26 – 32 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Fitness Center, Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Spa, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Access
One of the standout accommodation options in Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands, is Majeka House, an owner-managed five-star...
One of the standout accommodation options in Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands, is Majeka House, an owner-managed five-star boutique hotel that combines luxury with eccentric flair.
Situated in the quiet suburb of Paradyskloof, Majeka House’s fairly ordinary exterior – it looks like a residential development, with flat-roofed white buildings surrounded by manicured lawns – belies its stylish charm. Inside, the hotel combines sleek, ultra-modern interiors with quirky pieces of furniture and art, from pig statues to padded Victorian armchairs – a mix that manages to be both elegant and playful and entirely unique. This is definitely not your cookie-cutter generic chain hotel.
Choose between two pool suites share a private lap pool, ground-floor garden rooms with large terraces or my personal favourite – the mountain view rooms, with a lounge, fireplace and gorgeous vistas of vineyards and mountains beyond Stellenbosch. The spacious and well-designed rooms are all equally chic and understatedly opulent: think charcoal-grey walls, four-poster double beds, huge wide-screen TVs, leather couches, huge showers, espresso machines and free WiFi.
It would be easy to not leave the hotel for your entire stay. Watch DVDs in your room from the extensive selection (everything from action blockbusters to French films) available at reception, or play board games. Dinner can be served in your room, but don’t miss eating at Makaron, the fine-dining restaurant that’s won awards for both its inventive food and stylish décor. Before dinner, have drinks and tapas at the M Bar – a cross between a plush Victorian library and a chic urban bar. Breakfasts, held in Makaron or outside in the sunny courtyard, are an indulgent highlight – expect freshly- baked brioche, muffins and pastries, fruit, cheese, smoked fish and cold meat, homemade yoghurt and cooked dishes, from pancakes and French toast to eggs benedict.
The spa is known for its Himalayan crystal salt bed – the first of its kind in the country. The treatment involves lying on a warm bed of colour-changing crystals, which is supposed to be detoxing and purifying. As well as a large indoor heated pool, there are the other usual spa treatments on offer, from reflexology massages to facials.
The best thing about Majeka House is the value for money – for what you get at a five-star boutique establishment with the style, excellent food, impeccable service from attentive staff, who are friendly and welcoming without being obsequious, and extra touches, it’s hard to beat.
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