Franschhoek (Winelands)

Spectacular. It's a word that describes so many aspects of the restful Cape Winelands, just an hour outside Cape Town, where lush, fertile valleys are nestling among rugged mountains, with gran estates punctuated by gorgeous whitewashed Cape Dutch buildings.

The wine and cuisine is amongst the world's finest, created with a passion and expertise matched only by unbelievable top notch accommodation; from sumptuous, richly decorated suites to ├╝ber-stylish lodges. It's a region that assaults every sense in truly spectacular fashion.

The nearby historic 17th century towns and villages of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek that were founded by the original French and Dutch settlers are full of architectural delights, quaint galleries and enticing bistros.