Cape Town - Nestled in the lush landscape around the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains is a luxurious place of leisure – Fancourt South Africa.
Situated in George – just a few minutes away from George Airport – the lavish estate which is predominantly renowned for its elite golf offering, is conveniently located at the start of the Garden Route in the Western Cape.
While Fancourt’s drawcard is its three 18-hole Gary Player designed golf courses - Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links – all ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 20, with The Links course ranking first, the opulent estate makes for the perfect romantic getaway in Mzansi while allowing a couple to explore the Garden Route.
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A romantic stay
Whether you’re celebrating your Honeymoon, anniversary or taking a much-needed break with your lover, accommodation at the five-star Fancourt Hotel – coupled with its soothing amenities – is sure to be a romantic escape for you to enjoy quality time together.
There are a number of spacious and elegant rooms to choose from, with many decorative additions thrown in to set the a romantic atmosphere – from scattered rose petals, soft lighting, fluffy robes and slippers, the option of a bubblebath and lots of bubbly to celebrate your love.
There are also self-catering options available on the resort for those who wish not to leave their rooms when visiting!
Rooms to set the romance. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
Visitors can also choose to stay at the lavish Manor House, situated on the estate, which is in fact a national monument dating back to 1859.
A stay at Manor House is certainly an exclusive experience and ideal for special occasions. The main bedroom boasts a massive en-suite with a bath tub facing a fire place.
Bath in luxury. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
Manor House was also recognised as Africa’s Best Romantic Boutique Hotel in 2015, and boasts views of Fancourt that highlight the immaculate estate and its pristine natural backdrop.
But of course, any lavish hotel comes with an even more ‘lavish’ price – so do keep this in mind when making your bookings. Click here for more information.
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Dinner for two
If you did not opt for self-catering accommodation at Fancourt, there are three restaurants on the premises to dine at – two of which are honoured by Diners Club Wine List Awards 2017.
Henry White’s and La Cantina received the prestigious awards in recognition of its wine selection and pairing of food and wine.
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Henry White’s - the romantic fine dining restaurant at Fancourt’s Manor House, and La Cantina – an Italian restaurant, achieved diamond status which is the highest tribute - with a score of 91% or higher.
“We are extremely proud of our achievements, which is thanks to our Food and Beverage team’s very careful planning and selection of a range of different wines to appeal to our guests,” says Sollie Bester, Wine Director/Banqueting Manager of Fancourt.
Other dining options include Monet's restaurant and deli offering a café bistro atmosphere, and The Club Lounge which has American club style food on the menu.
De-stress with golf
Golf enthusiast or not, when staying at Fancourt one has to make the most of this world class golf estate.
In addition to offering pristine beauty and the perfect opportunity to destress while soaking in nature, The Links’ is recognised as the only certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary (a USA-based standard), in Africa for its commitment to the protection of the environment and preservation of golf’s heritage.
The Links. (Photo: Fancourt)
With the launch of the new amateur Fancourt International Tournament between 4 – 8 December 2017, visitors can play at Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links golf courses.
According to Fancourt, the tournament format will be individual stableford with scoring done by Fancourt’s Golf Pro and Team. Bookings will be taken on a request basis and standard terms and conditions apply.
Reservations must be made through Estelle Viljoen at Fancourt - call 044 804 0168 or e-mail email@example.com. Standard cancellation and payment policies will apply on all bookings.
Things to do at Fancourt
Apart from indulging in delicious meals and fine wine in between golf sessions and bubblebaths, Fancourt boasts a luxury-spa offering numerous beauty treatments, as well as Roman Bath and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and tepidarium.
There is also a gym, four communal swimming pools, a kids club and teen lounge, as well as outdoor activities including tennis, fishing, mountain biking and hiking trails.
But most exciting is that from Fancourt you have easy access to take a leisurely drive through the Garden Route.
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Explore the Garden Route and surrounds
With Fancourt being ideally located, visitors can conveniently explore the Garden Route and surrounding areas with a day trip or weekend escape.
“From Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay, and even as far away as Cape Town or winelands such as Franschhoek, day activities can include a visit to the likes of Cango Caves or white shark cage diving just an hour’s drive from Fancourt,” says Michelle van der Westhuizen, Marketing Manager at Fancourt.
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Go inland for a safari escape and visit ostriches in Oudtshoorn or have an ocean experience with boat trips to Knysna Heads or a stop a Knysna’s Waterfront.
On your way to Knysna, be sure to take a few selfies with beautiful backdrops in Wilderness, and make a stop at Sedgefield market which is the largest in the area boasting locally-produced food, craft beers, clothing and hand-made crafts.
At Knynsa you can shop around at the Waterfront, enjoy drinks with a view from restaurants overlooking the harbour or enjoy lunch aboard a ferry while sailing away towards Knysna Heads in the possible spot marine life including whales and dolphins, as well as birds.
Even after the devastating fires earlier this year, Knysna proves to be a resilient town that is working hard to continue thriving. The friendly locals, relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful landscape is what makes the drive to Knysna worthwhile.
For a truly romantic experience, get a bird’s eye view of the coastline on a scenic flight as you sip on some bubbly, or make a stop at Mossel Bay for oysters, champagne and hand-made Belgian chocolates.
Foodies will delight in visiting Outenqiua Farmer’s Market or Redberry Farm to pick your own strawberries, while animal lovers must make a stop at the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre and Birds of Eden where a unique the world’s largest dome (two-hectares) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest.
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“Whether on a boat, car or plane, the Garden Route is a striking setting in which to immerse oneself, using Fancourt Hotel as home base. The hotel’s concierge will gladly assist guests in booking their chosen excursion,” says Fancourt.
A full list of the activities along the Garden Route can be accessed upon request at the Hotel or click here for more information on how to spice up your romantic getaway in the Garden Route.
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