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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Perched on the slopes of the magnificent Stellenbosch mountains, the Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa offers sweeping views across the estate’s vineyards. Each lodge has its own private heated plunge pool, an idyllic setting for relaxation.The décor skilfully blends indigenous influences and contemporary design, complemented by works of South African artists. Here, guests delight in heartfelt hospitality and taste exceptional cuisine accompanied by wines from the Estate. The spa offers an exclusive range of sophisticated treatments. In the evening you can watch the sun set over Table Mountain or languish in the private cinema. Time spent here is all about relaxing and indulging. ... Learn moreless
As an extension to the superb works on display at the heart of the Delaire Graff Estate itself by its owner Laurence Graff, the town of Stellenbosch houses a large number of art galleries. Abstract or expressionist paintings, sculptures by local or international artists are exhibited at the Gallery University Stellenbosch, Sasol Art Museum and the Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery.
In the wake of Morné Vrey, winemaker and sommelier at Delaire Graff, set out to discover South African wines. Your palate will soon know all the secrets of the Stellenbosch cabernets. Having the opportunity to partake in a ‘vertical’ tasting and try the old local vintages gives a taste of the richness of the vines and wine-making process, along the most beautiful country wineries route.
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Situated in the heart of one of the most exclusive suburbs, Bantry Bay, just ten minutes away from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and in walking distance to the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, this elegant Edwardian mansion overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose the opulent atmosphere of Ellerman House or the modern style of its villas, you too will fall under the spell of this address that combines all the pleasures of Cape Town. Enjoy the gourmet cuisine, tasting fine vintage wines and surveying the impressive private art collection, plus a view of the Atlantic Ocean that is quite simply spectacular. The site located to the below right of Ellerman House has a new home being developed on it and building works are being heard on the property. For more information click here. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in town. Located in Cape Town’s historical Constantia Valley, on the breath-taking slopes of Table Mountain, all the rooms and suites of The Cellars-Hohenort boast panoramic views of the impressive mountain and the beautiful grounds. Set in 9.5 acres of gardens, this historic and beautiful country escape is only a 15 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city, famous for its incomparable scenery, cuisine and wines. Back at the hotel, the gourmet cuisine of the talented young Chef Peter Tempelhoff at The Greenhouse focuses on regional flavours with modern interpretations. All of this is the result of owner Liz McGrath’s more than 20 years of hard work, love and endless inspiration. ... Learn moreless
Under the lighthouse, arrows point out geographical destinations: South Pole 6,248km, New York 12,341km, London 9,626km, Sydney 11,642km. Are we at the very tip of Africa or the centre of the world? The continent’s last landmark, the Cape of Good Hope’s old light house dominates an abrupt cliff with the waves breaking relentlessly below. It remains the first or last point of reference for sailors….
Diving in a gigantic aquarium, which houses the species living around the Cape peninsula, is the exceptional experience offered to day visitors at the Two Oceans Aquarium. The most daring visitors have no qualifications and can be trained on site. Once equipped, you can swim with sharks, Manta rays, turtles, seals and penguins. A truly unique experience…
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. Only 270 km from Cape Town, located in the Cederberg Mountains, this natural haven of wide open plains and rugged rock formations allows one to surrender one's senses, while reconnecting with nature. This retreat is recognized for its splendid accommodation and facilities, authentic South African cuisine and generous hospitality. With over 130 rock art sites of ancient Bushman paintings, dating from ten thousand years ago and abundant flora and fauna, this malaria and predator-free wilderness sanctuary is a magical playground, ideal for restoring, mind and spirit. ... Learn moreless
This is one of the steepest roads in South Africa: the R303 takes you through vineyards, orchards, and arid landscapes from Wellington to Citrusdal. After going over Bainskloof and Middelberg pass, you head into the heart of the valleys filled with orange, peach, and apricot trees to the north and the mysterious Cederberg Wilderness Area, a mysterious world of sandstone formations...
Cederberg is an uncrowded area that is home to a little known treasure: around 130 cave paintings made by the San people more than 3,000 years ago. This nomadic tribe marked rock walls with thin silhouettes of elephants and antelopes, and ochre-colored hand depictions. You must have a guide to visit these isolated, treasured sites.
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. In the heart of the private Kapama reserve, this camp is named after the first baby elephant adopted by the owners, followed by other orphaned elephants from Zimbabwe. This lodge is a sanctuary for animals and a marvellous refuge for travellers in search of an authentic experience. The deluxe suites and the presidential Zindoga Villa open onto their own private outdoor pool overlooking the dry riverbed. Explore the bush on foot or by vehicle to spot the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants. Experience unforgettably unique moments, enhanced by attentive service and sophisticated cuisine. ... Learn moreless
Organized by Camp Jabulani, this hot air balloon flight offers a memorable experience! The balloon takes off at dawn above the Blyde River and makes its way past the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. The basket flies over the plains where giraffes and gnus live. Carried on the wind, the hot air balloon climbs in silence as if through a film set with cinematic lighting. Here, the Kruger National Park seems to never end.
The creation of Camp Jabulani is directly linked to an elephant calf adopted on site. Everything here seems to revolve around the life and well-being of these pachyderms. In the company of their keepers, you will get to know them better, feeding them and tending to their needs. After having accompanied the elephants for a day at the heart of the reserve, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for you to leave.
Hotel and restaurant in town. In the chic, cosmopolitan suburb of Atholl in Johannesburg, this small boutique hotel welcoming families and children of all ages, offers timeless charm and elegance. The spacious rooms are designed in a warm blend of neutral and natural shades, wood and wicker, contemporary furniture and pieces of African art and design. Depending on the time of day, guests can enjoy the large pool under the shade of palm trees, or the quiet of the delightful library and bar, with its open fire. The landscaped gardens surrounding the lovely house simply add to one’s feeling of serenity and offer a secluded, romantic setting where guests can lounge at leisure, enjoy a drink or dine in the in-house resturuant. Guest can also experience some of the best shopping and cultural attractions nearby. ... Learn moreless
These former farm buildings served as a meeting place for members of the African National Congress (ANC) during the 1960s. It was here that they secretly fought against the apartheid regime. Opened to the public in 2008, the site has been turned into a museum which, through many portraits of the activists, helps you understand the recent history of a story which was ripped apart long ago.
Two doorways welcome visitors: you enter through one or the other, depending on the color of your skin. Between 1948 and 1994, apartheid ate away at the country. So that this is not forgotten, the museum explains the historical and political context which led to this unparalleled discrimination. The exhibitions lead on to the resource centre. You can discover an interview with Nelson Mandela before his arrest or the archives from the Soweto uprising in 1976…
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. Nestled in KwaZulu-Natal, this magnificent lodge built high upon a cliff overlooks the Sundays River. Its five independent, elegantly decorated suites each have terraces, whose sweeping views invite guests into a state of blissful reverie. The Nambiti reserve, with its bush and savanna, plains and waterfalls, is home to the region’s greatest concentration of animals. In addition to the Big Five, you can expect to cross cheetahs and black rhinos, as well as the many species of birds. At the end of a day spent in the open air, the lodge offers you relaxing comfort, accompanied by an elegant touch of French art de vivre and extraordinary African experiences. ... Learn moreless
Classed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park offers incredible options for safaris and other outings. Amongst them, horseback rides organized by the Esiweni Lodge through the vast plains which look like post cards where you can cross rivers not far from the attentive fauna. In the distance, the splendid peaks herald other landscapes, other possibilities…
Off the main tourist routes, the Nambiti Private Game Reserve is at the heart of Zulu country. The richness of its landscapes allows you to explore the savannah, bush, plains and mountainous foothills in just one day. All the fauna of South Africa, the giraffes and elephants, lions and leopards, black rhinoceros, seem to have agreed to meet at the site of the famous battle of Elandslaagte.
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. This Private Game Reserve, endorsed by Nelson Mandela, is situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand game reserve. It is everything Africa ought to be – pulsing with the deep rhythm of the untamed Bushveld. The Reserve has been family run for 89 years where the fourth generation of the Varty Family welcomes you to this lodge situated in perfect harmony with the environment. It consists of three camps – Tree, Pioneer and The Private Granite Suites on the banks of the Sand River. The style is elegant and chic with the class of history. The cuisine highlights fresh, local ingredients and is served with flair surrounded by nature. ... Learn moreless
Here you can find everything you might want to take home with you, and always keep the memory of your safari alive: the landscapes, the early morning light or the setting sun, the presence of the big cats. You can hire professional equipment and the benefit from the advice of a ranger specializing in photography. An unusual experience, where patience and silence are synonymous, the safari photo package is limited to four people per vehicle for a minimum of two nights.
It is one of the most beautiful golf courses on the continent. Regularly voted for by specialized magazines across the world, Leopard Creek is separated from the Kruger National Park by Crocodile River. At the heart of an ultra-secure estate, these 18 holes are the brainchild of legends Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, offering golf lovers a course, landscape and encounters with the wild fauna… by invitation only.