There’s a very good chance that there’s no property like Majeka House, anywhere else in South Africa. Set in the heart of the residential suburb of Paradyskloof, yet within a short drive of some of the country’s best wine estates, Majeka somehow manages to shoehorn a quirky and luxurious 23-room boutique hotel stay into a bed & breakfast-sized space – without any trade-offs.
Vibrantly decorated in a creative partnership with acclaimed designer Etienne Hanekom, the interiors are welcoming, but cutting-edge – the kind of style you wish you had in your own home, but would never be able to commit to because you’d get it wrong, and the result would be impossibly gauche. Rooms are split across four categories – Premier Collection (compact without shirking extras like minibar and premium coffee station); Garden Alternative (with double showers, if that tickles your romantic fancy); Mountain View Selection (effortlessly stylish and overlooking the property’s herb garden) and Poolside Choice (just two rooms, which share a semi-private pool – perfect for larger families or groups travelling together). Floral wallpapers that extend to the ceilings in some rooms evoke a lush feel, and stylish fittings are conversation pieces in themselves. Add an honesty bar and plush amenities – including the transcendent waterfall-inspired bathroom shower heads to the mix – and there’s little to touch Majeka in the category, anywhere else.
A significant contributor to the magic of Majeka is the fact that the property also includes a destination restaurant – Majeka Kitchen – regularly awarded as one of the country’s finest. The tasting menu makes the most of a newfound focus on local ingredients, with options of four to seven courses, with or without wine pairings, comprising a spectacular offering including dishes like ‘Octopus, Lemon, Unripe Papaya, Nasturtium’ and ‘Lamb Ribeye, Daikon, Nettle, Boerenkaas’. Presentation is astoundingly beautiful without being pretentious and the substance somehow exceeds even the style. The dining area offers oases of space in which guests can enjoy their meal, with statement ghost chairs and towering French-inspired high-backed armchairs offering intimate spaces to conspire over a languid dinner.
If the tasting menu is a stretch after a long day in the winelands, the M Lounge – effectively the bar area, but so much more than that description offers – is a great place to enjoy smaller, less complex (but no less tasty) bistro bites with a bespoke cocktail or a glass from the succinct, interesting wine list.
Breakfasts are lavish buffet affairs, with the long table framed by the restaurant entrance packed with the freshest fruits and juices, healthy smoothies and choice meats & cheeses – backed by an imaginative ‘hot’ menu that effortlessly caters for dietary requirements.
The on-site spa – adjacent to the indoor heated pool – is yet another astonishing value-add to keep guests cosseted in luxury. Majeka is one of those places you long to return to, even while out exploring the majesty of the Cape winelands.
Look out for owner Corinne’s collection of pig sculptures of all shapes and sizes, scattered throughout the property. What started as a collection inspired by a gift from her mother, returning guests from around the world regularly bring back additions to the menagerie – a cute and quirky touch that reveals much about the relationships visitors form when they stay at Majeka.
Premiere Collection rooms are quoted from R1 900 per person sharing, with Pool Side rooms from R3 300 per person sharing, subject to seasonal fluctuations.
26 Houtkapper Street,