With Africa Travel’s pairing of an indulgent stay at the Gordons Bay Chocolate Box hotel and a wine-tasting experience at nearby Idiom Wines of Character estate, you’re in for the ultimate holiday treat!
The Chocolate Box, at the base of the Helderberg slopes, offers breathtaking natural vistas and fresh sea air that’ll relax you in no time. A pool deck, complete with hammock chair and comfy pouffes, is the hotel’s pièce de résistance. Order a spritzer from the bar and toast the good life as the sun slips down behind the sea.
When it’s time to turn in, five artfully-appointed suites exude a calming ambience: all come standard with a king-sized bed with down duvet, and a gift of home-made truffles. Unwind before bed with a bath, while yielding to a late-night chocolate nibble.
A taste of the winelands
The Helderberg’s blend of mountain and ocean climates allow for the production of remarkable wines. At Idiom Wines of Character estate, an eight-minute drive from the Chocolate Box, try the region’s rich offering of varietals.
Tasting are set up on a patio overlooking the estate’s Da Capo vineyard, weather permitting. As you sample the Bianco Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Barbera and Cape Blend, the sommelier will call your attention to distinct characters of each and suggest a suitable pairing with the canapés served.
Dine and relax
Struggling to leave your toasty bed in the mornings? The smell of the Chocolate Box’s breakfasts wafting up the stairs will tempt you to.
Settle at a table on the deck while your meal is made to order – expect eggs done any way you want; fruit platters, nuts and thick yoghurt; and a selection of breads, cheeses, cold meats and preserves.
After, why not take a walk along the beach or a drive to Stony Point to visit the African penguins? Or appreciate the mountain scenery following the Danie Miller Hiking Trail offering a fairly easy walk from Aurora Drive to the landmark Gordon’s Bay anchor.