About Fordoun Hotel & Spa
Twice awarded South Africas Leading Spa in 2009, Fordoun boasts an oasis of relaxation and sensory bliss. This Five Star Boutique Hotel offers a conveniently located destination, luxuriously appointed rooms, friendly service, a superior fine dining restaurant, and a conference centre ideal for smaller groups. At Fordoun we believe that health begins with the mind and spirit. Life aught to be enjoyed and the experience of a guest staying at Fordoun should leave the guest feeling positive, de-stressed and energized.
This owner run Hotel and Spa was built into and around an original 1860s settler homestead and barns plus the 1950s dairy, manager’s house, garages and cattle sheds. The overall design and layout are intended to retain a sense of history combined with modernism. Wherever possible, old materials have been incorporated within the development.
The hotel comprises 22 luxurious, individually appointed double suites with private verandas, under floor heating and dream bathrooms, each with bath and shower, and a dressing area. Each room has its own television, and tea/coffee-making facilities. There is also a double suite with wheelchair access and specially adapted bathroom. The New Mountain View Suites boast panoramic views of the entire Drakensberg range.
Superior Mountain View Rooms:
Our 5 Superior Suites are individual units with majestic views of the Drakensburg. Each unit has a king-size bed, lounge area, TV and DVD, fireplace, dressing room area, under floor heated bathroom with bath as well as indoor and outdoor showers, private balconies with loungers, tea and coffee making facilities and mini bar area.
Deluxe Dam Facing Rooms:
These 3 deluxe suites have a view of our lawns and dam. The rooms have king-size bed, dressing room area, bathroom with bath and shower, air conditioners, under floor heating in the bathroom, private balconies, tea and coffee making facilities and mini bar area. All rooms have a TV and DVD player.
Our 14 luxury rooms have king-size bed, bathroom with bath and shower, under floor heating in the bathroom and bed.
Skye Restaurant is a fine dining establishment set in the heart of The Natal Midlands, incorporating the beauty and luxury that is The Midlands into our menu and restaurant. In the past year, we have been awarded with 2 Chefs Hats by Portfolio Places and been listed in The BOE / Moet en Chandon Top 100 Restaurants in South Africa.
The restaurant at Fordoun serves modern classical cuisine using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible from our surrounding farms. Skye Restaurant is open to our guests and the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
The tranquil conference venue is ideal for smaller managerial conferences. The conference room can accommodate up to 60 delegates cinema style or 34 delegates boardroom style. Fordoun is popular due to the service the group will receive, as we only have small groups we can afford specific attention on individual and group requests.
For teambuilding, the Karkloof Canopy Tours is very popular but so is the fishing. We have some of the best local trout fishing waters, and can arrange tuition or group activities. Walks and mountain biking are also popular team building activities which can all be done on Fordouns 300 hectare property.
The Spa features acclaimed treatments such as the rasul (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), a saline flotation pool, heated swimming pool, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and sumptuous couples’ treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath, vichy shower and hydrotherapy room.
Bask on loungers in sun-soaked courtyards or savour the silence in the Quiet Room. Unique to Fordoun is the Zulu garden where Dr Elliott Ndlovu, Inyanga and Sangoma, grows over 100 traditional healing plants and where specific Zulu healing inspired treatments, talks and consultations take place. The new herbal range of Ndlovu skincare and lifestyle products may be purchased at the Spa. At Fordoun we believe that health begins with the mind and spirit.
Life ought to be enjoyed and the experience of a guest staying at Fordoun should leave the guest feeling positive, de-stressed and energised. We encourage our guests to eat our sometimes over indulgent (but organic) meals. We encourage them to have a glass of wine or two. Whilst we do provide nutritional and lifestyle advice, we would rather see a guest engaging a sensible diet or exercise regime as an ongoing lifestyle choice.
Awards & Accolades
2006: Winner of the Top Destination Spa in South Africa at the Proffesional Beauty Spa Awards.
2008: Winner of Top Boutique Hotel Spa in South Africa at Les Nouvelles Estitiques Spa Awards.
2008: Winner of the Heritage and Culture Award at the Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Awards.
2009: Winner of South Africas Leading Spa Resort at the World Luxury Travel Awards.
2009: Winner of the House and Leisure Best of S A, Best Spa Award.