Body art

A guy sitting somewhere in Stellenbosch. His face and arms covered in all kinds of tattoos.

Photos by David du Toit


Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellies

Set in the heart (and I mean smack-dab in the middle) of the historic town of Stellenbosch, Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa is the perfect overnight stopover. The five-star Coopmanhuijs is situated in the only street in Stellenbosch that really matters, i.e. Church Street (and this coming from me, a Stellenbosch local). Cafés, boutiques and the best restaurants are to be found in this oak tree-lined centre. Walk but two minutes from the hotel’s front door and you’ll stumble upon at least one or twoeateries you’ll love.

Friendly and helpful staff help create the sense that you’re in someone’s warm and lovely, yet uber-luxurious home. The hotel offers uncapped WiFi for techies, comfy white-linen beds and ultra-modern bathrooms with underfloor heating – essential on a freezing winter’s night.

Make time to sip a glass of fine Stellenbosch wine on the veranda as you people-watch or relax inside at the Parisian-style wine bar. For dinner head to Helena’s Restaurant, which features an array of delicacies from the area.

The breakfast is also delectable! Choose from artisanal bread, cheeses, preserves, yoghurt and cold cuts; or warm up with a hot breakfast. A fresh-from-the-oven croissant along with a creamy serving of Eggs Benedict and freshly roasted coffee hit the spot for me.

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Telephone: +27 (0)21 883-8207 • Fax: +27 (0)86 520-2327


Address: 33 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -33.93809 | Longitude: 18.86175

Via Marie Claire