It’s been a strange and challenging year. If you are keen to ensure that 2021 is a huge improvement, it is important to start off on the right note. Take some time to wind down before the kids go back to school – and before you return to work – by planning a Stellenbosch getaway with all the bells and whistles. Here are some ideas to add to your itinerary.
Breakfast at Café Furlough
Fuel up for another exciting day ahead with a classic breakfast at Café Furlough. This charming establishment offers patrons a selection of free-range egg creations (including scrambles and folded omelettes packed with farm-fresh ingredients), as well as flaky croissants and bowls of goodness (think rolled oats, seasonal fruit and granola, and chia pudding). Be sure to pair your brekkie with a steaming cup of coffee, brewed to perfection and topped with a generous dollop of cream.
Lunch at The Table at De Meye
It is more important than ever before to support local, which is why so many tourists flock to The Table at De Meye for a meal to remember. The restaurant proudly sources its ingredients from Stellenbosch-based, small-scale farmers and delis, with a special focus on organic produce. As such, the menu changes weekly to feature the best of seasonal produce on offer, so guests are always in for a delicious surprise. Browse the a la carte menu or opt for a set, three-course sharing menu for a variety of flavours hand-picked to complement one another from the first bite to the last.
Spa and stay at Majeka House
Whether you are in the mood for some more pampering or you are looking for luxurious accommodation in the centre of it all, Majeka House is the place to be. The spa is home to a team of trained therapists with the goal of helping you feel welcome and relaxed from the moment you walk through the doors. Guests are encouraged to tailor their own spa package using the extensive Spa Menu for a bespoke experience that they won’t be quick to forget.
Majeka House offers a selection of 23 rooms, including 12 Premier rooms that are ideal for smaller travel parties. Many of the rooms boast a private garden, an exclusive-use plunge pool, and/or views of the surrounding Helderberg Mountains.
Indulge at Babel Restaurant
Babel Restaurant is part of Babylonstoren and is housed in the estate’s old cow shed, boasting a mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls. The edgy architecture sets the tone for the unconventional, yet mouth-watering combinations that will grace your plate when you sit down to savour a meal. The restaurant specialises in breakfast and dinner, but it also serves delicious dishes at lunchtime from Wednesday to Sunday. Booking is essential!
Adventure Shop: E-bike tour to Boschendal
Spend a day being active out in the sunshine and taking in the mesmerising natural beauty of the bustling town on board an e-bike, courtesy of the Adventure Shop. This half-day tour is guided by an expert and will take you to Boschendal Wine Estate via Idas Valley along the Stellenbosch Trail Fund trails and the Banhoek Conservancy trails. You will be transported back to town in the early afternoon, after you’ve had a chance to explore the wine estate. Boschendal is best-known for its wonderful wine, horse riding, scenic farm tours and relaxing picnics.
Relaxing spa treatments at Babylonstoren
There is no better way to reconnect with nature and let your stress melt away than by enjoying a few spa treatments at Babylonstoren. The Garden Spa is essentially a ‘living’ spa nestled within a flourishing bamboo forest complete with trickling leiwater channels nearby to help calm your 2020 nerves! Take a dip in a Turkish bath known as a hammam, cool down in the chill room, sweat it out in the hot spa, or get a decent dose of exercise and endorphins at the gym.
Wind down for a fresh start – you deserve it!