Babylonstoren – A wonderful Winelands getaway
Last week we took the Travel For Life team on a 3 day road trip. The first night was spent at the the beautiful Babylonstoren Hotel in the Cape Winelands, we then continued to Sanbona Game Reserve for a 2 night safari.
Babylonstoren is one of our all time favourite hotels, this is the 2nd time we have stayed here and the entire team is already longing to go back to this amazing place.
As it often happens with us something unexpected happens as we are about to leave on a road trip. The cars were packed and the kids were buckled up when Nicole noticed a nail sticking out of my tyre. Instead of going to lunch at Nobel Hill I spent the afternoon at the car dealership with 7 week old Olivia whilst the others enjoyed a delicious lunch.
I finally caught up with the others at Babylonstoren. The kids, Alex and I checked into a stunning 2 bedroomed cottage and Monika and Nicole in a one bedroom suite. The accommodation at Babylonstoren is really stunning, a great mix of new and old, and understated luxury.
We spent the afternoon exploring the farm and sampling some of the estates great wine, there really is so much to do at Babylonstoren. This is the sort of place where you could really spend a few days without leaving the estate.
Make sure to take a walk through the magnificent gardens, and if you are in the mood for some pampering make a stop at the spa.
As we had Emilie and Olivia with us we felt that going to Babel for dinner might not be the best idea. Instead we visited the farm shop to pick up some lovely cured meats and breads and decided to prepare a meal in our beautiful cottage. We also thought a salad would be nice, and as the gardens at Babylonstoren are famous for their beautiful fruit and vegetables we decided to do some foraging for our dinner.
Sadly, we where quite unsuccessful as we did not really know what we where looking for and it was getting quite dark by this stage. Luckily Alex thought of visiting the chef to ask for some assistance, he happily provided us with a huge box of garden delicacies for our dinner.
The following morning we did have a chance to experience the amazing food prepared at the restaurant at Babylonstoren. Breakfast at Babel was a real treat, and quite different from your normal hotel breakfast. Even our 5 year old daughter Emilie was impressed, and she tends to be most difficult one to please. I think what impressed her the most was the "do it your self" hot chocolate.
The only disappointing thing with our stay was that we did not spend enough time at Babylonstoren as we had to continue our trip to our next destination. In my next post you will be able to read about our 2 day safari at Sanbona.