Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge is a stunning and exclusive 5-star luxury lodge in Mpumalanga, South Africa, near Kruger National Park. Renowned for a dedication to excellence, the lodge was named ‘South Africa’s Most Luxurious Wedding Venue’ in the 2019 Ones to Watch in the Wedding Industry programme. Following this deserved achievement, we took a closer look at this establishment to find out why it has quickly distinguished itself in the luxury market.
Mpumalanga is one of those rare treats on the African continent: delighting with its abundant wildlife, and iconic Blyde River Canyon. Perhaps most important when we’re frame it alongside Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge’s many appeals, is how the region covers the south half of Kruger National Park – a popular tourist hotspot that boasts an almost unparalleled safari experience. It is also one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering over 7000 square miles.
All of this is on Blue Mountain Lodge’s doorstep, but a short journey away for guests to venture into, explore and admire. But this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the lodge’s offerings. Given new life by a change of ownership in 2016, Blue Mountain Lodge has always been on the pursuit for perfection, realising that the South African luxury market is an ever-growing one, ripe in opportunity. Situated on just over 200 hectares of indigenous bush and farmland, the lodge acts as a homebase and oasis, resplendent in a neo-African-esque style that feels at times classical, and in others entirely contemporary. Ornate fireplaces meet pillared verandas. Neutral colours transcend with bombastic flourishes. It’s clear from the outset that care has been given to creating unusual, inspiring spaces that can rival that of any top-tier hotels.
Of the available accommodation, guests have plenty of choice. Of particular note is the Manor House, which is idyllically positioned on the property’s lakefront facing verdant forestry. Though the newest addition to Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge, it has swiftly made a lasting impression for its ability exceed the expectations of even the most discerning of guests. Not to do a disservice to the lodge’s suites, which enrapture through their regency and best in class amenities. From the Ballentine Suite, with its presidential trimmings, to the eight Victorian Suites, that embrace a quasi-colonial style, every room, corner and nook has been nurtured to best serve the guests and their needs. The effort is outstanding, and the effect seamless.
Of course, visual beauty can only go so far when it comes to attaining that definable luxury standard. Guest services too play a vital role. For the gourmets, Blue Mountain’s restaurant – which won a AA Most Fabulous Food Award in 2007 – promises an extraordinary culinary experience, with dishes inspired by continental classics and fresh twists on long-standing favourites. Think spiced prawn kebabs, guava sorbet, and a delightful brinjal and halloumi cheese combination. As you might expect, every dish has been created using only the freshest ingredients, with home-grown herbs, and vegetables. Again, across the board, Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge aims to be perfect, with no exceptions.
Yet, the area that Blue Mountain truly differentiates itself is in events, specifically, weddings. Permeated in a heartfelt African romance, the Mpumalanga region makes an astounding backdrop for weddings of all varieties. From the Panorama Route, to the quiet fishing town of Dullstroom, to the rural forests of Sabie, the area epitomises South Africa’s natural beauty, every step yielding a new vista. Partnering modern sophistication with untamed wilds, Blue Mountain Luxury Lodge is the consummate host, a venue that will make a lasting impression indeed.
Address: K39, Old Sabie Road, Kiepersol 1241, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0)13 590 5030 Lodge Cell Phone (Direct for Weddings): +27 (0) 65 624 1931