Top 3 Boutique Hotels in Cape Winelands

by Sandy Salle on December 4, 2012

Cape Winelands is not only known as South Africa’s premier wine-production region, but it’s also celebrated for its quaint countryside, beautiful Dutch-inspired architecture, village culture, and fantastic restaurants. Just a 45-minute drive from the city center of Cape Town, Cape Winelands is the perfect retreat for travelers who want to get a break from the city.

Below are 3 of our favorite boutique hotels in the Cape Winelands region:

La Residence: Set at the foot of the sprawling Franschhoek mountains on a private 30-acre estate, the luxurious La Residence Hotel is an opulent retreat fit for royalty. From world-class service to sparkling chandeliers and inspirational works of art to a lavish spa, La Residence prides itself on transporting its guests into a sanctuary of pure bliss and luxury.

Surrounded by charming plum orchards and vineyards, this sophisticated hotel brings the warmth and beauty of the countryside to life through its elegant décor and inviting atmosphere. Each of the hotel’s suites is defined by its own color scheme and design. La Residence also features five separate villas for couples or families interested in an open-plan living area with private gardens and terraces.

Image above taken from La Residence website

Image above taken from La Residence website

Image above taken from La Residence website

Image above taken from La Residence website

Image above taken from La Residence website

Image above taken from La Residence website

In addition to its first-class accommodations, La Residence also features an in-house spa equipped with expert wellness therapists.

La Residence hotel is situated just a five-minute drive from the village center of Franschhoek, which is a quaint French- and Dutch-influenced village, filled with small cafes, bistros, and shops. The area is also home to dozens upon dozens of internationally renowned wine estates, as well as a colorful history and intricate cultural fabric.

Le Quartier Francais: Also located in the breathtaking Franschhoek Valley is the Le Quartier Francais hotel, which features two award-winning restaurants and Eat Out Magazine’s Chef of the Year 2012, Chef Margot Janse. And if winning awards for their culinary masterpieces isn’t enough, Le Quartier Francais is also celebrated for its superior staff and lavish rooms.

The accommodations offered at Le Quartier Francais are all exquisite and include Four Quarter Suites, Auberge Suites, Petite Garden Suites, Grande Rooms, and Auberge Rooms.

Image above taken from the Le Quartier Francais website

Image above taken from the Le Quartier Francais website

Image above taken from the Le Quartier Francais website

Image above taken from the Le Quartier Francais website

Image above taken from the Le Quartier Francais website

Image above taken from the Le Quartier Francais website

One of our clients’ favorite activities to enjoy at Le Quartier Francais is their monthly cooking class (private classes can also be arranged). During these exciting cooking classes, guests learn how to create colorful and flavorful South African dishes using local ingredients and spices. They’ll also enjoy lunch with local wines. And for more culinary bliss, visitors can enjoy fantastic dishes at the hotel’s three restaurants: The Tasting Room, The Common Room, and Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant.

Visitors to this boutique hotel can explore the village-life of Franschhoek’s center or visit the countryside for wine tasting, fly fishing, horseback riding, golfing, or biking.

Babylonstoren: As one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms (founded in 1690), Babylonstoren hotel immerses guests into the rich history of European influence on Cape Winelands with its Koornhuis (which was traditionally used for storing wheat and hay), an old cellar, a fowl house, a pigeon loft, and a traditional courtyard. The property’s use of neutral tones, simplicity, and earth-inspired textures creates a soothing and refreshing atmosphere and comfortable setting for visitors.

Situated in between the world-famous wine regions of Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren calls the Drakenstein Valley its home, which is the true heart of the Winelands. Here, guests can stroll through the property’s sprawling gardens, enjoy rejuvenating spa treatments at the Babylonstoren Spa, partake in wine tastings and guided cellar tours, go bird watching, and explore the history of the Werf (farm yard).

Image above taken from the Babylonstoren website

Image above taken from the Babylonstoren website

Image above taken from the Babylonstoren website

Image above taken from the Babylonstoren website

Image above taken from the Babylonstoren website

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Cascade Manor January 15, 2013 at 2:40 am

Set in the picturesque heart of the Paarl Winelands to the backdrop of the majestic Klein Drakenstein Mountains is the luxurious Cascade Country Manor. The boutique hotel’s namesake is the cascading waterfall located on the property whose soothing sounds permeate throughout the grounds year round. This charming proudly 4-star hotel and spa is located on pristine grounds in the former homestead of royalty and comprises only fifteen rooms, ensuring an intimate and peaceful stay in the fair Cape.

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