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16. Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town
In our opinion, Vineyard Hotel is one of the best in Cape Town. Its garden is simply unparalleled: to sit out on the patio and have a drink of any number of the region’s delicious wines, facing the mountains it might seem as if you’re not in the city at all – or indeed could have gone back in time. It has space, green trees, a burbling stream to walk along, tortoises and guinea fowl and a resident cat – what more do you need? Good service perhaps, which the Vineyard has – the staff is attentive enough, but unfussy. The facilities are lovely and spacious: a pool and gym area separate from the hotel, and the spa is excellent (pricey, though). We love the rooms that face onto the garden best because they make the most of the greenery and are generally more spacious.
17. Leshiba Wilderness, Soutpansberg
Leshiba Wilderness is a 2600-hectare eco-friendly reserve in the gorgeous, biodiversity-rich Soutpansberg with luxury and off-the-grid options great for a weekend escape from Gauteng. The luxury lodge inspired by Venda clay-making traditions consists of five en-suite rodavel-style huts overlooking the plains. Nature lovers can hike, bike and swim the streams to explore the unique biome and cross paths with both zebra, giraffe and more.
18. Ghost Mountain Inn, Kwazulu-Natal
Set in Northern KZN, this privately owned and run inn in Mkuze is an ideal location from which to explore the many reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast. Set in an immaculate garden, this is a property that has been wonderfully maintained and updated, with delicious cuisine and a wine list that can match those of the best Cape Winelands properties. Plus it has a very good spa.