The Vineyard is a deluxe 207-roomed hotel in Newlands, Cape Town, with a staff complement of 300, all of whom go out of their way to make things exceedingly pleasant for their guests. Dining here is a delight. The hotel boasts two Diners Club Wine platinum-award-winning restaurants, The Square and Myoga. There’s also the patio and the garden lounge, where guests can enjoy delicious light meals, including sushi, or splurge on a Lady Anne Barnard Afternoon Tea – a tempting spread of sandwiches, quiches, cakes, scones and a variety of teas – while taking in the stunning views of Table Mountain. Right through the winter months, the hotel hosts gourmet wine events on Friday evenings. When Andrew and Lady Anne Barnard bought the original Vineyard, the property boasted 22 000 vines covering nine hectares – as a fitting tribute to the hotel’s 115-year history, a new vineyard was planted along the banks of the Liesbeek River in October 2008.
The Vineyard has an award-winning conference centre that enjoys the distinction of being completely ecofriendly, with features like organic catering, SASSI-compliant kitchens and a recycling programme.
There’s a state-of-the-art fitness centre, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the Splash Café health bar. Then, of course, there’s the Vineyard’s award winning Angsana Spa, which is a member of the Banyan Tree Spa Group and the first international spa in South Africa. The refreshing treatments, all with special emphasis on natural ingredients, are a fusion of Eastern and Western therapeutic techniques that will refresh and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.