7 January 2014 by Kate Turkington

Indulge your senses at The Orient

When I was first told of it, I cringed. A hotel built in the style of an exotic oriental palace in the middle of a nature reserve outside of Pretoria? I expected bling in the bush, or at best a poor lookalike. I couldn’t have been more wrong ...

The Orient, which presides royally over a lovely nature reserve in the Crocodile River Valley overlooked by the Magaliesberg mountains (some of the oldest mountains in the world) is absolutely gorgeous – an opulent, stylish, exquisitely conceived and furnished palace that any maharajah or Ottoman sultan would be proud to own.


										The Mosaic Restaurant

The dream child of Cobus du Plessis, who conceptualised, designed and oversaw its building and exquisite gardens along with his partner, Mari Dartnall, the five-star boutique Orient hotel has become one of South Africa’s most iconic hotels.

Choose from 10 sumptuous suites – from the Rajasthan Suite with its hand-carved four-poster bed, handmade mirrors and photographs of long-forgotten Indian princes and princesses, to the exotic Ninevah or Kashmir suites with embroidered silks and brocade couches.

She creates daring, imaginative, delicious food for the hotel’s Belle Epoque Mosiac Restaurant, where you could imagine yourself back in the heyday of Parisian chic.

Arising from the surrounding African bush like Kubla Khan’s stately pleasure dome, The Orient also has a fabulous art collection adorning its walls. Admire international artists such as the French Romantic Eugène Delacroix or South African artists such as Gregoire Boonzaaier and Franz Oerder; or visit the Tienie Pritchard Museum in the gardens – a spacious gallery built by Cobus to house some of the South African sculptor’s most famous works.

As if all this wasn’t enough, Mari’s daughter, the young award-winning chef, Chantel Dartnall, who learned her skills cooking with some of the world’s leading chefs and is now regarded as one of South Africa’s top chefs, rules over the kitchen.


										A private dining room at The Orient

She creates daring, imaginative, delicious food for the hotel’s Belle Epoque Mosiac Restaurant, where you could imagine yourself back in the heyday of Parisian chic.

The restaurant has also been highly awarded for its superb long list of wine.

Mari will arrange transport from OR Tambo International Airport, or from wherever you are staying, so come to The Orient and immerse yourself in ultimate, unique luxury as you saturate those taste buds.


										Entrance to The Orient

Category: Attractions, Food & Wine

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