Numerous hotels of various types and quality offer their services all around the world. Some of them are independent, and many form groups or hotel chains. One such group is the Molo Lolo Group founded by French native, Laurence Armand, who fell in love with the Mother City the first time she visited and relocated to pursue business interests. Part of the name of the eco-friendly group is derived from Laurence's nickname, "Lolo." Molo Lolo was established in 2012 and now has four accommodation offerings under it's brand, namely Le Petit Chateau, Molo Lolo Restaurant and Cooking School, Molo Lolo Lodge and Addo African Home. Each of these cater to different demographics but all make sure that guests have a distinctive travelling experience while upholding mankind and cultures. A breakdown of the components of the Molo Lolo Group is as follows:
Molo Lolo Lodge
Influenced by Laurence Armand's background as an interior designer, the Molo Lolo Lodge is a work of art to behold. It is located in between the trendy De Waterkant and Bo Kaap, just a 10 minute walk to the city centre and V& A Waterfront. Built with stone and wood surrounded by antique mirrors transporting you back to an era where life was simple and uncomplicated, it consists of six rooms, which include family size rooms that accommodate up to three adults. The decor in all the rooms meets global standards and each room has something to nibble on or drink like biscuits, tea and coffee. If you prefer alcohol, within the room you will find a mini bar with craft beer and local drinks that are purely organic. After taking a shower at the end of an adventurous day, you will have a thick bathrobe and snug slippers waiting for you.
The venue offers a wondrous view of the world-renowned Table Mountain. The Lodge has a rustic and old-world charm to itself. The lounge has a library with numerous books to read and their breakfast buffet is that of champions with hot and cold dishes to select from, including fresh juices, home-made cakes and pastries. The Lodge has a rooftop terrace and this is utilised for events like wine tastings. Within the same vicinity is a plunge pool surrounded by a number of deck chairs for guests to bask in the sun. More information can be found on their website.
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Addo African Home
One of the pride of the eco-friendly group is Addo African Home which is perfectly dubbed the 'green escape'. If you are all about nature and the outdoors then Molo Lolo's Addo African Home is where you want to book your stay. Addo comprises an estate which is divided into different sections and accommodations, namely The Lodge, The 5 Rondawels, The House and The Rest Of The Camp. Each of these are complimented by a common lounge area with library, wine corner and fireplace at the center of the building, leading onto a covered terrace where a complete breakfast is served every sun rise. If you have been racking your brain trying to figure out where to take your family for a weekend away then look no further than Addo African Home which is also ten minutes away from Addo National Park, courtesy of the property's safari game drives. What is particularly noteworthy about this establishment is that they operate on an almost "all organic" policy with organic products that range from food, body care and toiletries. Visit their website here for more details and bookings.
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Le Petit Chateau (Durbanville)
Aptly referred to as the 'business escape', Le Petite Chateau offers world class conferencing facilities for as many as 25 delegates. It is known as the business escape because delegates get to escape the usual monotonous business environment and get to enjoy meetings in a peaceful, serene and calming environment. Le Petit Chateau is conveniently located in Durbanville between Cape Town and the Wine Lands and is a mere 15 minute drive from the airport. Accommodation is composed of seven congenial, snug rooms and each room is uniquely stylized. A large lounge area and garden is available for delegates at the venue who also have unlimited access to the jacuzzi and pool area. In addition, Le Petit Chateau offers space for private functions in a soul stirring location that is also ideal for anniversaries, weddings and work functions. For more information and bookings visit their website.
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Molo Lolo Restaurant and Cooking School
The hospitality brand went a step further with the introduction of Molo Lolo Restaurant and Cooking School, a diverse concept which is the symbiotic union of a restaurant and a cooking school, located within the Addo African Home. The dishes made at this establishment all have a French twist to them with ingredients containing fresh produce in season and grown in the organic garden staying true to the brand's eco-friendly mission. The atmosphere is warm and cosy with a fireplace that will certainly come in handy this winter season! Molo Lolo is also giving back to the community in the form of their cooking school offering free training and gradual employment to young talented South Africans from impoverished backgrounds. They also offer an exchange program for French students, where knowledge is shared and different cultures are brought together. For information, bookings and enrollment visit their website here.
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