Where to stay in the Winelands: The Hot Tub Edition

Few experiences are as restorative or revitalizing as a luxurious soak in a hot tub after a day of adventuring in the winelands. If you’d like to experience delectable wine pairings, scenic vineyards, and fantastic accommodation with your own private hot tub, read on. 

Opstal, Breedekloof Wine Valley

Opstal Stay is hidden in the beautiful Slanghoek Valley, surrounded by vineyards, fynbos, and mountains. It’s a quiet retreat on a working wine farm that offers five luxury self-catering suites that sleep between two and four guests. 

Of course, the perfect end to a lovely day in this tranquil setting is with a glass of local wine as you kick back in the wood-fired hot tub on the deck which overlooks the valley. 

Rate per unit: From R1,650.00 per night

  • Doolhof Africamps, Wellington Wine Route

    A stay at AfriCamps at Doolhof offers activities that range from hiking and mountain biking and even horse riding on the Doolhof Wine Estate. Of course, visiting the Doolhof tasting room is highly recommended for some award-winning wines. 

    AfriCamps is known for their glamping-style tents which offer superior comfort with a full bathroom and kitchen, and a large deck area. Each tent has its own private wood-fired hot tub where you can relax and enjoy the views. 

    Rate per unit: From R1,390.00 per night

Fossil Hills, Robertson Wine Route

Midway between Robertson and McGregor, you’ll find Fossil Hills on Thornville Farm. The name Fossil Hills comes from the ancient fossils that were and still are found here.

With six self-catering farm-style cottages, this is an ideal escape from the city, perfectly placed to enjoy all the nearby wine farms. The cottages range in size from two-sleeper to a spacious 15-sleeper ideal for larger groups, and each offers its own outdoor KolKol Hot Tub. 

Rate per unit: From R1,300.00 per night

Rest at Chabivin Vineyard Studio, Stellenbosch Wine Routes

Hidden among the vines on a boutique vineyard, Rest at Chabivin is a quiet country retreat, while still being close enough to the heart of Stellenbosch town. The Vineyard Studio is a contemporary studio-style retreat for two. 

After a day of exploring Stellenbosch and its many top wineries and restaurants, return to your comfortable and well-equipped Studio where you can relax in the hot tub on the deck and watch the sunset over the vineyards. 

Rate per unit: From R1,400.00 per night

Gîte, Franschhoek Wine Valley

Visitors to Gîte in Franschhoek can expect luxurious suites with modern furnishings in an idyllic farm setting. All this is within walking distance of the town and its many top restaurants, and within easy reach of top wineries in the area.  

All four Gîtes enjoy magnificent views of the vineyards and mountains and offer the ideal place from which to enjoy these – a private porch and hot tub! 

Rate per unit: From R1,530.00 per night

Stanford Hills AfriCamps, Stanford Wine Route

Set on Stanford Hills Estate, a boutique wine farm in the quaint town of Stanford, AfriCamps Stanford Hills offers a touch of adventure in this scenic region. Explore the nearby town of Hermanus just 15 minutes away, or go horse-riding and hiking on the farm, with a stop for delicious food and a wine tasting.  

After a full day of fun, return to your glamping tent which offers a comfortable retreat. Pour a glass of local wine and relax your tired muscles in your private hot tub. 

Rate per unit: From R1,390.00 per night (with hot tub)

Chamomile Cottage Picardi Place Grape Farm, Breedekloof Wine Valley

Spectacular views and a peaceful atmosphere are what it’s all about at PicardiPlace in Rawsonville. A range of accommodation is on offer, from solo travellers to honeymooners and families.  

The Chamomile Cottage is a self-catering, eco-friendly option for two couples or a family. Relax outdoors beneath the oak tree, relax around the fire pit or unwind with a glass of wine in the hot tub. 

Rate per unit: From R1,900.00 per night

De Kombuys, Klein Karoo Wine Route

With its origins dating back two hundred years, De Kombuys Estate is a classic Cape Dutch Farm in the Swartberg Mountains. Explore the beautiful natural surroundings, experience life on a working organic farm, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility.  

Offering boutique guest houses that range from historic cottages, boutique villas, and a tented camp, a stay here provides unpretentious comfort. While this option doesn’t technically have a hot tub, it does have a heated splash pool and a romantic outdoor bathtub.  

Rate per unit: From R3,800.00 per night including breakfast

La Roche Estate, Franschhoek Wine Valley

Just 5km from the centre of Franschhoek, La Roche Estate’s Vineyard Cottages are the perfect place to stay to explore both the village and the valley. Combine fine dining and wine tasting with hiking or horseback adventures. 

The cottages are all self-catering and provide magical views of the mountains and the surrounding vineyards from the indulgent hot tub.

Rate per unit: From R1,650.00 per night

Kalmoesfontein Farm, Swartland

Kalmoesfontein Farm is a picturesque retreat in the Paardeberg area of the Swartland. It’s not only the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines, but it’s the perfect slow-living retreat for a city escape.  

With four unique, self-catering options to choose from, there’s a farm hideaway to suit a variety of tastes. Of course, if it’s the hot tub that you’re after, the Winemaker’s Cottage has a gorgeous wine barrel hot tub for you to soak in. 

Rate per unit: From R3,000.00 per night 

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