Steenberg Hotel, a vineyard where luxury rules over all
On the west coast of South Africa, very near the point where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean, the city of Cape Town lies at the foot of that international landmark, Table Mountain. If you go inland and circle around the Table and then head south into the green foothills behind the peak, you come to the rolling vineyards of the Steenberg Estate in the affluent suburb of Constantia, the oldest European farm in Cape Town, and indeed all of South Africa. The estate was first claimed and farmed by Catherina Ustings Ras, one of the founding settlers of the Cape, who left her home in Germany dressed as a man and arrived here in 1662. Her adventurous life saw her through five husbands and several financial ups and downs, but she ended up as the matriarch of a large family, and sold her farm for a considerable sum.
Today, the Steenberg Estate contains a working vineyard that makes several of South Africa’s most popular wines, as well as an eighteen-hole golf course, two popular restaurants, and the Steenberg Hotel, one of Cape Town’s finest boutique resorts. The luxuty affair is spread around several buildings at the heart of the grounds, including meeting facilities, an outdoor pool, and extensive gardens. Daily wine tastings, with a variety of menus for both food and drink, are served each day, and the hotel will be happy to arrange bespoke tours of the vineyards and bottling operations.
Amenities Fit for Kings and Queens
During your stay at Steenberg, you have your choice from among several sets of guestrooms, each of which is individually designed and decorated. The penthouse options are represented by the Heritage Suites, three especially spacious and lavishly ornamented apartments known as the Dutch East India Heritage Suite, the Cape Colonial Heritage Suite, and the Khoi Khoi Heritage Suite. The décor of each salutes several historical periods of the nation, and are housed in the Jonkershuis, an antique building from the earliest days of the Cape Colony. Another of the historical buildings is the Manor House, which now functions as a luxurious villa, excellent for families or groups. The remaining room sets are the Standard Luxury, the Superior, the Premier, as well as the two Family Rooms and the Premier Suite. The hotel is also the site of the The Steenberg Spa, which offers four treatment rooms for its clients as well as a distinctive menu of massage and beauty treatments. The spa’s fitness center is open to all hotel guests, and the Steenberg Golf Club provides large discounts to guests.
The region of Cape Town is filled with amazing sights and sounds, and Steenberg’s concierge will gladly arrange bespoke tours of the area according to your interests. The hiking on the Table Mountain Nature Reserve is spectacular, and there are helicopter tours and shark cage diving expeditions available for scuba enthusiasts. Sailing cruises can be easily scheduled, and shopping at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront of Cape Town is great fun. Upon your return to the Steenberg, you can enjoy some of the finest cuisine of the city at either of the hotel’s two restaurants, both very popular with local foodies. At Catharina’s, Chef Archie Maclean embraces haute cuisine with a pronounced taste for local proteins, offering ostrich, zebra, and – for the brave – warthog, all as entreés. At Bistro Sixteen82, Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin keeps the focus on the lighter fare of tapas, and al fresco dining is available. When one come to the Steenberg Estate, one enters a world of lavish comfort and exciting bespoke introductions to Cape Town and Table Mountain, one of the wonders of the natural world.