Nestled in the picturesque Waterberg mountain range approximately 70 minutes from Pretoria lies Modimolle (previously named Nylstroom), a bustling bushveld town. Named after the Sotho for the God(s) have eaten Modimolle and the surrounding Waterberg area boast plentiful free roaming game, birdlife and beautiful indigenous trees and plants.
A characteristic feature here is the impressive Kranskop Mountain, a natural beacon rising above the surrounding landscape. It lies next to the N1 Highway that runs between Pretoria and Polokwane en route to the Kruger National Park.
Nature and adventure enthusiasts need not travel far from home to experience a host of outdoor activities such as hiking, game viewing and abseiling. The Waterbergs numerous activities, coupled with its mild year-round weather and warm dry winters have boosted its popularity among people looking to escape the city for a few days.
Here, in the heart of Bushveld country on a 32-hectare farm 14 kilometres from Modimolle, lies a little piece of paradise. Shangri-La Country Hotel, hidden in a tranquil tropical setting, reflects the elegant allure of yesteryear.
Named after the mythical earthly paradise (described in British author James Hiltons 1933 novel Lost Horizon), the term Shangri-La has become synonymous with any permanently happy paradise land isolated from the outside world.
Guests wanting to escape the madness of modern life soon realise why the name is so fitting. Lush tropical gardens, a trickling waterfall and leafy stone pathways blend with luxurious pampering in 49 en-suite rooms to offer a delightful sense of tranquility.
In the open veld bordering this tranquil country hideaway hotel, wild monkeys and baboons play in the trees, while laid-back resident ducks and tame cats amble around.
For couples, friends, families and small groups that enjoy peaceful natural surroundings, finding your own piece of paradise at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa is just an hours drive from Gauteng.
Accommodation at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa:
Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa boasts a pleasing variety of accommodation from standard rooms and thatched rondavels, to spacious family rooms, executive rooms and the Executive Room with Jacuzzi for romantic couples. Guests may select from the following types of accommodation:
Standard Rooms & Rondavels
These modern rooms or thatched rondavels have twin or double beds with crisp white Percale linen and elegant mahogany furnishings. The rooms also feature a bathroom with bath or shower, television with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning and coffee making facilities.
Shangri-Las elegant family units offer a king/double bed with white Percale linen in main room and a single bed in the inter-leading room. The spacious units have their own bathroom with bath or shower, air-conditioning, television with select DSTV channels and coffee making facilities.
Situated between the lush vegetation, these tastefully decorated country-style units feature a room with double/king bed, white Percale linen and bathroom with bath/shower. Each air-conditioned executive room has a television with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning and coffee making facilities.
Executive Room with Jacuzzi
The lavish Presidential Suite offers a host of luxurious touches for honeymoon couples. These include a private seating area, small dining room, en suite bathroom with bath, shower and separate toilet. An additional romantic touch is its outdoor shower and heated Jacuzzi in a private enclosed courtyard. The suite also features air-conditioning, television with select DSTV channels and coffee making facilities.
Other in-room amenities that enhance all Shangri-Las 49 air-conditioned rooms with their different antique styles include a writing desk and stationary, Room Service, Laundry service, daily housekeeping service, television with select DSTV Channels, wake up call service, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a Mini bar or Safe (selected rooms only).
Offering charming old-world elegance, cheerful staff and a refreshingly uncommercialised atmosphere, this beautiful 24-year old hotel also boasts a romantic wedding chapel, several conference areas, swimming pool and tennis courts.
With a TripAdvisor Award of Excellence in 2013 and 2014 (for consistently high ratings from its travellers) as well as Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award in 2014 Shangri-La Country Hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishments to its main building. These include an Nguni-inspired promenade, outdoor wooden deck, cellar, airy 100-seater Bellows restaurant, 40 seater sun deck (ideal for summer breakfasts and sundowners), Baroque-themed Heritage restaurant and the cosy Barrys bar.
On the promenade, guests can find a cosy corner to read a magazine or enjoy freshly brewed filter coffee on the wooden deck under its leafy canopy. Exquisite antiques, chandeliers and oversized paintings adorn the lavish Baroque-themed Heritage Restaurant and lounge areas.
Spa at Shangri-la Country Hotel & Spa:
The renowned Waberberg Country Hotel, Shangri-La, has crossed the threshold into the international hospitality arena. In response to the high demand from its loyal patronage of the past 24 years, the romantic Country Hotel in the heart of the bushveld opened its very own Spa! The long awaited move elevates Shangri-La to new heights of decadence and service in an atmosphere of pure relaxation and sensual enjoyment.
Located at Shangri-Las iconic sparkling pool, the new Spa forms part of the relaxation area. We are creating a whole new space for our guests to enjoy the comforts of our well known destination, says owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren, who has recently also opened a similar concept at the 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster. We have long been wanting to offer this service to our guests, and have the past 2 years been able to provide a mobile spa service with a local entrepreneur, however, the feedback has been extremely positive and the demand for a permanent offering high. It was logical to take the next step.
Elegant simplicity is what guests can expect from the Spa, which opened its doors on 1 July 2014 at Shangri-La.
The Spa offers two calm treatment rooms one customized for couples. The services that guests can expect range from a variety of massages and skin and body care treatments. An enticing menu of face and body treatments is available to guests, and the beautifully soothing surroundings will ensure a deeply enjoyable experience.
Internationally acclaimed holistic edutrainer and owner of Aaha Learning Dr Bruce Copley, has been offering his unique learning shops at Shangri-La since 1991.
What makes Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa special?
When you need to unwind in the restorative surroundings of unspoilt nature with a loved one, friends or family members, Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa offers a delightfully tranquil Bushveld setting with easy access to Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Variety of country accommodation to suit different needs.
Ideal getaway to laugh, relax and socialise while you savour sumptuous meals, catch up on some reading, go for an early morning stroll or enjoy a game of tennis.
Facilities for conference and bush weddings, including a quaint brick-faced chapel.
Other facilities at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa include:
24-Hour Front Desk
Pleasing array of dining venues
Relaxing swimming pool with terrace loungers and umbrellas
Volleyball court with balls
Unique Labyrinth in honour of Dr Bruce Copley
Stargazing in the Amphitheatre
Tennis courts with rackets and balls
Indoor sporting facilities including snooker table, darts and table tennis
Plenty of open space for outdoor team building activities i.e. soccer, basketball etc.
Many guests that visit Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa claim their own piece of paradise by languishing around the pool, enjoying the well kept gardens, walking in the surrounding bush or simply watching the resident wild monkeys frolicking in the trees. For the more active, a variety of activities is available on site, including tennis, volleyball, jogging trails and bird watching.
Meercats, monkeys and baboons are an integral part of the unique African bush at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa. As wild primates instinctively fear humans, we do not feed, tease or engage with the animals that call this place home. As a precautionary measure, we request hotel guests to do the same by keeping a respectful distance from them. They are unlikely to get up to any monkey mischief if guests simply remain alert, supervise children when animals are nearby and keep their hotel windows and doors locked when leaving the rooms.
1. Follow the N1 towards Polokwane (Pietersburg)
2. Take the Modimolle (Nylstroom) off ramp at the Kranskop Tollgate, turn left at the T-junction and follow the road towards Modimolle (Nylstroom)
3. Turn left at Eersbewoond and continue for approximately 3km until you find the Shangri-La Country Hotel turn on your right
4. Continue on dirt road for 3 km until you reach Shangri-La Country Hotel.
From Polokwane (Pietersburg)
1. Follow the N1 south towards Pretoria, pass Mokopane (Potgietersrus), Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) and take the Modimolle (Nylstroom) off ramp
2. Continue on this road until you reach the first 4 way traffic light intersection
3. Turn left into Nelson Mandela Drive and continue until you have left the CBD
4. Travel on for approximately 8km until you find the Eersbewoond Road on your right. Turn right at Eersbewoond and continue for approximately 3km, until you find Shangri-La Country Hotel turnoff on your right
5. Continue on dirt road for 3 km until you reach Shangri-La Country Hotel.