There’s no wonder Majeka House won the Conde Nast Best Besign Hotel in Africa and the Middle East 2017 award.
From the outside, this five-star boutique hotel nestled in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Stellenbosch in the South African Western Cape Winelands perfectly blends with its surrounding area.
Once you step inside, expect a number of quirky yet classic design features assembled with extensive attention to detail. Elegant tones of mahogany combined with different touches of blue and green are a perfect backdrop for the beautiful art installations you are going to find throughout the whole property.
Majeka House totally fits my preference for small, intimate yet stylish hotels that come with that sublime touch of local authenticity. The property used to be the family home of current owners, and you can feel that personal touch everywhere on the premises. And with only 23 rooms, you can be sure to get a lot of attention from a friendly and well-trained staff (and as much privacy as you wish).
All rooms are individually designed and spot a delightful mixture of traditional African styles and delicate contemporary features. The attention to detail in the rooms is just exquisite and shows a thorough consideration of stylishness and comfort.
There are four room categories at Majeka House: the premier collection, garden alternative (which is slightly larger than the premier), mountain view selection and poolside selection. The latter ones indeed share several semi-private pools just outside the rooms.
Garden, pool and spa areas
The small garden area is just sublime and beautifully designed. Settle down in the little garden square equipped with sun lunges (or indeed your semi-private pool area) to take a deserved rest after spending a day out exploring the Western Cape Winelands (including obviously a couple of wine-tastings at the numerous nearby Stellenbosch wineries).
Alternatively, dive into the semi-covered pool area or relax and get pampered at Majeka’s own Spa.
Breakfast at Majeka House
On most days I am the ‘only a quick coffee and croissant’ type of breakfast person. Especially when I have to get up early. However, hotel stays where I am not rushed in the morning are the perfect occasion to break that rule and indulge in something more voluptuous.
Breakfast at Majeka House definitely calls for the second option. The extensive breakfast buffet with its selection of home-baked pastries, breads, charcuterie, cheese, freshly pressed juices and smoothies, and an additional choice of warm breakfast will not leave you anything to desire.
Dining options at Majeka House
A mixture between library and bar, MLounge is the perfect place to enjoy some drinks or a light menu. It is particularly beautiful during the afternoon when it is lit by rays of sunshine. With large comfy plush couches and armchairs and a selection of books and fancy desing items you will want to stay here forever. Try the fynbos mojito, it’s absolutely delicious.
Majeka House’s on-site fine dining restaurant The Makaron is constantly rated as one of the top 20 South African restaurants. Only last year, Head chef Lucas Carstens introduced a new small plates tasting menu that gives you the opportunity to sample between four to six courses. Dishes are internationally inspired but also feature the traditional South African fare, and overall show a high attention to organically sources local produce (herbs and vegetables come from the hotel’s own kitchen garden).
The restaurant is styled in a modern, open and light way that immediately makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Yet it reflects the typical quirky elegance you can find throughout the whole property.
What to do around Majeka House?
Although it might proof hard to leave the hotel at all, with a number of award-winning wineries nearby you will not want to miss exploring South Africa’s dynamic and innovative wine landscape first hand.
The idyllic town centre of Stellenbosch is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel and its gorgeous streets lined by historic Dutch Cape townhouses are well worth to be explored. Expect to find a number of art galleries, gift shops, wine bars, restaurants and cafés.
Cape Town is less than an hour’s drive time away and Cape Town international airport can be reached in approximately 45 minutes.
Majeka House is located at 26-32 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch,
7600 Western Cape
Tel: +27 21 880 1549
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Have you been to the South African Western Capes Winelands yet? What it your prefered hotel in the area?