Babylonstoren, Hotel (and garden, spa, restaurant and cellar!)
Cape Winelands (Western Cape), South Africa
Because the first thing that comes to mind is “Heaven on earth.” You see, I never imagined a place on the countryside could literally have it all: an endless garden stocked with plentiful fruits and vegetables in the most vivid and alive colors I have yet ever met — ingredients that are the base of their dishes presented at any of the restaurants, you have Babel, Greenhouse and the Bakery, — farm-to-table eating at its best. But wait a sec, why not head to the Tasting Room, which sits adjacent to the Wine Cellar, and opt for a tasting of Babylonstoren’s wines along with a few light-bites? I was surprised finding out I actually loved that red (Nebukadnesar 2015), (and the small plates too).
I have to say that although there are different options of places to eat, Babel remains my favorite. I was lucky to be a guest for a few days and none of them disappointed. The breakfast spread is comprised of a beautiful farm-like wooden table with an abundance of options that go from homemade nuts & seeds breads, organic granolas, the freshest of fruits, Greek-style yogurts, dried fruits, and as if it wasn’t enough ( ! ) a kitchen where one can order anything from eggs to waffles. At night, the scenery gets really cozy and the dishes “fancier” only in that you can see how smart the menu has been put together, honoring the seasonality of the ingredients, which are all plated beautifully, tasting as you would expect: next-level good.
And so, the place is magic, from the pristine-white rooms, a hugging bathtub, the quality of clean air, the most beautiful and robust flora, fauna and I could go because it’s just, really, Eden-like.
Babylonstoren is located in the Cape Winelands—40 min away from Cape Town—making it a perfect getaway from the city or if you’re visiting a great combination of the city and country-living.
If you’re in the area, make sure to visit other nearby estates (although nothing as unique as Babylonstoren) such as Delaire Graff, Tokara and the charming little town of Stellenbosch.