Need to know
17 private lodges with butler service.
11am; earliest check-in, 2pm, not flexible.
Double rooms from $1002.13 (ZAR14,087), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast, sunset canapés and sparkling wine, one standard wine tasting each and an art tour of the estate.
As well as an impressive indoor art collection, you’ll also find outdoor sculpture installations by the likes of Deborah Bell, Anton Smit and Dylan Lewis, whose bronze cheetahs prowl the grounds.
At the hotel
Botanical gardens by renowned horticulturalist Keith Kirsten; a cinema room with free popcorn; free shuttle in/out of Stellenbosch; veg gardens and olive groves; vineyards, winery and tasting lounge; acclaimed art collection; shopping boutiques from Graff diamonds, 100% Capri clothing, Vana accessories and Africa Nova homewares. In rooms: kitchenette; Bose Bluetooth sound system; flatscreen television; free wine, snacks, tea and coffee, minibar (restocked); robes and Charlotte Rhys bath products.
Our favourite rooms
With an exclusive collection of 17 luxury lodges, it’s hard to go wrong at Delaire Graff Estate. Ultimate privacy is the order of the day, whether you opt for views of the impressive botanical gardens or the neatly plotted vines. That said, the Luxury Vineyard Lodges take some beating, with their decks and heated plunge pools overlooking the Stellenbosch Valley – especially lovely at sunset.
Etched into a hillside, the 22-metre outdoor infinity pool has views of the undulating winelands. There’s also a heated Jacuzzi set into the water, plus cushioned daybeds and parasols on the adjoining deck.
The serene spa has five elegant treatment suites, including one couple’s room with an ensuite shower and hydrotherapy bath. An extensive menu of massages and scrubs uses products such as Swiss Perfection, Aromatherapy Associates and Terres d’Afrique, while the Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion facial promises ultimate exfoliation. Full- and half-day packages invite you to up the indulgence with a welcome drink and access to the steam room and Swedish sauna. There are even treatments for children and teenagers, such as manicures, pedicures and bubble baths – though you need not necessarily tell them that.
Walking boots and cycling gear. After dining out on the area’s abundant restaurants and tasting rooms, you might be pleased to hear the Cape Winelands are also laced with scenic bike and hiking trails.
Golf cars are available for wheelchair users wanting to get around the estate and staff are able to assist at all times.
Over-10s welcome, though this is really a hotel best suited to couples. Each lodge can accommodate one extra bed (suitable for children up to 12).