When it comes to celebrating weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and bar mitzvahs, many of us have delayed, and 2020 celebrations were postponed indefinitely. This trend continues into 2021. However, there are still some treasured favorites and some new and spectacular ways that you can mark those memorable moments with your loved ones in a beautiful setting.
Here are some of our tips and tricks for celebrating milestones this year:
Create a magical feeling by getting out of town for your special celebration. Head to the magical Garden Route where pristine lagoons, otherworldly forests, majestic mountains, and stunning seascapes combine like nowhere else on earth. Here you can visit Alkira Lodge, you are surrounded by sky, mountains, waters of the ocean, rivers, and lakes, the freshest air, and endless horizons, or you can choose to visit one of our other beautiful apartments and villas, dotted in some of the best locations in Knysna.
Choose to dine by candlelight under the stars with your closest friends, mingle with canapes on the terrace enjoying the views with live music to soothe the soul or to get you grooving, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two at the fireside in your private apartment.
Either way, you can leave the stress and worries of your daily life at home when you get out of town for your celebration at Alkira Lodge, or any of the Beautiful Knysna Villas properties for that matter!
When it comes to feeling safe and secure this year, it's all about privacy and exclusivity. Avoid crowded venues and indoor locations and instead, look for destinations that can host you in a private restaurant.
At Alkira Lodge or our Beautiful Knysna Villas properties, you don't just need to eat in the dining area, you can choose to dine in a beautiful setting of your choice. In addition, because you've got the kitchen, discrete staff, and talented chefs to yourself you can enjoy a delicious menu designed in consultation with you to include your personal favourites!
Spending the night will make your special celebration last that little bit longer and means you can really enjoy that quality time with family and friends that you missed out on last year.
Our rooms are en-suite and have a private patio and unique views so that you can really connect with the natural world and relax and enjoy your time away. The entire lodge can also be booked as an exclusive getaway for up to 12 people with plenty of room for everyone in our multiple lounges, bars, and patios. We also have a pizza oven, bbq options for all-weather, fire pit, pool, Jacuzzi hot tub, and extensive gardens for you to enjoy!
Unfortunately, 2020 put a spanner in the works for many brides that had planned to get married this year. Was your wedding cancelled because of lockdown, did your venue cancel your big day, and was your fairytale wedding put on hold?
The good news is, you can still plan an amazing celebration for your wedding day, where fresh air, wide-open spaces, and exclusive offerings combine to offer a safe, intimate wedding day event. The gorgeous Garden Route offers the ideal destination wedding venue for even the pickiest of brides, with spectacular views, amazing accommodation, and envy-worthy photo locations.
In these uncertain times, a wedding simply celebrated with those closest to you may be just what you need. The Garden Route is a place where you can just escape and enjoy a private, intimate celebration with your most special people. At Alkira Lodge we offer an exclusive use wedding option for just 18 guests where you can relax at the lodge with spa and wellness treatments, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tailored experience for just you and your guests. For those planning bigger celebrations, our space can be transformed to host 100 guests or more!
The Garden Route offers a myriad of fantastic photo locations for those picture-perfect wedding snaps. Pick from mountain, forest, beach, lake, or river backdrops or choose them all, with all of these available a short distance from each other in towns like Knysna.
In these trying times, nothing beats a beautiful outdoor location where fresh air, sunshine, and space are plentiful. Your guests won't feel cramped and crowded at a destination like Alkira in Knysna where the endless vistas of the Garden Route stretch out before you. Here abundant birdlife, butterflies, and even the odd antelope will be the only external visitors to your exclusive wedding venue, so you're guaranteed the health and safety of you and your guests.
The Garden Route is famous for its fresh and delicious produce. Here you will find local farmers around every corner, offering up organic honey, hand-made cheeses, seasonal fruits, free-range chicken and eggs, and grass-fed beef. While tasting all of these delicious goodies at one of the area's popular markets is a must-do, having them all on offer at your wedding feast is a real treat. Here at Alkira Lodge, we are proud to say that we have some of the best chefs in Knysna, if not the whole of South Africa, and the food will no doubt be a talking point of your wedding. Be sure to pair these scrumptious dishes with local wines hand-selected from our on-site cellar.
Everything goes by in such a blur on your wedding day, that a destination celebration allows you to spend more time with the people that are important to you. Book out a venue like Alkira Lodge on an exclusive basis and take advantage of the plush accommodation where you can spend that much-needed quality time with your friends and family in a warm and comfortable environment. Your wedding bash can be followed up with a post-wedding breakfast celebration with a range of activities such as hiking, kayaking, and whale watching all available nearby for those guests that want to linger longer.
The great thing about getting married on the Garden Route is that from the moment you say "I Do", you are already enjoying your honeymoon. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of South Africa, from enjoying some of the country's oldest golf courses to scenic sailing charters, guided hikes through natural reserves, whale watching excursions, adventurous kayaking trips, horseriding through the forests, mountain biking some of the best trails in the country, and much more. Once your guests have said their goodbyes, be sure to spend some time exploring everything that the area has to offer!
To find out more about hosting your wedding at Alkira, click here.