Extraordinary, a luxury hotel and lodge collection, have introduced a world-class luxury hotel, Angels View by HoyoHoyo, in Mpumalanga – right at the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment.
Located 5km from the picturesque village of Graskop, Angels View is a family-owned hotel, headed by respected “tourism warriors”, Dr and Mrs Khoza, both with three decades of experience in the industry.
The hotel offers a luxury product with a multi-market target, ideal for both leisure and business travellers looking for accommodation in close proximity to the renowned Kruger National Park, Panorama Route and the many wonders of Mpumalanga.
Born from a deep love of the province and inspired by the beauty of God’s Window, Dr Reuel Khoza and his wife Mumsy Khoza (nee Thaledi), a well-known family from Acornhoek, felt driven to create a legacy in this incredible space that straddles the escarpment.
Bringing this legacy to life has been a passion project for the family, with a great deal of thought and detail going into it. Strong family ties are evident in the names of each individual suite, all named after significant Khoza and Thaledi clan members. The fine dining restaurant deemed, “Mumsy’s” (honouring Mrs Mumsy Khoza), pays homage to the matriarch’s passion for food and family.
The hotel’s design
Culturally aligned and inspired by Shangaan styles, the interior design company Donald Nxumalo Interior Design has embraced traditional motifs right through to the Xibelani lights that are featured across the hotel.
Donald Nxumalo of Donald Nxumalo Interior Design is remarkably talented, with a knack for combining sophistication, African influence, urban chic and intuition to create something exceptional. He is considered amongst the “A-list” of local designers, able to chart new territories with his unique design language. In recent years, Nxumalo has graced the covers of ELLE Decoration and Conde Nast House and Garden – a testament to his creativity and success.
Construction for Angels View commenced in 2016, with a local architecture firm, GJ Architects, spearheading the project. The conceptualisation of the environmentally-inspired Earth Grotto suites, positioned along the edge of the magnificent Drakensberg escarpment came about as a result of a collaboration with architect Peter Rich.
Rich is based in Johannesburg and is hyu8icfknown for his exceptional contribution to indigenous African architecture, cultural significance and the integration of a building’s construction with the environment. His design of the interpretation centre at Mapungubwe was declared the Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in 2009.
Accommodation options and facilities
Angels View boasts a myriad of accommodation options, from the contemporary-styled superior and luxury panorama rooms to the ten Earth Grotto suites, the four-bedroom Khoza House and two one-bedroom suites complete with mini kitchens and private balconies.
Facilities include a Grande pool deck, viewing decks, spa, gymnasium, library and plenty of lounge space in which to relax and soak up the unique setting. A trend-setting glass bar area, known as Café Ahe, completes the experience.
Nearby attractions include the Graskop Glass elevator, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon and historic Pilgrim’s Rest.
Interested parties can book their stay at Angels View via Extraordinary’s website: www.extraordinary.co.za or www.angelsview.co.za
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