The Best Hotels in Franschhoek for Every Traveller

Enjoy spectacular views of Franschhoek from LErmitage Chateau or explore the other accommodation options nearby
Enjoy spectacular views of Franschhoek from L'Ermitage Chateau or explore the other accommodation options nearby | Courtesy of L'Ermitage Franschhoek Chateau / Expedia
Glynis Horning

Whether you prefer delicate whites, full-bodied reds or award-winning méthod cap classiques, indulge in the best food & wine Franschhoek has to offer while you relax in a hotel perfectly suited to your every need.

In a dream valley of rolling vineyards, ancient oaks and Cape Dutch homesteads, Franschhoek has some of South Africa‘s best wine cellars, from quirky boutique wineries to big names – think Boshendal, Dieu Donne and Vrede en Lust – that all offer tours and tastings. The valley has also naturally become a haven for foodies, with world-class restaurants alongside the irresistible food at the Village Market. Check out our list of the best places to stay and personalise every step of your trip.

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GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Residence Vive La Vie

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Residence Vive La Vie
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Ingrid and Bertil Postema fell for the village location and the understated contemporary style of Vive la Vie on a visit, and then two years ago, they bought it. The residence offers three king suites and two queens, lit by natural light through big windows and glass doors. Enjoy your breakfast under the gaze of a watchful cow – one of a number of original artworks – and after a day exploring, dip in the pool, or order a Mobile Spa treatment in your room, before hitting the nearby restaurants.

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard

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Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard
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Sir Richard Branson was another to lose his heart to the valley, taking over this classically thatched, white-walled 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard. Enormous stylish modern suites in natural colours and textures, with local stone and unvarnished wood, open entirely to the view. Lunch on local produce on the terrace of the Country Kitchen, or ask for a gourmet picnic and sprawl under an oak. Dine at MIKO, sampling the house wines with the likes of Franschhoek salmon trout buckwheat blini with dill crème fraîche.

L'Ermitage Franschhoek Chateau

Suite Hotel

LErmitage Franschhoek Chateau
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This contemporary take on a French village, complete with lake, fountains, statues and a wedding chapel, features unabashedly opulent suites – think velvet drapes and brocade armchairs – in colours reminiscent of the wines from the area. Options range from a pale gold Champagne Suite to a richly-hued Pinotage Suite, all equipped with balconies and a spectacular view. There are also one- and two-room villas, some even with private pools. The Restaurant at L’Ermitage has a seasonal à la carte menu featuring local wines, and will give you the option to enjoy the meals in your own room.

Leeu House

Suite Hotel

Leeu House
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The individually-styled suites under the snowy white Cape Dutch gables of Leeu House – Lion House – are subtly suggestive of wildlife, from tawny colour throws and spotted cushions to the textures of the sisal carpets, giving an overall relaxed and earthy feel. Mullineux & Leeu wines, produced both at the Leeu Estates and in the Swartland, have won awards, and the tutored tastings offered, complimentary for staying guests, are widely renowned.

La Petite Dauphin

Farm, Suite Hotel

La Petite Dauphine
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This is a historical French-style farmhouse on a working fruit and wine farm, its lanes lined with plum trees. The nine suites are stylishly decorated around wood-burning fireplaces, kingsize beds and Blu-Ray disc players – there’s a complimentary library at reception. Our tip? Look no further than Suite 8, which features a private deck and plunge pool, and where with prior arrangement you can even take your fluffy best friend to be by your side. Café BonBon is also an on-site delicacy and serves organic produce from its own food garden, sustainable seafood and free-range meat.

Franschhoek Boutique Hotel

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Franschhoek Boutique Hotel
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A dozen quietly bespoke rooms with every mod-con you may need, look on to the Franschhoek Mountains from a central position perfect for exploring the high-end boutiques, art galleries and fine-dining restaurants of the village. Helpful staff will direct you to the owners’ five favourites: Roca at Dieu Donne, Orangerie at Le Lude, Big Dog Café, La Petite Colombe and Pierneer à la Motte. Few would argue.

Rickety Bridge Manor House

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Rickety Bridge Country House
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The carefully renovated 19th century Cape Dutch homestead at Rickety Bridge vineyards and winery has accommodation as charming as its name, with yellowwood-beamed ceilings and pine floors. Ask for the serene long suite under the sloping thatched eves and make sure to book a cellar tour and wine tasting, cycle or play boules in the vineyards, go on a park run, and dine deliciously at Paulina’s restaurant.

Chapter House Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Chapter House Boutique Hotel
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Set in a garden with lavender, roses and indigenous trees in the centre of the village, this little hotel is steeped in history. Built as a Mission House in 1880, it became a village school before being turned into a hotel. New owners have given it a loving renovation, combining heritage designs with local artworks and hand-picked furnishings. We think it’s a great base to explore the village and surrounding valley, and it even has a pool to cool off in.

Le Quartier Francais

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Le Quartier Francais
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This sophisticated 32-room hotel includes two villas in the hot heart of the village. They’re furnished in bold colours with lavish fabrics and finishes, and there are fireplaces for the winter time, a pool for summer, and a great casual restaurant, Protégé. Here you can dine al fresco or watch the young chefs at work in a show kitchen, whipping up delicacies with Asian, French and Italian flair. Ask for the trendy small plates menu, perfect for sharing.

Ashbourne Guesthouse

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Ashbourne House Guest House
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The Roggenbach family from Berlin bought Ashbourne in 2014. The eight rooms in bold checks and florals are a fresh take on colonial style, and reflect Nadine’s flair and care for guests’ comfort. Special touches include a heated pool in the lush garden, complimentary afternoon cake, and the free use of two bicycles – plus, you can also self-cater. Ashbourne is a short stroll, or even short bike ride, from the eateries, bars and galleries of Franschhoek Main Road.

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