Cape Winelands, South Africa
Staying at La Residence is a fairytale come to life: you’re living in your own castle. Your over-the-top, gorgeously elaborate and unique suite seems to have been designed just for you, and every view seems to be better than the last. Antiques, velvets and silks vie with mountains, valleys and vineyards for your affection. It’s an unbelievable place in an unbelievable landscape: truly a treasure.
The palatial La Residence is an élite boutique hotel that has become a beloved institution in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley—one of the most beautiful wine producing regions in the world. The landscape is a symphony in colour: beyond the amethyst and fuchsia rose bushes and the aquamarine infinity pool are green rows of vines lining the rolling hills; in the distance, craggy purple mountains stand sharply against the sky. A deep blue bowl of sky stands behind it all, becoming a riot of colour at sunup and sundown.
It’s impossible to overstate the opulence of La Residence’s interior, built around a lush, green inner courtyard. The bright and airy space glows with reflected light from crystal chandeliers, and even with a host of gorgeous antiques and flowers everywhere, the rooms still feel spacious. Different themes suit different personalities: the Chambre Bleu Suite’s centerpiece is a gorgeous antique four-poster bed painted in vibrant French blue, while the Armani Suite is all calm neutrals and soothing art, and the Maharani Suite features exotic Indian décor that is unashamedly opulent. On and on—there’s something for everyone.
- Internet available in library
- En-suite bathrooms
- 24-hour electricity
- Hair dryer
- Private veranda/balcony
- Laundry services
- Mini bar
- In-room safe deposit box
- Full spa and gym
- Heated pool
A note for families & children
La Residence is happy to host children over the age of twelve. Children of all ages are welcome if the entire property is booked exclusively.
Discover the gorgeous vineyards, by bike, horse or motor-trike—stopping for a wine tasting here, a farm-to-table meal there. Canoe in crystalline rivers; explore the mountains and discover exciting flora and fauna; and what fun to go whale-watching on a boat out at sea! You can even head out to the surrounding brooks and streams for a spot of trout fishing—whatever you bring back can be cooked by the five-star chef and paired with one of the region’s many exquisite wines.
Or take it slower, and roam around the estate of a grand manor-house, or visit the cobbled streets of a Cape Dutch village in a horse-drawn carriage, returning home to refresh with a swim in the infinity pool, which boasts superb mountain views. On cool days you can even curl up with a book in the library, sipping piping hot chocolate beside an open fire.