As if by magic, Orange has been transformed in the last month or so. Gone is the burnt-orange colour palate, and in its place sophistication and bling now reign supreme. Owner Lee-Ann Benade is thrilled, ”Three years and 12 awards down the line… it was time, “she smiles. Now sporting a contemporary look, the revamp was inspired by Leana Koleski, owner of Loerie’s Call Guest House next door. Lee-Ann laughs about her reaction to decorator Jannie Borcher’s(Razz M’Tazz Dècor and Interior Design 083-612-6233) suggestion of mismatched chairs for instance. “I’m old school,” she says, “but have to admit that it looks nice.” Sticking to a black-and-white colour scheme, striped walls lend a sophisticated air, further enhanced by copious amount of sparkle: in the chandeliers, crystal-ware, transparent chairs, silver ottomans and an old collection of prettily framed mirrors. It’s a dramatic change, but a gorgeous one. “I’m so excited,” says Lee-Ann.” It’s like a new playground filled with new toys.” And we can’t wait to come and play!
Another surprise is the newly built-in bar, complete with a cocktail maker and menu. It’s set to become the late-afternoons destination of choice, as very few establishment can beat the view from Orange’s elevated gardens or its chilled-out vibes. Choose between classics like a cosmopolitan, strawberry daiquiri or caipirinha or signature drink like a ginger-and-pineapple martini or a Citrus Circus. Mocktail(non-alcoholic) are also available as is variety of bubblies.
Whereas the restaurant used to close after lunch to reopen for dinner, it will now remain open for afternoon snacks, cocktails or chilled glass of wine. The garden has also been revamped and sports a brand-new look.
The newly opened Spa O is added bonus. Using only top-quality products and methods, the spa offers a range of luxurious treatments; include facials, waxing, massages and nails. Retreat from the day’s pressures in tranquil surroundings utter bliss.