Travel & Outdoors

Mountain Retreat

Mountain Retreat

Sometimes you just need a mini break as a family to unwind, relax and reconnect. We were invited to spend the weekend at the popular Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort, beautifully poised on a world heritage site, just a quick two-and-a-half-hour drive from the North Coast.

Our expectations were high when we arrived at the three-star Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort, or ‘Drak Gardens’.
Having heard great things from friends and family who visit the resort nearly every year, I already knew we were being welcomed to one of KZN’s most popular family getaways. Our expectations were met with cosy rooms, decadent dining, lots of fun and total relaxation.


We were in one of the resort’s standard rooms – a comfortable one-bedroom equipped with a king-sized bed, private bathroom, bath and shower, tea and coffee station and a bar fridge. The room had a heater as well as under floor heating and its own patio. It also had the most beautiful mountain views. 


We were spoilt for choice in the food department, with a variety of restaurants to choose from, including the Bergview Restaurant – a cosy a-la-carte dinner menu offering favourites like seared tuna steaks, braised oxtail, chicken and prawn curry and beef fillet. For those looking for a lighter meal, The Bistro Terrace Café is situated on the hotel terrace and serves pizza, burgers, toasted sandwiches and bunny chows. This is more suited for a casual family lunch after a morning of activities. On alternate nights off- season, the Eagles Nest Dining Room is open for a delicious extensive offering of a carvery buffet with all the bells and whistles. And for those looking for Italian, The Vine Knot Restaurant is for you!


There is definitely no shortage of things to do at Drakensberg Gardens. Our 15-month-old daughter loved the animal farm, which is beautifully maintained and has ponies and goats (and they even offer free daily pony rides for the kids). The jungle gyms and push bike track are also a hit with the little people. During our stay, we were able to enjoy an afternoon hike, a game of tennis and a dip in one of their many swimming pools (there is a heated pool for those visiting in the cooler months). The kids can look forward to water slides and entertainment to keep them busy for hours. For the more adventurous, the resort offers boating and fishing, horse riding, tennis, bowls, adventure golf, ziplining, archery and cricket nets. You could spend an entire week here without running out of things to do!

The onsite spa offers an oasis of tranquillity with breath-taking views, unsurpassed natural spoils and the serenity of luxurious spa treatments. As if the rejuvenating effects of the fresh mountain air and scenic mountain backdrop at the Drakensberg Gardens wasn’t enough to relax us, we were lucky enough to visit the Spa and Wellness Centre, a popular choice amongst guests. The spa consists of a sauna and plunge pool, two jacuzzis, two steam rooms, a 24-jet hydrotherapy heated bath as well as a fully-equipped gym with cardiovascular circuit, weight training and juice bar. The Wellness Centre also includes five La Vita Wellness Retreat treatment rooms, with treatments ranging from aromatherapy, hot stone or electronic full body massages to nail treatments, medical peels and waxes – all just a short walk from your accommodation.

Dinner, Bed and breakfast (2017/18): R1095 per person per night sharing / R1445 single person per night.

Get in touch:
031 337 4222

Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport 


Get It Magazine Ballito/Umhlanga – October 2018

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