Last week I had the pleasure of spending the night at the newly refurbished Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch. I had seen the hotel featured on social media but seeing it in person was even more impressive. After a devastating fire on the Estate last year the hotel underwent a massive rebuild and it’s looking very beautiful.
This 326-year old Estate in the tranquil Jonkershoek Valley is somewhat iconic in Stellenbosch. Its been a part of life in the area forever and I have memories dating back to my student days of sitting eating cheese platters and drinking copious bottles of wine outside. My father informed me that my paternal grandmother Sprinkie Bain worked there for a bit in the early sixties and her Jack Russel would kill unwelcome rodents that scuttled onto the farm.
The property offers numerous venues to relax, eat and drink. There is the Deli with an inside and outside seating area doing breakfast, sandwiches, pastries and cheese platters. The Taphuis Bar off the main foyer is the cosiest English-style pub with a huge roaring fireplace and bar menu. I have already eyed out my spot in the room for a future wintery visit. The Manor Kitchen is the main restaurant where hotel guests enjoy breakfast and evening meals, and you can expect a few classic dishes on the menu. The Craven Lounge is the second bar with chunky leather furniture, a big selection of whiskies and a tapas menu. I know a few people who would want to settle in there with a cigar and some rugby on TV. This is all before you have ventured into their lovely wine tasting area where you can sample all the Lanzerac wine.
The Spa is simply glorious with magnificent views over vineyards and the mountains and you will want to spend as much time there as possible. I had the pleasure of enjoying a treatment and a swim in the heated pool which is a must-do when staying at the hotel. The Spa also has a steam & mist room, a jacuzzi, a sauna and a fitness centre which are all available to guests during their stay. They have their own water supply which is currently abundant so as a Cape Town resident it would be worth visiting just to make use of these luxuries.
What impressed me most about the hotel were the rooms. Large and individually decorated with every luxurious detail taken into consideration. My particular room was magnificent with a gigantic bathroom, private pool and cosy lounge. I only wish it was summer so I could have spent some time outside in the sun. My pictures complete the story.
* I was invited as a guest to Lanzerac Hotel & Spa to stay for one night
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