Wine tourism initiative launches under the Leeu Collection

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    The Leeu Collection is a newly-created wine tourism initiative, and will unveil two luxury boutique properties later this year.Leeu House and Leeu Estates are situated in the Western Cape winelands, just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town and its International Airport.

    Leeu House
    Leeu House, located in the vibrant area of Franschhoek, will open in the last quarter of 2015. The exclusive five-star 12 room boutique hotel offers a stylish interior reflecting a contemporary take on the traditional Cape Dutch heritage and French Huguenot architectural style that is quintessential to Franschhoek. Although small, Leeu House offers The Conservatory, The Terrace, The Lounge, and the serene and secluded gardens with a 15-metre heated outdoor pool.

    Leeu Estates
    Hot on the heels of the launch of Leeu House is the opening of Leeu Estates. This 20-room five-star boutique hotel is set in 68 hectares of vineyards in the valley of Franschhoek. The heart of the Leeu Estates will be the 19th century Manor House with six suites, as well as The Library, The Living Room, The Dining Room and Garden Terrace public areas. The other 14 guest rooms will be located close by, adjacent to the Amala Spa, and in cottages dotted throughout the gardens. Many rooms will have their own terraces and fireplaces, and all will have stunning panoramic views of the valley.

    The Amala Spa, Amala meaning pure in Sanskrit, is a wellness sanctuary offering authentic massage and holistic treatments inspired by centuries-old Asian traditions; it will have a 15-metre heated infinity pool and a TechnoGym-equipped fitness centre. There will also be a Tasting Room, where guests will be able to sample the handcrafted premium wines made on the estate by Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines.

    Leeu Collection is the first in South Africa’s history by an Indian investor, namely the entrepreneurial industrialist Analjit Singh. Leeu is the Afrikaans word for lion, as is Singh in Sanskrit.

    Daniel Fountain / 28.07.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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