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“A visual feast, everywhere you look the eye falls on some exotic antique or painting. Each unique suite is decorated in the colours and fabrics of a maharajah's palace, a miniature Versailles or a Moroccan harem. Utter indulgence continues right through to the dining and the award winning spa.”

“A visual feast, everywhere you look the eye falls on some exotic antique or painting. Each unique suite is decorated in the colours and fabrics of a maharajah's palace, a miniature Versailles or a Moroccan harem. Utter indulgence continues right through to the dining and the award winning spa.”

Hotel Review

Unbridled luxury, La Residence is the jewel in the crown of The Royal Portfolio's fine collection. A purpose-built hotel, that sits in the Franschhoek Valley as though it's been there for generations. Each of its 11 rooms, plus five vineyard suites, are decorated in a unique style and vibrant colour. Owner Liz Biden has chosen every fixture and fitting and travels the world collecting exotic objets d'art. Opulence abounds in the form of chandeliers from India, four-posters from France, Tibetan dressers, and antique mirrors. The main house, with its vaulted wooden ceilings, monochrome tiles, and open-fires is strictly adults only. A sense of tranquillity pervades, with peacocks strutting across the manicured lawns. On the other side of the property, in the five villas, families (and little ones) are allowed and have their own pool and dining area. As you'd expect, dining is superb. Choose from the seemingly endless wine list and capacious cellar. A daily changing menu is available, try local favourite, Springbok, and a death by chocolate cake to finish. A picturesque twenty-minute walk into Franschhoek town, where there are some world-class restaurants and vineyards. The hotel provides complimentary shuttles into town.
Recommended for
  • Spa breaks
  • Home to an award winning spa with signature treatments such as the 'Pinotage Body Polish'.
  • Romantic Break
  • Divine villas with exotic decor and huge bathrooms.
 

Written by Megan Lambert

Recommended For

  • Riding
  • The hotel concierge can help you arrange a riding excursion. Wine tasting on horseback is even possible!
  • Spa breaks
  • Home to an award winning spa with signature treatments such as the 'Pinotage Body Polish'.
  • Cycling
  • This area is popular for cycling and bikes are available for guests to hire.
  • Golf
  • Pearl Valley Golf course is just a short drive away.
  • Romantic Break
  • Divine villas with exotic decor and huge bathrooms.
  • Wine tasting
  • Surrounded by vineyards you are spoilt for choice.
  • Restrictions on children
  • Children above the age of 12 are permitted.
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Wedding license
  • Family Suites
  • Eco
  • Good wine list
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Colonial
  • Designer
  • Gourmet
  • Conference facilities
  • 5* Luxury
  • Antiques
  • Gym
  • Chic
  • Artworks
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Disabled access
  • Wellbeing
  • Secluded setting
  • Views
  • Free wifi
  • Romantic
  • Four poster beds
  • Luxury

Facilities

  • Restrictions on children
  • Children above the age of 12 are permitted.
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor pool.
  • Airport transfer
  • Surcharge.
  • Outdoor dining
  • Fireplace
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Wedding license
  • Bar
  • Family Suites
  • Parking
  • Towelling robes
  • Safe
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Hairdresser/Beauty Salon
  • Good wine list
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Bicycle hire
  • Library
  • No pets
  • Massage
  • Meeting Room
  • Conference facilities
  • 24 Hour room service
  • Sitting Room
  • Air conditioning
  • Gym
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Disabled access
  • Suites
  • Business Centre
  • Views
  • Free wifi
  • Wifi
  • Four poster beds
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Concierge
  • Private villas

Activities

  • Riding
  • The hotel concierge can help you arrange a riding excursion. Wine tasting on horseback is even possible!
  • Cycling
  • This area is popular for cycling and bikes are available for guests to hire.
  • Golf
  • Pearl Valley Golf course is just a short drive away.
  • Wine tasting
  • Surrounded by vineyards you are spoilt for choice.

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You might check in to La Résidence, situated on a 30-acre estate, expecting old-world glamour. You'll find that in spades, to be sure, but jazzed up in a distinctly modern way: unexpected splashes of orange, chartreuse, or lemon, or perhaps a boldly patterned rug. Many rooms boast Asian paintings and antiques—a testament to owner Liz Biden’s unique design flair. The result is an opulent French chateau with an Oriental twist.

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