March 1st, 2018 ♥♥♥
South Africa Wine Tasting is always an adventure! Here is the first of an ongoing series of Adventures in Wine Tasting in South Africa.
Recently, we had a lovely afternoon lunch at La Residence, a luxury boutique hotel that was just voted by Conde Nast as one of best hotels in the world. It’s unbelievable setting on gorgeous green vineyards with shocking mountain views in the background aren’t even it’s highlights.
This place is one giant interiors candy store. The walls are art-filled with vibrant colors, antique brass frames, and then some more colors. Sparkling chandeliers hang from its tall ceilings with wooden beams. Vintage furniture is placed everywhere as if it’s been calmly and carefully collected over time (my favorite look no doubt). The rugs lend to a “I found this in a flea market and it’s one of kind” feel.
Each hotel suite is decorated completely uniquely, adding even more character to this special place. It feels like you’ve stepped into a world where lush velvets, silks and antiques have taken over…and I’m very okay with that world.
We were welcomed with flutes of champagne and guided over to this serene open air lounge to spend time before our lunch began. We sat around in awe of the decor, amazed at the view, and happily agreed that we’d love our dream home to look just like this hotel. The feeling is like a warm summer night. Simply content and relaxed.
After our drinks we headed to our table for lunch. Even though they do a great wine tasting, we only had time for lunch and one glass of wine before we headed off to our other scheduled tastings (there’s just too much to drink/see here!). It is simply amazing to be able to drive only 45 minutes from your home and arrive to this.
In LA, if I drove for 45 minutes away from my home, it’s highly possible that I would’ve only made it down the street.
Most people come here to stay overnight, which is what I would suggest as well. If the price tag is a bit much (ranges around $700-$1500 per night), then definitely just stop by for afternoon lunch to admire the interiors and taste their wine like we did. Afternoon lunch was lovely, as the chef focuses on fresh ingredients, many of which come from the estate.
After lunch, we thanked the gracious staff, and headed off to our next destination. As we pulled out of the driveway we saw animals on the farm so we got out to say hi! It was as if the experience didn’t just end at the hotel lobby. With the glorious sunny mountain ahead of us, we left La Residence, but the feeling it gave us stayed with us all day.