A woody wonderland of lush grasses and towering trees beckoned me into a cocoon of calmness as I entered the gates of Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa a fortnight ago. As challenging as it may be to find the words to describe the freeze-frame perfection of the forested land that enveloped this hotel, I’ll still do my best to lure you into images of verdant vineyards, fragrant clumps of lavender and majestic serrated mountain views.
Le Franschhoek Hotel’s gardens, with hidden paths, plush green lawns and secret spots, are an explorer’s dream to disappear to when desiring a bit of solitude. Is there an ounce of doubt in your mind that this idyllic setting, nestled in the heart of the Cape Winelands, is anything less than a walk in paradise? Imagine those moments before sunset, your face aglow with the amber hues of the afternoon sky, sipping on silky smooth red wine under the watchful eye of the Simonsberg mountain.
The Cape Dutch style Le Franschhoek Hotel warmly welcomes you with 63 en-suite rooms and suites, as well as two lavish villas. The spacious rooms are tastefully furnished with comfy beds and filled with the intricacies that matter when it comes to hotel life – soft robes, an espresso machine, free WiFi and a mini-fridge. You’ll be graced with panoramic views of the magnificent grounds from your bedroom window.
The best relaxation options (amongst many) include stretching out on a sun lounger next to the glistening blue swimming pool, inhaling the fresh country air, or opting to spend a few hours treating yourself to blissful repose in the capable hands of the beauty therapists at the onsite Camelot Spa. On the menu, you’ll find an Indian head massage for starters, the Thalgo Polynesian spa ritual for mains and, finally, flotation therapy for dessert. They are currently offering some delightful promotions to celebrate Women’s month. Go on… spoil yourself!
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa serves delectable dining options. If you’re in the mood for fine dining then Dish Restaurant allows you to indulge in a tasty à la carte menu. Executive Head Chef, Scott Shepherd, tantalised my taste buds with his deliciously prepared and presented beef tartar served with red onions, garlic, thyme, pickled radish, wasabi and quinoa. However, If you’re looking for fine wines and sexy sundowners, then the elegantly furnished bar and lounge area will perfectly suit your needs.
I was lucky enough to spend two glorious days and one night at this picturesque hotel not only revelling in flavourful food and soaking up the (unexpected) sunshine but also discovering everything you can expect from Elizabeth Arden in the upcoming months. I’ll only touch on a few as I’ll have more posts lined up featuring the products I’ve tried, tested and enjoyed.
On the 19th of September, Elizabeth Arden will be launching a new addition to their Green Tea fragrance family – Nectarine Blossom, an effervescent and refreshing scent. Another September launch that should tickle your fancy is the new PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Foundation. But, my favourite upcoming launch is definitely the 2016 limited edition packaging of the beloved eight hour cream. I have a feeling these will be flying off the shelves when they arrive in October. Keep an eye on the blog more launch details.
Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa provides you with various accommodation and dinning specials and packages. You’ll be sure to find something that catches your eye.