La Residence Hotel

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Within the category of luxury Franschhoek hotels, La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level.

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This is a video that was sent to us by one of our guests from her trip to Royal Malewane in 2011. The video captures wonderful sightings of game from the safari vehicle and the authentic African experience at the lodge.


Located in the Franschhoek winelands, La Residence offers a whole host of activities to ensure a varied and enjoyable stay. On a hot summer's day, enjoy a cooling dip in the magnificent infinity pool or recline on a sun-lounger under a shady umbrella. Alternatively, unwind with a massage in the spa treatment room or head to the gym for a spot of vigorous exercise! There is also the option to stroll or cycle around the estate and soak up the beauty of the olive trees, vines and roses – and to admire the Franschhoek winelands beyond. When temperatures drop, curl up with a book in the library and hide away until cocktail time or sip piping hot chocolate or ginger tea beside an open fire amidst the collection of fine paintings. If you feel like venturing out to the village, a complementary transfer service will take you to one of the award-winning restaurants for a meal to remember. A private cheese or wine tasting can also be arranged at one of the surrounding Franschhoek winelands.

You can also play golf, go trout fishing or quad-biking, paragliding, hot-air ballooning or take horseback tour of the surrounding wine farms. A more sedate excursion is the horse-drawn carriage ride through the local village or perhaps a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. [Contact us for the associated fees]

Situated amid some of the most picturesque wine estates in Franschhoek, La Residence has a fairytale setting with elegant surroundings and a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Beautiful antiques, Persian rugs and luxurious fabrics create a mood of indulgence. Life is a leisurely affair here, with plenty to delight the eye, from the serene mountain views to the richly varied artwork that adorns the walls. There is time to stop and gaze, time to relish every detail of the opulent interiors, exquisite flowers and eclectic objets d'art. Grand but welcoming, visually stunning yet supremely comfortable, La Residence invites you to slow down and enjoy all it has to offer.

After a lavish breakfast buffet where all manner of cereals, fruits, cheeses and meats are on offer (not to mention the scrumptious hot breakfast menu) lunch at La Residence restaurant is fun, fresh and flexible. The emphasis is on light and tasty seasonal fare. Our passion for regional produce is always in evidence: we enjoy preparing traditional game such as springbok, local fish and free range poultry.

Dining at La Residence restaurant is always a leisurely experience. Begin with an apéritif in the loggia to experience sunset over the dam or sit beside the fire for cocktails and canapés by candlelight.

La Residence restaurant's dining area is reminiscent of a manor hall, resplendent with dazzling chandeliers, black and white flooring and vast fireplaces, while outside, the Persian Alley offers a delightful setting for alfresco summer meals. Here a bubbling rill flows between lush green lawn and luxuriant floral borders. The chef presents a seasonal menu that is alive with flavour, made from the best local ingredients and produce freshly picked from La Residence's own kitchen garden.

For something a little different, indulge in your own personalised cookery demonstration at our Chef's Table. At the beautiful marble table in our La Residence restaurant dining hall, our chef will prepare your dinner, course by course, with full opportunity for interaction. Ask questions, taste as you go and learn some culinary secrets! This is a lovely experience for anyone with an interest in cooking or curious to understand how our chefs work their magic.