In the 1990s, fashionista-turned-hotelier Liz Biden and her husband Phil left the South African fashion industry to turn one of their vacation homes into an opulent bushveld hotel and safari experience. After earning accolades from this first endeavor, the pair expanded two more of their homes to form the Royal Portfolio. Their award-winning offerings consist of luxury hotels Birkenhead House, La Residence and Royal Malewane.
Each of the Royal Portfolio properties is famous for its distinct identity and intimacy. Royal Malewane, the Royal Portfolio’s debut property, comprises only six suites amidst an isolated private reserve on the edge of the Kruger National Park. Rich deckwood, Ralph Lauren linens and spillway pools provide unmatched luxury between game drives with South Africa’s most skilled scouts and guides – experiential travel that does not skimp on elegance. La Residence lies in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, giving off the air of a Tuscan villa. The location within the Franschhoek Valley provides stunning mountain views and natural seclusion in the 11 suites. Each room has its own eclectic decor and character, including one which is bedecked in crisp whites, chrome finishes and ornate glass.
Perched high atop a Hermanus cliff, Birkenhead House offers some of the most amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired artwork, chandeliers and many pieces from Liz’s own furniture collections adorn the home’s 11 suites. Cliffside dolphin and whale watching is ideal at this waterfront property.
Experience luxury travel with the ultimate in royal treatment when you embark on Royal South Africa, Ker & Downey’s 10-day journey through South Africa’s Western Cape, winelands and game-rich bushveld. Start planning your pampered holiday by contacting our experts.