Inspired by a passion for champagne, and an especial fondness for a certain Veuvacious golden delight, this unpretentious and elegant boutique hotel was established by Jeanette Schwegman, whose vision to accommodate the discerning traveler has been realised in offering an intimate and homey ambiance which is complimented by the personal interactions with staff. Whilst wondering the lush garden, lounging by the pool and lazing around in the stylish surrounds of the rooms may feel very much like a home, even if it is not yours, the surrounding style and fine dining restaurant, just steps from one’s room door, ensure that the apparent luxury is not lost on the comforting milieu and minimalist colour scheme of earthy browns and greens. With just nine rooms, there is an assurance of being seen as more than a room number, and the warm and welcoming staff ensures that each guest feels a sense of familiarity, of having wandered the halls before, with the simple utterance of one’s name following a greeting.The Cape Dutch style architecture offers a sense of the old world while offering guests the experience of the new with the convenience of the upmarket Rosebank Mall and Gautrain mere minutes away.
Whilst Clico itself is a jewel in the lush green surrounds of Rosebank, one simply cannot justify missing out on the newly established fine dining restaurant which opened in October of 2015. Head Chef, Gert Nel, will enthrall your every sense with his European style tasting menus prepared with organic, seasonal ingredients sourced locally and utilised to cater to even the most challenging of dietary needs, never deviating from the bespoke service offered and going so far as to prepare a unique and tailor-made menu. If this special treatment does not catch your attention then perhaps the sheer indulgence of an added wine pairing will arouse your curiosity and urge you to visit the ambient, in-house restaurant of Clico. The word ‘intimate’ has already come up, however, the emphasis is not without reason, this fine dining restaurant is not just about the food and not just about the wine it is an experience in its entirety with soft, romantic lighting carrying music to each table whilst guests indulge in a multi-sensory feast of cuisine that is not only palatably delectable but also visually stunning. Culinary masterpieces grace each plate. Whilst each visit to Clico’s restaurant will yield different tasting menus, sure to prove true to the growing reputation of the establishment, it would not be a pity should a certain deconstructed, gluten free, apple pie find its way to the tip of your fork twice along with a winning wine pairing.
We cannot wait to see what tasting menus the next season yields.