Words simply cannot describe how incredible the Leeu Collection hotels in Franschhoek, South Africa actually are. They are amongst the best of what South Africa has to offer in the way of quality of service, landscaping, art, style and design. Anything you imagine a five-star hotel to be, we assure you that the Leeu Collection will deliver it. Guests receive a consistent level of service and professionalism, which is certainly expected considering the accolades the Leeu Collection have received. It is the only hotel in South Africa included in the Condé Nast Hot List 2017 of Best New Hotels in the World! With good reason too, we can personally attest to the fact that they deserve their place on this prestigious list after visiting both the Leeu House and the Leeu Estates.
Leeu House is situated in the Franschhoek Village and is a beautiful 12-bedroom, luxury hotel that demands your attention even if you’re simply walking by. The hotels lawn is so immaculately manicured that you can’t help but want to stop and admire it. With grass so green and lush that it looks like a bed of carpet that you can lie on. As you continue to look at the manicured grounds of the hotel, you’re sure to admire the statues of the countries beloved Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. The hotel is quaint and charming with modern décor that enhances its stylish appeal. Carefully selected artwork and sculptures are found throughout the Leeu House. Carefully selected artwork is on display throughout the interior of the hotels lounge and reception areas.
There is four room categories to select from, some with private balcony, terrace or garden. The choice is up to you. While its rooms are modern contemporary the Cape Dutch influence is seamlessly added into the design of the rooms. Each room offers a unique blend of luxury and understated simplicity. Rooms come complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a writing desk, underfloor heating, Nespresso coffee machine, smart-tv, double vanities, hairdryer, shower with separate bath tub, bathrobes and slippers.
Meals are served on the hotels terrace, poolside or in The Conservatory. Innovative culinary professionals; prepare a variety of delicious meals at the Leeu House. They offer guests a leisure dining experience throughout the day. If guests are looking for a fine dining experience, they can make a booking for dining at the Leeu Estates restaurant. There is also a lovely lounge, with a fireplace immediately upon entering the hotel that is perfect for relaxing while sipping on cocktails with friends or family. It is designed with rich-deep purples and accented in gold. It offers a very serene, yet elegant ambiance for which to relax.
The Leeu House also has a beautiful garden with interesting sculptures, which have been strategically placed for all onlookers to take notice of. There is also a 49-foot swimming pool with lovely mountain views and a terrace with lots of shade. If you’re up for taking a leisure bike ride through Franschhoek, complimentary bikes are also available. Complimentary services include breakfast, Internet access, valet parking, mini bar, shuttle service, wine tasting at Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines.
Leeu Estates is also a five-star hotel that demands your attention from the moment you drive through the gated entrance. The 17-room property is the epitome of luxury and elegance. It is as exclusive as they come. The property is situated on 68 hectares of vineyards, with its own elaborate gardens and fynbos. If you want to escape to your own private luxury hideaway, may we suggest that you visit Leeu Estates? It offers superior comfort, fine dining and impeccable service. Everyone is treated like a valued guest amongst friends. The owner has really injected his personality into the property by incorporating art that he personally chose to feature throughout the interiors and exteriors of the hotel. There are several lounging areas at the estate, which includes the terrace lounge; all are artfully decorated with rich textures and unique art.
There are five room categories to choose from at the Leeu Estates along with several cottage options. They all look into the Franschhoek Valley and vineyards. Rooms are individually styled with custom design features that provide a calm, welcoming environment for which guests can truly relax. Each room has a piece of artwork that is only specific to that room, which makes each room truly unique. The large marble bathrooms evoke elegance and comfort. Some rooms have a fireplace, while others provide a lovely terrace with incredible views of the mountains and vineyards. Each room offers air conditioning, writing desk, Wi-Fi, underfloor heating, smart-tv, safe, Nespresso coffee machine, shower with separate bath tub, double vanities, luxury toiletries and hairdryer.
What truly luxurious getaway would be complete without a spa? The Leeu Spa is more than just a spa; it is a wellness sanctuary. The spa specializes in holistic spa treatments used in ancient Asian traditions. It is a contemporary spa with three treatment rooms, a double suite, hair and nail salon, his and hers steam rooms, changing facilities, and a 49-foot infinity pool overlooking the valley and vineyards. If you enjoying staying fit, you’re sure to love the high tech TechnoGym.
Lunch and dinner are both served in The Dining Room or al fresco on the garden terrace. The Dining Room is a sophisticated dining area with a large fireplace and seating area. Guests can gather here before taking their seat at the table or returning to their room. It also overlooks the beautiful valley and vineyards. There isn’t a bad seat in the entire dining room. You are encouraged to try the wines on offer at the Leeu Collection hotels from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, situated at the Leeu Estates. Their wines have received 17 five-star ratings and are certainly worth trying when you visit any of the Leeu Collection properties.
The Leeu Estates also has a state-of-the art meeting facility, beautifully landscaped gardens with sculptures from renowned South African artists, two 49-foot swimming pools, nature trails, complimentary bikes and complimentary transfers into the Franschhoek Village.
No expense has been spared in making sure everyone who puts this beautiful place on their travel list receives exactly what he or she wants and needs from time spent at Leeu Collection hotels.
About The Author:
Travel Writer/Luxury Boutique Hotel Specialist
Dawn Wilson is a Travel Writer and Luxury Boutique Hotel Specialist. As the owner of Unique Boutique Hotels, she writes about the boutique hotels with the highest guest approval ratings. She has also written for several digital lifestyle magazines, which include, the Miami Shoot Magazine. Her love of travel, art, and design led her to become a travel writer who focuses on luxury lifestyle experiences. She recently began exploring more international boutique hotels & resorts and is excited to share her recent discoveries. Dawn splits her time between the U.S. and South Africa.