Sip n' Spa: Wine Estates

You can't visit Cape Town and not venture into the winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. A day trip will do it, but overnight if you can. We could write a LUXE Guide for the winelands alone, but if you only visit one wine estate (called “wine farms” by locals, choose one of these 3 stand outs.

Photo credit: Delaire Graff Estate

Photo credit: Delaire Graff Estate

Delaire Graff Estate

Ravishing estate amid indigenous gardens studded with Dylan Lewis sculptures, and mountain and wow vineyard views. Add in the outstanding South African art collection, two restaurants – including Indochine for mouthwatering Pan-Asian cuisine – and a dreamy spa and you'll be hard pushed to leave.

The Spa is famed for its four-handed massage, the most divine way to end your day.

Helshoogte Pass / Stellenbosch / +27 21 885 8160 / / 

Photo credit: Leeu Estate

Photo credit: Leeu Estate

Leeu Estate

Situ'd within a cork's roll of Franschhoek town, this art-endowed manor house and spa amid beautiful sculpture-dotted grounds and vineyards is the second home to award-winning Mullineux Wines.

Spa treatments reference holistic African rituals, best experienced via the African Fuse Massage. Be sure to chill by the pool afterwards.

Dassenberg Rd / Franschhoek / +27 21 492 2222 / / 

Photo credit: Babylonstoren

Photo credit: Babylonstoren


Worth visiting for a stroll of the impeccably laid-out gardens and orchards alone; but be sure to stay for the stellar Babel Restaurant and one of Cape Town’s finest spas.

The spa is also home to a swimming dam, Himalayan salt room and hammam.

Klapmuts Simondium Rd / Simondium, Franschhoek / +27 21 863 3852 / /