Fodor's Expert Review Delaire Graff Estate Lodges
Helshoogte Pass Rd., between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7602, South Africa Fodor's Choice
At the top of the Helshoogte mountain pass and looking onto two surrounding mountain ranges, Delaire Graff enjoys one of the wine country's most dramatic locations. The owner of Graff Diamonds spared no expense in transforming this naturally endowed property into a magnificent luxury experience that opened in 2010. The gorgeously landscaped grounds—a mix of indigenous and exotic species that create an opulent yet grounded feel—are scattered with enormous "lodges," each with its own private heated pool, butler service, complimentary iPad for your stay, and Lindt chocolates. Then there's the estate's excellent spa, boutique cinema, and truly inspiring art collection, which includes some of South Africa's biggest names; Vladimir Tretchikoff's iconic painting Chinese Girl greets you in the foyer. And if that's not enough, you can enjoy Delaire's impeccable wines (sampled from an appropriately majestic tasting room), and the estate's two restaurants—its eponymous flagship, and the newer Indochine, both seriously impressive.
- stunning natural setting
- lodge guests enjoy free tastings and shuttles into Stellenbsoch
- staff accounts for personal preferences from pillows to newspapers
- this level of luxury doesn't come cheap
Rate Includes: Free breakfast