Husband was studying so I was planning to go by myself and have a friend join me for dinner and to spend the night on Saturday. I wasn’t really sure what to expect- it’s a tad intimidating to go on a weekend away by yourself with people you don’t really know.
|Anjana, Alida, Bailey, me and Sam ready to get pampered!|
After a group lunch, we all headed off to the spa where we were treated to Swedish Full Body Massages.
|One of the spa pools|
|So romantic- this isolated heated pool, reserved for your use only
My coffee table flowers
|My +1 for the night, Pratika|
|The fabulous bloggers|
|Rambling Vine- loving the chairs… perfect for a 3 hour long dinner 🙂|
After the first course was served with its paired beer, I had a sip and I actually liked it! It tasted like a sparkling dessert wine. Every other beer was surprisingly tasty and complimented the food well. Needless to say, I polished off every glass and was very “happy” by the end of the night, especially ‘cos I’ve been off alcohol for so long because of my healthy eating plan.
|Carbs- how I love thee
Sweetcorn fritter with Madagascan Vanilla Pod Ice Cream
This was so cool- those brown things are mushrooms, and you are meant to inject the contents of the syringe into your bowl, pour a broth over it, and your own noodles will form.
Seafood stew with Scottish Salmon, Prawn and Crab
You know you’re somewhere tres fancy when you get a sorbet to cleanse the palate. This one was apple and uber yummy!
Giant Grilled Scallop with Foie Gras (which I wasn’t brave enough to eat) and Raspberry Coulis
Okay, have you EVER seen a more spectacular looking dessert? It’s a 3 layered Caramel Bavarois (no idea what that means) with Raspberries and Honeycomb. Everything on the plate was edible (and delicious!). The quill looking thing is actually chocolate!
Mount Grace is actually starting a series of gourmet wine pairing dinners/ lunches where they are inviting a different winemaker over from the Cape over each month. It costs R450 for dinner (including all your wines) and you’ll get treated to food as divine as what we experienced above. Driving back to JHB after all that wine probably isn’t the best idea, so you can also stay the night and join the winemaker for lunch the next day.
Once dinner ended, it was going 11pm and we had been there from 6:30pm! Pratika and I were both exhausted so we golf-carted back to the room.
As soon as we woke up on Sunday we decided to try out the plunge pool. We were a bit sceptical about it being too cold- we all know how crisp the JHB morning air is these days! The pool was just bliss, warm and bubbly- all I needed was a glass of the aforementioned!
I know this looks like I’m not wearing anything- promise I am, lol 🙂
After that we were starving, and I heard some rumours of there being waffles- (1 of) my weaknesses, so off to breakfast we went.
Not surprisingly, breakfast was a huge spread with every possible thing you could think of eating, including the crispiest yummiest waffles ever!
And that was the end of an amazing weekend! Search #mountgraceblog on Twitter if you’d like to see what the others got up to.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Manley Communications for inviting me. If you’d like to book your own luxury weekend getaway, call the Mount Grace Country House & Spa direct on 014 577 5600, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.mountgrace.co.za for more information.
I can assure you that it will be everything you expect and more!
Hope you all have a great week- mine is going to be quite hectic with work so apologies in advance if I am quiet.