Illyria House is a magnificent villa with sweeping views across the treetops of Pretoria, lovingly referred to as the Jacaranda City. Set in tranquil gardens, teeming with birds, it is no wonder that Illyria is often referred to as a "little paradise". Upon entering through the wrought iron gates, a fairytale ambience, reflecting the epitome of gracious and romantic living unfolds, complete with white gloved butlers discreetly working their magic to please.
Unrivalled personalized service, exclusivity and luxury are a given at this intimate haven. Fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, soft classical music and exquisite cuisine have contributed to Illyria's standing as a sought-after oasis of tranquility, refined beauty and charm. It comes as no surprise that Illyria House has become a destination in its own right, a unique, nostalgic, colonial experience, highly appreciated by the discerning traveler, and the secret retreat of royalty, heads of state and celebrities alike.
Secluded yet centrally located, a stay at Illyria House is ideal in combination with a luxury rail journey, wildlife safari or Indian Ocean island resort, and holds the promise to add an unforgettable authentic experience in colonial African hospitality.
Highly acclaimed by the press, Illyria House was honored by the Marie Claire magazine to appear on the prestigious first page in an article celebrating the top seven most exclusive hotels in Southern Africa. Selected by the Conde Nast, House and Garden as the most outstanding accommodation establishment in Pretoria. Commended by Getaway magazine as the most romantic spot for valentines in South Africa. Applauded by a national broadcasting company as having the number one honeymoon suite, on a program identifying the ten most beautiful honeymoon suites in South Africa. Included in "Best Hotels of the World" by Sven Fritsche."Listed in 1001 places to see before you die" 2006 Getaway. Nominated by 50 leading travel industry consultants as an entrant for the "World Luxury Hotel Awards" Finalist in the category "Luxury Romantic Hotel" 2007.
Illyria House offers accommodation in six en-suite rooms complemented by excellent service, an exclusive setting and luxury hosting. From the moment you arrive at Illyria House you will notice the butlers and the maids who will make your stay extra special.
The Aquarius Wellness Spa specializes in delivering those treatments that help you relax and enjoy tranquility in its true form. The treatments vary from manicures to facials, massages and more.
Shakespeare used ancient Illyria, presently known as Albania as the enchanted setting for his play, "Twelfth Night". Everyone in this tranquil paradise is in love, even the King. Indulge yourself for a moment in the splendor of Illyria House, our celebration of elegant and romantic living, of love and happiness, of music, beauty and poetry... in our new home, Africa.