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The Best of Both Worlds

Love long, lazy breakfasts? Fancy a relaxing massage? The best of both worlds combine in the Steenberg Indulgence 1682 package, as HL assistant editor Leigh Robertson discovered…   There are so many reasons why the Constantia Valley rates as one of Cape Town’s best assets, certainly in my books. A picture of mountains, oak trees and vineyards, it’s incredibly pretty, and it feels perfectly far from the madding crowds while being a quick 20-minute drive from the city centre. Not least of all, it’s prime wine country – in my opinion, producing some of the best wines out there. While any of the historical or newer wine farms here are worth a visit (how much time do you have, it could take a while?), at the top of your list right now should be Steenberg. The oldest wine farm in the area, Steenberg has kept with the times while smartly staying connected with its heritage – paying homage to the year in which it was established is both their superb cellar-door restaurant, Bistro Sixteen82, and quite awesome Methode Cap Classique (probably as close as you’ll get to French champagne without actually drinking the French stuff). The date also makes an appearance in the most appropriately named Steenberg Indulgence 1682 package, aimed at giving locals a taste of some of the many wonderful things happening here, and not solely for the enjoyment of well-heeled tourists either. The package (R470 per person) comprises breakfast at Bistro Sixteen82 along with a glass of Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay Brut MCC, and followed by a 50 minute full-body massage at the intimate Steenberg Ginkgo Spa. What’s not to like? There are breakfasts, and then there is that offered at Bistro Sixteen82 – frankly, in a class of its own. Chef Brad Ball serves up a concise, considered and artfully prepared selection of classic fare with a contemporary edge. But it’s really all about the fresh produce he uses, and the organic eggs and pork (not to mention the asparagus!) seem to make all the difference. Some of the favourites at our table were the Eggs Royale (smoked Franschhoek trout on potato rosti with poached eggs, with dollops of hollandaise sauce) and the Eggs Benedict (the same, but with Brad’s signature pork belly bacon). But while we all loved our eggs, nothing came close to the rapturous combination of the freshly baked, decadently buttered and honey-drenched Brioche nibbled along with the bubbly, so superbly complementary to each other. Coffee snobs will love that theirs comes from Origin Roasting in Cape Town. And just when you think it couldn’t possibly get better, it does. The spa treatment rounds things off blissfully – so much so that I’d recommend you take off the rest of the day too! To book (essential!) for the Steenberg Indulgence 1682 package, contact 021-713-2222 or email