Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Simonsberg, surrounded by verdant gardens and steeped in the kind of countryside tranquility that city folk can only dream of, lies Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House. Lovingly renovated four years ago by co-owner Tisha Cuncliffe, it’s a veritable haven of understated pampering, where world-class luxury meets the kind of earthy splendour that spells out peace, quiet and a soul-restoring slow-time.
A thoroughly holistic approach ensures that an abundance of natural elements enjoy pride of place in tandem with the five-star amenities that are part and parcel of Angala’s appeal. Outside showers offer majestic views – and the added bonus of a chorus of birdsong in the mornings – while sprawling private gardens open up from enclosed patios, with everything from lemon trees to herbs and indigenous fynbos, as well as beautiful wooden sculptures.
a plethora of perks
If luxury linens, a well-stocked minibar, in-room dining facilities and a glorious fireplace are high on your list of requirements, you won’t be disappointed. And then there’s the bathroom: floor-to-ceiling glass windows with light streaming in, opulent double showers and basins, extra-deep tubs for lengthy soaks and a decked outside shower that’s reminiscent of topnotch game reserves…
A small à la carte dinner menu features fuss-free fine-dining options, while the wine list is so comprehensive, it could double as a guide to the province’s most impressive tipples. Breakfast is a lavish affair. It’s served on the spacious deck of the main building, and offers vineyard and valley views that make you want to curl up with a book and soak up the morning sun while time stands still. And there’s certainly no need to rush things, with a whole spread of cold cuts and cheeses, delicious breads, granolas and yoghurts – as well as various hot breakfasts to order. Special dietary requirements? No problem. Just say the word, and delicious gluten-free mueslis and breads appear.
Eco-pool surprise: The beautifully designed pool has some serious street cred when it comes to being environmentally friendly. There are absolutely no chemicals in the water and the vegetation areas in the pool keeps it clean and clear. It’s akin to swimming in a dam – complete with little fish darting about and various reeds and water plants.
Yogi heaven: Angala’s popular yoga retreats certainly up the ante when it comes to relaxation. These all-inclusive weekends aim to relax, renew and restore and are suitable for all levels of experience. There’s kundalini, hatha and restorative yoga in the mix, with gong and crystal-bowl relaxation sessions providing the final flourish. The gourmet vegetarian menu is especially compiled for this retreat.
Tailor-made packages: Various packages abound, such as the Fynbos Gourmet Weekends, Wine-and-Food Pairing Specials, as well as the Art Weekends, which include tutoring and all materials. The overnight Conference Package goes the extra mile with mountain walks and delectable wine tastings at Vrede en Lust. Oh, and needless to say, this is a prime wedding venue.
Cost: From R2 250 per night per person sharing (includes breakfast)
Location: Corner R45 and Klapmuts Road, Franschhoek