Delaire Graff Estate, where the ultimate luxury meets South African hospitality
Delaire Graff Estate is nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, where the incredible views provide the perfect backdrop to outstanding restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, exuberant landscaping, a destination Spa and luxury boutiques amongst which – Graff oblige – the flagship Graff Diamonds store.
When world-renowned jeweller Laurence Graff Obe first visited the estate back in 2003, he felt an immediate connection – it was love at first sight. Delaire Graff Estate Lodges, a member of Relais & Châteaux, opened in.
The lodges form the basis for the ultimate Winelands escape, with guests being able to choose from ten stunning lodges – eight with one bedroom and two featuring two bedrooms – all skilfully built by master craftsmen, inspired by the local Cape Dutch architecture and designed by the celebrated London-based David Collins Studio. Each lodge makes the most of its unique Stellenbosch setting, with floor to ceiling windows offering amazing views stretching over vineyards and olive groves – some extending all the way to Cape Point and Table Mountain – while also revealing your own heated private plunge pool. The double height ceilings combined with a neutral palette of contemporary colours create welcoming and relaxing light-filled interiors. Guests will equally enjoy the oversized beds dressed with the finest linens, the spacious dressing areas and the marble bathrooms furnished with an indulgent array of beauty products.
The dining experience at Delaire Graff Estate is truly exquisite with the Delaire Graff Restaurant offering contemporary ‘bistro chic’ cuisine which can be enjoyed relaxing on the terrace succumbing to the breathtaking views, or inside the restaurant’s spectacular interior. Patrons can nevertheless also discover Asian-inspired flavours at ‘Indochine’ which offers pan-Asian fine dining where delicate flavours come alive and each dish is synonymous with vitality, wellness and healthy living. Alternatively, guests can also choose to dine in the indulgent privacy of their own lodge.
All the produce is carefully and ethically sourced from free-range, pasture-reared livestock supporting farmers in Africa, while many fruits, vegetables and herbs are picked daily from the Estate’s greenhouse and vegetable gardens.
As a working winery, Graff Estate has produced some of South Africa’s finest wines. The exceptional and award-winning wines from the Graff Estate are the result of its unique Maritime-and-mountain terroir, combined with the expert hand, knowledge and vision of Graff Estate’s winemaker, Morné Vrey. There’s plenty to taste – from illustrious reds and whites to sparkling wine and delightful rosé – and many opportunities to do so as the world-class sommeliers can perfectly pin-point the best wine to match your meals, while a trip to the Wine Lounge will guarantee you the satisfaction of savouring many award-winning wines in a most opulent setting.
Another indulgence that guests of the Graff Estate should not miss out on is the fabulous Spa which is set in its own unique panoramic surroundings, boasting four elegant Spa suites, the finest beauty products from the likes of Swiss Perfection, Aromatherapy Associates, Terres d’Afrique and Mama Mio, yet also a 22 metre infinity pool and a heated Jacuzzi.
And, why not top off your stay with a visit to one of the estate’s exclusive boutiques? With the name Graff being synonym for the most fabulous jewels in the world, this might just be the perfect opportunity to treat yourself – or your significant other – to one of the enticing collection pieces and iconic stones that are on display and which are all handmade in London by Graff’s Master Craftsmen. The Delaire Graff Estate collection consists of classic diamond line bracelets and solitaire rings, yellow diamond butterfly earrings, pendants and a very special selection of Graff Luxury Watches.
Other Delaire Graff Estate exclusives are the 100% Capri boutique which is exclusive to the African territory and offers a range of luxury clothing and home ware that evokes the essence of la dolce vita. Visitors should also take time to discover the new VanaShree collection of handbags and accessories which are individually handcrafted in South Africa by a team of dedicated craftsmen and incorporating the finest, ethically sourced crocodile, ostrich, python and stingray leather.
Delaire Graff Estate should bE very high on the list of the discerning traveller who wants to enjoy South African luxury at its finest.