I never need much of an excuse for a weekend getaway! But sometimes we are really busy and stealing away a Saturday and Sunday to head up to Stellenbosch or Franschhoek is not always feasible. The perfect solution has been more closer-to-home hotel visits! I know it sounds silly because my home is only twenty minutes away from these local spots – but the luxury of a hotel robe, the turndown service, the hotel breakfast and a walk in their grounds makes it feel like a weekend away and a fresh start to Monday.
We visited the Vineyard hotel for a little escape and joined them for a date night dinner!
We had a wonderful dinner at The Square restaurant for their wine and dine experience. The chef created an amazing tasting menu with highlights being the most amazing aubergine dish which wanted to celebrate all aspects of the humbele aubergine, a springbok fillet and the most sensational birthday cake of dreams: the coconut cake!
The wine and dine evening is a once a month occurrence – and is a must do in the ‘burbs! The locals take it very seriously and everyone is dressed up and beautifully put together. The dishes are exceptional and a different wine farm is shared each month. Our wine of the evening was Delaire Graff and it was a perfect pairing experience!
The rooms are beautiful, modern and luxurious. We had a giant king sized bed to luxuriate in and giant fluffy robes! I am all about that robe life! All rooms also come with free wifi and Nespresso machines for your morning coffee fix in bed.
We had an amazing night’s sleep and we were up early to take in the beautiful view. We had courtyard rooms which come with the most beautiful garden view with mountains in the background. I could easily have spent all morning there with a book and a cup of tea – but breakfast was calling!
The Vineyard hotel does an AMAZING hotel breakfast and we have said we want to go back to join them for breakfast. They have an amazing buffet breakfast with everything you can think of! I ate little fresh donuts which I stuffed with raspberry jam, fresh fruits, greek yoghurt with berry compote, and smoked salmon wrapped around chunks of goats cheese and camembert. I take breakfast very seriously!
I don’t drink coffee but according to Jono it was fantastic – and he even ordered two cups which is unusual for him.
I thought the buffet breakfast was the full shebang – and then they brought out the hot breakfast menu. We couldn’t resist and ordered the eggs benedict and the selection of mushrooms.
I am obsessed with mushrooms so was delighted to see this dish on the menu! It is a selection of mushrooms with wilted spinach and a free-range poached egg with parmesan oil on toasted bruschetta. This was an amazing breakfast and hope to see more of this dish in the future!
Jono actually asked for a half eggs benedict as he had already worked his way through some of the hot breakfast options on the buffet menu. He had a homemade english muffin topped with a poached egg, hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon with a side of wilted spinach.
After our huge breakfast we thought a walk through the grounds might be a good idea. The Vineyard hotel has the most beautiful gardens and I would highly recommed a little walk whether you are staying over or just joining them at one of their restaurants.
They also have giant tortoises on the loose and I kept getting a fright everytime I spotted one!
We had a wonderful escape to The Vineyard with great wine, delicious food and their beautiful rooms! Here is too more local getaways!
- Location: Vineyard Hotel & Spa, 60 Colinton Road, Off Protea Road, Newlands
- Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org or (0)21-657 4500.