Emerging from the ancient dust in the Cradle of Humankind is Forum Homini Boutique Hotel. Set within a private game estate this 5 star hotel offers deluxe cave style accommodation for discerning travellers, fine dining at award-winning roots restaurant, an intimate wedding venue and excellent facilities for those with business in mind.
The fascinating history of mankind is weaved into the walls, the artwork, the layout and the décor.
Forum Homini is an evolutionary concept!
Forum Homini means: A place where people talk about… people, art, culture, food, wine and many more.
The vision for Forum Homini was to make the dramatic story of the development of humans accessible, interesting and fun – a place where talking to each other is stimulated by the environment.
Forum Homini is situated on the Letamo Game Estate where the variety of natural occurring habitats such as savannah, acacia bushveld, wetlands and koppies, cater for a large variety of game that inhabit the estate.
The hotel was designed to blend into the environment, making landscaping very important. Small walkways, grass covering the roofs and the use of more than 140 endemic plants to the area create a unique and natural effect.
Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.
Below is my experience based on a short stay at the property.
My arrival experience: Warm welcome and fast check-in before being escorted to the room. Welcome amenities and a 1L bottle of water in the room upon arrival.
What I loved: The unique design, breakfast, attention to details and to find Molton Brown products in the bathroom.
What about the food: Forum Homini is a unique hotel and with a concept I have not seen in any of the 1,000+ hotels I have stayed. A 5-course breakfast of high quality. I normally don’t like breakfast, but this was a wonderful way to start the day. The menu changes daily for all meals. Their Roots restaurant has been named one of the best restaurants in the Johannesburg area by Eat Out. I really enjoyed it and would rank it on level with a Michelin-recommended restaurant, just below a star.
What about the service: Great, professional staff in all areas of the hotel. From the Mozambican security guy to the General Manager. Attention to details such as bath salt, welcome amenities and a printed menu daily are very impressive.
What about the rooms: Uniquely designed rooms. My suite had a comfortable bed, double rain shower, bathtub, bath salt, flatscreen Tv, mini bar and a fireplace making it an ideal winter escape.
Number of rooms: 14.
Type of property: Country hotel.
Location: Muldersdrift, South Africa. An hour from Johannesburg.
Facilities: None. This property is about great food and relaxation.
Complimentary internet: Yes and surprisingly fast.
Affiliations: None, but could in my opinion be a member of Relais & Châteaux.
My overall impression: Great experience. A unique experience and a place to stay if you love Relais & Châteaux properties, like I do.