Text Naomi Larkin WHERE: R45, Simondium, Western Cape, 021-863-3852, babylonstoren.com WHY WE LOVE IT: This farm hotel/restaurant/garden/tea house and spa is unrivalled throughout SA in its design and originality. A day visit to enjoy any one of its offerings is recommended but an overnight stay is the ultimate choice. Combining strict heritage building rules with contemporary touches such as glass-box extensions has produced the perfect marriage of history and streamlined modernity in each of the 12 guest cottages. Similarly, the interiors (each space is unique) reflect the impeccable taste of owners Karen Roos and Koos Becker. X-FACTOR: Take a walk through the magnificent garden before enjoying the Private Hammam Water Ritual at the spa followed by a nap in your luxurious four-poster bed, then dinner at Babel. This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of House and Leisure.