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La Residence, Franschhoek 

South Africa 7690
Tel: 27 15 793 0150
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

This is La Residence "take two"—a new, flashier version of the original Franschhoek property, built from scratch on a different site but with the same personal vibe—and appeals to those who wish to be close to the action but out of the limelight. Franschhoek Village, with its award-winning restaurants and a wine culture, is ten minutes away, and Cape Town is less than an hour's drive. In keeping with its name, the hotel was constructed on a grand scale: triple-height ceilings, black-and-white marble floors, enormous chandeliers, and vast paintings. Opening onto wide verandas and mountain views, the 11 extravagant suites are layered with French and Asian antiques, fantastic local art, and Persian carpets, and each has its own personality—from a girly boudoir in pink and lime green to a palatial honeymoon suite in white marble. The large pool backed by palm trees wouldn't look out of place at a beach resort but does here amid vineyards. Guests dine alfresco during the day, while dinner is a theatrical event with candlelight, high-backed ruby banquettes, and local wines paired to the simple but well-executed menu. A spa is in the works.

—2008 Hot List

When to go: Summer (November–March) is an ideal time to enjoy the region's many outdoor attractions.

Which room to book: For maximum privacy, No. 3 or No. 6, the honeymoon suite.

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