The DNA: Head to South Africa’s Drakenstein Valley and make your way to Babylonstoren, a dreamy estate situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands. White walls, green pastures, a bright blue sky, and countless vibrant colors abound. If arriving at Babylonstoren feels like entering a traditional Cape Dutch farm yard, don’t be surprised; this property is an incredibly well-preserved “werf” dating from 1690. What one does with one’s days here is entirely personal. Perhaps exploring 200 hectares of farmland piques one’s interest. Or strolling through a fruit and vegetable garden, picking ingredients for one’s own salad, and enjoying a meal at Babel is more up your alley. The Spa’s massages are always a good idea, as is a swim in the farm dam or a session at the gym. Of course, wine tasting never goes out of style in a place like Babylonstoren, and neither does picnicking. Good wine only gets better when accompanied by high quality snacks. The elegant suites come with a TV, a DVD player, a minifridge, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms have free-standing baths and/or romantic four-poster beds. Cottages have kitchenettes.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 13 rooms & suites (18-130m2) (194-1,399 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2011 • interior design: Karen Roos ✅ free parking on-site • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk