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

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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Grootbos

Grootbos

The Winelands and Cape

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star 4,200 acre reserve overlooking Walker Bay, just east of Hermanus on the Cape coast. The reserve has eco-friendly objectives at heart and your visit directly contributes to the conservation efforts of the Grootbos Foundation.

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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.

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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.

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La Cle des Montagnes, luxury hotel in South Africa

La Clé des Montagnes

The Winelands and Cape

Franschhoek is such a picture perfect place to stay, that you may want to settle in and stay for longer than a few days. Hell, it’s so nice you may want to bring the family, and friends.

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Reception lounge at Delaire Graff Estate, luxury hotel in South Africa

Delaire Graff Estate

The Winelands and Cape

British jeweller Laurence Graff bought the Delaire estate outside Stellenbosch in 2003, and has expertly combined art, design, food and wine to create a simply stunning hotel.

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