Garden Route Roadtrip #6: Magic at Majeka House
Morning b.lovelies! Today’s my last post in our Garden Route Roadtrip series – I can’t believe it’s come to an end already! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts as much as I enjoyed reliving the trip! Our last stop is Stellenbosch, in the Cape Winelands, a beautiful sunny place in the foot of the mountains where wine farms are literally found on every corner! After a long journey from Plettenburg Bay stopping en-route at various wine farms, we arrived at Majeka House. Known for it’s daring design, culinary skill and luxurious style, this was always going to be a highlight!
Nestled on the edge of a safe and quiet residential area, minutes away from the buzz of Stellenbosch itself and close to many award-winning winefarms, Majeka was the perfect luxurious treat at the end of a long week of travelling. The hotel itself has more of the feel of a boutique guest house – a collection of low-level buildings accommodate the rooms – all designed and styled exquisitely in a quirky, trendy but luxurious style by local designer Etienne Hannekom. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the interiors are so funky Majeka House was recently awarded a design award for their inspired design. We were treated to a night in one of the pool suites – a giant room with it’s own indoor/outdoor terrace looking over a gorgeous pool shared with just one suite next door.
Makaron, the hotel’s restaurant is a destination in itself. Head chef Tanja Kruger creates an amazing food experience – mixing French culinary techniques with traditional and locally sourced South African produce. As the amuse-bouche arrived we were transported on a wonderful journey; first being brought a tiny message in a bottle which explained the food and then it arrived – a magical garden of intrigue discovered by following the instructions on the bottle. Very clever, and utterly delicious. This was followed by an equally delicious main of beef with traditional African accompaniments, and for me the most memorable course of all – 50 Shades of Chocolate, an incredible erupting chocolate fondant volcano. No reference to the book there then ;)
Our final treat of our stay was at the gorgeous spa where we treated ourselves to hot stone massages to smooth away the tensions of travelling and prepare for the end of our trip. This is the kind of place anyone can feel at home – from romantic honeymoons to girly weekends away, family holidays and business meetings, Majeka House has it all. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t stay longer!
You can revisit all our favourite places on the Garden Route roadtrip here. And if you’re considering honeymooning or travelling in South Africa, please get in touch at [email protected], I would so love to help you plan your trip!