October 22

Delaire Graff | Review 2019

October 22, 2019

The Delaire Graff Estate is a luxury destination in itself, designed with the discerning global traveller in mind.

Located in the Stellenbosch Winelands of Southern Africa, it offers a spectacular synergy of fine dining, world-class wine, hospitality, artwork and architecture in a romantic Monet-like setting.

It’s a real show-stopper because it is surrounded by 360-degree views of dramatic mountain ranges, veils of vineyards and manicured gardens.

Part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux collection, follow us through the estate to find out what you can expect from this lavish masterpiece.

Sculpture by Anton Smit welcoming the guests to Delaire Graff. Credit: Tania de Kock

Flower-paved walkways lead you around the estate. Credit: Tania de Kock

Delaire Graff’s Botanical Paradise

The gardens certainly play an integral part in the guest’s experience here, with the perfume of jasmine drifting through the air and bursts of colour amid lush greenery creating a sensory delight.

An award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, Keith Kirsten introduced over 350 indigenous plants and some non-invasive imported species in order to craft the beauty that snakes through the estate today.

As you peruse these gardens, you’ll encounter numerous poignant sculptures. A number of cheetahs made from solid bronze can be found throughout the estate, sculpted by Dylan Lewis. Other works include sculptures by Deborah Bell and Anton Smit.

Cheetah sculptures in the garden. Credit: Tania de Kock

Jewel of the Winelands

The indoors is just as impressive as the outdoors, the white-washed Cape Dutch buildings brimming with African artefacts and original art, therefore making it a treat for any art aficionado.

Laurence Graff, a diamantaire and collector of modern and contemporary art, is the owner and visionary behind Delaire Graff, and consequently, most of these artworks featured are from his personal collection.

Welcome. Credit: Delaire Graff

All the buildings have a palatial feeling to it, with high ceilings, water features adding to the ambiance, thought-provoking artworks and elaborate flower arrangements. It’s simply too much to take in on one day and clear that the estate was created with indulgence in mind.

We therefore highly recommend that you spend a minimum of three nights here.

Other than accommodation, there’s a spa, wine lounge, two excellent restaurants, Graff diamond store and three high-end boutiques on-site.

The Graff diamond store and wine lounge is a must-visit. Credit: Delaire Graff

Winelands Wonder

Delaire Graff’s exceptional wines have reaped many awards over the years, ranking among the most prestigious wines in the Southern Hemisphere. They have a rich fruit intensity it has become renowned for, due to the unique terroir of cool Atlantic Ocean breeze and mountain slopes.

The wine tasting lounge is one of Delaire Graff’s crowning glories. Here you can either sink into the deep leather sofas in front of the fireplace or find a spot outside to enjoy the views.

The wine cellar. Credit: Delaire Graff

The Lodges

The accommodation options include one Owner’s Villa, two Presidential Suites, six Superior Suites, four Luxury Suites and four Deluxe Suites.

Each differs in size and features unique art pieces. Flooded with natural light, all the contemporary rooms have double-height ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

Presidential Suite. Credit: Delaire Graff

Most notably, the private pools heated to 28 degrees overlook views that are truly special.

The two Superior Lodges can be interconnected, therefore making it the perfect accommodation for families.

Magical atmosphere. Credit: Delaire Graff

Opulent Owner’s Villa

Setting a new standard in luxury accommodation, the Owner’s Villa is the latest addition to the estate. Exclusivity is certainly the name of the game here with a private entrance and seclusion from the rest of the lodges.

Accommodating eight adults, the villa has its own entertainment room, gym, swimming pool with embedded jacuzzi, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Moreover, there are two en-suite single rooms to accommodate staff travelling with guests.

The art that adorns the walls of the villa is truly something to behold.

There are also two helipads on the estate, allowing you to travel directly from the Cape Town International Airport. This makes it the perfect location for high-end clientele who require the utmost privacy.

The luxurious Owner’s Villa. Credit: Delaire Graff

View over the Stellenbosch Winelands. Credit: Delaire Graff

Visit this sanctuary

If you would like to escape to this sophisticated sanctuary, contact our travel experts to plan your trip to the Cape Winelands and Cape Town.

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Tania de Kock

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