Best Luxury Hotels in Franschhoek, South Africa 2022

With a name meaning French Corner, this village is an integral part of South Africa’s wine land. Located in the Western Cape Province, it is stunningly beautiful, as well as being what is arguably the best place in the country for food and drink. It is also one of the oldest settlements in the country, with impressive heritage sites and historic buildings. Wine tasting is a primary activity, followed closely by fishing and hiking in the surrounding mountains. Or you can just stay close to your luxury hotel, soak up the sun, swim in the pool and enjoy impeccable service. Here are the best places to stay when visiting Franschhoek.

The Franschhoek Residence

Set on 30 acres of private grounds, this five-star hotel is flanked by majestic mountains, with a backdrop of Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz vineyards, olive groves and plum orchards. The main building houses 11 suites designed for couples, while five other suites for families and groups are housed on the grounds. Each has been individually decorated by Liz Biden, incorporating large mirrors, chandeliers hanging from wood-beamed ceilings, exotic antiques, and velvet and silk textiles. Meals are also sumptuous at La Residence and are either formally served in the Grand Hall or alfresco in Persian Alley. The hotel also has an award-winning spa.

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The French Quarter

As the name suggests, this boutique property has strong French connections, as evidenced by the classic, fresh approach to room decor. Its restaurant, Protégé, offers a trendy dining experience, with small plates with Asian, French and Italian influences. Diners can watch the chefs at work via the central open kitchen from within, or enjoy balmy South African evenings with a meal on the terrace. Guests can also enjoy a meal in the intimate Épice. Leeu Spa by Healing Earth offers wellness treatments using local natural resources, such as the Pinotage grape, which contains many therapeutic properties.

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House Leeu

Leeu House is a sister hotel in the French Quarter, enjoying access to the same holistic wellness sanctuary and gym. It’s located in the center of the village and has its own casual restaurant, The Conservatory – a bright, glass-ceilinged building, with an additional alfresco dining and drinking terrace. The building looks very much like a contemporary country retreat, with a quaint white facade, a crackling fire in the lounge bar, a convivial pool, and individually decorated rooms with carpeting in natural hues. It has just 12 rooms, guaranteeing a five-star boutique experience.

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