Grande Roche Hotel Hotel

South Africa

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Surrounded by vineyards in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, the historic Grande Roche Hotel dates back to the 18th- century, with suites that have been revamped from their former lives as coach houses and stables, yet still honour its Dutch architectural heritage – expect thatched roofs, exposed beams and plenty of rustic charm. Remote enough for slow living, yet less than an hour out of Cape Town, the manicured lawn, cigar menu and speakeasy bar creates a private members’ club feel to guests. The hotel’s ‘big rock’ namesake references the majestic Paarl Mountain that fills the skyline and is best admired poolside with a crisp glass of chenin blanc. Spa treatments are just a call away for those extra luxurious days but it’s what’s on the table that’s the real draw. Chef Kevin Grobler’s zero-waste kitchen is as delicious as it’s sustainable – allow plenty of room for his tasting menu paired with locally sourced wines, of course.

Doubles from £298. 00 27 21 863 5100,

Words by Megan Dickson

This review was taken from the 25th anniversary issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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