Written in collaboration with Light House Boutique Suites
With Gareth away for 12 days in India, and all the parenting and household chores falling on to my shoulders over that time, I was feeling rather frazzled on his return. So our trip to review The Light House Boutique Suites could not have come at a better time.
We left Cape Town as the clouds started gathering high in the sky and as we arrived in Paarl, the rain began pouring deliciously down from the heavens. The welcome cooler weather certainly added a special ambience to our stay, and staff even greeted us with umbrellas, so we didn’t get wet running from our cars to the main building.
This attention to detail is what stood out for me throughout our stay – there was a not a single thing that had not been considered and then actioned. Things would appear before you even knew you needed them. A glass of bubbles would magically be placed in your hand. A hairband you dropped on the stairs would be presented to you on a silver tray. If you went for a run, someone would appear at the front door on your return with a cooling glass of water. It’s clear that so much goes on behind the scenes to make your stay seamless, and General Manager Darrol and Operations Manager Hendrik are the ones leading the superb team who does this.
The duo have a wealth of experience in the hospitality and décor industries, which is evident when you take a quick tour of the five suites. Each one has been decorated in a unique and creative style, inspired by various elegant places around the world, from striking Manhattan to opulent Mayfair. You can read more about the five different yet equally stylish suites here (Bedford Manor pictured below is my favourite!).
There are only five rooms at the Light House Boutique Suites, which keeps things intimate, quiet and peaceful. And it’s because of this, that I’d say it’s more a place for a romantic getaway, anniversary celebration, babymoon or corporate weekend – rather than a family holiday. This is a sanctuary and I wouldn’t want to inflict my rowdy kids on other guests! Children over the age of 12 are welcomed, and if you book the entire house to yourselves, then younger children are welcome too.
This revamped family home has sweeping views over Paarl valley, and after the rains, we were even gifted with a full rainbow twinkling over the mountain range. But I’m getting ahead of myself, because I actually want to tell you more about the afternoon tea which was an absolute delight! I can’t decide if the white chocolate cheesecake was my favourite, or the chocolate and orange cake, or the perfect cucumber sandwiches, or the two types of scones – all freshly baked in their own kitchen of course.
After tea we rolled up to our suites, relaxed and soaked up the serene and extremely luxurious surroundings before getting dressed for dinner. We met for a drink in the library, which is amazing for any book lover, with a wealth of books covering a wide range of topics from travel to food to design to history. They also switch them out after a few days so guests staying for longer periods don’t get bored!
Many visitors base themselves at The Light House Boutique Suites for a number of days, in order to explore the wine farms on their doorstep, or play golf at the various courses in close vicinity, including Pearl Valley at Val De Vie Estate. Wine farms nearby are numerous but Darrol and Hendrik recommend a few boutique family run ones like Avondale, Mellasat and Black Pearl, if you want something a bit different to the big names like Fairview and Nederburg. And if you’d rather stay where you are, the property has beautifully landscaped gardens and a sparkling blue pool, which I imagine is perfect for lazing around in the summer months.
Dinner and lunch are provided on request, as you’re encouraged to explore the many wonderful restaurants in the area. Breakfast is provided as part of the room rate and it was knock out! Think salmon and scrambled eggs, delectable honey and date muffins, charcuterie and cheese platters and delicious fruit, yoghurt and muesli.
They are also holding some fun ‘G&Tea’ weekends over the winter months in collaboration with Wilderer Distillery. You’ll get to enjoy a sumptuous tea like I just described, and then also savour a special gin experience including gin cocktail options and a live distillation process presentation by Wilderer’s head distiller, Johan Mönnig, where you’ll learn all about the intricacies of making world-class gin. These weekends are being held from 18-20 May, 10-12 August and 21-23 September – get in touch if you want to find out more (gin and cake – what’s not to love?).
All in all I returned from our stay feeling less stressed, more peaceful and utterly pampered. It was such a treat to have time with my business partner to chat about work and life, and we couldn’t have asked for more indulgent surroundings. The team here are running a stellar operation, which is clear when you read 5 star review after review on Tripadvisor.
Thanks to The Light House Boutique Suites for this wonderful and gracious opportunity.
My stay was complimentary in order to provide this review.