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Monday, November 10, 2008

Steenberg Hotel: Heritage, Hospitality, Wine, Golf and Spa

Named in honor of the imposing mountain which towers over it, The Steenberg Hotel provides exquisite hospitality, wine, golf, spa and history amongst the vineyards just 20 minutes from the center of Cape Town, South Africa. It's part of Roar Africa's portfolio and is offering a "de Gustibus" special at the moment. Here's some more about this excellent property.

History, Hotel and Restaurant:

This is the oldest farm in on the Cape Peninsula. The land was originally granted to a widow, Catharina Ras, in 1682 and wines were first produced on the farm in 1695. Today Steenberg’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc Reserve has won awards year after year and the winery’s distinctive red blend – Catharina – is widely recognized for its elegant, old-world French style. The state-of-the-art cellar, completed in 1996, has the capacity to produce around 70 000 cases and boasts a vinotheque, where bottled wines can be kept under ideal conditions until ready to be enjoyed.

The hotel buildings (1682) with the Manor House, Jonkershuis (“young man house”) and the Barn have been declared a National Monument. They are lovingly restored and decorated traditionally with antiques in the elegant styling of the 17th Century - old world charm and modern conveniences. There are 21 beautiful, en-suite rooms and the 3 new luxurious Heritage Suites which celebrate Steenberg's National Monument status. The Heritage Suites have been created within the Jonkershuis and are a tribute to three distinct historic periods in the history of the Cape. The exterior was not altered in any way but the interiors have been changed dramatically to reflect the periods. The suites are The Cape Colonial, The Khoi Khoi and the Dutch East India Suites.

Catharina’s, the award winning Restaurant at Steenberg, is getting a new look but will open again before summer (that's December in South Africa) 2008. In the meantime The Cape Colonial Suite is being used as a temporary and unique dining area. This is one of the very special new Heritage Suites at Steenberg. Please note that Catharina’s famous Sunday Buffet Jazz Luncheons are on hold until the refurbishments are complete.

Golf and Spa

The Steenberg Golf Club is an exclusive, private golf club known for its hybrid plan - it offers traditionalists the opportunity to “bump and run” (a rare shot in South Africa) in the rough around the greens, and to meet the challenges of strategically placed sand pits and waterways. The par-three, not-so-short 14th hole, features the largest green in Africa at 76 meters in length; indigenous shrubs guard the green and the mound has been shaped to echo the distinctive mountain range behind. Steenberg has always been named as one of the best conditioned courses in South Africa Golf Digest’s annual Top 100, consistent in its improvement each year. The 18 hole course was designed to make full use of natural features and hazards such as the vineyards, pine forest and gentle waterways. Its environmental diversity gives the course its unique character. The Steenberg Golf Club is open to the public, but priority and special green fee rates are given to hotel guests and members.

Golf not for you? The Spa at Steenberg is operated by the experienced Ginkgo Spa & Wellness Group. Five beautifully fitted rooms each offering distinctive experiences are surrounded by lush vineyards, the championship golf course and the magnificent Steenberg Mountains. The ambiance is earthy and relaxing.

Heritage Suites "de Gustibus" SPECIAL:

The package includes accommodation for two in one of the spacious suites, all meals and drinks.

In addition, they will interact one night with one of Steenberg’s talented chefs who will demonstrate how to prepare a contemporary South African dinner. They will cook alongside the chef in their suite as he discusses the ingredients used and how the herbs and spices work together to create this unique cuisine. At the same time, the Steenberg wine steward will give them a private wine tasting of the superb Steenberg wines with tips on choosing a good wine. Another treat for guests on this package includes a 90 minute ScenTao Hot Stone Therapy Massage for both; an unforgettable experience for any massage enthusiast
VALID: 01 November 2008 - 30 September 2009
RATE – per person sharing per 2 night package: R13 500.00

Contact Roar Africa for details.

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