The Last Word Franschhoek is a Five-Star boutique hotel in the heart of South Africa's renowned Western Cape wineland. Named a World Travel Award finalist every year between 2010 and 2013, it stakes a genuine claim as one of the highest quality boutique accommodations in the entire nation.
The village itself is regarded as something of a cultural hotspot, boasting several award-winning restaurants and some of the finest wine around. It is a truly stunning destination, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and mountainous countryside for miles around.
Offering eight spacious double rooms and two special poolside suites - as well as a residents' bar and solar-heated swimming pool - The Last Word Franschhoek is the perfect place to infuse your visit with a touch of luxury.
Guests of The Last Word Franschhoek can enjoy access to the hotel's swimming pool and bar, along with a variety of spa treatments available by arrangement. The hotel's central location within the village does not diminish its feeling of privacy and escape; it offers both off-street parking and 24-hour security.
Food, drink & entertainment
Situated within walking distance of several award-winning restaurants and a short five minute car journey from some of the region's premier wine estates, The Last Word Franschhoek offers plenty of opportunity to experience the village's cultural uniqueness. A little closer to home, the hotel itself offers all-inclusive beverages including premium spirits and a selection of wine.
Sport, games & activities
The area also boasts a number of professionally designed golf courses; Jack Nicklaus' Pearl Valley championship course lies approximately 20 minutes away by car. The hotel's onsite spa provides the perfect place to unwind after sampling Franschhoek's wealth of available activities.
All rooms feature an en-suite bathroom and complimentary mini-bar, as well as a private patio garden. Other amenities include air conditioning, under floor heating, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel also offers two special suites featuring their own private swimming pool and lounge area.
A small cultural hub some 75 kilometres east of Cape Town, the town of Franschhoek is often cited as the food and wine capital of South Africa. Hidden amongst the mountains and vineyards of the Cape Winelands, the town boasts beautiful scenery to go with its historical and cultural value.
The fact that there are more award-winning restaurants concentrated in the area than anywhere else in South Africa lends credence to Franschhoek's claim as the prime gourmet destination in the country. The surrounding vineyards and wine cellars add a similarly impressive dose of sophistication and legitimacy.
Many of Franschhoek's attractions and traditions reflect the French history giving it its name; Franschhoek can be translated literally to English as 'French corner'. Especially interesting in this regard is the Hugenot monument towering proudly in a small park at the top of the village, standing as a reminder of the settlers who founded the town.
Although South Africa enjoys its best weather during its hot, dry summer months between November and March, an alternative time to visit would be during Bastille Day - the 14th of July. This annual festival sees the town celebrate its French heritage with a wine and gourmet fair.
Franschhoek's cultural significance is well represented by its museums and attractions. Take a trip back in time at the Memorial Museum and learn about the French settlers' way of life, or explore a little more recent history at the Franschhoek Motor Museum. For active holiday-goers, the stunning rural surroundings contain plenty of opportunity for hiking, cycling, and even trout fishing.
A trip to the town wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of its many surrounding wine cellars, most of which offer tasting sessions and tours. Franschhoek's restaurants are held in just as high regard - and rightly so. Drop into Café BonBon for a beautiful lunch under the trees of the valley, or seek out Ryan's Kitchen for a true gourmet experience.
The warm, intimate atmosphere of Franschhoek is also displayed by its nightlife, the town boasting a number of comfortable pubs and bars in which to while away the evenings. The Elephant & Barrel presents itself in a traditional English style, while also offering traditional South African food and a selection of classy cocktails.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.