Best De­sign Ho­tel in Africa & Mid­dle East

South Africa, Stel­len­bosch; CAPE Winelands lux­ury small ho­tel des­ti­na­tion Ma­jeka House & Spa has scooped a cov­eted in­ter­na­tional award in recog­ni­tion of their world class in­te­rior de­sign.

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL - By Lise Manley.

Al­ready a re­cip­i­ent of a string of awards and ac­co­lades over the years, Ma­jeka House & Spa has clinched Best De­sign Ho­tel in Africa & the Mid­dle East at the Condé Nast Jo­hansens Awards for Ex­cel­lence 2017.

Praised as a ‘win­ing, din­ing and su­per styling des­ti­na­tion’, the award comes at the end of a suc­cess­ful and ex­cit­ing year; own­ers Lloyd van der Merwe and Karine De­queker-van der Merwe have been work­ing on var­i­ous up­grades and tweaks since last year, call­ing in the ex­per­tise of de­signer Eti­enne Hanekom to work on the ho­tel’s rooms, Makaron Restau­rant as well as the pho­to­genic MLounge.

“So many in­ter­na­tional ho­tels look the same as each other and of­fer more of the same, we’re just so pleased that both crit­ics and guests recog­nise that dif­fer­ent can be ex­cit­ing with­out com­pro­mis­ing on quality”, says Lloyd.

For vis­i­tors to the Winelands, five-star Ma­jeka House & Spa is a very at­trac­tive prospect in­deed. From its per­fect po­si­tion near the his­toric town of Stel­len­bosch to a wel­com­ing and in­ti­mate at­mos­phere, gourmet spoils at Makaron Restau­rant by Pete Goffe-Wood, the bou­tique Ma­jeka House Spa and of course, its on trend de­signer sur­rounds, it’s a full house of lux­ury of­fer­ings and ar­rest­ing eye candy at this 23-roomed Stel­len­bosch bolt­hole.

A fit­ting fi­nale to the re­cent re­fur­bish­ment is the launch of the ho­tel’s newly re­dec­o­rated Pool Rooms. The duo of de­sign­tas­tic suites is perched in front of a slick, shared heated pool and el­e­gant ter­race. De­signed to com­ple­ment one an­other while re­tain­ing their own iden­tity, each of the suites has a dis­tinct per­son­al­ity, brought to life beau­ti­fully by Hanekom.

“We al­ready had such a won­der­ful re­sponse to Eti­enne’s brave dé­cor scheme in the rest of the ho­tel that we asked him to work more of his magic in these rooms which are two of our most pop­u­lar of­fer­ings”, says owner Lloyd who to­gether with Karine has been host­ing guests from around the world since 2008.

With an over­sized flamingo print in the ho­tel’s din­ing room prov­ing a ma­jor talk­ing point since the re­fur­bish­ment of pub­lic ar­eas was com­pleted, Eti­enne ex­tended the ex­otic bird ref­er­ence in the rooms – mak­ing bold colour, pat­tern and de­sign state­ments in each and mak­ing sure to in­clude framed vin­tage prints of birds as a point of ref­er­ence.

“It all started with a col­lec­tion of vin­tage Audubon bird prints which we found and we took it from there”, ex­plains Eti­enne, “in na­ture, a riot of colour is often the norm, es­pe­cially with birds, and I wanted to re­flect that with the pal­ette and fur­nish­ings so there are lots of dif­fer­ent tex­tures, there’s old, there’s new and there’s an out there colour pal­ette too”.

The first suite fea­tures a flam­boy­ant mar­riage of co­ral and char­treuse, sump­tu­ous fab­rics and a mix of an­tique and con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings while the ad­ja­cent suite in­cludes swathes of emer­ald green cou­pled with over­sized trop­i­cal scenes and a fea­ture wall dressed in an on-trend, me­tal­lic geo­met­ric wall­pa­per. The re­sult is a thor­oughly op­u­lent al­beit play­ful at­mos­phere.

As with the rest of the fa­cil­i­ties at Ma­jeka House & Spa, no stone has been left un­turned in the quest to pro­vide a five-star ex­pe­ri­ence in the Pool Rooms. From in-room cof­fee machines to im­pres­sive mini bars, there’s no deny­ing that lux­ury that oozes per­son­al­ity is the name of the game here. It’s no sur­prise ei­ther that leisure and busi­ness trav­ellers alike are more than thrilled to call Ma­jeka House & Spa their home from home in the his­toric Winelands area.

A wise per­son once said that one should never check into a ho­tel that isn’t as nice or nicer than one’s own home. With it’s out there dec­o­ra­tive de­tails and ex­ten­sive menu of luxe of­fer­ings, not to men­tion the out­stand­ing ser­vice, Ma­jeka House & Spa of­fers much more than that and then some.

For book­ings: +27 21 880 1549 or reser­va­tions@ma­jeka­

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