The Village at Spier
R310, Lynedoch Road
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands | Map
Accommodation type: Small hotel on an activity-filled wine estate.
Number of stars: 4
Rooms starting from (per person sharing): R1450 and up
SA Blog recommends? Definitely
When it comes to the Village at Spier, a reviewer hardly knows where to start. The small winelands compound on the route from Cape Town to Stellenbosch is a self-contained African Xanadu.
(See full review below.)
Low season specials? Yes
Breakfast included? Yes
Dedicated non-smoking rooms? Yes
Staff friendliness (out of 10): 8
Staff competence (out of 10): 7
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Room options: Single, Double, Suite
Room comfort level (out of 10): Not reviewed
Does the TV remote work? Yes
Fan or A/C? Both
Conference facilities? Yes
Three ink blot adjectives: Lavish, cheetah-friendly (!), fair trade
Value for money? Yes
The Village at Spier
PO Box 1078
Tel: +27 (0) 21 809 1100, Fax: +27 (0) 21 881 3141
When it comes to the Village at Spier, a reviewer hardly knows where to start. The small winelands compound on the route from Cape Town to Stellenbosch is a self-contained African Xanadu. Among other things, guests have the chance to experience:
- Wine tasting
From Spier’s own vineyards.
- The Arts
During Spier’s famous “Summer Arts Season”.
By visiting the estate’s hand-raised cheetahs, in the care of the Cheetah Outreach Programme.
At the De Zayze Golf Club.
In one of the estate’s five restaurants (including the famous Moyo’s).
- Eagles, falcons and vultures
At the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Centre.
- Holistic treatments, including aromatherapy and reflexology
At the Camelot Spa.
The estate’s 155-room hotel boasts not just the standard luxurious single and double rooms, but also special paraplegic-friendly accommodation, and, for families, six interleading ground-floor suites, each with its own pool.
Given this “everything-friendly” approach, it’s no surprise that Spier is Fair Trade-certified, too, having gained these credentials for its support of emerging black farmers in the organic produce trade, and the fact that its general policy is to leap into the breach when a good cause presents itself. More tick-marks: Spier published a voluntary sustainability report in 2005, and its winery was one of the first to be accredited by WIETA, the Wine Industry Ethical Trading Initiative.
There’s so much going on at Spier – and so much for the greater good – that one can lose sight of the fact that it’s pure indulgence to stay there. Go on – relax, taste some wine, have a stroll over to the cheetahs, get in nine holes, hit the spa, laze about. It’s Spier, after all, and you’re a veritable Kubla Khan, for a day or two at least.