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Widely considered to the best hotel in South Africa’s Winelands, Babylonstoren is a great base for wine lovers. It’s located at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains, an ideal location from which to explore the Winelands. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are just 25-minutes away by car. The hotel’s founder, Karen Roos, is a real style guru with a love of hotels and wine. It shows. The design is faultless, combining classic Cape Dutch style with a modern twist. It’s surrounded by eight-acres of fragrant gardens.

You get to experience the tranquillity of farm living with all the luxuries you could desire. The property itself dates back to 1692 so it’s steeped in history. It’s recent rebirth as a luxury hotel has proved to be a great success. The Babel restaurant boasts a two-month waiting list.

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  • Cost Category: Gold
    • The finest hotel in the Winelands
    • World class restaurant
    • Wine and foodie haven
    • Historic building
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The 13 suites are exceptionally well appointed. Karen Roos has preserved the 18th-century feel and given it a very modern twist. The lightly accented colours, clean lines and furnishings demonstrate her eye for design. All of the rooms are located in cottages along a pleasant lane leading to the restaurant.

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Food & drink

The main restaurant, Babel, is so popular it takes bookings months in advance. It’s one of the finest restaurants in South Africa. Most of the food is grown on the property.

You can also get lunch at the Greenhouse. The breakfast spread is also very impressive. Babylonstoren is a dream destination for foodies – you won’t even have to leave to hotel.


Service & facilities

The hotel boasts an eight-acre kitchen garden with hundreds of different edible plants. It’s a true marvel and probably the highlight of the hotel. There’s also a large swimming pool and a state-of-the-art spa.

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