Best Design Hotel in Africa & Middle East

South Africa, Stellenbosch; CAPE Winelands luxury small hotel destination Majeka House & Spa has scooped a coveted international award in recognition of their world class interior design.

By Lise Manley.

Already a recipient of a string of awards and accolades over the years, Majeka House & Spa has clinched Best Design Hotel in Africa & the Middle East at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2017. (To experience Majeka House & Spa for yourself and a partner, see Tourism Tattler’s special deal below this article – Editor).

Praised as a ‘wining, dining and super styling destination’, the award comes at the end of a successful and exciting year; owners Lloyd van der Merwe and Karine Dequeker-van der Merwe have been working on various upgrades and tweaks since last year, calling in the expertise of designer Etienne Hanekom to work on the hotel’s rooms, Makaron Restaurant as well as the photogenic MLounge.


“So many international hotels look the same as each other and offer more of the same, we’re just so pleased that both critics and guests recognise that different can be exciting without compromising on quality”, says Lloyd.

For visitors to the Winelands, five-star Majeka House & Spa is a very attractive prospect indeed. From its perfect position near the historic town of Stellenbosch to a welcoming and intimate atmosphere, gourmet spoils at Makaron Restaurant by Pete Goffe-Wood, the boutique Majeka House Spa and of course, its on trend designer surrounds, it’s a full house of luxury offerings and arresting eye candy at this 23-roomed Stellenbosch bolthole.

A fitting finale to the recent refurbishment is the launch of the hotel’s newly redecorated Pool Rooms. The duo of designtastic suites is perched in front of a slick, shared heated pool and elegant terrace. Designed to complement one another while retaining their own identity, each of the suites has a distinct personality, brought to life beautifully by Hanekom.

“We already had such a wonderful response to Etienne’s brave décor scheme in the rest of the hotel that we asked him to work more of his magic in these rooms which are two of our most popular offerings”, says owner Lloyd who together with Karine has been hosting guests from around the world since 2008.


With an oversized flamingo print in the hotel’s dining room proving a major talking point since the refurbishment of public areas was completed, Etienne extended the exotic bird reference in the rooms – making bold colour, pattern and design statements in each and making sure to include framed vintage prints of birds as a point of reference.

“It all started with a collection of vintage Audubon bird prints which we found and we took it from there”, explains Etienne, “in nature, a riot of colour is often the norm, especially with birds, and I wanted to reflect that with the palette and furnishings so there are lots of different textures, there’s old, there’s new and there’s an out there colour palette too”.

The first suite features a flamboyant marriage of coral and chartreuse, sumptuous fabrics and a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings while the adjacent suite includes swathes of emerald green coupled with oversized tropical scenes and a feature wall dressed in an on-trend, metallic geometric wallpaper. The result is a thoroughly opulent albeit playful atmosphere.

As with the rest of the facilities at Majeka House & Spa, no stone has been left unturned in the quest to provide a five-star experience in the Pool Rooms. From in-room coffee machines to impressive mini bars, there’s no denying that luxury that oozes personality is the name of the game here. It’s no surprise either that leisure and business travellers alike are more than thrilled to call Majeka House & Spa their home from home in the historic Winelands area.

A wise person once said that one should never check into a hotel that isn’t as nice or nicer than one’s own home. With it’s out there decorative details and extensive menu of luxe offerings, not to mention the outstanding service, Majeka House & Spa offers much more than that and then some.

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• Deal is for 2 nights for 2 Adults sharing at Majeka House & Spa in Stellenbosch
• Includes Breakfast for two.
• Includes 2 Lunches for two.
• Includes 2 Dinners for two, including wine pairing.
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