Le Franschhoek opens in Cape Winelands
The Cape’s latest resort hotel, Le Franschhoek, has opened its doors, presenting itself as the valley’s first retreat-style resort property as well as the perfect setting for a taste of the legendary Cape wine route. Eighteen months from concept-to-completion, located on the site of one of Franschhoek’s original country retreats, Le Franschhoek retains its luxurious charm along with a contemporary Cape sensibility and wineland architectural vernacular.
Contained within the vast estate are 63 elegantly-appointed rooms, conference facilities, a deluxe destination Camelot Spa (opening October), a la carte fine dining restaurant, unique al fresco Le Verger restaurant (opening late October and in which patrons sit within a fruit orchard), swimming pool, tennis court and authentic wine tasting venue for private functions. With its sylvan setting, Le Franschhoek is also destined to be a much-in-demand wedding venue.
Capturing the essence of luxury four star elegance but with additionally luxurious elements, Le Franschhoek is the latest jewel in Three Cities Hotel Group’s resort hotel portfolio. “We are extremely proud to be associated with this exclusive resort,” says Three Cities Managing Director Alan Vels. “The elegant charm of the hotel as well as its location suggests that Le Franschhoek will become the ultimate country retreat for guests who are looking for that slightly more cultural yet sophisticated and indulgent getaway.” “One of the key elements is that, whilst having 63 rooms, Le Franschhoek is on such a vast piece of land that patrons can enjoy numerous, diverse experiences all at one venue,” says GM Glyn Taylor of Le Franschhoek’s positioning as a romantic country retreat.
With a staff compliment of 75, many of whom are drawn from the local community, Le Franschhoek Hotel will also be providing opportunity to six Food and Beverage Academy students from the area while local builders were used in much of the contractual work.