If you’re planning a luxury experience in the Cape winelands for 2016, then you’re in luck – reservations recently opened for Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. This property is part of the prestigious Leeu Collection and will open on 15 June 2016. Leeu Estates promises to raise the bar when it comes to luxury wineland experiences.
Close to the village of Franschhoek (one of South Africa’s most popular food and wine destinations), this five-star boutique hotel is situated in the centre of 68 hectares of vineyards, located between the mountains and a river, and offers a sophisticated getaway for the discerning traveller. There are 17 rooms, suites and cottages with the graceful 19th century Manor House (with six rooms and suites) at the heart of this working wine farm.
Curated artworks and sculptures play a starring role in public areas and private terraces and fireplaces just add to the charm of this luxury establishment. For groups, an entire cottage (with two or three bedrooms) can be booked.
Delicious cuisine is a highlight of the Leeu Collection, with a focus on ethically farmed produce and dishes that are both creative and contemporary. Guests can sample award-winning Mullineux & Leeu family wines at the Wine Studio and there are numerous options when it comes to booking private dinners, events and functions.
For those in need of some pampering, the Leeu Spa has an extensive menu of holistic treatments on offer (inspired by Asian traditions) and there are three treatment rooms, a double suite, a splash pool, and his and hers steam rooms. If you need to get active, gym equipment is available – and there is a 15-metre infinity swimming pool on offer, as well as personal training and yoga sessions (book beforehand).
Leeu Estates is a great place to relax and unwind with beautiful gardens complete with art and sculpture, there is a reading room with a carefully curated selection of works from around the world, as well as nature trails for those who want to take walks in and around the estate.
Leeu Estates is one of three Leeu Collection properties, the others being Leeu House – a 12-room boutique hotel that opened on 1 December, and Le Quartier Français, one of the top boutique hotels in the world.