BABYLONSTOREN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Touches include a fruit basket with yellow plums, prickly pears and giant grapes awaiting your arrival, and a bunch of freshly picked herbs (a special mix of thyme, mint and lavender) to add to your bath. Spend your days cycling around the 200 hectares of vineyards or strolling through the formal French-style gardens planted with edible treats. Farm-to-fork highlights at the converted cowshed restaurant, Babel, include gazpacho, chicken with miso sauce and the cheese plate with a mountain of freshly picked fruit. And make sure to stock up on local Cape produce, such as orange blossom honey and honeybush tea, in the farm shop.
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OUR KIND OF LUXE
Enjoy a drive through the vineyards, learning about planting techniques and grape varieties, then stop off at an area the hotel calls ‘in die wolke’ (‘in the clouds’) to enjoy its own rosé, and the spectacular valley view. You can even see Table Mountain through the fluffy white vista. GO Elegant Resorts (elegantresorts.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,840 per person, based on two sharing a Suite, including breakfast, Qatar Airways flights, transfers and UK lounge passes.
HELPING YOURSELF TO FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FROM THE GARDEN
At this picturesque farm has to be one of the best ways to start any foodie honeymoon. Located between Franschhoek and Paarl, and surrounded by mountains, this historic Dutch homestead has been tastefully reimagined by former Elle Decoration editor Karen Roos. The estate is home to 23 whitewashed suites, where interiors mix contemporary and rustic (think traditional farm cottages with stable-style doors and wooden eaves), with a blindingly white bathroom and modern Scandi-style furniture. Gorgeous