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Wood Cabins and Warm Water at Warmwaterberg Spa near Barrydale (2019-07-01) Accommodation | Photo Gallery 09 APR 2020

Lying some 26 km above Barrydale on the famous Route 62 tourist route (and sitting literally across the road from the famous Ronnie’s Sex Shop pub in case that helps you pinpoint it on the map), is Warmwaterberg Spa, one of the oldest hot spring resorts in South Africa, having opened all the way back in 1887!

Blessed with a natural warm water mineral hot spring and the tranquil landscape views of the Klein Karoo, Warmwaterberg Spa is a fantastic family friendly get away in the literal middle of nowhere, but with enough amenities that you don’t actually feel like you are in fact stranded in the middle of nowhere.

From its historic bath houses first built in 1886, its modern studio bath houses completed in 2015, the timber chalets, to the caravan and camping sites, the resort caters to all levels of budget and its wide open spaces, lawns and of course relaxing pool complex all come together to make for a perfect getaway where you can let the kids run amok while you soak up those warm mineral waters.

Given that you are more than 26 km from the nearest town (the resort sits somewhat between Barrydale and Ladismith), there is a simple restaurant and bar on the premises, as well as a small shop stocking some basic essentials (and of course a snack treat or two). There is also a big lapa which makes under roof gatherings possible should you need it. (Additionally, there are also two walking/hiking routes on the property, but truth be told, I have only ever been there to relax, not build up a sweat by waltzing around in the in Klein Karoo heat!)

For this particular holiday stay, we joined Chantelle’s folks Monty and Cheryl for a stay in one of the rustic timber chalets among all the peacocks, and in addition to the many trips to the always interesting little town of Barrydale, enjoyed many a swim, braai, and game of Jenga over the course of our stay in the resort. (Oh, and savoured a drink or two of course!)

Warmwaterberg Spa My Life 09 FEB 2010

True, it lies a fair distance away from us, sitting about 26 km outside of Barrydale running towards the Oudtshoorn  side, but after my first experience with the quaint Warmwaterberg Spa resort I can definitely say that it won’t be the last time I’ll make that particular trip! :)

A couple of weekends ago saw Chantelle and myself join up with the rest of the Montgomery clan for a bit of a family weekend away, lured to the inviting naturally warm mineral pools by Cheryl and Monty who rate this as one of their favourite getaway destinations. So Friday night after work we finally managed to hit the road (joined by Robert who decided to catch a lift through with us) and after an uneventful couple of hours drive featuring just the one stop at Buffelsjag and the “turning off the headlamps in order to gauge just how dark it is” incident, we finally made it to the resort in the dead of the night, guided in over the dusty gravel road by Monty’s lone torchlight shining brilliantly in the night.

The seven of us (Monty’s folks were tagging along) were bunking down in one of Warmwaterberg’s wooden chalets (they have a number of different accommodation options, including tenting, caravaning and even a stay in their ancient bathhouse), and I was pleasantly surprised just how spacious the cabin was, featuring a number of separate rooms, a little lounge, kitchen and even a nice patio of all things. Outside of course we were blessed with tons of beautiful space to call our own, a braai place and of course tons of peacocks and fluffy chickens who all seem to come as part of the package!

The area itself is of course dominated by the pool complex where they have two natural warm water baths and then one big fibreglass cold pool, though that unfortunately is currently out of action thanks to a splintering bottom, meaning that one of the warm pools has been hastily converted into a bit of a mixed temperature pool. Outside of that, there is also the giant lapa complex to take into account, featuring a huge indoor entertainment space that hosts a pool table, dart bard, snoopie, bar and even fully licensed restaurant if you’re feeling too lazy to play tongmaster at any point in time.

As for the stay, well the best way to say it is simply that both Chantelle and I returned from the weekend feeling more relaxed than what we have in quite some time. Highlights of the stay was of course Monty taking his cellphone for a dip on the first day, midnight bathing under the stars, Robert playing tongmaster with excellent results as per usual, breakfast at the restaurant, me whipping Rob’s ass at pool, meat eating peacocks (seriously, they stripped the meat right off the rib bones!), watermelon, more swimming than what you can shake a stick at, and of course, Robert’s infamous heart stopping moment when he accidentally grabbed a big hairy spider that was hiding under the balcony beam.

Needless to say, it WAS a good weekend away! :)

(Oh, except for all those damn long thorns I kept stepping in! Was like a giant human pin cushion I tell you!)

An exterior shot of our delightful little wooden cabin tucked away amongst the thorn trees

The Montgomery clan sans one (Rob was checking the cricket score) plus one Lotter. Breakfast was good by the way!

There was quite a lot of this going on the weekend...

...and loads and loads of this! :)