On the first of January, our little family headed off to Magaliesburg. Most accommodation there was fully booked by the time we had started looking for something, which is how we ended up booking at La Provence D’Afrique. And I’m so happy that we did. It is very beautiful, very unique, and the service is top-notch. The hospitality shown by Jeremiah (manager/host), Tembani, Innocent, and the rest of the staff is truly commendable and much appreciated. These guys are some of the most hardworking, helpful, and efficient people we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Accommodation at La Provence D’Afrique
We were supposed to have stayed in one of their double storey thatched cottages, seeing as we had a little person with us. After walking up the tiny stairs of the too-steep-for-my-liking staircase, we knew it wouldn’t work for
me us, and made the move to La Provence with zero hassle. The room we chose was La Papilon (“that’s butterfly in French, mommy” – Zee). The room is pretty and cozy, and my only complaint would be that the water in the bathroom is crazy unpredictable – one second you’re waiting for it to warm up, the next you’re suffering burns to your skin as it suddenly fires up. It’s so hard to say anything negative about the place though, when there are so many more positives to it.
La Provence is built inside the old stone studio of artist and sculptor Charles Gotthard. We absolutely loved the concept of pretty, cozy rooms situated on either side of a French street café. On one end of the street cafe is a little French courtyard, which is what you see when you enter the building, and on the other end, three leather couches next to a fireplace – so cozy!
We ate dinner at La Provence the one night, and it was lovely. Jeremiah brought us our freshly prepared and delicious dinner, in a picnic basket (how charming?). Oh, and we ate at the street café – it’s not just there to look cute and French, you actually eat dinner there, with French music playing softly in the background.
Breakfast by the river each morning was also a highlight of our stay. It’s such a change from what we all do everyday, and that in itself is refreshing. And the food was YUM too. 🙂
The Forest Spa
Speaking of highlights, La Provence has the cutest spa, built on a wooden deck, and the therapists, Gloria and Sina may just have magic in their hands. There are two treatment rooms in the Zen Forest Spa, and they offer a full body massage, back, neck, and shoulder massage, Indian head massage, and foot massage. Husband and I chose the hot stone full body massages, and I’m pretty certain I’ve never had a better massage – like, I’d take a drive there for the day, just for that massage! And, as I posted on Instagram, Sina even gave Zee her first not-too-hot stone full body massage – so cute!
La Provence D’Afrique was the perfect place for the restful break we needed. It’s so close to Joburg, you could even drive through on a Saturday for a picnic by the river – they arrange a cheese and wine picnic basket for you.
If we do return for a stay, I’d love to book La Petit – this is the first room when you enter La Provence. It was, unfortunately for us, already booked when we got there. It has so much light, and is very spacious, and we loved the look of it.
Our two new friends, Sahara and Sasha, either walked us to breakfast each morning, or met us there. They’re such gorgeous doggies, and Zee couldn’t get enough of them.