River Manor Stellenbosch
Loved-up honeymooners who want to be right in the heart of the historic winelands, look no further than River Manor Stellenbosch, one of the most romantic boutique hotels in Cape Town. At night, fairy lights sparkle in the fragrant garden, a great spot to toast the day with a few of the prize bottles you’ve gathered during your tour of the famed Stellenbosch winelands. Inside the feel is vintage colonial, with antiques and collectibles-from old travelling trunks to leather-bound journals, even an 18th century Flemish Bible-serving as visual prompts to your time-warp fantasy, along with crystal chandeliers, French doors and sash windows. Roses add a feminine touch, and in winter, the fireplace turns even the coldest and wettest evenings very cozy.
It’s not all Out of Africa, though. Modern fabrics brighten up the rooms (superior numbers 15 and 16 are the ones to book), the spa is pure contemporary indulgence, and there are two pools in which to refresh yourself between outings to nearby restaurants-these, along with Stellenbosch’s quaint shops and cafes, are walking distance away. Or you can opt to idle away the day beneath the heavy-scented guava trees at River Manor Stellenboasch and order from the in-house deli.