Discerning travellers in search of a tranquil base while exploring the Cape Winelands need look no further than Grande Roche in Paarl. This five-star hotel is not only conveniently located, but (as a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World) also guarantees guests the finest in wining and dining.
Paarl is a mere 45 minutes from Cape Town, and only 30 minutes from two other Winelands heavyweights: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The region boasts several award-winning restaurants, wine estates and golf courses – but if the best in cultivar and cuisine is what you’re after, you don’t even need to leave the premises. At the on-site Bosman’s Restaurant, a sommelier is on hand to recommend wine to best complement dishes from Michelin-trained Executive Chef Roland Gorgosilich’s menu.
Grande Roche is situated on a working wine farm at the foot of Paarl Rock, and overlooks the district’s rolling vineyards. The buildings were once an old farmhouse and slave quarters which have been tastefully transformed into 28 Luxury Suites. Top tip: for a more private experience, book the Garden Suite (previously the farm stables) which comes with a private Jacuzzi, terrace and patio.