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Outstanding luxury in the middle of Wine Country
We spent three days at this wonderful property in August . My wife chose this property to celebrate a very special birthday and we couldn't have been happier with the results. The facilities are even better when visiting in person. Each room has its own special character and the common facilities speak of an elegance that must be experienced to truly enjoy. The staff and service is at a par with any ultra luxury hotel we have visited. We booked the Chef's Table to celebrate my wife's birthday and the entire menu was creative and very well presented . Wine pairings from South Africa were also very good. If we have one complaint it is that we wished to stay longer but we will definitely visit again when we return to South Africa. We would like to thank all the staff and management for helping us to celebrate this important milestone and for all the special efforts they made during our stay.
Luxury at its best
This is the finest hotel I have ever stayed in, anywhere in the world, bar none. We arrived at 10pm and the entire front staff was standing outside to greet us. We were quickly whisked to our room which was very elegant, very Victorian, and very comfortable. This large suite had a library in it, bar, incredible bed and a dining table. The separate bath and dressing room had a large soaking tub in the middle with dual sinks, dual closets, and all manner of furnishings. When we arrived, there was a large charcuterie plate, red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and sherry waiting for us. The restaurant was on the veranda and where we had breakfast and dinner. For our last night, there was a special menu prepared for my wife and I. Each had our name at the top and was different to suit our individual tastes. Let me summarize and say that this is definitely a hotel that should be on your bucket list if you find yourself in this part of the world
Every suite at La Residence is a perfect choice. They are all different in terms of decor, but all provide the same facilities and luxurious accommodation. La Residence has an ‘open door’ policy – if a suite is not in use, the doors are often left open for you to have a look around. If you see a suite you prefer, tell Edward Morton or one of his team, and if it is available they will happily move you. We suggest you look at the images on La Residence’s website and decide which decor best suits your tastes. The Vineyard Suites are truly luxurious, but we think the ones with private pool (numbers 1, 4 and 5) are a better option, plus 4 and 5 can interconnect to create a ten bedroom villa – ideal for extended family celebrations. Suite 3 with an over sized bedroom and large four poster bed is perfect for honeymooners or anyone celebrating an anniversary (but note that it does not have a pool). Suite 2 is the perfect choice for a family. A small twin bedroom upstairs in the loft has been decorated with children’s needs taken into consideration. In the middle of the Vineyard Suites is the Terrace Room. Exclusively for Suite residents, this open plan space provides a dining room, kitchen, library, bar, television room and outdoor terrace with pool, loungers and dining tables. Guests have the option to have meals prepared here (there are no kitchens in the villas) where you can interact with your personal chef over a glass of local wine as you create your meal together. Meals can then be served inside or outside on the terrace or, if you prefer, in your suite. Alternatively, wander up to La Residence and enjoy dinner in the majestic dining room (no children under 12). Also, just outside the suites is a croquet lawn, which doubles as a heli-pad. We really cannot find any negatives to this property, but it will not appeal to those who prefer a pared-down, understated or minimalist feel. The ambience here is opulent and decadent, with a welcoming and relaxing homely feel – mainly due to the friendly and accommodating Edward and his staff, who encourage you to treat la Residence as your own home. This is an LTI standout favourite, and one of the world’s top hotels. More insider detail can be found in our Cape Town & Winelands Report.
Experience at La Residence
We were invited to a couples weekend away at La Residence in Franshoek. This was the most unforgettable experience; actually the best in the world. The staff were so friendly, not like the other 5 star hotels were the service is good but you feel like they programmed like robots. At La Residence, the staff were sincerely happy. Edward, the manager, was beyond exceptional. He actually sat and chatted with us, had a glass of wine , joined us for dinner. In fact his hospitality is what would make us return. Tylon the chef was also exceptional. Food was sublime and catered to every of our needs with exceptional cooking skills. If you want to experience world class hosting and accommodation, La Residence is a must. We will he there soon again !!
Royal Tour part 3 - very memorable despite the weather
Our driver drove us from Grootbos to La Residence in Franschoek. Beautiful building and the sun was out when we arrived. We had lunch outdoors. Lovely food and location. Our room was terrific with great views of the pond, the mountains and the animals. It was spectacular for sunsets. The staff were truly excellent and everyone from Edward the manager, Ricardo, the wait team, Kennedy, the guy who arranged our table at la petite colombe whose name I forget were amazing. The two ladies in the massage treatment room really did a fantastic job with my tired body and massaged and gave my wife a facial treatment. Dinner in the hotel the first night was good. Wines by the glass excellent. Breakfast both days very good We attempted to play golf but only managed twelve holes due to the weather but our guide then arranged a last minute tour of Mandela’s last place he stayed in the prison nearby before he was set free. Lovely people at la residence. Credit to the portfolio group.
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