The vast number of wine estates located in the Cape is no doubt one of the region’s main drawcards. It does, however, additionally offer a plethora of other activities and destinations that make the Winelands an ideal holiday destination. And, it is here – centrally located in this magnificent area – that Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis has opened its doors.
Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek are all situated under half an hour’s drive away from the hotel and the city of Cape Town is similarly only a 45-minute drive from the hotel. In nearby regions, guests are able to enjoy everything from visiting art galleries and markets in quaint Oak-lined streets or indulging in fine dining at internationally celebrated restaurants to spotting wildlife on a game drive or venturing up Table Mountain. While there is much to explore in and just beyond the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, the estate on which the hotel is located – Val de Vie – also provides guests with a wide selection of amenities.
The reasons for this being considered a “super-estate” quickly become apparent to guests. Its world-class polo fields and award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course have drawn interest from locals and internationals alike, including a long list of celebrities. Guests can watch thrilling polo games during season (from October to April) or treat themselves to a round of golf.
They can, alternatively, book a horse riding session to explore the scenery from a different vantage point or treat their taste buds to an excellent selection of wines available for tasting at the L’Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque on the estate. Of course, the sensory experience doesn’t stop at wine tasting. Guests are invited to enjoy lunches or dinners at The Valley Restaurant & Bar and are served breakfast daily in the hotel’s club room.
Furthermore, guests are able to stay fit and active during their visit as they are provided with access to a gym which houses Technogym equipment. During summer months, guests can cool off at the hotel’s private plunge pool or at the swimming pool at the Clubhouse where they can enjoy mingling with residents of the estate. All activities can be carried out with peace of mind as Val de Vie’s state-of-the-art security makes for a safe environment and a family-friendly destination. Children of all ages are welcome.
The first phase of the hotel, now complete, comprises 38 rooms orientated to maximise the incredible views of the estate, the valley and the mountains beyond. The Clubhouse, located 100 metres away, is easily accessible by golf cart or a leisurely stroll. Guests can look forward to all the classic comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel along with the exceptional service that has become synonymous with the Mantis Collection.
Adrian Gardiner, Founder of the Mantis Collection, shares: “The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is set in one of the world’s most breath-taking regions – both in scenic beauty and in terms of all it has to offer visitors. The Paarl-Franschhoek Valley is a dream destination for couples, business travellers, golf enthusiasts and families and we’re thrilled to offer travellers from around the world outstanding accommodation in the heart of this region.”