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hero image outside exterior main hotel area at La Residence view looking up from the pond lake South Africa

The Royal Portfolio’s properties tend to set the bar for luxury at each of their locations, and La Residence is no exception. With views of rolling mountains cascading down towards sun-drenched vines, and peacocks strolling the grounds, La Residence feels like a page out of a fairy tale. Take a wine tour by Harley (Davidson), by horseback or by helicopter to kick the romance up a notch.

Franschhoek means “French corner” in Dutch, as many French Huguenot settlers were granted land here. Perhaps this French connection is why, 300 years later, Franschhoek is often known as “the gourmet capital” of South Africa. Chew over the finer details of your taste palette and dietary requirements with high calibre chefs. La Residence prioritises the finest gastronomic cuisine as an essential experience for their guests. Indulge in local, seasonal produce of fresh olives, Franschhoek cheese and lamb. Don’t hesitate to try the line caught Franschhoek trout. Take advantage of the sommelier to find the perfect wine to compliment the evolving menu.

Individually styled by Liz Biden, each room radiates romance and charm. With richly textured plush furnishings and exquisite antique collections, every room is adorned with traditional paintings and ornate ceramics, and chandeliers offer added glamour. Expect elegant four-poster beds and 18th-century French dressers, complete with a chaise-longue and roll-top baths. Delightfully decadent, every nook and cranny is a new facet of luxury to explore.