Nestled between the slopes of the Hottentots Holland and Drakenstein mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa lies a valley that has gained recognition for its unparalleled beauty and dignified presence. This is Franschhoek – a narrow slip of land that is now considered by many to be South Africa’s über wine region. Franschhoek has become the place to go to enjoy superlative wines of distinction at awarded wine farms; to dine in most of the country’s premier restaurants and to stay in exceptional establishments. It’s hard to beat, and this is where La Residence Hotel Villas is situated.

Surrounded by vineyards, fruit trees, knotty olive trees and flushing fountains that whisper whimsically in the background, you drive up a sweeping drive and you know that you are in for a special experience. Understatedly appointed, the interiors are relaxed, yet oh-so luxurious. Eleven suites are individually decorated with a specific theme in mind. And here, beautiful antiques and Persian rugs are juxtaposed with luxurious rugs and objets d’art. Read More

Fine dining is key at La Residence, and despite a strong emphasis on luxurious, upper-crust service, this is most certainly also a family friendly hotel where children run free. A whole range of kiddie activities are on offer: from exploring nearby wildlife safari parks to butterflies farms to baking to painting to fishing to a nearby motor museum. And when you’ve collapsed from sheer exhaustion, babysitters are on hand to help – together with the La Residence chefs, who will prepare meals just how the little ones like them.

The facilities available are almost too many to list, but highlights include a spa, a gym and a library. And that’s just at the hotel. There is of course also the world of Franschhoek, and beyond, to explore too! You could take a trip into town utilising our complementary transfer service. Or, if you’re seeking more adventurous activities, La Residence can book golf, trout fishing, helicopter trips, hot-air ballooning or paragliding, to mention a few.

The only snag? You may very well find you want to stay longer than intended.

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Luxury Suite

Our entry levels suites offer a spacious 90 square meters of majestic, eclectically decorated floor space, an en suite bathroom, and private balconies with beautiful views of the surrounding estate.

Superior Suite

With 100 square meters of opulence, these suites are as elegant as they are large. Each individually designed by Liz Biden, their interiors boast a variety of exciting ornaments and furnishings, setting the scene for an unforgettable vacation in the Cape Winelands.

1 Bedroom Vineyard Suite

Sumptuous fabrics, brilliant, jewel-like colours and magnificently over-sized furniture conspire to create a sense of sublime opulence. This is a special place with a positively palatial feel that boasts an elevated four-poster bed, high ceiling and glamorous en-suite bathroom. Curl up on the vast plum-coloured couch and enjoy a roaring fire in winter, or sit outside on the terrace in summer and soak up the beautiful mountain scenery.

1 Bedroom Vineyard Suite with a loft bedroom

Let the rich red interior of Villa 2 warm and inspire you. Fabulous swagged curtains, a high ceiling and rustic stone fireplace create a sense of homely grandeur. Downstairs is a king-sized bed with striking en-suite bathroom, complete with black and white harlequin-patterned vanity cabinets; upstairs, an inviting twin-bedded loft room with ensuite shower commands spectacular views across the valley.

2 Bedroom Vineyard Suite

Our two bedroom vineyard suite is an elegant and sociable space. Light pours into the generously sized central living area where you can watch television on the plush couch or dine in relaxed style at the glossy oval table. On either side of this space are two cosily splendid en-suite bedrooms (one king, one king or twin). These boast huge mirrors and bold, contemporary artwork. Outside there is a terrace for al fresco dining and a private pool.

3 Bedroom Vineyard Suite

Vibrant colours and a lovely openness in design characterize Villa 5. A wealth of influences is evident in the interior, creating an elegantly diverse space. Pinks, reds and oranges predominate, with plenty of interest provided by the artwork and furniture. Antique Chinese cabinets sit alongside brightly painted octagonal tables and couches in mouthwatering tangerine and raspberry velvet. Off the central living area lie two spacious en-suite bedrooms (one king-size and one king-size or twin queen-size) and a charming twin room with en-suite shower room. The terrace is perfect for relaxed dining while the pool and lawned garden enjoy spectacular views and complete privacy.