Celebrating Love at the Lanzerac
June 24, 2019
Perfect couples retreat. In the Stellenbosch winelands in Cape Town.
Lanzerac Wine Estate is a historic landmark and Stellenbosch icon. Rich with Cape heritage and an old-world charm, the Estate has views of dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of gardens shaded by giant Oak trees. The heritage is very topical with an appropriate storyline behind it. It was brought and renamed by Mrs English for 18000 pound who renamed it Lanzerac and bottled the first Lanzerac wine on the farm.
From the moment you arrive, you feel like you’re on a different planet. You can feel how peaceful and so very spacious your surroundings are. There is also a lot of heritage in the buildings which you can feel from the moment you walk inside.
Our experience began with a wine tasting which couldn’t have been a better start because the Lanzerac wines are truly unique with a lot of science, art and passion that’s gone into growing and bottling these wines. The wine tasting room feels like there is so much history, its really beautiful and completely 5 star. We also got to experience their cheese tasting with the wine which was a perfectly complementary experience.
We also had a photoshoot on the grounds with Collected Pix; a couple that shoots throughout Cape Town and are very well known for their work. We had our engagement photoshoot and it was the most relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable experience. It didn’t feel like work, stressful or uncomfortable and we actually had so much fun. One of the best experiences of the whole stay at Lanzerac was the photoshoot.
Over and above the amazing surroundings, we had the opportunity of experiencing the spa. They have a full sauna, jacuzzi and an overall beautiful spa. It has a full glass wall overlooking the vineyards and surrounding mountains which was a nice feature.
We stayed in one of their suites which we absolutely did not want to leave. It was so beautiful and comfortable with a unique twist. It was without a doubt true 5 star luxury and the ultimate 5 star luxury that I have ever experienced in a South African hotel because it goes above and beyond 5 star qualification.
Then dinner was prepared by a team of gourmet chefs. The perfectly curated food was elevating and bursting with flavour but the dessert stole the lime light of the meal. We thought the dinner was amazing but the dessert was something out of a picture book and culinary fantasy.
The next morning we were served breakfast in our room and our entire room was covered with a breakfast buffet – I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much in a day ever, but it was the most incredible delicious breakfast from cold meats, preserves and cheese to perfectly poached eggs and bacon.
It was very sad to say goodbye to such an amazing place but it was a fantastic, remarkable and refreshing experience.
A: 1 Lanzerac Rd, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
T: +27 21 887 1132
Written by Nicole Capper for Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa