If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need to seize life’s opportunities when we can and we must savour every moment of it. This is the year to say more ‘yes’ to travel and be more open to various types of holidays, whether it’s a mini break with friends or a solo yoga retreat.
If international getaways still scare you a bit or the budget does not allow it completely, then change your shift and focus on splurge-cations. Explore local attractions and immerse yourself in luxury and top amenities. Think five-star hotels or villas with spectacular landscapes. You will be pleasantly surprised that luxurious travelling is right here on your doorstep in Paarl and Wellington.
Saying ‘yes’ to travel makes up for lost travel time and 2022 is the year to reclaim a more positive way of thinking. Approach this year when travelling with a spirit of improvisation and go-with-the-flow attitude and if a trip comes with unexpected twists and turns just say ‘yes’ and do carry on forward!
Luxury accommodation to meet your every need
Angala Boutique Hotel
Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Angala Boutique Hotel is a retreat for body, mind and spirit. Here homely luxury blends with the pristine beauty of nature. Whether you’re drawn to the pure, natural surroundings, or you just need to get away from it all, you’ll experience what you’re looking for. Make Angala your base for exploring the Winelands or indulge in the harmony of their spacious suites and cottages. Visitors can immerse themself in a self-contained eco-pool, cool off in the ozonated pool or simply unwind in the heated spa pool, the choice is naturally theirs.
Light House Boutique Suites
Light House Boutique Suites located in town is the perfect base whether you are travelling for business, leisure or honeymoon. here you will find privacy, relaxed refinement, excellent personal service, great food and wine and a sense of peacefulness and tranquility. This five-star establishment has five elegant suites; each uniquely decorated and named to inspire well-appointed luxury.
Grande Roche Hotel
At the foot of magnificent Paarl Rock is a small, luxury hotel unlike any other where the atmosphere of a bygone era brings a sense of gracious, unhurried living. Grande Roche Hotel is a celebrated historical monument turned five-star hotel boasting beautiful gardens and innovative cuisine in the Manor House of the Grande Roche Estate. Overlooking vineyards and mountains, the Grande Roche Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the Cape. Beauty and body treatments are also available on visitor requests.
Laborie Estate is a historic working farm at the foothills of Paarl Mountain. They offer outstanding four-star accommodation comprising of seven luxury double rooms and 1 deluxe suite, all furnished in a Cape French style. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of ‘The Avenue’ on the estate. Visitors can find numerous options such as coffee and pastries, food market stalls and gin and craft beer in ‘The Avenue’ and dine at a choice of two onsite restaurants on the estate.
Bartholomeus Klip is a charming small hotel on a working wheat and sheep farm which incorporates a Game Reserve and is ideally situated for exploring the famous winelands. They are renowned for their food with lavish brunches, high teas, and gourmet dinners. Highlights of a stay at Bartholomeus Klip are the nature drives through the 10 000-acre nature reserve. The reserve has abundant herds of eland, springbuck, black wildebeest, zebra and bontebok.
Situated in a valley below Bainskloof Pass and surrounded by three mountain ranges, Grande Dedale offer exclusive and luxurious five-star accommodation on a secluded, award-winning wine estate. A romantic thatched stone cottage stands a short distance from the Manor House and is ideal for honeymooners or guests seeking additional privacy. Extensive landscaped gardens and d sparkling 15m pool guarantee relaxation and comfort. A spa room is available for various stress relieving and rejuvenating treatments.
Good food, good life
For a delightful outing and delectable country cuisine, Noop is just the ticket. Chef Zian has created an informal bistro in this heritage building under two magnificent oak trees along Paarl’s vibey main road. The unpretentious seasonal dishes are created from local produce and are served with top quality wines from an extensive wine list. Noop’s charming hospitality ensures an unforgettable eating experience
The menu at Faber is undeniably a celebration of the bounty of Mother Nature. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the valley, Table Mountain and Paarl Rock from the terrace of this graceful Cape Dutch building. Chef Dale has created a contemporary farm-to-fork menu that is both innovative and impressive.
The stunning scenery from Grande Roche Restaurant makes it the ideal spot to while away the day – from breakfast on the patio next to the pool to oysters and champaign at sunset or sundowners on the terrace. The global culinary experience chef Kevin has gained at amongst other’s Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s Michelin starred JAN restaurant in Nice is evident in the menu. He prefers using local produce and creates authentic South African dishes with an international flair.
World-class wine sipping opportunities
Nederburg creates hand-crafted micro-cuvées for specialist wine lovers and beautifully balanced and accessible wines for everyday enjoyment, with equal commitment. They offer an exciting taste discovery. When the farm claims a reputation of wine excellence, it’s no empty boast. Its recipe? Impeccable quality credentials, an ongoing award-winning track record, and a talented winemaking team that strongly focuses on continually exploring ways to better their best efforts.
Bosman Family Vineyards boasts a proud heritage spanning eight generations with a strong environmental and conservation background. Visit their 260-year-old cellar with its farm museum and barrel cellar and discover the legend behind the Afrikaans saying “stokkiesdraai,” which means playing hooky.
Destinations to die for
With a history dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is one of the best-preserved farms in the Cape Town region. It’s an eight-acre farm that features an incredible array of fruits, veggies, indigenous plants, livestock, bees, and even a prickly pear maze. While the Cape Winelands are famous for their vineyards, Babylonstoren is a multifaceted farm that does it all — amazing wine, food and accommodation.
Val de Vie Estate is a global leader in luxury wellness estates and offers countless ways to enjoy an active and diverse lifestyle for the whole family. Outstanding restaurants, a coffee roastery, deli and wine cellar satiate even the most discerning palate. Exquisite event and entertainment facilities allow for festive celebrations while raising a glass to life. In the same way that Val de Vie Estate provides an extensive array of amenities, it offers a collection of home styles to best suit your taste. Val de Vie Estate is one of the most spectacular polo venues in the world. Their passion for the sport of kings has transformed the estate into an unrivalled polo destination.
Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate is an experience-it-all destination offering accommodation, wine tasting, two onsite restaurants and a spa. The 4-star guesthouse accommodation offers views of the Hawequa Mountain range or alternatively stay in the 5-star accommodation, The Coach House, which ticks all the boxes for comfort and opulence. The two onsite restaurants, Pizza Vista and The Grillroom offers both informal and sophisticated dining options. Guests can lounge on the lawns next to Pizza Vista where children can cool off under the refreshing spray of the splash pad.