Woodland awakening at Tsala Treetop Lodge

Get closer to nature while enjoying pure luxury.

There is nothing quite like slipping into your refreshingly cool infinity pool perched nine metres above the forest floor, sipping on a glass of champagne as you gaze across an infinite array of treetops bathed in sunlight. The view and the sensation are breathtaking, and this is just one of the many magical moments on offer at Tsala Treetop Lodge.

A stay at this hotel will make you feel as if you’ve entered heaven, but in reality you’ve only risen above the trees. At Tsala winding wooden walkways are mapped across the endless greenery of the forest below, connecting 16 luxury hide-away suites and villas crafted out of wood, stone and glass.

Every morning guests awaken to the stunning view of the forest canopy from the comfort of a sumptuous bedroom fit for royalty. In the spacious sitting rooms earthly hues and rustic yet modern furniture complement each other around a roasting brick-adorned fireplace, while a large surround sound-equipped TV/DVD system and a serviced mini-bar provide contemporary indulgence. From there guests can access their private deck and breathe in the fresh forest air as they bathe in the outdoor ‘moon shower’, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the forest from a lounger or within the plunge pool.

The deck also makes a great setting for a fine dining experience come evening; in addition to serving acclaimed cuisine on site, the hotel’s Zinzi restaurant is more than happy to attend to private dinners. Tsala as a whole is renowned for its excellent service: gestures like lighting your fire in preparation for your return from a day out and leaving mugs of creamy hot chocolate sprinkled with marshmallows really put the finishing touches on a perfect stay.

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Once you’ve entered Tsala it’s easy to feel as if you’ve entered a new world away from everything else, but Tsala Treetop Lodge’s surroundings are also worth seeing. The hotel, which is a member of the luxury Hunter Hotels group, is situated in Piettsberg Bay, a premier South African seaside destination lying on the scenic Garden Route of the Western Cape where residents enjoy the most temperate climate in South Africa, with summer lasting from October to April. Monkey Land and an elephant sanctuary are essential nearby attractions, or you could go for an adrenaline rush with quad biking or zip-lining through the forest.

With second to none service and luxurious décor on top of the unique setting of the forest canopy, this hotel provides an experience not available anywhere else, elevating guests both physically and mentally.