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After a multi-million facelift I bounded into Majeka with high expectations. I mean, Majeka House had the facelift… not me. Although I could do with one too. Majeka definitely exceeded all my expectations.
A five star boutique hotel in Stellenbosch with 22 rooms, it achieves the Goldilocks balance between intimacy, service and facilities. After a leisurely meander through the abundant Stellenbosch wine estates we arrived at Majeka and continued the theme of the day with an afternoon by the pool sipping on a few G&Ts and crawling between the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
I gave the gym a wide birth, but had we had time, I would certainly have arranged for a treatment in the Sanctuary Spa with its unique Himalayan Salt Bath and colour treatment. Pampering of the highest calibre.
The rooms are great – spacious and tastefully decorated. But it’s worth spending a bit extra if you can and going for one of the pool suites or a mountain view suite. The mountain view suites are smaller and a bit darker, but the design is really chic – think Soho House in the winelands.
Now for the nitty-gritty: Chrysalis 300 thread count linen, flat screen TVs with DSTV, Lavazza coffee machines, gowns, crocs (yes, you read correctly – those nasty looking rubber shoes – for comfy poolside/spa/sauna/steam room transitions – you will still be judged for wearing them – ‘borrowing free crocs’ does not make it right), super thick towels, full laundry service, private terrace or balcony, in-room dining, Moya body products, a well stocked minibar (including one of my favourite wines – De Toren Z) and a huge DVD library.
If you can’t tear yourself away from your room, you can have your bath turned into a mini-spa with a number of treatments and romantic flourishes to choose from on the Bath Menu.
The Makaron restaurant and M-Lounge at Majeka won the Eat Out 2011 Boschendal Style Award and it’s easy to see why. In the M-Lounge eclectic design combines modern and classical in ways that only the bravest of interior designers or most deluded of drag queens would imagine possible. But it works. A dark-leather, tufted Chesterfield sits cheek by jowl with a grand piano, an illuminated blue bar, golden pigs, a faux library and a model ship.
Across the hall is the Makaron restaurant which is an altogether less cluttered space incorporating lots of light wood and pastel colours. It’s a spectacular space which certainly enhances the sense of occasion. You can read more about the Makaron Restaurant in our Horny Grazer review, suffice to say that it was a huge treat to eat there and then be able to stumble a few yards to my room and the exceedingly comfortable bed.
There’s also a gorgeous terrace for an al fresco lunch and one of the best breakfast spreads around. Whether you’re in the mood for champagne and oysters, eggs royale or a made-to-order super-smoothie you’ll be well set up for a day exploring the magnificent Stellenbosch wine route.
For more…For some tips and further information about Stellenbosch, take a look at our recent Blog. Keen to stay at Majeka House? Let us help you plan a great tailor-made itinerary that includes this accommodation along with other great spots in the Cape Winelands.
For some tips and further information about Stellenbosch, take a look at our recent Blog. Keen to stay at Majeka House? Let us help you plan a great tailor-made itinerary that includes this accommodation along with other great spots in the Cape Winelands.
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Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.
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We have just completed the “new” d’Ouwe Werf and it is looking outstanding. I hope that will be your next Stellenbosch stop
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