My body might be back in Copenhagen, but my mind is still lying on chamomile lawn inside the stunning gardens of Babylonstoren, a state-of-the-art wine farm in Stellenbosch 45-minutes from Cape Town. Literally, every time I have been in Cape Town, this was my 6th time, I have visited Babylonstoren, it is a must visit. This time was no exception, I was so excited to bring Mr. LA, as I knew he would LOVE it too. And he sure did.
It surely was a great reunion, spending many hours by the pool with facials and massages at their spa in between. Obviously, we spent hours exploring the massive garden, which I’d say is the farm’s main attraction. There are over three kilometers of path through the garden, with hours of exploring the many different breathtaking areas.
Dating back to 1692, this 200-hectare farm, lies in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, almost halfway between Franschhoek and Paarl. Here, owner Karen Roos has masterfully created the ultimate farm haven, where the luxury is in the integrity and authenticity of the setting.
Excellent wine aside (be sure to pick up a few bottles of their Rosé), Babylonstoren is also home to a stylish hotel, a 3.5-hectare garden that supplies three restaurants and a juicery, a serene spa, modern wine-tasting center, boathouse with row boat, endless dirt roads (which hotel guests can explore on available mountain bikes) and a pervasive sense of tranquility that follows you everywhere.
You simply MUST GO VISIT!!!
All photos by Allan Torp