aha Casa do Sol

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

A little piece of the Mediterranean in Africa’s safari land, this rustic yet refined retreat may be rooted in the Med (think terracotta tiles, patio dining, and pretty garden swimming pools), but beyond its architectural styling, everything’s decidedly South African. In the 500 hectare Ilanga Nature and Game Reserve, with an elephant sanctuary as one of its nearest neighbours, aha Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort is just five minutes’ drive from Hazyview’s restaurants and shops, and makes a scenic home-from-home for those exploring the sub-tropical Lowveld – with the Phabeni Gate of Kruger National Park just 20 minutes’ drive away.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in Mpumalanga, next to the Elephant Sanctuary. Kruger National Park is a 15-minute drive away.

Hotel information

54 luxury rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, TV, small fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. Standard Rooms, also known as Casa Rooms, lead out to the resorts garden, with 1 double bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Open-plan Family Rooms, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children. 

Villas have private gardens or terraces, with 1 double bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Suites have an entrance hall, private patio and 1 double bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Cozinha Velha Restaurant (daily breakfast, light lunch, set dinner menu and a full buffet for dinner). Chiquita’s cocktail bar. Boma dinners* (available on request. Pool and sundeck. Spa*.

* Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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May 5, 2020 lex195 Hilversum, The Netherlands

Focus of the hotel is apparently hosting and accommodating big tourist groups for a one night stay over. So not exactly the place for couples who are seeking a certain ambiance, tranquility, attentive service etc. According to me not a good mix with noisy guests at the pool and to see that after breakfast the buffet is almost cleaned out. Besides… Read more
Focus of the hotel is apparently hosting and accommodating big tourist groups for a one night stay over. So not exactly the place for couples who are seeking a certain ambiance, tranquility, attentive service etc. According to me not a good mix with noisy guests at the pool and to see that after breakfast the buffet is almost cleaned out. Besides that, the rooms and furniture are outdated and need a facelift. Fridge and air-conditioning are functioning well but the WiFi system was not working and there is only a good signal in the library close to the lobby. Team in the restaurant is friendly and trying to do their best but lack the necessary training or guidance from the restaurant manager. Breakfast was good but for dinner - as we are not in favor of the buffet approach - we opted for the restaurants in nearby Hazyview. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our stay was amazing. Good location. Delicious food. Clean. Friendly staff. exceptional pools, the place was super clean

Mar 23, 2020 imonam173149

Our stay was amazing. Good location. Delicious food. Clean. Friendly staff. exceptional pools, the place was super quite a great getaway for couples, spacious rooms. Without a doubt I would come again. Worth every cent spent ❤️
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Mar 21, 2020 esimon885750

Friendly but lazy staff. At arrival porters where busy and we had to carry our luggage to the room. Beautiful garden with bar at the pool. No staff............ so no towels and no drinks. Breakfast outside? The tables are outside but staff stayed inside. So I had to take cutlery from the tables inside to my table outside. Staff was chatting… Read more
Friendly but lazy staff. At arrival porters where busy and we had to carry our luggage to the room. Beautiful garden with bar at the pool. No staff............ so no towels and no drinks. Breakfast outside? The tables are outside but staff stayed inside. So I had to take cutlery from the tables inside to my table outside. Staff was chatting sometimes with 5 of them together. So no attention to the clientele..... what a mismanaged placed! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice place. l definitely visit again

Mar 9, 2020 llubis734536 Hazyview, South Africa

Nice place. I enjoyed my stay and I'll definitely visit again. The pools are lovely, staff is very friendly and welcoming. The room was comfortable with nice view. Nice bathrooms. Please add a microwave if possible, hence I'm not subtracting anything. It was wonderful
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Feb 28, 2020 123antoniusd

A well-maintained gravel road brought us to the “village” of Casa do Sol. The red tile roofs and cobblestone streets greatly enhanced the ambiance. The grounds were very well kept with lots of trees, flowers and grass. The pools looked marvelous though we never used them. We had opted for a villa which gave us ample living space and a secluded… Read more
A well-maintained gravel road brought us to the “village” of Casa do Sol. The red tile roofs and cobblestone streets greatly enhanced the ambiance. The grounds were very well kept with lots of trees, flowers and grass. The pools looked marvelous though we never used them. We had opted for a villa which gave us ample living space and a secluded patio. Wifi was only available in and near the common library area, but that was sufficient for us. The breakfast buffet was excellent and most nights we opted for the dinner buffet rather than the a la carte menu. What stood out most was the exceptional friendliness and hospitality of all staff, especially in the restaurant, but also in the reception. We felt more like friends than valued guests, and it made our stay most memorable. Thank you. We spent one full day in Kruger National Park, and two days on the Panorama route to Blyde Canyon. Hazyview proved to be a well-located central place. Read less