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

Photo credit: Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff

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 / /