This property completed Tribes' audit on their social and environmental responsibility. Water usage, pollution, land use, ownership, commitment to conservation, links with local communities, and staff welfare are all researched.
We awarded them the eco-rating seen here. You can use these eco-ratings to tell whether a property has their heart in the right place or not. Places which care about the impact they have on the people and environment around them will usually go the extra mile for you too!
5/5 = One of the real heroes of the travel industry! This place makes a real difference.
4/5 = Caring for their people and environment is very important to them.
3/5 = Making a real effort in some important areas.
The Foresters Arms offers a warm welcome and home comforts in the beautiful Swaziland highlands. Set in some 90 hectares of colourful gardens this is a peaceful setting in which to relax amongst the colourful flowers and exotic birdlife. There are 34 bedrooms all with en-suite bathroom, telephone, TV and great views over the gardens and countryside.
The country atmosphere is evident in the lounges, restaurant and pub, complete with log fires. Breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the sun terrace and guests can choose between homemade meusli, breads, pastries and a full English breakfast. Drinks, including the hotel's own spring water, and snacks are available during the day. Dine by candlelight enjoying delicious cuisine including fresh fruit and vegetables.
Nature lovers can explore the surrounding forests on foot or on horseback, fish for trout or bass in the stocked dams, picnic at a nearby waterfall, relax by the pool or browse through a book in the library. For the golfer, the Usutu golf course adjoins the estate. Tennis, squash, bowls and table tennis are available, and tandem and mountain cycles may be hired to explore the numerous trails around the hotel.
Open: The Foresters Arms is open all year.
Location: The Foresters Arms is in a 90 hectare estate in the mountains, a short drive from the capital, Mbabane.
Rooms: The hotel has 34 bedrooms with central heating, televisions and telephones. The en-suite bathrooms have heated towel rails. Rooms are colourfully furnished
Activities: Exploring the great outdoors on foot, by bike and on horseback. Go for strolls in the gardens, bird watching and admiring the flowers. Sunbathe by the pool and have a swim when you get too hot. There is a golf course at Usutu nearby. You can play tennis, squash, table tennis, boules and croquet. Fishing is popular. The hotel can arrange various adventure activities including white water rafting, canopy tree top tours and swimming in hot springs, as well as cultural tours.
Facilities: There are spacious grounds and gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. There is a sauna and a fitness centre. The hotel serves food made from locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed on the terrace and dinner in the restaurant. The hotel serves a special buffet braai on Sunday lunchtimes. Tea, coffee and snacks are available throughout the day. There is a DVD library free for guest use. There are also lounges and a pub, with open fires on chilly evenings.
Dining: Meals are taken at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the hotel and grounds.
"This is a very comfortable place to stay and the food is good and plentiful. I mark it down from excellent because of the insensitive way our late arrival after a horrendous journey along a dirt road in fog was handled. The receptionist seemed more interested in telling us that dinner had already started (implication we were disrupting the system) and she refused to take me to our room, having told my husband to park the car round the back, merely pointing me in the general direction. Ruth (the owner) was however exptremely helpful in suggesting places to go and best routes to get there, which was great, and after the first unfortunate experience we enjoyed our stay here a lot."
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499