HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Akademie Guest House, Franschhoek

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Akademie Guest House, Franschhoek

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Akademie Guest House, Franschhoek
Franschhoek has established itself as a culinary gem in South Africa, with a food and wine scene that will enchant any gourmand. The town is dotted with stunning boutique properties, including a range of upscale B&Bs and lovely vineyard estates. Located in the heart of town, Akademie Guest House is elevating the concept of a guest house, earning some of TripAdvisor’s top honors year after year.

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Akademie Guest House, Franschhoek

DESTINATION: CAPE WINELANDS 🇿🇦

The Cape Winelands region is made up of a few distinct wine areas including Stellenbosch, the most well-known of the bunch, and neighboring Franschhoek. For those looking for a quieter escape and a town that boasts a rich culinary scene to accompany their wine offerings, Franschhoek is the answer. Wine taste aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram and save room for many memorable dinners.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Akademie Guest House, Franschhoek

With just eight rooms, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered the perfect hidden gem in the heart of Franschhoek when you check in at Akademie Guest HouseIt’s a place that instantly feels like settling into a good friend’s home for a getaway weekend, with a fireplace that acts as a community gathering space with fellow travelers, and complimentary wines and after dinner drinks available whenever you feel so inclined. The manager is as helpful as they come, sharing insight into must-see places and best places to dine for the ultimate in personalized itinerary creation. We stayed in a lovely suite, perfectly outfitted for our every need with a cozy cuddled-up vibe for lazy mornings.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Akademie Guest House, Franschhoek

You’re in wine country, so yes, wine flows like water in this part of the country and there are reds and whites on offer complimentary at Akademie if you feel so inclined after a day of indulging. Dining is fabulous and your lunches and dinners will be off-site where you’ll be utterly spoiled for choice at some of South Africa’s best dining establishments (don’t miss Foliage, which was our favorite meal in South Africa). The team at Akademie will however help fuel your day with a hearty breakfast that feels utterly luxurious. You’ll sit at a long table with other guests who will trickle in at leisure. Coffee, fresh smoothies, a fruit platter, yogurt, granola and a super-sweet, stewed dried fruit plate (a South African specialty) are immediately served up before you’re offered hot specialties of your choice. Carve out time for the luxe breakfast experience; it’s a doozy.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Akademie Guest House, Franschhoek

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THE WANDERLUST EFFECT: HOTEL INSIDER

Number of Rooms: 8
Cost Per Night: $415 – $625
Must-Try Eats & Drinks: Enjoy the breakfast, and the occasional nightcap by the fireplace.
Hotel Highlights: Service and personalization; the team will help you craft an itinerary that’s perfect for you.
Worth the Investment? Yes, excellent location in the heart of Franschhoek.
Points Perks: None.

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect, formerly The Traveling Scholar. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. She is a former resident of London and San Francisco and now calls the island of Anguilla home. In addition to The Wanderlust Effect, Shannon is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort and is on the Board of Directors of the Omololu International School in Anguilla.