WHERE: Elandskloof Private Rd, Elandskloof Farm, Franschhoek, Western Cape, 021-876-4100
WHY WE LOVE IT: A member of the prestigious The Royal Portfolio group, La Residence epitomises true luxury. Surrounded by mountains and vineyards, this sprawling property combines suites and villas – the latter for parties of up to six – in the scenic Franschhoek valley. Cross the threshold of the glorious hall that houses the dining and lounge areas, and you enter an opulent world dominated throughout (including the bedrooms and bathrooms) by bold colour, luscious fabrics, massive chandeliers, prize antiques, collectable artworks and carefully curated knick-knacks that speak of travel to exotic lands – all the handiwork of owner Liz Biden who practically invented grandeur.
X-FACTOR: Chef Lennard Marais’ cuisine focuses on allowing fresh ingredients – many from the hotel’s beautiful gardens – to speak for themselves, resulting in meals you’ll be loath to miss.
For more information, visit laresidence.co.za
This article originally featured in the August 2014 issue of House and Leisure.