La Residence


La Residence
The scene at La Residence, high up on a slope in the Franschhoek Valley, is like a fairy-tale – glass chandeliers from India and glittering gold finishes twinkle at you in the reception area of this Royal Portfolio property. This luxury boutique hotel is opulence at its most eclectic, with artwork, furniture and decor items sourced from every corner of the globe and expertly curated with an undeniably Afro-chic slant by co-owner Liz Biden.

So sumptuous are the 11 suites that every one of them could serve as a honeymoon hideaway. The suites are individually themed, from the Armani Suite’s monochrome aesthetic to the colourful and vibrant Nomatemba Suite. Each suite is a treasure chest of glamour, with attention to detail overflowing from every corner: Charlotte Rhys body products, boxes of  Twinings tea, bookshelves lined with classics, not to mention the sparkling wine and fruit platters on arrival. The views from the balconies are of sweeping valleys and vineyards. A few of the rooms also look out onto a pond, where a family of ethereal black swans live.

The focus is on customised honeymoon experiences, something that Ivanka Trump took advantage of when she chose to honeymoon at La Residence. Upon booking your stay, it is suggested that you let management know about the occasion, as they have various options available.

Special honeymoon touches include:
• rose-petal and candle turn-down with bubble bath
• for the more adventurous, a return trip by helicopter to the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town for high tea, followed by a ride up the cable car for sunset
• dual massage and reflexology treatments in the spa
• horse-drawn carriage tours of the town and surrounding vineyards
• (by prior arrangement) private dining in the sunken lounge or out among the vineyards.

You will most probably never see anything like it again, unless you are a celebrity, rock star or of royal ilk.

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