A STAY AT THE BEST BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL IN THE WORLD

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AKADEMIE STREET BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL – RE­CENTLY BE­STOWED AS THE WORLD’S BEST BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL AND AFRICA’S MOST RO­MAN­TIC BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL BY LON­DON BASED, WORLD BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL AS­SO­CI­A­TION TRULY STANDS OUT, EVEN IN FRANSCHHOEK WHERE THERE IS NO SHORT­AGE OF LUX­URY HO­TELS.

Com­pris­ing six build­ings, four pools and eight lux­ury suites, the ho­tel is a labyrinth of in­trigue. On en­ter­ing through the un­der­stated front sta­ble door, guests are im­me­di­ately wowed with an ar­ray of fur­ni­ture and col­lectibles from around the world, per­son­ally cu­rated by the ho­tel’s Eu­ro­pean own­ers over many years. Each one has its own unique story be­hind it, in­clud­ing the vin­tage grand piano bought by a South Africa fam­ily in Lon­don in 1929.The ho­tel even has the train ticket the fam­ily bought from Ox­ford to Lon­don to se­lect the piano.

Con­ve­niently, Akademie is lit­er­ally a stone’s throw from Franschhoek’s main street. But you might find it dif­fi­cult to leave the ho­tel at all – with com­pli­men­tary sun hats, tow­els, and sun­screen beau­ti­fully laid out by the pools each morn­ing. And when a chill sets in, guests can en­joy a soak in their own pri­vate wood-burn­ing hot tub un­der the African night sky. The eight suites are all dec­o­rated dif­fer­ently, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the var­i­ous build­ings they are housed in. Sev­eral take in­spi­ra­tion from the days of African ex­plo­ration and are dec­o­rated with cam­paign fur­ni­ture and arte­facts, in­clud­ing the ho­tel’s Her­itage Cot­tage which was built in 1865 and used as the British Army re­cruit­ing of­fice dur­ing the Boer War.

While the fur­ni­ture may be from a by­gone era, Akademie has not for­got­ten about mod­ern con­ve­niences. Your smart­phone, which is yours to use through­out your stay, is pre-pro­grammed with the num­bers of Franschhoek wine farms and restau­rants, and can be con­nected to the vin­tage style gramo­phone to lis­ten to your own tunes. Each suite also has a re­mote con­trolled flatscreen TV that pops up from in­side vin­tage style lug­gage chests care­fully po­si­tioned at the end of your ex­tra length king size bed.

Break­fast time at Akademie is an ex­trav­a­gant affair and purely ta­ble ser­vice. It starts out with a fresh fruit plat­ter, along with home­made gra­nola, lo­cal yo­ghurts and freshly made smooth­ies. There is also a se­lec­tion of hot break­fast op­tions, with sev­eral sig­na­ture dishes. And to fin­ish off, there is a range of pas­tries to sat­isfy those with a sweet tooth.

To work off the epic break­fast spread, Akademie of­fers vin­tage bi­cy­cles on which to ex­plore the town.The Huguenot Mon­u­ment is just a short ride from the ho­tel, as well as a se­lec­tion of art galleries, cafés and shops.

Back at Akademie, one can get ready for din­ner in your suite’s ex­pan­sive bath­room. At 18h00 each evening the ho­tel of­fers com­pli­men­tary cock­tails and a se­lec­tion of its own la­belled wines to sam­ple. En­joy your pre-din­ner drink to the sounds of the ho­tel’s res­i­dent pian­ist in its Cape Dutch Orangerie.

Stay­ing at Akademie, it is easy to see and ex­pe­ri­ence why it has been recog­nised as the Best Bou­tique Ho­tel in the World – Akademie is a lav­ish place, with­out los­ing its homely charm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.aka.co.za.

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