Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Top 5 wine farms stay in South Africa - courtesy of A Luxury Travel Blog
Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with accommodation in South Africa’s winelands. From 5-star hotels and luxury guest houses, to Cape Manor houses and boutique style lodging, the following establishments offer the highest standards of service, quality, and comfort. You’ll also find superb attractions such as restaurants and spas, and, of course, some of the country’s finest fruits of the vine.
Situated on the Doolhof Wine Estate in Wellington, Grande Dedale is an elegantly restored Manor House that comprises 6 individually designed suites. An additional free standing thatch cottage is privately situated for honeymoons and special occasions. Outdoor activities on the estate include hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding, while the landscaped gardens, pool, and spa ensure a high level of relaxation and comfort.
Dining at Grand De Dale is an attraction on its own. Breakfast is a treat with homemade specialities and Cap Classique; light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day; and sundown aperitifs are followed by a 3-course table d’hôte menu of locally sourced game and seafood. Doolhof’s full range of wines is available for tasting and private cellar tours are available on request.
The La Petite Ferme guest suites, restaurant, and boutique winery are set on a vineyard-lined mountainside, offering unrivalled views of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Although La Petite Ferme lies on a working wine farm, the Vineyard Suites and Manor House are anything but rural. Adjacent to the restaurant, the Manor House rooms have a sweeping view over Merlot vineyards. Overlooking vines of Sauvignon Blanc, the Vineyard Suites are individually themed with touches of décor from Africa to France, and each has a private plunge pool.
The restaurant has been listed by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the Top 15 Best Value establishments in the world. The legendary lunches at La Petite Ferme Restaurant reflect the creative energy of the talented chefs combined with a wealth of fresh local ingredients.
Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is home to an intimate, 5-star boutique hotel. The hotel has a relaxed atmosphere; with careful attention to detail and top class service ensuring guests enjoy a stay that is homely yet completely luxurious. Each room has a balcony with views over the vineyards, lake, or courtyard. No matter which room you choose, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of a wine farm that is so different to everyday life.
A complimentary breakfast can be enjoyed at the lakeside restaurant, Raphael’s, while the Asara Deli offers delectable light lunches, freshly baked breads, sweet treats, and tempting handmade ice creams. Aside from the award-winning Winery, the Sansibar Whisky Lounge is an inviting sundowner spot where guests can enjoy a meal.
With its warm hospitality, rugged mountain backdrop, and exceptional wine and cuisine, the 4-star Rosendal Winery and Wellness Retreat offers a country guest house and spa experience in the Robertson Wine Valley. Rosendal is close to many of the attractions along Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route – where you’ll enjoy everything from wine and olive tasting to quirky galleries and challenging rock climbing. Alternatively, soak in the scenic landscape from your private veranda or enjoy a dip in the rim-flow pool.
Rosendal is ideal for romantic getaways and offers a range of all-inclusive packages that make it easier to budget for the holiday of your dreams. Enjoy a range of spa treatments, meals, and activities with the Romantic Treat, De-Stress, and Golf packages.
At the foot of the Stellenbosch Mountains, Delaire Graff Estate offers a sense of escape amongst leafy vineyards and perfectly manicured gardens. Delaire Graff not only appeals to wine lovers. Art collectors will be most interested in the Estate’s contemporary artworks that reflect the diversity of South Africa’s heritage. Works by the likes of Vladimir Tretchikoff, Cecil Skotnes, William Kentridge, and Sidney Kumalo adorn the walls, while guests at the Lodge will enjoy Stephane Graff and the intensity of Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi’s work.
Each of the Lodges offers a spacious, light-filled living space that flows seamlessly to a private plunge pool, where guests can enjoy a chilled glass of Delaire Graff wine. A range of exclusive treatments are available at Delaire Graff Spa, which also features an infinity pool and heated Jacuzzi. Guests can feast on ‘bistro-chic’ cuisine at the Delaire Graff Restaurant, while the Indochine Restaurant offers Asian-inspired cuisine with a contemporary yet delicate twist.