Holidays to the Winelands & Cape: An Overview

Just an hour's drive inland from Cape Town, at the heart of the Cape Winelands, is the historic town of Franschhoek. Founded in 1688 by French Huguenots who brought with them a Gallic appreciation of all things epicurean, Franschhoek is the gastronomic capital of South Africa, its many excellent restaurants offering a world-class gourmet experience. The vineyards around Franschhoek and nearby Stellenbosch produce some of the finest New World wines, best sampled on a tour of the local wine routes which pass through picturesque landscapes punctuated with characteristic Cape Dutch architecture.

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Luxury Holidays to The Winelands & Cape: the Detail

Moving on from the Cape Winelands region, the small coastal town of Hermanus is famous for its superb whale-watching, especially between May and December when the Southern Right whales are in residence in Hermanus Bay.

Inject some action into your luxury holiday with sea-kayaking, deep-sea fishing and hiking, mountain biking or horse-riding in the local hills with their unique 'fynbos' heathland.


Top picks for The Winelands and Cape

Bartholomeus Klip, luxury hotel in  South Africa

Bartholomeus Klip

The Winelands and Cape

A Victorian farmstead on its own 10,000 acre private nature reserve, and at the same time a working wheat and sheep farm, all near to Cape Town and the winelands of the Western Cape.

Where to stay

Large bedroom at La Residence, luxury hotel in South Africa

La Residence

The Winelands and Cape

La Residence is a secluded retreat situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands just an hour from Cape Town.

Where to stay

The pool at Bushmans Kloof, luxury hotel in South Africa

Bushmans Kloof

The Winelands and Cape

Tucked away in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof offers the freedom to cycle, walk and enjoy outdoor activities surrounded by spectacular rock formations and seasonal rivers.

Where to stay

Interior at Hawksmoor, luxury hotel in South Africa

Hawksmoor

The Winelands and Cape

There may be smarter places to stay in the Winelands, but we guarantee none have as much character as Hawksmoor.

Where to stay

Babylonstoren, luxury hotel in South Africa

Babylonstoren

The Winelands and Cape

The traditional Cape Dutch farmstead of Babylonstoren is slap bang in the middle of the Cape Winelands, within easy reach of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch and - of course - the world famous vineyards.

Where to stay

The restaurant at Birkenhead House, luxury hotel in South Africa

Birkenhead House

The Winelands and Cape

Birkenhead House is a luxurious coastal retreat perched on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, just outside Hermanus – one of the first stops on the ‘Garden Route’ running east from Cape Town.

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