Once inside, your view is of the large pool of water or over the immaculate polo field that is on the edge of the hotel garden. Riboville Boutique Hotel is situated on an Equestrian Estate and the theme of horses is part of the property’s DNA. The name Riboville came from a bet placed by the owner’s family on a horse that ran in the Durban July in 1974. Despite being an outsider at 20-1, Riboville made it first to the post as the favourite fell before the finish.
The hotel is a 30-minute drive away from Johannesburg City Centre and a short drive from Mall of Africa. The Equestrian estate is said to be one of the most exclusive and covetable addresses in the north.
ACCOMMODATION AT RIBOVILLERiboville has 16 spacious suites, eight on the first floor and eight downstairs, all of which are named after famous horses. They are all equal in size. The voluminous barn-like doors that lead into each suite further contribute to the equestrian theme, as do the little details like the equine-shaped coat hooks and small ceramic works depicting Basotho horsemen. Each suite boasts a private balcony from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the lush polo fields or tranquil water populated by geese and some very busy swans.
DINING AT RIBOVILLERiboville restaurant and bar serves gourmet cuisine, and has a great sushi menu with options overseen by head Chef Guy Kleynhans. Guests are not limited to enjoy meals at the restaurant as they can dine on the large patio of the hotel, in the private wine cellar, garden, or in the lounge area. The Chef has also made it his mission to develop vegan and vegetarian dishes that can be paired with suitable wine from the extensive wine list.
CONFERENCING, MEETINGS AND EVENTSThe conferencing facilities include four boardrooms catering for up to 55 people available for meetings, seminars or other corporate events and equipped with all the usual requirements such as whiteboards, projector screens and wifi.
RIBOVILLE COLLECTIONThe hotel is a lifestyle playground with a popular weekend life, especially on Sundays when there are jazz lunch events. Cleverly integrated into the experience is the Riboville Collection, a focus on art and fashion brought to life with regular contemporary South Africa art exhibitions in the hotel, and David Tlale boutique at the entrance.
RIBOVILLE SPA AND SALONRiboville has its own small in-house spa and salon, well ventilated with balcony views of the water. The spa menu includes pampering facials, full body massages and time in the small sauna room, and the beauty salon caters to both men and women, handy for locals in the neighbourhood as well as guests needing to constantly look their best before they face the day.
For many visitors the abundant private and discreet lounge areas are a big attraction, perfect for an informal but high level meeting. We are told that big wigs and politicos in particular love the library, cigar room and the super private wine cellar as venues to host discussions away from prying eyes.