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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 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 breathtaking 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 Farrel Hirsch at The Greenhouse and Chef Paul Nash at The Conservatory 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
It’s as much an icon as it is a mountain. The most famous mountain in South Africa stands at 1086 m high. Just on the outskirts of the city, Table Mountain provides you with a spectacular view of Cape Town and the entire peninsula. It is best visited at dawn or just before the dusk in order to avoid the clouds that like to hang over it. There are two ways of reaching South Africa's most photographed site: the cableway or one of the 300 marked trails leading to the top...
There are places where you just have to accept there will be crowds. The famous Robben Island prison is one of them. Visiting Nelson Mandela’s cell, wandering through the prison, and exploring the lime quarry where prisoners were exploited all provide insight into an important and not so long ago part of South African history. Many of the guides are former prisoners. A monument where you will have to take some time to ponder despite the crowds...
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
Founded in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest city in the country (the first being Cape Town). Behind the old oak trees, visitors will discover the influence of the Dutch have had on the Cape and the beautiful Victorian homes and buildings. Located in the heart of the Winelands, Stellenbosch remains closely linked with the Afrikaner culture. The city is home to one of the most prestigious universities of the country.
For as far as the eye can see, there is nothing but vineyards. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl form a triangle in which every hill seems to be entirely dedicated to wine-making. These fertile slopes are part of the continent’s most beautiful vineyards. You can’t help but stop at one of the wineries to enjoy a glass of red wine, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, or zinfandel...
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.