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 - the 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. Enjoy everything these regions have to offer, 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 becomes apparent. 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. You can watch thrilling polo games during season or treat yourself to a round of golf.
Alternatively, book a horse riding session to explore the scenery from a different vantage point or treat your 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. Enjoy lunche or dinner at The Valley Restaurant & Bar.
Stay fit and active during your visit, with access to a gym which houses Technogym equipment. Or during those warmer summer months cool off at the hotel's private plunge pool or at the swimming pool at the Clubhouse.
The first phase of the hotel, now complete, comprises 38 rooms orientated to maximize the incredible views of the estate, the valley and the mountains beyond. The Clubhouse, located 100 metros 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 travelers, golf enthusiasts and families and we're thrilled to offer travellers from around the world outstanding accommodation in the heart of this region."
Our Four Favourite Things To Do During our Stay at Pearl Valley Hotel:
1. Adventures at Avondale
Avondale offers a truly unique experience. Embark on a journey throughout the beautiful and bountiful farm on the back of the Eco Wine Safari tractor. This highly specialised and informative tour highlights the remarkable ways that Avondale produces extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature. Start your tour with a glass of Avondale’s gorgeous Methode Cap Classique. You will then be taken on a vineyard tour where you can witness and learn more about the unique and pioneering ways of farming in harmony with Nature. See how Avondale put their ethos ‘Terra Est Vita’ – soil is life into practice.
All Eco Wine Safaris are by appointment only. To book your tour email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 863 1976
2. Golf Lessons at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course
One of the most attractive aspects of the Val de Vie “Super Estate” is its iconic Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. This masterpiece was shaped by the vision of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his unique touch is evident throughout the course. Be prepared to be coached by only the best! SwingFit Academy, located at the Pearl Valley Golf Course, caters for all abilities and offers individual and group coaching in golf biomechanics, strength, conditioning, mind and swing.
Contact James Wade, Coaching Director and AAA Category PGA Professional by email email@example.com or call 021 867 8008
3. Dining at Dish
The Polo Club at Val die Vie wears many hats. Firstly, as the ‘local’ where residents meet over coffee and grab a light lunch. At night, it makes for the perfect venue for a sophisticated dinner and a great bottle of wine.
4. Horse Riding and Trails
Explore the scenery of Paarl from a different vantage point — as situated on Pearl Valley is a fully equipped Equestrian Centre, which offers riding lessons and trail-rides for all!
5. Wine Tasting at L‘Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque
The Val de Vie Estate is a place where old-world and new-world trends are in perfect harmony. After centuries of pioneering and constant development, the wine cellar and 25 hectares of vineyards on Val de Vie Estate is now the proud home of L’Huguenot Vineyards. These wines, together with a range of other highly-rated brands, are available exclusively to all Pearl Valley and Val de Vie residents and are obtainable from the Vinoteque Wine-list in The Tasting Room.
Wine-tastings are by appointment only, to make sure to book early. Contact Barbara Hugo at firstname.lastname@example.org.