Delaire Graff Lodge

Luxury in South Africa’s wine country

Tucked between dramatic peaks and the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff Lodge has a magical setting the heart of South Africa’s Winelands. Under the guidance of owner Laurence Graff, the founder of Graff Diamonds, the exclusive lodge nestled on the slopes of Helshoogte Pass offers the ultimate in refinement and warm hospitality.

Surrounded by lush, fragrant gardens — a collaboration with landscape artist extraordinaire Keith Kirsten — the estate provides a scenic space to relax and unwind.

Added to the picturesque location are exceptional gastronomic experiences, award-winning wines, luxurious interiors and Graff Diamonds’ flagship African boutique, making it easy to understand why Delaire Graff is known as the “Jewel of the Cape Winelands.”

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Acclaimed London-based interior design firm David Collins Studio created the bespoke interiors at the Stellenbosch hotel. Calming neutral tones and contemporary furnishings let hand-picked art pieces and stellar views shine.
  • Dining at Delaire Graff’s Indochine restaurant promises a multi-sensory, Asian-inspired culinary experience in an intimate setting. An expansive wall of windows afford unbeatable sunset vistas.
  • Each lodge provides an elegant sanctuary with generously sized living areas, beautiful interiors, a sundeck and heated plunge pool.
  • Enjoy an indulgent day of pampering at Delaire Graff Spa, where a range of Afro-Asian-inspired treatments and spa rituals calm and rejuvenate both mind and body. The two-hour Delaire Graff Signature Massage is great for couples and includes a full-body massage, Koshi chime therapy and a cleansing rhassoul ritual.
  • Oenophiles will be delighted by the estate’s top-notch wines. Delaire Graff’s high level of achievement in the industry can be attributed to its unique terroir, as well as the knowledge and passion of winemaker Morné Vrey.

Things to Know

  • Rates include full breakfast at Indochine or in the comfort of your lodge, a wine tasting and daily transfers to town.
  • Each day between 6 and 7 p.m., you can enjoy canapés and sparkling wine in the comfort and privacy of your lodge.
  • Fitness enthusiasts can start their day with a vineyard walk or a workout in the gym, which is kitted out with the latest Technogym equipment.
  • Art is an integral part of the fabric of the Delaire Graff Estate, with each piece personally picked by Laurence Graff, a prominent collector of South African art. The luxury hotel features pieces by well-known local artists such as sculptor Dylan Lewis, father-and-son creatives Anton and Lionel Smit, late painter Cecil Skotnes and animated filmmaker William Kentridge.

The Rooms

  • The interiors of the boutique hotel are accentuated by touches of Cape Dutch architecture and incorporate a variety of local materials, such as grass wallpaper, handwoven rugs and leather. These natural materials are further complemented by beautiful linens, bespoke furnishings and breathtaking vineyard and mountain views.
  • Deluxe and Luxury Lodges come outfitted with a terrace and heated plunge pool that make for a romantic Winelands escape.
  • Superior Lodges are refined and elegant, with the most exquisite Spanish marble bathrooms and the option of interconnecting rooms, making them ideal for family or friends traveling together.
  • The two-bedroom Presidential Lodges accommodate those who need more space. The 1,400-square-foot venues boast a butler’s kitchen, spacious living and dining rooms and a terrace complete with a full-size heated pool and views over the estate’s manicured gardens and Stellenbosch Valley.
  • The opulent Owners Villa delivers luxury on a grand scale, with four bedrooms (plus two rooms for staff), a 150-foot heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a fully equipped kitchen and a dedicated hospitality team, including a butler and chef. The 7,100-square-foot, elegantly decorated villa showcases works by some of Africa’s most celebrated modern and contemporary artists, hand-picked from Laurence Graff’s private collection.

The Restaurants

  • Dining at Delaire Estate is focused on the freshest, ethically sourced local ingredients. Produce is collected from the estate’s greenhouse and vegetable gardens, which are committed to seasonal farming.
  • The Delaire Graff Restaurant serves classic bistro favorites with a nod toward South African cuisine. The tasting menu carries a selection of mouth-watering, seasonal dishes like coffee-spiced venison with sour cherries paired with estate wines.
  • Indochine head chef Virgil Kahn has created an Asian-inspired menu tantamount to fine-dining food theater. Expect artful Asian tapas, a tea ceremony and dishes like chili-pickled tuna, and shiitake and fennel dashi.
  • Watching over you while dining at Indochine is the stunning Swallows in Flight art installation. Created by Lionel Smit and Andre Stead, the sculpture incorporates more than 1,000 swallows and is an artistic marvel.
  • The sophisticated, art-filled Wine Lounge lets you taste your way through the estate’s noted vintages, ranging from a chenin-blanc-driven MCC sparkling wine to a reserve cabernet sauvignon.

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Getting There
R310 Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, 7600 South Africa
CPT (40 min)  
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