found that Penny had left us a lovely note to welcome us… When we got to meet her the following day she was very friendly and helpful.

Our chalet was clean and comfortable, and I loved the little romantic touches such as rose petals strewn along the path to our accommodation, and a bowl of roses on the table on our veranda.There is also a spa bath on the veranda of each chalet, surrounded by tea lights which makes for a romantic evening!

The chalet fridge contains a mini bar, and although we didn’t make use of it we thought it was a great idea… plus on opening the fridge we discovered some complimentary goodies including some local macadamia nuts!  In the bathroom there was also some complimentary – and divine! – body scrub which we loved so much we had to find the local stockist so that we could buy some to bring home with us!!  The breakfasts (brought to your chalet at a time of your choosing) were delicious and certainly very different from your usual breakfast fare.

We ordered a braai pack for our second night and the food was also very tasty. We wished we could’ve stayed longer so that we could see what else Penny and the team would come up with!  This was a tranquil, peaceful place which we used as a base to go on an adventure to discover the Sabie Waterfall Route, with breathtaking scenery. Truly stunning surroundings which shouldn’t be missed! All in all a very relaxing weekend. Fijumu.  (October 2015)

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Dear Penny, we do have wonderful memories of Thulamela and hope to repeat the experience without travel delays next year. Your food was superb. In fact it was the best we had the whole two weeks.  The bush wedding was lovely. It was a very intimate wedding because everybody got to mingle over the two days. As you probably know, the setting on the Sand River is very special and we loved the game drives.  You do have something unique with Thulamela so we have been very happy to shout your praises.

 Kind regards, Bobby and Linda (October 2015)

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We included the Panorama Route in our Kruger holiday and Thulamela was a great choice for accommodation. It came highly recommended on social media via an accommodation website and we were not disappointed. Central for doing the Route as well as a wonderful hideaway – secluded, private and luxurious. I enjoyed the detail – from the rose petals theme all the way from the pathway to the ‘welcome’ rose found in the fridge. Comfortable bed, aircon, relaxing spa bath and many other small details made this a great choice. No tv and no wi-fi was perfect for us! We ordered a braai pack for our first night’s dinner and were pleasantly surprised. Penny thought about everything. The highlight was the breakfast delivered to your doorstep – everything still warm and tasty. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely return should we ever travel up North again. Thank you Penny and team! (October 2015)

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Hi Penny,

Thanks we enjoyed our stay at Thulamela again and we will surely be back for another relaxing time. Everything was perfect and we really enjoyed our stay, the breakfast was outstanding as usual. One night was too short but next time we will make it at least a whole weekend.  Regards, Henk and Ericka (October 2015)

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Hi Penny

Thank you so much for the e-mail. We had such an amazing time by you and can’t wait to plan our next trip. Thulamela will definitely be in our travel arrangements!! Thank you for your generous hospitality and all the small touches that made the trip so memorable. Hope you keeping well, see you soon!! 😀

Kind Regards.  Danie and Natasha van der Merwe (October 2015)

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Hi there Penny,

I just want to say thank you thank you thank you. We had such a good time. Your place is lovely and I am sure I will get my husband there again. Next time no driving around.

The breakfast you supply are fantastic and every morning we were waiting to see what we are getting. The braai pack just as nice. I can really say that it is worth every penny.

If there is anything I forgot sorry but we really had fun and enjoyed every moment.

Was almost sad to make my own breakfast this morning.

Good luck on your business and all the best

Lizelle Joubert (October 2015)

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Our own forest chalet, quiet, peaceful but with all the mod cons I needed – plus our own hot tub on the stoep overlooking the woodland. Breakfast delivered to the patio each morning in a basket, wrapped up with cellophane; something different each day, a delicacy and delicious. All this and on the door step to Kruger National park and a stone’s throw from Bourkes Luck and God’s Window, Wonderful host, wonderful place and I will be back. Room Tip: All the chalets are close to each other but far enough away to feel alone . AccidenatlExpat (April 2015)

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Hi Penny, as I said to you, this will be at least once a year venue in the future. Not only was it just fantastic but the location is wonderful. The reception, the rose pebbles in the pathway, the top class security, the clean and functional cabin, and the very comfortable long bed, the exceptional breakfast and the great privacy – something that was so important to having such a romantic time. This was rejuvenating and much needed! Our next visit will be for a few days as this was good but to short ! Thanks to you and your staff for a very memorable stay. Schalk (March 2015)

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Hi there Penny, Just wanted to thank you again for everything. You have an awesome place and we really enjoyed it there. Wish we could have stayed longer.  Hope you have a fantastic day.  Regards, Sonja Kemp

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Hello Penny. Holiday what holiday? Seems like a lifetime ago already? We really enjoyed the stay with you. Hope it won’t be too long before we get back. Kind regards. Mandy & Duncan (March 2015)

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Dear Penny, thank you very much for your kind email. I’m so pleased that you emailed us and thank you very much again for taking such good care of us during our stay at Thulamela. Truly, we were so impressed and enjoyed it tremendously. We have spread the news accordingly back here at home, so you’ve definitely not seen the last of the Badenhorst/Landsberg clan. We look forward to our next visit!  Warmly, Meg and Karen (March 2015)

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From the start, Penny at Thulamela has been incredibly kind and accommodating, despite our numerous reschedules and back and forth communications and she ensured that we had a special and fantastic 3 days there. Our chalet was spotless and well stocked with beautiful little touches for that extra charm, not to mention the Jacuzzi, we practically lived in on the balcony. So private and beautiful, it was a perfect romantic getaway for us and we will certainly be back. Thanks Penny for a wonderful end to our holiday 🙂 (Adel, January 2015)

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Romantic and so special. Met all our expectations Thank you so much. Everything was clean and fresh. Breakfast was fantastic. Spa bath is so relaxing .Wish we could stay longer. Well-equipped self-catering with private braai area. Venessa (December 2014)

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Dear Piet and Penny, you have worked hard to make Thulamela a beautiful, relaxing and enchanting experience, and we enjoyed it tremendously.  Hope you will have many more happy guests in the future.  Best wishes to you and the kids. George & Silvia Dobre, UK (December 2009)

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Great anniversary spot. Thank you.  Such a very special – relaxing and so very beautiful. Just prefect.  John and Gillian Leach (August 2010)

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We have had the most marvelous time.  it is indeed the most wonderful of places! Thank you.  Kate and Tim O’Connor (July 2011)

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Dear Penny, thank you for the best experience! Our anniversary was sooo special ad we look forward to visit again. Olga and Pieter Rossouw (August 2012)

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We had the most amazing stay.  The staff were highly efficient and welcoming.  The breakfasts were delicious.  We will be back.  Thank you Penny. Samantha & Adrian (September 2012)

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Very romantic, we got engaged here and the staff made it extra special.  Thanx a mil 🙂  (March 2013)

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Everything was awesome.  Our first anniversary could not have been more perfect.  Thank you to Penny and her staff.  Our stay was amazing.  Breakfasts and braai packs were great.  Cottages are prefect & we could really rest.  Estiaan & Lindi van Deventer (April 2013)

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Awesome break & relaxing getaway!  Spa bath tops and the breakfast wonderful.  we’ll be back, thank you.  Mary-Rose & Warren (May 2013)

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Exquisite taste, attention to detail, excellence has been accomplished.  Thank you for such a magnificent stay.  “May your roots grow deep and branches never stand in shadows” Mare & Evelyn Davies (November  2013)

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 Thanks to Penny and her staff for the excellent service and hospitality. We really enjoyed our stay and will recommend it to anybody who is looking to have a peaceful time away! Thank you. Paul & Celest (October 2014)

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I loved that we were left alone and were able to just relax and enjoy the facility’s. If you need rest and recuperation, this is the place to do that. Food is different and amazing. Facilities are extremely clean and tidy. The best for me was the comfy bed, loved cuddling in there every night.  Amber (October 2014)

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Dear Penny, thank you for your email… Yes we really enjoyed our stay with you, you truly have a special place – ideal to unwind & relax!  We will certainly remember you in the future or when we make recommendations to other couples… Kind Regards,  Melissa & Nici (September 2014)

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“As jy ‘n plek soek om net tyd saam met jou man/vrou te spandeer is Thulamela die antwoord.” Die rustigheid van die natuur is bonatuurlik mooi en als die moeite werd. Die diens wat gelewer word kry jy nie sommer by enige plek nie, en dan nie eers om te praat van die wonderlike ontbyt nie. Juania J (September 2014)  

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Everything about Thulamela was excellent! I will never stay at a other place if in Hazyview again.” This was a honeymoon experience I never will forget! We were alone in our little cottage and nobody disturbed us. We could look out and see the lovely scenery and enjoy the luxury of everything to our disposal This was one of those holidays you will never forget but actually want to write a article about and place it in a magazine. Thank you Penny for the wonderful & excellent breakfasts. Every time it felt like a present presented to you. Breakfast was marvellous and wrapped like a present and you are like a child who cannot wait to open it and see the surprise! This was the rest we were looking forward to and we are going to be regulars at Thulamela in future! I will recommend this place to all I come in touch with! Johmine C (August 2014)

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Absoluut fantasties!” Thulamela B&B, is absoluut puik en uitstekend, ‘n fantastiese plekkie waar jy regtig rus en vrede vir jou siel kan vind. Dit is ‘n baie romantiese omgewing. Penny en haar span is briljant, en die diens was onbeskryflik. Die ontbyt waarmee ons bederf was, is gelykstaande aan die beste vyfsterhotelle s’n. Baie dankie vir ‘n onvergeetlikke tyd. Jy sien ons verseker baie gou weer. Marina M (August 2014)

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“Uitstekende verblyf in ‘n mooi omgewing!” Baie skoon, netjies en met al die fasiliteite wat benodig word. Ontbyt is baie smaaklik bedien. Piet N – Saam met vriende (July 2014)

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Too Awesome!! Coming back.  Kagiso and Masego (June 2014)

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“’n Heerlike ondervinding!” Baie vriendelik ontvang. Akkommodasie gerieflik, skoon en netjies. Ontbyt uit die boonste rakke en daar is baie moeite gedoen om ons tuis te laat voel. Veiligheidsmaatreëls uitstekend! Adriaan D (May 2014)  

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“Dit was so romanties, ek was mal daaroor!” Romanties, stil en net wat ons nodig gehad het as wegbreek! Baie dankie, dit was “great”! Marinda S (April 2014)  

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Wonderful, beautiful, absolutely worth it! – Ane Venter  

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What a wonderful place to kick off your shoes and just relax. The place is 100% ideal for a romantic break. – Pieter Van Der Westhuizen

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What a great experience. Really peaceful and quiet. We had a a perfectly relaxing weekend. – Alice Kacka  

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“Uitstekende romantiese plekkie wat die “personal touch” het.” Lieflike en baie romanties as dit die idee was. Dit is 100% privaat en baie snoesig. Die spa-bad op die dek is ideal vir kwaliteit tyd saam jou geliefde.(Al is die aande dalk koud, word die water heerlik warm.) Ek sal dit beslis aanbeveel vir enige paartjie. Dit is ook naby genoeg aan Sabie en Graskop vir daguitstappies. Anthea V (February 2014)  

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Beast holiday ever!! Thank you for making it so special.  We will definitely be back.  Richard and Anzel Burton (January 2014)

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“Verdien beslis vyf sterre! Ons was ongelooflik beïndruk en aangenaam verras met Thulamela. Daar was geen TV, geen radio, net totale rustigheid, net die geroep van voëltjies. Die etes was indrukwekkend, die diens was ook voortreflik. Kerslig, roosblare en ‘n ongelooflike uitsig sal my beslis laat terugkeer na Thulamela. Totale privaatheid tussen eenhede maak dit ook ekstra spesiaal. Werklik die ideale plekkie vir ‘n wegbreek. Was heerlik om daar te ontspan. Sal Thulamela beslis aanbeveel. Alwyna G (December 2013)  

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“Die ideale plek om weg te breek van die besige samelewing!” Thulamela het baie moeite gedoen, die plekkie het so mooi gelyk toe ons daar aankom. Dit was stil en rustig – ideaal vir ‘n wegbreek van die besige samelewing. Die ontbyt was iets anders en BAIE LEKKER! Charlene F (November 2013)  

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Just awesome!” My wife and I went to Thulamela for our 15th anniversary, and what a wonderful experience. The Jacuzzi and breakfast is a definite winner 🙂 The service from Penny and her staff were excellent. The chalet was clean, well-furnished and the view spectacular. At first I was disappointed that there was no TV but at the end of the day, I didn’t even miss it. Once again, thank you Penny for making our stay special. Wian V (November 2013)  

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My hubby and I went to Thulamela for our 5th anniversary, and what a treat we received. The accommodation is superb, with our own jacuzzi on the deck, total privacy and breakfast served on our deck. The service we received was excellant, no complaints at all. The ‘room’ is very well furnished with just enough of everything and thank goodness, no tv or radio to bother us on this romantic getaway. Once again, thank you Penny and staff for making our stay so special. You definitely deserve 4 stars. See you next year! – AnkeP   

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I would just like to say thank you for the most memorable weekend, you guys made it the most unforgettable experience ever had by myself and and my girlfriend, the chalet was amazing and the location very spectacular, everything was great, I must compliment you and your staff on everything from the cleanliness of the chalet to the exquisite breakfasts in the morning that was brought to us which was the cherry on the cake. I will definitely recommend your place to anyone that wants to visit the Hazyview area, that they must stay at your establishment,thank you once again for the roses and bottle of sparkling wine that you provided it was well enjoyed. Your place is very romantic and an extremely peaceful get away from the hussle and bussle of Joburg life and a wonderful place for a young couple to unwind and relax. Russell  

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Dit is ‘n ongelooflike plek, so rustig en asemrowend mooi. Met ons aankoms is ons vriendelik ontvang deur die eienaares. Die huisies waarin mens slaap is baie netjies en mooi. Die ontbyt is baie lekker en meer as genoeg. Ek sal hiedie oulike plek aanbeveel vir soveel mense as wat ek kan. Leilanie V – (September 2013)  

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Penny we just want to thank you for the wonderful stay we had at Thulamela! It is the most beautiful place with an awesome atmosphere. Your breakfasts in the morning is to die for and every morning a surprise! This is the best honeymoon a woman could have and I had a wonderful one! We are going to become regulars! I am already giving information out to people for if they want to go there! Outstanding! 10 out of 10. Rick and Johmine Coertzen – (August 2014)

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Dankie Penny, ek het al omtrent gespog met julle plek en al die bederfies. Dit was onvergeetbaar en ons gaan defnitief nie te lank vat voordat ons weer kom draai. Julle diens is van uitstaande gehalte en maak dit n moet om weer soontoe te gaan. Ek sal julle orals aanbeveel. Dankie vir jou moeite met ons papegaai se raam.Ons sal dit sommer een of ander tyd kom optel. Nogmaals dankie dit was n naweek om te onthou. Groete, Hannes and Ena Bothma – (July 2013) 

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Thank you for the fantastic stay. We enjoyed the braai on Friday night- it was a winner and the breakfasts – we could see the hand of the dietician there, it was different and special. The spa bath made the deal for me and the setting. Regards Marius & June (February 2013)  

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My husband & I stayed at Thulamela for 3 nights. We absolutely loved it. When we travel, we enjoy the following: accommodation that is clean and of a high standard; privacy; a beautiful setting; good food; great service. We found all of this at Thulamela. The spa bath is fantastic and we used it a lot, as we had a few rainy days. We ordered a braai-pack for the one evening and the food was fantastic. The room was very clean and the linen was crisp and fresh. The towels were big and soft and smelled great. The thing we enjoyed the most was the fact that each room was completely private and quiet. You can enjoy the delicious breakfast in bed at a time convenient to you (they drop it off at your room). Although the rate per room can be considered to be a bit pricey, it was exactly half the price of the place we usually stay at in Hazyview, but certainly not half as nice. I would stay here again any day. We returned to the city relaxed and stress free. 🙂 I will recommend Thulamela to all my friends. EdwardsM  

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Thanks again for an amazing weekend. It was like a second honeymoon for my wife and myself. Everything was excellent… Pierre (December 2012)

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We would like to thank you once again for an absolutely beautiful and restful week at Thulamela. It was such an amazing time that we had there, and thank you for your hospitality. We can’t stop talking about Thulamela I think our friends and family’s ears are sore to hear about it. I personally think they are just green with envy! Rene and Pierre (January 2013)