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Friday 26 January 2024

Enjoying the Cape Winelands in serious style

Nowhere does gourmet tourism better than South Africa's Cape Winelands region.

It is a region where stylish luxury is de rigueur if you have cash to splash.

One of the prestige addresses in Franschhoek is La Residence (, part of the Royal Portfolio group and a 16-suite boutique hotel that has just undergone a complete refresh.

It is somewhere that is definitely on my bucket list.    

Expansion plans include the opening of a new wine tasting barn in February, and a flagship family villa towards the end of the year.

Tucked away from the main hotel, all five Vineyard Suites now each have Mediterranean-style pools with large outdoor entertainment areas and mountain views.

"Revitalising the design at La Residence was an opportunity to breathe new energy into the hotel, ensuring our guests continue to enjoy a unique and luxurious experience," said founder and co-owner Liz Biden.

"Our commitment to creating an environment of comfort and splendour is reflected in every aspect of the property's fresh, new look."

La Residence’s dining experiences have also been enhanced with chef Gregory Henderson offering interactive South African cooking courses that include collecting and using La Residence seasonal farm products such as vegetables, herbs, honey and lavender.

Other food experiences include personalised cookery demonstrations at the Chef’s Table in the dining hall, afternoon teas inspired by the seasons, La Residence cheese and wine pairings and picnics set up in the estate vineyards

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Room rates are seasonal and start from ZAR 8,700 ($695) per person sharing, including breakfast, full mini bar and complimentary shuttle service to Franschhoek town centre.

La Residence forms part of The Royal Portfolio that also includes The Silo Hotel on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, Birkenhead House in Hermanus and Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park.

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