Everyone always says it’s the smallest things that usually leave you feeling the happiest, like actually making the right amount of spaghetti, or when the guy who borrowed your pen actually gives it back. Experience a real cloud nine rush and pay R1560 for three night’s accommodation for two, including breakfast, at Shangri-La.
Urban civilization has certain advantages, like being able to do your month’s grocery shopping on the side of the road and never being more than half an hour from a shopping mall. Unfortunately, it also has smog and traffic. Scenically nestled against the Waterberg in its own little forest overlooking the Nile Valley, Shangri-La lives up to its name, providing the perfect secluded hide-away from city stress. Surrounded by views that people paint watercolours of and the soothing sounds of nature to replace the noisy ruckus of suburbia, the pseudo-woodland wonderland provides all the scenic benefits of an idyllic escape to nature without sacrificing the urban benefits like coffee-and-tea-facilities and televisions.
Spend your days frolicking through the lush flowers and forest plants like a spirited woodland nymph or take a trip to the warm-baths in nearby Bela Bela or add some spice to your cultural sauce with a trip to historic Modimolle. No matter how you choose to while away the daylight hours, nights can be spent cosy as a cat in a basket of fresh laundry in individually decorated rooms with more old-world charm than a time-travelling Southern-belle. Even if you just laze around watching DSTV all day, doing it in style is better than kicking back on the couch at home.Utopian Fact: A novel published in 1984 contained an encoded map to El Dorado, which was known in those days as the real Shangri-La. Only 20 copies of the book were published and reading the map involved a complicated process, including things like covering the book in tuna and only using the fingernails of your left foot to turn the pages.