The best of South Africa
A journey with Relais & Chateaux
Since its inception, Relais & Chateaux has brought together experiences in fellowship, each imbued with the spirit of generosity, a unique sense of space, and distinctive art de vivre, art of living.
In celebration of Relais & Chateaux’s birthday this month, discover a journey through South Africa with a few of our favourite Relais & Chateaux partners for a classic Big Five, Winelands and Cape Town experience over eight nights. (An added bonus? Fully vaccinated travellers no longer require PCR tests to enter South Africa.)
A Suggested 8-night Itinerary | South Africa
THE BIG FIVE SAFARI | 3 nights
The first game reserve to join the Relais & Chateaux family, Londolozi remains a beloved destination in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. Our favourite stay? Their Private Granite Suites, complete with private, heated plunge pools, which are set amongst giant rocky outcrops along the Sand River and seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living for an elegant, yet raw experience of Africa.
Spend sunset at the cocktail bar which hovers above the river below, frequented by breeding herds of elephant. Game drives offer rich wildlife sightings for a sense of adventure, while their signature Healing House brings a true sense of restorative wellness to each stay.
“The word londolozi comes from the Zulu language and means “protector of all living things.” Once endorsed by Nelson Mandela, who described it as “a dream I cherish for a model of nature preservation in our country,” it’s one of the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild.” – CondeNast Traveler
FLY INTO: OR Tambo International Airport
TRANSFER: Federal Air from JHB to Londolozi Private Airstrip
JEWEL OF THE CAPE WINELANDS | 2 nights
About an hour outside of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is home to the country’s most beautiful wine estates. A proud member of Relais & Chateaux since 2013, Delaire Graff Estate has become fondly known as the Jewel of the Cape Winelands – a sought after destination to unwind after the fast-paced life on safari.
The tranquil atmosphere encourages a slower pace of life. Soak in the panoramic views across the Stellenbosch Valley, vines and olive groves, with a glass of award-winning wine, from a private heated plunge pool in the Superior Suites. Explore the estate’s vineyard trails, cellar, private art collection, esteemed wine portfolio and the results-driven treatments at the spa. Here, days unfold to create a bubble of bliss where every need is anticipated and met.
“An experience rather than a mere hotel, with a drive that sweeps upwards through pristine gardens to arrive at what is arguably the Cape’s most stupendous mountain view. Kudos to owner … the art, design, wine, dining and service draw superlatives in equal measure.” The Telegraph, UK
FLY INTO: Cape Town International Airport
TRANSFER: Helicopter to Delaire Graff Estate, or private road transfer
STAY: Superior Lodges
THE MOTHER CITY | 3 nights
Found in one of the world’s favourite cities to visit, Ellerman House has the charm and elegance of a sea-side Edwardian mansion with sprawling gardens and ocean views, coupled with an idyllic city setting, making for a truly unique destination. Found above the stony shoreline of Bantry Bay, the vista of this Relais & Chateaux city retreat is as remarkable as the service and the setting.
We love the Ellerman House Suites and Private Villas for their extra space, privacy and personal living spaces overlooking the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean and city skyline. The quintessential urban retreat for discerning travellers, discover the expansive private art collection, the sculptural Wine Gallery, exceptional wellness treatments and gastronomic fare of the hotel while exploring the best of Cape Town which lies right on your doorstep.
“Is it a small luxury hotel, a high-design wine gallery, or really an extensive art museum? Sure, plenty of hotels strive to be multidimensional, but rare is the one that can pull off that many roles with the aplomb that this South African Relais & Châteaux property does.” – Forbes
FLY OUT OF: Cape Town International Airport
TRANSFER: Helicopter or private car between Delaire Graff & Ellerman House
STAY: Ellerman House Suites
Explore South Africa with Relais & Chateaux
“For those who know us, their feelings about Relais & Chateaux are deeply rooted: rich with experiences and memories. As members of Relais & Châteaux, we represent a dazzling number of differences — our languages, our countries, our personalities, our terroirs. The essence of a Relais & Châteaux experience is not located in the property, but rather in the way it feels to be there. It is about activities and experiences. It is about people in these places, about how a host and a guest interact, and about the spirit that empowers these interactions.”
~ Relais & Chateaux