Experience all that the Drakensberg has to offer at The Nest Hotel

The Nest Hotel, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal (2)

The Nest Hotel, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal

Nestled in the beautiful Champagne Valley of Central Drakensberg, you will find The Nest Hotel. This family-run accommodation has been welcoming guests since 1943 and has built up a loyal following.

Here you can enjoy relaxing accommodation, mouth-watering country-style food and one-of-a-kind views over the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site.

The moment you walk up to the door you will be greeted by friendly staff and swept away by the charm of the hotel and the gardens. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site that can be viewed from the hotel has a unique richness of biodiversity, and natural beauty.

Accommodation at The Nest Hotel

There are four different units to choose from at The Nest Hotel.

The units are designed to offer you the perfect place to sit back and relax. Choose from the Family Mountain View, Family Garden, Rondavel or Mountain View Units.

As the name suggests, the Family Mountain View unit is suited for families and can accommodate up to four people. The unit comes with an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, a private patio where you can enjoy views of the mountains, TV with DStv, ceiling fan, underfloor heating, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The Mountain View units are similar to the Family Mountain View units, except they can only accommodate up to two people instead of four.

If you prefer to enjoy the beauty of the gardens your family can enjoy a stay in the Family Garden Unit. This unit can accommodate up to four people and comes with an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, TV with DStv, ceiling fan, underfloor heating and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The Rondavels are set in the beautiful gardens, made in old-school style; you will even find classic radios that used to be found in hotel rooms there. The Rondavels come equipped with en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower, TV with DStv, ceiling fan, underfloor heating and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Facilities & dining at The Nest Hotel

The Nest Hotel offers a menu that you will want to savour forever. They are one of the few Resort Hotels in South Africa that offer Table d’Hote included in their tariff. Breakfasts are full and hearty, followed by light lunches, morning and afternoon tea/coffee with eats and a six-course dinner in the evenings. You can also enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch as well.

Need some rest and rejuvenation? The Nest Hotel has its own on site spa; Revive Massage & Beauty Clinic, where you can enjoy a variety of treatments to help you relax and feel refreshed. Check out their spa menu to find the perfect treatment for you.

There are several activities on-site that you can take part in during your stay. Pay a visit to the various sports facilities such as the tennis court, volleyball area, table tennis, swimming pool, Bowls and hiking trails. The hotel also hosts a number of Bowls and Bridge tournaments on a regular basis so keep your ears peeled for the next one.

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Business travellers can utilise the modern double volume conference centre which can accommodate a maximum of 110 delegates. The trained and experienced staff will be there to assist you and make sure your conference is a success.

The hotel is also a popular wedding destination for young couples wanting to tie the knot.

What do people say about The Nest Hotel

“What a relaxing and gastronomic experience. Clean room with beautiful view of the Berg. Superb food served by efficient staff. We really enjoyed the quietness and relaxed fully during our five days of stay.” – AJ TripAdvisor.

“We were part of a sports group that enjoyed the hospitality at The Nest. I give the 4 day stay a 90% pass rate. There were a few minor irritations, but overall it was a very pleasant stay. The new deck that has been constructed outside the pub is a winner and offers a very good view of the Berg.” – Kaptin TripAdvisor.

“Really enjoyed our stay. Staff and management were really friendly. Service was great. This is full board and all the meals were excellently prepared. Great weekend away would recommend it to families and couples as well.” – Logie TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at The Nest Hotel:

  1. The hotel is set in beautiful natural surroundings with mountain views.
  2. You can enjoy a full board tariff with delicious meals.
  3. The staff are helpful and friendly.
  4. There are several activities you can enjoy on site.
  5. This is the Adventure Capital of the Berg with numerous activities in close proximity.

To find out more about The Nest Hotel, give them a call on 036 468 1068/083 716 5610 or email reservations@thenest.co.za. Visit their website at www.thenest.co.za. Find them on Google Maps.

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