Take a well-deserved break on a Stellenbosch wellness weekend
Explore the artistic heritage of Stellenbosch, its award-winning wines, its world-class spas and renowned restaurants on a Stellenbosch wellness weekend. Now is your chance to rediscover your inner peace and indulge in the finer things in life!
Relax, breathe and enjoy the experience
Arts & culture Saturday
Find peace in the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
Along with the numerous awe-inspiring sculptures that decorate this sprawling garden, its location itself is a sight to behold. It is situated between two entirely separate worlds, one wild in the form of the rugged mountain wilderness and one tamed in the form of the perfectly manicured suburbs of Stellenbosch. Start your Stellenbosch wellness weekend on the right foot by taking the morning to revel in a guided tour along these glorious paths, stretching for over 4 km and boasting over 60 thought-provoking artworks by renowned South African artist, Dylan Lewis. Keep your eyes peeled for a peek at the rare flora and fauna that linger all around the premises.
Remember, although self-guided walks are permitted, all visits to the sculpture garden are by appointment only.
Treat yourself to some pampering at Lanzerac Spa
What would a Stellenbosch wellness weekend be without a day spent relaxing at the spa? Lanzerac Spa is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after spas in town. It is located in a quiet nook on the pristine wine farm, promising sunny views of the surrounding mountains and plenty of fresh air to help silence the mind. All health and beauty treatments are conducted by highly trained therapists who make use of world-class local and international product ranges. From deep tissue massages and glow-inducing facials to manicures, pedicures and steamy sauna sessions, you are guaranteed to emerge feeling like a million bucks! Sip on a complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival and perhaps order some lunch before or after your treatments from Die Wellness Corner, best known for its tropical smoothies and farm-fresh dishes. Visiting Stellenbosch with a partner or a friend? Lanzerac Spa has both single and couples rooms available so that you can enjoy your treatments in each other’s company if you wish.
Where to eat
Breakfast at Café Furlough
It is always worthwhile to fill up with a heaty breakfast before embarking on your artistic exploits or a soothing spa day. Café Furlough on Dorp Street is as stylish as it is popular, offering a broad selection of breakfast favourites all with modern, fashion-forward finishes. Think rolled oats, chia pudding, scrambles made with free-range eggs, and just-out-of-the-oven croissants. Be sure to pair your brekkie with a steaming cup of creamy cappuccino or a calming cup of chamomile tea.
The Farmer’s Pantry for lunch
The evergreen Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate is nestled deep within the heart of the Devon Valley. It is best known for its charming farm-style accommodation, beautiful chapel, and its brand-new family-friendly restaurant, The Farmer’s Pantry, established in 2020. The restaurant is the place where farm life meets family and everyone can kick back, relax, and tuck into soul food made using locally sourced produce. Choose from the restaurant’s signature range of crisp, thin-based pizzas, baked inside a wood-fired oven, a wholesome orchard bowl chockfull of fresh veggies, seeds, and grains, a juicy pantry beef burger made using pure boran beef mince, and more.
Add to the experience with a leisurely walk through the colourful, fragrant plum orchards following your meal. You’ll emerge smiling, sun-kissed and relaxed.
The Jordan Restaurant for dinner
The Jordan Restaurant, located on the famed Jordan Wine Estate, is one of the Winelands’ very first signature chef restaurants. It is spearheaded by Chef George Jardine who focuses on local flavours and seasonal ingredients – pairing them with the estate’s numerous award-winning wines. The menu changes frequently based on the availability of ingredients, so there is bound to be something new to try with every visit you make. Not sure what to order as your starter or main for dinner on your Stellenbosch wellness weekend away? The restaurant’s trademark dishes include steamed Saldanha mussels, Chalmar sirloin, and honey and poppyseed soufflé. Round off your meal with a browse through the walk-in cheese room to select your choice of artisanal South African cheeses with preserves.
Where to stay
Evergreen Manor & Spa
Evergreen Manor & Spa is less than a five-minute walk from the heart of Stellenbosch, making it the perfect choice if you wish to explore all that the town has to offer during your weekend getaway. If relaxation is what you are craving, you cannot go wrong with the onsite wellness centre offering a variety of spa packages to choose from. Think ‘Touch Treatments’, specialised skin care treatments, aroma therapy massages and therapeutic reflexology. Following your treatments, you can retreat to one of the two comfortable lounges, one on the sunny deck beside the sparkling swimming pool and one on the spacious patio overlooking the flourishing gardens, for a sugary sundowner.
Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms, is Stellenbosch’s very own ‘Garden of Eden’ and promises plenty of opportunity to relax and restore both body and mind. The rooms are cosy and luxurious, the views are simply breath-taking, and the hospitality is world-class. The premises are also home to a sought-after Garden Spa, which is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. It is essentially a ‘living’ spa and comprises a hammam, chill room, hot spa and gym. The hammam is where you can opt to receive a traditional Turkish cleansing treatment involving heat, steam, and lukewarm water to loosen the muscles and help them relax.