It was just under three months ago that my two young girls and I bid farewell to our home, our life and our everything in Cape Town and set off for our new life in the Seychelles. Having done the trip from Cape Town to Jo’burg and Jo’burg to Mahé three times before with my young ones (the first time they were only 19 months and 3 months!) I knew, with absolute certainty, that this time, instead of enduring 21 painful hours in transit with them, we’d split the trip and spend a night in Jo’burg.
After an early morning flight from Cape Town, and an emotional day, we were met with such warmth and hospitality at The Peech. I’d heard only amazing things about the hotel, which last year won the award for Best City Boutique Hotel in Africa at the World Boutique Hotel Awards. Receiving an award like this after being around for 10 years is testament to the service, standard and attention to detail at The Peech.
But I digress; we arrived on a cloudy and cold Jo’burg day, nevertheless the beautiful gardens called out to me (and the girls) and we couldn’t help but go for a stroll around the property in the rain. The garden is so well manicured and landscaped; it really was one of the highlights for me. Our room was spacious and the perfect size for all of us (my mom flew along too; to join for a holiday for our first week of settling in, while Mr was still in Cape Town). The main room had a double bed and a separate annex had a single bed, as well as a camp cot, set up for us. The bathroom had both a bath and shower – and there’s nothing I love more than an indulgent bath at a hotel, so this pleased me no end.
I think what I enjoyed most though was the food. For dinner we only managed room service (and a few G&Ts, of course!) as we were too tired to venture downstairs to the restaurant; but this was no ordinary toasted-sandwich-or-pasta room service menu, oh no! We enjoyed perfectly pan-fried fish with vine tomatoes and thinly cut fries, which was seriously delicious. The next morning breakfast in the bistro started with croissants, yoghurt and juice, followed by an eggs benedict for me and a deliciously light and fluffy omelette with the works for my mom (and the little ones helped us out naturally).
The stay was far too short for my liking, but we will most definitely be staying there again – on our next transit flights back to SA for visits! What sealed the deal for me though, was the fact that the owner, James Peech, called me personally in the evening to ensure that we had settled in and that everything was as we’d hoped. Service like that is hard to come by these days.
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