When we arrived the Sommelier sabraged the champagne bottle. Sabrage is a technique for opening a Champagne bottle with a saber, used for ceremonial occasions. The saber is slid along the body of the bottle to break the entire neck away from the bottle, leaving only the base of the bottle open and ready to pour. The force of the blunt side of the blade hitting the lip breaks the glass to separate the collar from the neck of the bottle. Note that one does not use the 'sharp' side of the blade. The cork and collar remain together after separating from the neck. Source.
With bubbles in hand we went to the poolside where scrumptious oysters and sushi was waiting for us. The oysters were accompanied with a cream sauce and then also this red sauce that complimented the oysters very well. I usually only have oysters with Tabasco, salt, pepper and lemon, so this was a refreshing change.
|Fiona, Jodene, Me, Adrian, Gabi and Leigh|
We then went to meet the chef and each person got given an apron and a chef hat to put on. Then we were told to choose one of the silver bowls with a whisk and egg whites in. We were warned to be careful which bowl you choose as this might determine if you win. Next it was “ready, steady, go…” and we had to beat the egg whites with the whisk till stiff and then you had to place the bowl upside down over your head. First one whose egg whites didn’t fall on their head, would be the winner. Our arms felt like they were going to fall off, in the end it was Fiona who won. This was such a fun team building exercise.
Next we went to one of the hotel suites. The suit we went to was turned down for a couple that would be celebrating their anniversary or Valentine’s Day. There were red rose petals on the bed in the shape of a heart, the bath was filled with rose petals and the bathroom basins was filled with ice and bubbly. The bed was very comfy, they get the mattresses specially made for the hotel and each mattress weighs 100 kg. The rooms décor and ambiance was really lovely, just know if you book this for your better half, you would be in the good books for a while.
Our last surprise was a journey back to our childhood, a decadent candy bar. The hotel recently turned their wine cellar into a candy bar to host Secret Eats who had their dessert here. They specially converted it to the candy bar for us again and we were super happy that they did. We felt like kids in a candy store. There were so many good things to choose from: popcorn, chocolate fountain, macaroons, truffles, jelly sweets, sour worms, sherbet sticks, candy canes and many more. We each filled a box to the brim with these delectable treats.
Wow we were so spoilt by the Southern Sun Cullinan and I would definitely recommend that you visit the hotel, if it’s for a drink at the bar or poolside, a stay in the hotel or even for dinner, you won’t be disappointed.