48 hours at Piekenierskloof
There’s not a lot that can beat a weekend away in the Western Cape with your colleagues. Especially when you’re a lively bunch with a pertinence for unicorns, and all things travel-related.
As a travel marketing team, we know the value of a good holiday. Since we all work remotely between Durbs, Jozi, Cape Town, and a farmstead in Malmesbury, it has become a company tradition to get together face-to-face as often as we can.
With the suggestion of bringing our kids and partners along for maximum team bonding, we promptly left our group chats and GIFs behind, ascending on Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort near Citrusdal on 15 February.
Known locally as ‘Piekies’ for short, this resort was an effortless choice. Run by Dream Hotels & Resorts, one of our well-loved and long-time clients, this easy-going property ticked all the right boxes for us: family friendly accommodation in an exquisite setting, not too far from the Mother City.
This way to your room
The Piekies staff were well ahead of the game when it came to our arrival on the Friday afternoon. Considering that all 30 of us arrived at different times, they were extremely efficient in getting us all checked in and settled.
We each got our own room, featuring an en-suite bathroom, king-size bed, and either a balcony or veranda. Fold out couches doubled up as comfy beds for the little ones, while small touches like extra hooks to hang up wet bathing suits, ample soaps and lotions, also made life a lot easier too. Personally, the large sliding doors, adjustable air-con, and super-fast Wi-Fi won me over, not to mention crisp percale linen and puffy white pillows ―there’s no better way to turn in for the night.
If you can will yourself away from such a fine and comfy nest in the early morning, make your way out onto the main balcony just in time to catch the sunrise.
Our ‘Piek’ of meals
The team and families met for dinner at 7pm both on the Friday and Saturday night, the Piekenierskloof buffet really hitting the spot after a long day.
From the hearty array of roast potatoes with sour cream and chives, beef steak, tender chicken pieces, fresh salad, colourful veggies, and even pumpkin pie, there was something for every palate, along with a comprehensive wine selection to toast in the celebration of our 2019 team build.
If breakfast is your favourite meal of the day, you’ll love starting yours at Piekenierskloof, served from 7am to 10am. Expect a varied spread of lemon poppy seed muffins, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli and nuts ― almonds, walnuts and pecans. For a breakfast of champions, go forks first into the hash browns, sizzling sausages, crispy bacon, fried tomatoes and scrambled eggs. There is also a designated omlette station for those who like their eggs done a certain way. Save some room for those fresh croissants though, served hot and flaky with your steaming cup of Joe.
On the second night of our stay most of the team made a beeline for the chocolate brownies and ice-cream. We made a request to be seated on the balcony which was arranged with zero hesitation from the Piekenierskloof staff, who always took the very best care of us.
What’s on the agenda
While there is enough to keep corporate teams visiting Piekenierskloof busy, as instructed by our head unicorn, Natalia Rosa, our aim for the next 48 hours was to get in as much relaxation as possible. Challenge accepted.
The lure of sunshine and crisp skies had us congregating at the pool to simply kick back, catch up and enjoy each other’s company. The best part about this, was of course the staff, who would bring out frozen daquiris straight to our sun loungers without us having to lift a finger.
When it came to keeping our little unicorns amused, all the bases were covered with the Dream Xplorers team who kept them entertained with games and activities, whilst the chef whipped up a few pizzas for lunch. With the option of a heated indoor pool, trampolines, jungle-gyms and a designated games room, stress-free, family fun was guaranteed for team members with teens and tots in tow.
Early on the Saturday morning a few brave souls embarked the Piekenierskloof trail, meandering around the boundary of the property. It’s easy enough for the not-so-fit, and the craggy outcrops and panoramic views are well-worth the feat.
Others took to the skies to try out the zipline, with a small platoon making their way out to investigate the little town of Citrusdal. The majority of our team reunited just before our last supper across the road at the Hebron padstalto dabble in some rooibos, wine and gin tasting. Yes, you can do all three at once.
If you’re looking to rally your kin or colleagues, big and small, young and old, for an experience in the Western Cape you will never forget, we suggest you make your way to Piekenierskloof.