Sandalwood Lodge

By Melissa Katunga

I had the pleasure of experiencing what Sandalwood Lodge offers its valued guests. The luxury lodge is situated in the calm suburbs of Mount Pleasant, Harare and is a short distance from almost anything you may need depending on the length of your stay be it for holiday or business.

My stay coincided with the launch of their all you can eat buffet brunch… what a treat. Following a cheerful welcome at the reception by Steph I walked through the main building struck by the impeccable interior décor as I made my way to the breakfast area for the morning which overlooked the dazzling swimming pool. Here I was greeted with a smile by Leanne who handed me a mimosa and showed me where I could help myself to brunch. After picking my jaw up off the floor at the sight of the buffet I was ready to dive in!

The brunch spread was gorgeous and without a doubt would cater to any palate. My excitement reached new heights as I started plating my first helping of several. Whilst tucking into the mouth-watering array of food options my fellow Sandalwood guests and I were serenaded by the acoustic melodies of musician Fungai Nengare as well as the charming instrumental music from the accordion by Lodge owner Ramin Khalatbari. Between helpings, I had the opportunity to chat with their chef who indulged my questions about food and taught me the importance of proper plating. I also chatted to Abed Khalatbari – the brains behind the stunning interior design throughout Sandalwood Lodge.

After brunch, I excitedly made my way to my room for the night, one of the newly built executive garden suites. On the walk down the path to my abode, I passed a large Sandalwood tree that is the central landmark of the lodge and is what it is aptly named after. Walking into my suite, it was no wonder that Sandalwood Lodge is rated a 5-star establishment. The suite boasts a king-size bed dressed in lavish percale linen with a personalised welcome note atop the edge of the bed. Continuing my exploration I had a fully stocked bar fridge and a Nespresso machine for a coffee kick in the morning with the special touch of a Wedgewood cookie upon the saucer holding my mug. The en-suite bathroom left nothing to be desired and was the most remarkable feature for me! The bathroom fittings were all immaculate and breathtaking, any interior designers dream. My next action was a long soak in the spacious tub enjoying the ceilings that Abed had informed me were about a metre and a half higher than normal to provide more volume and a spacious feel for guests – which it did without a doubt.  My evening ended tucked up in bed amongst feather pillows and smooth sheets carrying me comfortably to dreamland in almost complete silence amongst the serene roads of Mount Pleasant.

The next morning, waking up in complete and utter relaxation it was time for phase two of bathroom testing – shower time. The rainfall showerhead was a perfect way to start the day, almost all the complimentary bath and shower amenities from body lotion to shower gel were sandalwood scented another personalised touch which really highlights the attention to detail in the lodge experience. Munching away at my Wedgewood biscuit I made my way back to the breakfast area which again had an impressive spread for a continental breakfast with everything else made to order. I had one of their signature omelettes – fluffy and cooked to perfection and decided to explore the rest of the lodge before my departure. Some of the amenities available to guests include a fully equipped gym, Swedish sauna and conference room to name a few. All in all, I had a fabulous experience at Sandalwood Lodge and personalised experience which I’m sure will keep not only me but other guests coming back again and again!

To book your stay contact Sandalwood Lodge on telephone: +263242302758 / 302759 mobile : +263778666555 or email:

Copyright: Ndeipi Magazine Issue 114

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