If you know that Badplaas was once an Aventura Resort, you’re giving away your age. The new Forever Resorts group consisting of family resorts in popular towns like Warmbaths, Loskopdam, Tshipise and Pletternberg Bay, also includes Badplaas, in Mpumalanga. We only got away after 19h00 on Friday, but with my dad driving I could spread out on the backseat. At least we had no traffic and arrived just before 22h00 at the gates of Forever Badplaas, where Reception welcomes you 24hours. We were visiting thanks to a weekend I’ve won with a photo, and we were treated to a Privé Challet as well as all-access Club Privé armbands. Our chalet consisted of two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two single beds, a bathroom with bath and shower, seperate toilet and fully-equipped kitchen, at the edge of the mountain.
We woke to the peaceful sound of nature outside, and the difference in temperature was noticeable. After a cold and rainy week in Gauteng, we were glad to don our heavy jackets and soak up a bit of sunshine. I went mad with the camera, capturing a small doe grazing close to the chalet, admiring the abundant birdlife and just absorbing the beauty of the mountains around us. Refreshed after a shower and breakfast we head for the pool area. I am the only one brave enough for the Rinkhals’ 10°C water. With frozen limbs we head to the other supertube were the parents joined in the fun. After a few slides we relaxed in the heated outdoor pool, the sun smiling down on us. There is ample grassed areas to relax around the pools, and a games room, kiosk, bar, foefie slide, go carts and quad bikes ensure more than enough to do for the whole family. We head back to the chalet for an afternoon nap, and finished the braai in time to watch the Bulls defeat the Stormers with a lamb chop in hand. Although we planned to try out the hydro pool, we couldn’t move ourselves there and retreated early.
After another peaceful night we had to pack up. On our way to the gate we explored the rest of the resort: the caravan park is beautiful on the edge of the mountain cliffs, although you have to choose between unspoilt view or closer to ablution blocks. The pool-area is also a bit far from most of the resort, and the cobble-stone paving leading there makes walking and cycling quite difficult. There is still a game farm, horse rides, quad rides, tennis courts, putt-putt and loads more we didn’t try out. The main centre houses a Spur, a butchery, pharmacist and hairdressers as well as a shop with the necessities, as this is basically the only shops Badplaas as a town has.
All in all it was a lovely weekend, quiet and relaxing although I imagine the resort gets much busier over peak times. The facilities are in excellent condition and if you’ve got a bunch of children to keep entertained, it is definitely an excellent choice.
Thank you Forever Resorts and Badplaas for the great prize and a wonderful weekend!