APRIL 2013 – Franschhoek’s most luxurious boutique hotel, La Residence is for the discerning traveller seeking a secluded sensory haven, a private hotel where you can relax among the beauty and tranquillity of nature. Soaring mountains, manicured vineyards, fruit orchards and fragrant gardens all provide a stunning setting in which to enjoy all that this palatial country estate has to offer. Inside, one is instantly struck by the clever use of height and scale, especially in the grand dining hall with its spectacular chandeliers. Owner Liz Biden’s extravagant passion for richly upholstered furnishings in gloriously intense colours creates a wonderfully eclectic and theatrical interior, yet somehow La Residence retains the ambience of a private residence.
Each of the 11 opulent suites is a work of art, whether tantalising with exotic Oriental touches or putting on the Ritz in full French boudoir fashion. Each colossal bathroom opens onto a vast sunny terrace filled with summer scents and magnificent views. For extra pampering, guests can simply ring for a private therapist to massage away any lingering stresses and strains. Alfresco dining reaches its pinnacle in light, imaginative menus that capture local fare while celebrating a passion for international cuisine, all paired with excellent South African wines.
La Residence is perfectly placed for an abundance of exciting outdoor experiences such as championship golf, hot-air ballooning, horse riding, wine-tasting, and carriage rides through the village and local vineyards. As part of a trio of properties making up The Royal Portfolio, La Residence is the most theatrical and glamorous of them all. It’s no wonder Andrew Harper voted it ‘Hideaway of the Year 2009’ and Tatler as one of the ‘101 Best Hotels in the World’.