This month’s Hideaway Report highlights a road trip along South Africa's scenic Garden Route, with a series of hotels and notable restaurants along the way. Discover the four newly recommended hotels from the June 2013 issue below.
Paarl, Winelands, South Africa
Exclusive inn on beautifully preserved Cape Dutch farmstead dating from 1690, in the heart of the Cape Winelands between Franschhoek and Paarl.
Glorious setting on an authentic old farm estate.
There is an informative daily tour of the extraordinary garden and the winery.
Read more about Babylonstoren.
Hermanus, South Africa
Two lodges and a six-bedroom villa set on a verdant hillside overlooking white sand dunes of the seasonal whale-watching center of Walker Bay, two hours south of Cape Town.
Beautiful setting; the staff’s enthusiasm for the land.
Grootbos has excellent relationships with respected outfitters for off-premise excursions.
Read more about Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
Port Alfred, South Africa
Distinctive property overlooking a magnificent stretch of golden sand, comprising three Lodge Suites in the main building, four separate Ocean Suites, and a three-bedroom Ocean House, ideal for families.
Exceptionally spacious and comfortable suites; skillful integration of the lodge and accommodations into the landscape.
The lodge can arrange convenient transfers to the Port Elizabeth airport, 90 minutes away, from where you can fly to both Cape Town and Johannesburg in less than two hours.
Read more about Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve
Johannesburg, South Africa
Distinguished neoclassical villa converted to 39-room hotel, surrounded by tranquil, parklike grounds that sweep down to a lovely swimming pool.
Breakfast in the conservatory-like dining room with its serene view of the garden.
The best African craft shop, Amatuli Fine Art, is located close by.
Read more about Fairlawns.