In the realm of luxury Cape Winelands accommodations, La Residence is in a class of its own. An exclusive member of Liz Biden’s Royal Portfolio, this elegant and intimate all-suite Tuscan villa was named Conde Nast Traveler’s “No. 1 Hotel in the World” in 2013 for its private 30-acre estate luxury experience in beautiful Franschhoek.

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While the whitewashed, gabled 17th century Cape Dutch Architecture dominates the quiet blocks and farmhouses of Franschhoek, La Residence is a jewel on a private wine estate that evokes Provence and the gilded luxury of Versailles. Designed along the lines of a French country chateau, La Residence offers 11 luxuriously furnished suites, each displaying Liz Biden’s meticulous attention to detail in their French antiques, exquisite Persian carpets, and eclectic mix of objets d’art handpicked from across the globe. The skillful mix of natural light and mood lighting lends an air of epic romance as it bounces off ornate mirrors and silk cushions. Grand Indian chandeliers adorning palatial ceilings enhance every detail of color saturated textiles and exquisite artworks throughout. Even with the over-the-top décor, guests can really sink into the comfort of these rooms, eat off of fine vintage porcelain, live with rare artworks, and carry a glass of their private label estate-made Syrah wherever they go.

Vineyard Suites

Five regal Vineyard Suites are for those seeking the pinnacle of luxury in a variety of configurations. Whether a suite for two or a veritable mansion for six, the Vineyard Suites at La Residence provide open-plan living and dining areas, his and her dressing rooms, and private terraces and gardens with 360-degree views of the surrounding Franschhoek Valley.

As guests arrive at La Residence they are greeted like old friends back from a too long journey—with sparkling rosé and warm smiles. End to end, the main hall is an unfolding open floor plan with velvet-upholstered couches and antique chairs arranged into cozy vignettes in front of fireplaces or window views. Expansive patios offer magnificent opportunities to relax, admire the view, enjoy the delicate scents of nature, and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquility. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the cloistered courtyard with private pool or visit the separate movie room and private library for a bit of secluded splendor within the villa.

At La Residence, world-class service is the order of the day. Guests who are booked exclusively are provided with a private butler, a private chef, and a chauffeur with car on hand. Whether it’s a six-course wine pairings dinner, an in-room massage, wine tastings by horseback, or cooking classes for two, the attentive staff makes it all happen. Even if wine and cuisine are not the top order of the day, the La Residence surrounds are a delicately interwoven tapestry of vineyards and fruit farms containing some of the continent’s most beautiful hiking and biking trails.

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