THE NEW LOOK JIVA HILL RESORT
Jiva Hill was created by Swedish owners who had spent time in South Africa, which is reflected in the design of the resort – the hotel blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings much in the same way as South African lodges and cabins of the Swedish archipelago.
As you enter the redesigned lobby, you step into a stylish, calming space with touches of walnut and concrete, see-through book cases and artworks, many featuring horses – the other passion of the Swedish owners.
Shades of cream and copper, rust and natural fibers add to a feeling of understated style, yet intimacy and warmth.
The bar area has been redone too in and features a lovely little self-service LP station, where you can listen to your own choice of music. We can see ourselves settling in with a glass or red wine for the night.
The architect in charge of the project is Italian-born Cristina Gherardi Benardeau – who first focused on the communal spaces, the restaurant, bar and exteriors.
The second phase of the project involves the construction of an extension that will increase the resort’s capacity to 51 rooms by early 2020 from the current 21 rooms.
These rooms are set to include family suites and smaller rooms for those on a slightly tighter budget. Hurray!