Explore the Winelands and surrounds with our curated collection of stays and stopovers in Paarl. From wine estates to boutique hotels and everything in the between, these spots will help you enjoy Paarl and its surrounds comfortably and with true local flavour. Whether you’re looking for a couple’s retreat or a quick getaway, discover Paarl with us.
Address: Klapmuts – Simondium Road, Simondium
Neatly located a short drive from Paarl, Babylonstoren is a restored Cape Dutch farm nestled in the Cape Winelands. It is renowned for its magnificent garden that supplies the farm and online stores with goods, however, they’re also used in the restaurants and hotel. Everything is from the farm or procured from trusted, local farmers and artisans. Breakfast is included for everyone who stays at the hotel and access to the exclusive Babel restaurant is all but guaranteed.
All food endeavours at Babylonstoren are done using their “pick, clean, and serve” approach. So whether you’re tucking into a hazy-eyed first meal of the day or a candlelit dinner, you can rest assured that you’re enjoying nature’s finest. Guided tours, hikes and fishing, bikes to explore the farm, morning harvests, bread baking, and farm workshops are some of the experiences included in every stay at Babylonstoren.
Address: R301 Jan Van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl
Experience Paarl like never before at Val De Vie’s Polo Village Apartments. The Polo Village Apartments offer a selection of self-catering polo pads that consist of one- and two-bedroom units for short-term rental. Enjoy the tranquility of this closed community as you stroll between luxury locations likes L’Huguenot Wine Cellar and Fleet Coffee Roastery.
Your stay wouldn’t be complete without dabbling in polo. Polo lessons are structured to your level, so they’ve got you covered from introductory horse-riding lessons to more skillful aspects like improving your polo swing and riding for polo. After that, pop into The Valley Restaurant for a delightful eating experience with a Paarl touch.
Address: Corner of R45 and Klapmuts – Simondium Road Entrance through Vrede en Lust main gate Simondium, Paarl
Another borderline experience, Angala combines the best of Paarl and Franschhoek to deliver a Cape Winelands getaway unlike anything else. Angala refers to a period when the earth was being formed, and this is imbued into their synergised and organic offering. The restaurant caters exclusively to guests with locally sourced produce.
Their unique eco pool circulates water through a living ecosystem of water plants, resulting in a lush indigenous aquatic garden with perfectly clean water. If you’re feeling more indulgent take a dip in the heated plunge pool or book a seat in the steam room. Choose from three accommodation options, a deluxe or luxury room which each sleeps two, or a private cottage that sleeps two adults and two children.
Address: Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Paarl
With an expansive setting, Diamant Estate caters to almost all your hosting needs. Formally located in Paarl but conveniently close to Franschoek, this Paarl gem is an ideal base to explore the Winelands from. Two farmhouses, Manor and Pioneer, provide homely accommodation on the estate. Book out the houses for a wedding or conference, or reserve a room for you and your partner as you soak up Paarl’s sights and sounds.
Diamond Estate is rich with history from its closed granite quarry to the chapel and old oak trees. Manor House offers a contemporary juxtaposition as it combines a classic farm-style aesthetic with modern under-floor heating and flat-screen tbs in every room. Pioneer House, right next door to Manor, offers refined simplicity like en suite bathrooms.
Address: R301 Wemmershoek Road, Paarl
One of Paarl’s crown jewels, the Pearl Valley Hotel serves up luxury living in true Winelands style. Part of the Mantis collection, providing premier hotel experiences across Africa, Pearl Valley’s greenery advances the cause of sustainability, promoting further appreciation of the land, its creatures, and our communities.
Golf lovers can enjoy a round on the signature Jack Nicklaus golf course. If you’re not a golf lover, fret not, Pearl Valley provides exclusive Paarl experiences. Book a table at Reuben & Co, the latest restaurant by one of South Africa’s most well-loved celebrity chefs, Reuben Riffel, or enjoy a guided horse ride around the area. If you’re keen to unwind, book a session at their spa to enjoy true Paarl relaxation.
Address: La Bella Vita Wine Estate, Simonsvlei Road, Paarl
Sante Wellness is the go-to elite spa and retreat experience in Paarl. While some might know Sante Wellness for their extensive day spa offerings, their immersive accommodation options are what we’re here for. Stay a few nights and their world-class hydrotherapy facilities, indoor heated pool & jacuzzi, outdoor pool, and sauna will all be available to you.
Choose from ten retreat suites, a deluxe retreat suite, which is an expansive 125 sqm and features a magnificent lounge and study area, and five villa suites. Retreat suites are all individually decorated and feature either a king-size bed or two deluxe double beds. The villa suites feature lounge and dining areas, private pools as well as the option for Sante’s private chefs to make you dinner every night.
Address: 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl
Found at the foot of Paarl Mountain, Grande Roche is a boutique hotel, a historical landmark repurposed for luxury. suites, lush gardens, and elite dining. Choose from the terrace or heritage suites, the legacy rooms, or the garden suite as you enjoy the stunning views from the manicured gardens. If you really want to relax in your surroundings, book a session at the in-house spa.
Head chef, Kevin Grobler, is Michelin Star-trained and leads the world-class restaurant. Begin your dinner with starters like duck rillette and indulge in mains like herb-crusted lamb neck. Lunch includes high-cuisine options like pan-roasted fish of the day and breakfast features timeless favourites like eggs, mushrooms, tomato, sausage, and fried onions.
Address: Waterval Rd, Paarl
Cascade Country Manor has everything you need for a Paarl getaway. From a mindfulness garden and easy access to the wine tram to free transfers to the Nederburg Wine Estate. With several comfortable room options, including five separate deluxe rooms, there’s something for everyone.
The Manor also offers half-day and full-day guided tours with their own registered in-house tour guide, Andre Hoffmann. Hoffman’s tour starts from the Paarl mountains and passes the old Victor Verster Prison, Nelson Mandela’s last place of imprisonment, and finally ends among the Franschhoek vineyards. Enjoy a walk to the nearby waterfall if you prefer to keep it in.
Address: Noord Agter – Paarl Road, Paarl
Under Oaks has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. In operation under various ownership since 1695, the Britz family has been building on its legacy in Paarl since the 2000s. They’ve done this in meaningfully quaint ways like opening a pizzeria on the estate, rather than a conventional restaurant, offering traditional wood oven pizzas.
Choose from three room options as per your needs – standard, luxury, or premium deluxe. Each room comes with WiFi, TV with DSTv access and breakfast, however, luxury and premium deluxe rooms come with their own private patios. Whichever room you choose, you can also choose from four add-ons, ranging from cheese platters and champagne to dried fruit, nuts, and biltong.
Address: 2 Lille, Courtrai, Paarl
Akin to the McCallister abode from Home Alone or the apartments from Friends, there’s something curiously familiar about The Light House. Imbued with the homely magic of Paarl, this boutique hotel manages to capture the authentic spirit of ‘home’. The house is made up of five elegant suites, each individually designed and decorated, and renting the entire house is catered for.
The Light House is a great base to explore Paarl from. Though close to town, Light House has carved out a private and peaceful alcove and its close proximity to southern Paarl means that you can hop into town or take a trip to a wine farm whenever you need to. When you’re done exploring, enjoy the exquisitely manicured private garden or take a dip in the pool.