Places to be this November
Places to be and things to see in SA’s hippest ’hoods this November.
A New Sexier Singita
Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sands Reserve has been a favourite luxury travel destination for both locals and international visitors since it opened 17 years ago. But as trends and design influences change so do tastes, which was why the establishment recently got an exceptional makeover at the hands of architect Sally Tsiliyiannis of Gapp Architects & Urban Designers and designer, Boyd Ferguson of Cécile & Boyd. This dynamic pairing drew on the colours, textures and elements from the surrounding landscape, incorporated into the interiors as fossilised tree stumps, slabs of solid stone, artisanal wrought iron and leather all composed in a palette of charcoal, chalk, bone, rust and ochre.
One of the major structural changes was to the outdoor dining pavilion, which boasts a series of eye-catching nestlike ceilings inspired by the majestic trees surrounding the site.
Tucked away up the Banghoek Valley, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, is a gorgeous new villa, The Homestead at Oldenburg Vineyards. Positioned up on the hillside with mesmerising views, this recently modernised 200-year-old farmhouse is filled with a superb collection of photography and art, accumulated over the years by owners Adrian and Vanessa Vanderspuy. Adrian’s grandmother lived here for 50 years before the couple restored it to create an elegant but contemporary retreat. Vanessa worked closely with Dewald Prinsloo and Leonard de Villiers of Ebony Design and Ingrid Fuller of Fuller Décor to create the interiors. The Homestead is set to attract those who crave the luxury of privacy as well as lovers of art. The location is unbeatable, with the pool, gym and outdoor entertaining areas all taking in 360-degree views of mountains and vineyards, with nothing but the gentle sound of the river running through the valley.
Taste Oldenburg’s award-winning wines at the winery, or enjoy them with dinner in the open-plan Bulthaup kitchen (the kitchen table is flanked by two beautiful black-and-white works by Stephen Inggs) where Adrian’s grandmother traditionally held her ‘kitchen suppers’ in winter. The glamorous dining room has a 12-seater walnut table, beautifully lit by Vonk pendants by Woltemade. The Homestead sleeps 12, although the sixth room is a smaller attic room. From R14 000 per night, fully serviced, minimum three nights’ stay. Services of personal chef, butler and driver available on request.
Well known for his impeccable Blue Views apartments in Bakoven, Tony Stern has now launched South Beach in Camps Bay. He worked with architect Greg Wright, who has an unerring eye for detail, to completely renovate this landmark building. Each of the nine apartments is beautifully finished with a fully equipped kitchen and dining areas, high-speed internet, sleek bathrooms and a comfortable lounge area with Lionel Smit artworks on the walls. Nobody understands the property mantra ‘location!’ like Tony, but here he has an additional draw card: underground parking – an essential for guests. Insider’s tip: a gym with shower facilities is available for guests to use after checkout, so if your flight’s at night you can spend the day on the beach and freshen up before you leave – now that’s worth knowing about! From R4 500 per apartment per night (sleeps two).
- Singita: singita.com
- Oldenburg Vineyards: oldenburgvineyards.com
- Blue Views apartments: blueviews.com
Text: Genevieve Putter and Michelle Snaddon
Photographs: Lar Photography, Mark Cocksedge, Gareth Pon, Adam Letch, Adriaan Louw, Bruce Tuck, supplied