Noble Savage (he said):
I’m not one to make a fuss on my birthday. It could be that it’s in December, which is the worst month to have a birthday. So luckily I married someone that always makes my birthday special.
After receiving the best give ever – an original Casio Databank watch – we were off for lunch and a couple of glasses of wine with a few friends. With all appetites sufficiently satisfied, we sat off for what I thought would be home. I was wrong. We were in fact heading to the Faircity Quatermain hotel in Sandton.
Opened in November 2000, the hotel’s name is inspired by Allan Quatermain, a hunter and explorer in Rider Haggard’s book, King Solomon’s Mines. Like the character in the book, Quatermain is decidedly English, but with African influences scattered throughout.
The architecture is reminiscent of an English countryside manor, and the lush garden cuts one off from the hustle and bustle of Sandton. It really didn’t feel as if we’re in a city; we were immediately relaxed.
So relaxed, in fact, that we summarily had to have some bubbly!
The relaxed atmosphere extends to the pool deck and adjacent dining room. We had our bubbly on the deck, and later moved to the dining room for dinner.
I decided it would only be right for my food to fit in with my surroundings, so I opted for the beer-battered fish and chips. The batter was perfectly crispy, and the fish fresh and tasty. It’s worth visiting the Quatermain Bistro just for the fish and chips!
After dinner, we decided to have a nightcap in Quatermain’s pub, named Riders. This is a proper English pub, with comfy couches and a fireplace for chilly winter nights. (We’ll have to go back in June!) After a properly dry glass of Pinotage (I forgot which one…), it was time for bed.
The room’s furnishing reflects the decor and style of the rest of the hotel, and everything you’ll need is present. But after such a long day, I pretty much fell asleep immediately.
I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Quatermain. With the grand manor-like buildings, and the garden that encloses and protects you from the noise of the city, it’s easy to feel like you’ve been transported to some estate in the English countryside. It’s the perfect choice for a weekend away without having to drive a million kilometers.
Boozy Foodie (she said):
Okay, maybe I was a little bit sneaky by using this stay-over for brownie points. But, be honest – who wouldn’t! I was hoping NS would be charmed by this elegant spot. And boy, we both were!
From the moment we walked through the doors I was impressed and enchanted by the Quatermain. It is genuinely hard to believe that you’re smack-bang in the middle of the bustling business hub of Sandton. The tranquil and manicured gardens are simply beautiful, and transports you to a different time and place.
Being a bit of a Harry Potter geek; for a brief moment I thought I was wandering the corridors of Hogwarts.
Apart from the relaxing environment and comfortable, luxurious rooms, the food really impressed me as well. The Quatermain Bistro serves honest to goodness, no fuss meals – tasty and well-prepared. Just check out this delicious chicken gorgonzola, fig & basil burger, and the crispiest chips – so yum.
Moving on to Riders Pub for a nightcap was just the best way to end an eventful day and a scrumptious dinner! I sipped a ‘springbokkie’ Dom Pedro – you can’t get a drink that is more South African than that! Cheers!
After all the action of the previous day, we had a slow and leisurely start to the morning. I found it quite challenging to have to deal with the idea of getting back to ‘real life’. You would also struggle to say ‘goodbye’ to this view:
After the best breakfast omelette I’ve had in ages, we tackled the long and lonely road back to Centurion. Leaving our countryside in Sandton behind with fond memories and feeling blissfully relaxed – it was such a lovely stay! Thank you!
*Our stayover and meals at the Quatermain Hotel were sponsored. #FaircityEscape