Sole Sistas had the pleasure of reviewing Ballantynes Lodge earlier this month.
As we entered the reception, which has a stunning chandelier and a striking view of the infinity pool, we immediately relaxed and left the stress of the day behind. We received a warm and friendly greeting from Hailey, who showed us to our beautiful room. The dazzling room greeted us with an open plan and en suite walk-in shower. The stunning room was enhanced by careful attention to detail. In addition to the usual amenities, there were fresh roses on our pillows, Swiss chocolates and a bottle of customised wine with a personalised welcome note. We knew then that we never wanted to leave!
Back in the main lodge, we were invited to join the owners, Dean & Shirley Harrison, and their guests for drinks and dinner. The number of repeat guests and the friendly banter is testimony to the lodge’s great service. Dinner was delightfully served on a central communal table, which created an atmosphere of being included in a friend’s dinner party rather than a hotel. Private tables for meals are also available if you prefer. There was no starter as they had served bar snacks with drinks. The main course was pan-fried tilapia and prawns out of the shell, with rice and salad. Lemon butter and tartar sauce were served separately. The dessert was ice cream with a shot of espresso and a shot of Amarula. The food was delicious and our wine glasses were continually re-filled. After a fabulous evening, we retired to our comfortable beds where we enjoyed a restful night.
Ballantynes Lodge is set in a beautiful garden and together with the attentive service from the staff and owners alike, Sole Sistas felt pampered and welcome. There is a saying above the door as you leave, and we couldn’t agree with it more: Arrive as a guest…leave as a friend…
Phone: +263 (0) 4 88 27 15
The sole sistas, Karen Tselentis and Lindie Cohen, are two dear friends who share a passion for good food and fine wine. The Sole Sistas have online food and lifestyle blog that can be found on Facebook. They cover upcoming events in Harare, great deals on healthy foodstuffs, restaurant reviews and which wines to drink and when!