Relais & Châteaux - The Finest Hotel Association in the World
For more than 50 years, Relais & Châteaux has remained loyal to the 5 C's which constitutes the Quality Charter as well as the Soul and Spirit of the Relais & Châteaux Hotels worldwide.
In just over half a century the prestigious Relais & Châteaux brand has established itself all over the world as the ultimate benchmark for charming hotels and international culinary excellence.
The motto of Relais & Châteaux is never to rest on their laurels. Their high standards are also reflected in the strict quality requirements applied to the recruitment of new hotels: in the year 2006, 35 Relais & Châteaux hotels and Relais Gourmands restaurants in 17 countries joined this prestigious group of international hotels and resorts.
Fascinating, relaxed and friendly settings, the member properties of Relais & Châteaux hotels and resorts invite their guests to enjoy, together with family or friends, those extra special moments and to indulge in their favourite pursuits or sports.
In the future as in the past, Relais & Châteaux will invite guests to savour its unique style of luxury and its ageless charm, the secret recipe which explains the clients fondness of the hotels. The hotel group will certainly continue to build on what makes them so pleasingly different.
The greatest contemporary signatures in the world of gourmet cuisine are associated with Relais & Châteaux under the Relais Gourmands label. Spread over 20 countries, each of them is an international culinary benchmark while remaining true to his or her culture. Thanks to the excellence of their setting, service, wine cellar and cuisine, the Relais Gourmands possess all the creative and sophisticated qualities to ensure the guests utmost satisfaction.
Relais & Châteaux properties in South Africa:
- Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
- The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
- Ellerman House
- Hotel Heinitzburg
- The Marine Hermanus
- Hunter is Country House
- Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
- Singita Lebombo & Sweni
- Londolozi Private Game Reserve
- Singita Pamushana
- The Plettenberg
- Le Quartier Français
- Singita Ebony & Boulders
- Tsala Treetop Lodge
- Tswalu Kalahari
- Gorah Elephant Camp
- Kurland Hotel
- Marataba Safari Company
- Singita Grumeti Reserves
- Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
- Camp Jabulani
- Karkloof Spa, Wellness and Wildlife Retreat
Relais & Châteaux Itineraries
Mpumalanga Province and the Kruger National Park, South Africa
The province of Mpumalanga in South Africa is often visited directly for its scenic beauty, yet it is also home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The flagship of South Africa's national park, this two million hectare game reserve offers an unrivalled wildlife experience. Some game lodges bordering the Kruger National Park in South Africa are unfenced allowing for the free movement of wildlife. Most of these game lodges offer open 4x4 safari vehicles, sensitive off-road driving, professional game rangers and night game drives.
Many of the private game lodges in the Kruger Park feature safaris that emphasise the entire experience of nature for repeat guests and other visitors who want more than sightseeing of the Big Five. There are some small, picturesque country towns in this area of South Africa, with welcoming country lodges ideal for self-drivers on pre or post safari stopovers en route to Johannesburg. The landscape in Mpumalanga and cultural attractions in the vicinity are reason enough to spend a few days in the area. There are many scenic drives to highlights such as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window. Alternatively, explore the mountains covered with dense forest, rivers and cascading waterfalls. Places of cultural interest include the old mining town of Pilgrim's Rest and the Shangaan Cultural Village near Hazyview, where you can learn about the traditional way of life of the Shangaan people.
Natural Wonders in Mpumalanga, South Africa
Begin your exploration of this beautiful region in South Africa with a stay at the Cybele Forest Lodge and Spa, a luxurious Relais & Chateaux Country Hotel, which offers an intimate retreat with individualised accommodation. There are fireplaces for the cosy winter nights, and some rooms have private gardens and swimming pools. Delicious meals and excellent Cape Wines can be savoured in the award winning candlelit restaurant or in the backyard at the Cybele Forest Lodge and Spa.
After a relaxing visit to the Cybele Forest Lodge and Spa, head off to the Singita Private Game Reserve, which is a great, game rich 18 000 hectare game reserve overlooking the Sand River in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Guests staying at the luxurious Relais & Chateaux Singita Game Lodges are invited to enjoy safaris in open Land Rovers, Track Africa's Big Five, health and beauty spa treatments as well as delicious cuisine accompanied by the finest South African wines from Singita's famous cellar.
The next stop after Singita in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa is the internationally renowned and award-winning Londolozi Private Game Reserve, famed for its excellent leopard sightings and community and conservation initiatives. Nelson Mandela calls Londolozi "the model for the dream which I cherish for the future of nature conservation in our country." Enjoy exceptional accommodation at Londolozi, delicious PanAfrican cuisine and service excellence in addition to spectacular Big Five wildlife viewing.
End off your journey through Mpumalanga, South Africa, with a safari at Singita Lebombo, which is a remote area of the Kruger National Park. In addition to game drives and other safari activities, pamper yourself at the spa or just relax at the swimming pool. Superb cuisine is complemented by excellent South African and international wines.
The Western Province, South Africa
The city of Cape Town is widely described as one of the world's most desirable destinations. Some of its more famous landmarks include Table Mountain, Robben Island where prominent political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were imprisoned for decades, Cape Point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, the historic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its many shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities.
A combination of historical coastal charm and urbane sophistication, Cape Town is also the gateway to the lush Cape Winelands, which are famous for their excellent vintages. The Whale Route where Southern Right whales can be seen from August to November and Humpback whales, Bryde's whales, Minke whales and Bottlenose dolphins can be seen year-round. The best whale watching experience can be enjoyed from the quaint town of Hermanus which is a short 1 and a half hour drive away from Cape Town en route to the Garden Route, South Africa.
CAPE CULTURAL AND CULINARY ADVENTURE
Enjoy a sojourn at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and 185 000 hectare reserve renowned for its 130 ancient rock art sites. Nature walks will reveal a rich diversity of birds and wildlife, working up an appetite for the lodge's stylish contemporary cuisine and award-winning wine list.
For a change of pace, visit the gorgeous Cape Winelands and stay in the 18th century Cape Dutch Manor House, Grande Roche Relais & Chateaux Hotel, which is beautifully surrounded by vineyards and exquisite gardens. The renowned restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel is called Bosman's ( the only Relais Gourmand in Africa) which offers an extensive wine cellar to complement excellent gourmet cuisine.
Travel further ahead to the famous Franschhoek valley, historically inhabited by the French Huguenots; Le Quartier Francais Hotel is a beautiful Victoria residence in the picturesque village centre. An excellent stay along the Wine Route, it allows you to explore the history of the Huguenot settlers while savouring eclectic cuisine and renowned regional wines.
GREAT CAPE ESCAPE
The 18the century Cape Dutch manor house, Grande Roche, surrounded by vineyards and exquisite gardens, is a luxurious stay at your Great Cape Escape. Renowned restaurant Bosman's rated as one of the world's 10 Best Restaurants, offers an extensive wine cellar to complement a gourmet dining experience. Nature walks through the vineyards are sure to soothe the soul.
Then enjoy an oceanfront odyssey at the 5 star Ellerman House in Cape Town's beautiful Bantry Bay from where magnificent views of the Ocean can be enjoyed. Decorated in Edwardian style, intimate, with just a few rooms, this sophisticated villa offers excellent seafood cuisine complemented by fine wines.
Next, sample the spa delights at the exclusive Cellars-Hohenort Hotel & Spa Relais & Chateaux, which is in the scenic Constantia Valley. Gorgeous gardens afford breathtaking views across False Bay and to Table Mountain. Energetic souls will enjoy swimming, tennis or golf on the one hole golf green which has been designed by Gary Player. Dine at the Greenhouse Restaurant or The Cape Malay Restaurant, both providing award-winning wine lists.
Round off your Great Cape Escape in South Africa in the beautiful village of Hermanus, which is situated right on the famous Whale Route. The 5 star Marine Hotel in Hermanus is ideally located, overlooking azure Walker Bay. The turn-of-the-century hotel, it is decorated in contemporary style. Enjoy fresh seafood at The Seafood at the Marine and The Pavillion Restaurants accompanied by excellent regional wines.
The Garden Route, South Africa
Following on from the Whale Route is the spectacularly scenic Garden Route, renowned for its beautiful, pristine beaches, indigenous forests and nature reserves, lakes, mountain ranges and great hiking trails. Famous towns such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are dotted along this popular South African coastline.
GORGEOUS GARDEN ROUTE JOURNEY
Set in 90-hectare estate overlooking indigenous forest in Plettenberg Bay, the Tsala Treetop Lodge, which is also a Relais & Chateaux Hotel, is set high in the forest canopy. Each suite at the 5 star Tsala Treetop Lodge has a private swimming pool suspended over the woods floor. Intimate candlelit dining, cellars with fine wines and warm hospitality are a characteristic of the Tsala Treetop Lodge at South Africa's Garden Route. Enjoy walks in the magnificent gardens, forest trails, water sports and beach activities.
Next, enjoy the delights of the Relais & Chateaux Hunter's Country House, which is the epitome of sumptuous country dining, exemplary service and acclaimed gourmet cuisine. With access to the beaches and indigenous forests of the Garden Route, it also offers beautifully decorated suites, a conservatory, chapel, antique shop and a fully services children's play area.
Then experience The Plettenberg Hotel, which is on a rocky headland overlooking the aquamarine Indian Ocean. The Plettenberg Hotel, the Marine Hotel in Hermanus and the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel are part of the Hotel Collection by Liz McGrath. Enjoy diving, surfing, tennis or golf, or look out for whales and dolphins in the bay while staying at the exclusive Plettenberg Hotel. The Sand at the Plettenberg Restaurant serves seafood delicacies and South African cuisine accompanied by fine South African and international wines.
Your journey continues to the 5 star Kurland Hotel, which is a spacious Cape Dutch style home romantically situated between sloping hills and the Indian Ocean. With vast domain dedicated to horse and polo, you can enjoy an array of activities including whale watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, polo, kayaking and more. Paying particular attention to hospitality and well-being, the Kurland Hotel features a spa, suites with private veranda, or rooms with a loft for families.
Round off your holiday in South Africa at another game lodge which is also part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux Hotel Collection: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, which is a natural conclusion to the Garden Route journey. An award winning eco lodge, Kwandwe offers more than just a Big Five experience with historical, archaeological and battlefield tours and is renowned wildlife experience, decorum, cuisine and service excellence.
For your next stop embark on a safari with tented romance at the Gorah Elephant Camp, which is in the Addo Elephant National Park. This game reserve is home to the densest elephant population on earth; Elephant encounters at matchlessly close range and other wildlife viewing provide the perfect complement to your Garden Route adventure.
The Relais & Châteaux Garden Route tour comes to a close in the heart if the Zulu territory, north of Durban, at the Hotel Izulu, which is a unique residence flanked by five Bali-style villas. This spacious and elegant property is situated near the Indian Ocean. Each villa at Hotel Izulu sheltered amongst tropical vegetation features a private outdoor pool area. Visit the crocodile farm, go horseback riding or sit back and watch the dolphins. For pure indulgence, visit the Impilo Health and Beauty Spa, and for sumptuous cuisine visit the stylish GiGi's restaurant.
Namibia, Kalahari Desert, Limpopo Province and Zimbabwe
Combine the thrill of Namibia a country featuring the world's oldest living desert, the wildlife wonders of the Kalahari Desert, the Limpopo Province. The mosaic of the exceptional scenic landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife species, the malaria free magnificence of South Africa's Waterberg, and the excitement of Zimbabwean wilderness.
Living deserts and lovely landscapes
First stop is Hotel Heinitzburg a very romantic turn of the 19the century castle in Windhoek, Namibia, which is the picturesque capital of Namibia. Built by Count von Schwerin for his fiancée, Margarethe von Heinitz, it offers sophisticated romantic elegance perched high above the city. Leos's Restaurant features fabulous views of Windhoek, and spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed while dining on delicious game dishes accompanied by fine wines from Namibia's largest private wine cellar.
Then experience the grandeur of the Kalahari Desert, South Africa, from the comfortable base of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. This private game reserve, where once the Kalahari Bushmen roamed, is home to a diversity of wildlife and offers a variety of safari activities, including day and night game drives, bush walks and sundowners on the sand dunes.
Your third stop is the Clearwater Lodges: Kudu and Tshetshepi. These Lodges in the lush and pristine Waterberg mountains, a mere two and a half hour drive from Johannesburg, Gauteng in South Africa.
This private 34000 hectare Welgevonden Game Reserve is malaria-free and the setting for the two charming lodges. Day and night game drives, bush walks and other safari activities are offered to guests staying at the Clearwater Lodges.
Indian Ocean Idyll
Madagascar is a fascinating destination with a diverse mix of wildlife and culture. Madagascan forest abounds with exotic foliage and animals such as lemurs. Sandy white beaches fringe crystalline waters are cradling coral reefs - perfect for restoring the soul. Alternatively, explore the accessible national parks for an incredible wildlife experience. With fascinating tribal cultures and festivals, Madagascar is a very charming holiday destination. Tucked away in a 400-hectare reserve, the Anjajavy Peninsula is a paradise for nature and sea lovers. In an exceptionally comfortable location where the fauna and flora reflect the diversity of the red island, the Anjajavy L'Hotel Relais & Châteaux consist of a beautiful ensemble of rosewood villas, each with a spacious terrace overlooking the breathtaking beaches and beautiful bay. It is here where guests find absolute tranquillity in a truly welcoming setting. Activities which are offered at Anjajavy Hotel in Madagascar include catamarans, windsurfing, trolling and deep sea fishing and deep sea excursions.
Then move on to another exquisite island experience in Mauritius - holiday playground of the jet-set. Tropical and beautiful, Mauritius is perfect for a beach and water sports holiday, but also offers explorations of the interior and Port Louis whose inhabitants include a colourful mix of British, French and Creole people. Stay at the luxurious Le Prince Maurice Relais & Châteaux Beach Resort in Mauritius, which is in the north-east of Mauritius. The turquoise waters and offer several different swimming beaches, the hotel, presents paradise. Activities include tennis, sailing, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, bicycling and driving.
The Seychelles is another wonderful island experience. Made up of 115 islands almost one thousand miles off the coast of East Africa, it is a remote and idyllic destination, The three central islands Mahe, Praslin and La Digue of the Seychelles are granite and the surrounding islands are coral atolls. The Seychelles islands area have for wildlife, birds and tropical fish and abound with orchids, bougainvillaea, hibiscus, gardenia and frangipani blooms. Snorkelling and diving are superb.
On Praslin Island, enjoy the charming Chateau de Feuilles Relais & Châteaux Resort with its breathtaking ocean views and splendid local architecture. The light, inventive cuisine is a tribute to the sea and the sun. Activities include swimming, golf, hiking, fishing, bicycling and driving.
Then sample the pleasures of Lemuria Resort of Praslin an 110-hectare property whose main building is perched over three cascading swimming pools. Activities are diverse and include swimming, tennis courts, an 18 hole golf course, fitness centre, a diving centre, sailing, diving and water skiing.
Relais & Châteaux Hotels & Game Lodges in South Africa
Gorah Elephant Camp, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park
Experience the awe-inspiring wilderness of Africa from the sumptuous comfort of the Gorah Elephant Camp, an exclusive game lodge in the heart of the Big Five malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park South Africa, which is home to the highest density of elephants on earth. Restored to its 19th-century Colonial splendour, the luxurious North House reflects opulence and delivers unparalleled service and fare, while the large tented suites echo safari of a forgotten area.
Singita, Lebombo & Sweni Game Lodges, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger Park, Mpumalanga
The game rich Kruger National Park in South Africa, northeast of Johannesburg, boasts a truly unique lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Guests at the Singita Lebombo Lodge stay in scarcely visible lofts perched like eagles nests on stilts built into the top of basalt cliffs while at the Singita Sweni Lodge suites are nestled in a dappled shade on the banks of the Sweni River. Accommodations with floor to ceiling glass walls look onto breathtaking scenery combined with luxurious comfort in a setting renowned for its superb game viewing.
Singita Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
This magnificent 18,000-hectare awards winning game reserve has the Singita Boulders and the Singita Ebony Lodges overlooking the Sand River with 18 superb suites, each with its swimming pool. Day and night safaris in open Land Rovers to view lions, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and cheetah. Refined cuisine accompanied by vintage South African wines and warm hospitality while Castleton Camps at Singita can accommodate up to 12 guests on an exclusive basis.
Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
Londolozi, the Zulu word meaning "protector of living things" has been acclaimed by former President Nelson Mandela for its conservation efforts. For over 70 years, the Varty Family have welcomed guests to experience Africa's most magical safari and wildlife reservation while offering luxury, personalised service and superb Pan-African cuisine.
Clearwater Lodges, Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, Waterberg, Limpopo Province
In the Waterberg mountains, a mere two and a half hour drive north-west of Johannesburg, the private Welgevonden Game Reserve, 34 000 hectares of the magnificent landscape, malaria-free, is the setting for the charming havens of peace. Clearwater Lodges: Kudu set out on the open savannah overlooking a waterhole and Tshetshepi, amongst lush indigenous trees, next to the stream. Guests staying at the luxurious Clearwater Relais & Chateaux Game Lodge in the Welgevondgen Game Reserve in South Africa will experience colonial elegance combined with warm hospitality. Guests can enjoy fantastic game viewing in this Big Five Game Reserve while being accommodated at the Clearwater Lodges in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Northern Cape, Kalahari Reserve
Tswalu…where the Kalahari Bushmen once roamed this place where time seems to stand still. Set in a malaria-free area of South Africa, this privately owned, luxurious game reserve is home to many and varied species of wildlife. The lodge is at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains amidst eight individual sumptuously furnished air-conditioned lodges each of which provides beautiful views across the spectacular Kalahari plains. Tswalu's unique setting and the standards of excellence places it first amongst equals.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth South Africa
In the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, South Africa, the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve features three exceptional game lodges. The Main Lodge at Kwandwe has sumptuous suites, and the Kwandwe Uplands Homestead is an exclusive historical villa for the use of up to guests which are perfect fro families as well. The luxurious Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is fun and modern, with avant-garde architecture and very spacious suites. The Kwandwe Relais & Chateaux Game Lodge offers a combination of excellent Big Five and other wildlife, impeccable service and accommodation and past trips.
Cybele Forest Lodge and Health Spa, Mpumalanga, South Africa
This secluded retreat of rare distinction is tucked away in a breathtaking African paradise. The lavish personalised accommodation at the Relais & Chateaux Cybele Forest Lodge includes cosy log fireplaces, and all rooms have private gardens some with heated pools. The spacious Paddock Suites at Cybele Forest Lodge and Spa offer exceptional comfort and undisturbed privacy with magnificent views. Delicious meals and Cape wines are in the renowned candlelit restaurant or the garden.
The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the exclusive Plettenberg Hotel enjoyed a world class location and provided modern, elegant accommodation. Dine at sand the restaurant at the Plettenberg Hotel and enjoy seafood delicacies and the famous Karoo lamb, accompanied by the finest South African wines. Enjoy relaxing on the terraces at The Plettenberg Hotel while viewing the Tsitsikamma mountains and watching the whales and dolphins in the bay.
Hunter's Country House, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Fragrant and colourful, Hunter's luxuriant gardens create an idyllic setting for this opulent retreat in the heart of the Garden Route in South Africa. Hunter's Country House Relais & Chateaux combines elegance with comfort and beautiful service with warm hospitality. The superb gourmet cuisine, reflecting the rich diversity of South African cultures, is complemented by the best Estate & Auction wines. Hunter's welcome and caters for children of all ages.
Tsala Treetop Lodge, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Inspired by ancient African ruins, the Tsala Relais & Chateaux Lodge is a spectacular lodge perched within the canopy of a pristine indigenous forest, The Majestic stonemasonry of the entrance give way to an extravagant structure of timber and glass looking down on age-old trees and across rolling hills and valleys. A romantic synergy of African cultures blended with Eastern and European flavours, Tsala offers superb Pan-African cuisine and outstanding service.
The Marine Hotel Hermanus, Hermanus, Western Cape Province
In the famous coastal village of Hermanus, South Africa, the Marine Hotel Hermanus overlooks Walker Bay with its hues if blues. Everything about The Marine Hotel is bright, luminous and decorated in a contemporary style. The Seafood at the Marie restaurant offers award-winning cuisine with an emphasis on the fresh fish from the kitchen theatre or dine at The Pavilion with its modern South African cuisine accompanied by the finest regional South African wines.
Kurland Hotel, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape Province
In the heart of the vast domain dedicated to horses and polo, in a splendid natural setting between sloping hills and the Indian Ocean, a spacious Cape Dutch style residence gives its guests an exclusive welcome. Décor and atmosphere pay tribute the traditions of hospitality and well-being. Spa, sites with a private verandah or rooms with a lift for families are available for guests staying at the Kurland Hotel.
Le Quartier Francais Hotel, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province
Le Quartier Francais, in the centre of the enchanting village of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, is embraced by majestic mountains. The comfortable en-suite, vibrant bedrooms overlook a central garden and swimming pool. The luxurious suites at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek boast private plunge pools and children's loft rooms. The Chef at Le Quartier Francais Relais & Chateaux Hotel offers a choice if exciting tasting menus or casual contemporary fare in the two restaurants.
Ellerman House Cape Town, Bantry Bay in Cape Town, Western Cape Province
The luxurious 5 star Ellerman House is an exclusive retreat overlooking Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean. The new Ellerman Villa & Spa has added a striking component to the classic original Ellerman House in Bantry Bay. The Ellerman House has elegant rooms and suites; the Villa features four bedrooms. Superb food, a cellar of 17,000 bottles of South African wine and a famous art collection epitomise proud South African hospitality, placing The Ellerman Relais & Chateaux Hotel amongst the best in the world while remaining true to its African heritage.
The Cellars Hohenort Hotel, Constantia in Cape Town, Western Cape Province
The elegant Cellars Hohenort Hotel has situated in the heart of the Constantia Winelands only ten minutes away from Cape Town, providing beautiful views of Table Mountain. Relax and enjoy the luxurious accommodation at the 5 star Cellars Hohenort Relais & Chateaux Hotel in Cape Town and experience the modern cuisine of the award winning restaurants, the Greenhouse and the Cape Malay. The Beauty Spa, the hair salon, two swimming pools, a tennis court, a gym, as well as a golf green await the guests at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel & Spa Cape Town.
Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl, Western Cape Province
Paarl is an award winning Cape Winelands destination for the discerning visitor. Grande Roche offers a top international suburban retreat which offers a historic Cape Dutch manor house and luxury accommodation with stunning mountain views. The Bosman's Restaurant at Grande Roche is rated as one of the world 10 Best Restaurants with an extensive wine cellar and eclectic gourmet fare, including vegetarian specialities.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve Hotel, Western Cape Province
The Bushmans Kloof Hotel & Spa is in spectacular malaria free 18,000-acre wilderness which is surrounded by a wind sculptured landscape of ancient sandstone rock formations in the Cederberg Mountains, 270 km from Cape Town. It is world renowned for its 130 ancient rock art sites, indigenous wildlife, birds and plant species. Specialised spa treatments, spacious accommodation and delicious cuisine make this the perfect place to restore, enrich, indulge and be pampered.
Relais & Châteaux Hotel in Namibia
Hotel Heinitzburg Relais & Châteaux Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
This castle built at the turn of the 20th century by Count von Schwerin for his fiancee Margarethe von Heinitz offers accommodation in plush, romantic elegance. Perched high above Windhoek, Leo's Restaurant offers spectacular vistas of the city lights below, not to mention unrivalled African sunsets. Savor masterfully prepared game dishes and relished fine wines from the country's largest private wine cellar.
Relais & Châteaux Hotel in Zimbabwe
Pamushana Hotel and Restaurant in a Game Reserve Relais & Châteaux Zimbabwe
On the 105 000 acres, the private reserve is Pamushana, one of the most exquisite safari lodges in Africa. Each of its six villas is spacious to the extreme, built with intricate hand-hewn stonework and furnished with exotic works of art collected from all over Africa. Walls of sliding glass lead out from your villa onto a private game viewing and leisure deck with swimming pool and Swarovski telescope through which to spot the Big Five.
Relais & Châteaux Hotels in the Seychelles
Châteaux de Feullies Hotel, Pointe Cabris, Ile de Praslin, Seychelles
This exclusive setting with several bungalows boasts a bird's eye view of the ocean, which is sure to take your breath away. In the complimentary car, explore the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea. Enjoy its private virgin island, which is reserved for hotel guests during the weekend, and savour inventive cuisine naturally influenced by the ocean and the sun - a truly unique and memorable experience.
Le Lemuria Resort of Praslin Hotel, Ile de Praslin, Seychelles
Along three white sandy beaches, the 110-hectare domain hits the bay of Kerlan. The Lemuria is a first rate resort offering the most diverse activities: tennis courts, 18 hole golf course, fitness centre, diving centre, spacious light-filled suites. The unique features of this resort whose main building is perched over cascading swimming pools is that it blends harmoniously into luxuriant and rare vegetation.
Relais & Châteaux Hotels in Mauritius
Le Prince Maurice Hotel, Choise Road, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius
One of a new generation of luxury hotels, The Prince Maurice Relais & Chateaux Mauritius, located in the northeast part of Mauritius, reflects the haven of peace that mist first class clients cherish. Surrounded by the turquoise ocean, The Prince Maurice offers guests four beaches where on can enjoy swimming. The entire resort perfectly blends into the beauty and genuine simplicity of a tropical island setting.
Relais & Châteaux Hotels in Madagascar
Anjajavy - l'Hotel / Hotel and Restaurant on the Seafront Relais & Châteaux Madagascar
Tucked away in a 400-hectare reserve, the Anjajavy Peninsula is a paradise for nature and sea lovers. In an exceptionally comfortable location where the fauna and flora reflect the diversity of the "red island". The hotel consists of a beautiful ensemble of rosewood villas, each with a spacious terrace, overlooking the breathtaking beaches and beautiful bay, Absolute tranquillity in a truly welcoming setting can be enjoyed at the Anjajavy Hotel in Madagascar.
Relais & Châteaux Tour Itineraries
1. The Fairest Cape of the World Tour:
Cape Town: Cellars Hohenort Relais & Chateaux Hotel (recommended nights 4)
Cape Winelands: Le Quartier Francais Relais & Chateaux Hotel (recommended nights 2)
Hermanus: The Marine Hotel Relais & Chateaux Hotel (recommended nights 2)
2. The Liz McGrath / Relais & Chateaux Tour:
Cape Town: Cellars Hohenort (recommended nights 4)
Hermanus: The Marine Hotel (recommended nights 2)
Plettenberg Bay: The Plettenberg Hotel (recommended nights 4)
3. The Cape Town and Garden Route Relais & Châteaux Delight Tour:
Cape Town: Ellerman House (recommended nights 4)
Hermanus: The Marine Hotel (recommended nights 1)
Plettenberg Bay: The Plettenberg Hotel (recommended nights 3)
Port Elizabeth: Kwandwe Game Lodge (recommended nights 3)
4. The Magical Garden Route Relais & Châteaux Tour:
Plettenberg Bay: The Hunters Country House (recommended two nights)
Plettenberg Bay: The Tsala Treetop Lodge (recommended nights 2)
Plettenberg Bay: The Plettenberg Hotel (recommended nights 3)
Port Elizabeth: Gorah Elephant Camp (recommended nights 2)
Port Elizabeth: Kwandwe Game Lodge (recommended nights 2)
5. The Relais & Châteaux Splendour Tour:
Kruger National Park: Londolozi Game Lodge (recommended three nights)
Cape Town: Ellerman House (recommended nights 4)
Hermanus: The Marine Hotel (recommended night 1)
Plettenberg Bay: The Plettenberg (recommended nights 3)
Port Elizabeth: Kwandwe Game Lodge (recommended nights 2)