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Delaire is a place everyone should visit at least once. It’s seriously splendid. The entrance gate is situated in a landscaped garden of note, and you drive up to the hotel (priced for those Rolls Royce owners) past gardens and terraces strewn with major sculptural pieces from leading South African artists.
The owner of this magnificent estate is Lawrence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds International, purveyors of exquisite diamonds around the world and here on the estate. They also sell luxury Italian linen… and wine of course.
The entrance is through enormous doors, with a view to the cellar through glass walls, along a wide passage whose floor is made from peach pips. Everywhere the fantastic art collection is on display, but it is the view from the terrace that is the most memorable with its picture perfect panoramic views of the Simonsberg and the vineyards in the valley below. In summer, it’s just the spot to enjoy a tasting of the fine Delaire Graff wines, especially as the sun goes down. If it’s chilly the Wine Lounge has a large fireplace, comfy chairs and more fabulous art. Knowledgeable wine staff will pour the wine for you, one at a time, and explain each of them.
The Delaire Graff restaurant has a striking interior, with curling curvy leather sofas in burnt orange. The food is outstanding, with a strong emphasis on ethically sourced, fresh, and organic. The second restaurant, Indochine, is situated at the hotel, and has exquisite copper tables, and an art installation of flying swallows. The fine dining here is Asian inspired.
At the hotel there is a Spa and ten sumptuously decorated lodges, each with their own private plunge pool. This may sound corny, but this is a jewel of a place.
White Reserve 2013
Mon - Sat 10h00 - 19h00
Sun 9h30 - 16h00
Delaire Graff Restaurant Lunch Daily: 12h00 - 14h15
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 18h30 - 21h00
Indochine Lunch Daily 12h00 - 14h30
Dinner Daily 18h30 - 21h00
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Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, -33.921626, 18.923115000000053