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Winona Griggs

Escape to the Majeka House in Stellenbosch for a Winter Weekend Getaway

When winter comes around, I don’t usually take long vacations. Instead, I prefer to save up my leave and spend it on an extended summer holiday, basking in the warm sun while sipping on refreshing cocktails by the beach. But to make it through the dreary winter days, I like to plan a few short getaways focused on wine and food.

For my latest winter escape, I chose to stay at the magnificent Majeka House. Located just a short drive away from Cape Town, this exquisite retreat offers everything I could possibly want for a food-filled weekend. From its incredible restaurant and stylish rooms to its wonderful spa, Majeka House had it all.

The Majeka House Experience

Situated in the peaceful Stellenbosch suburb of Paradyskloof, Majeka House might look like an ordinary hotel on the outside, but once you step inside, you’ll be amazed. The funky interior is a unique blend of Victorian-style furniture and sleek modern design. What really caught my attention were the quirky touches scattered throughout the hotel, like pig statues, bric-a-brac, and even pig stools. It’s sophisticated, yet far from stuffy like other five-star hotels. The staff here is relaxed, warm, and friendly, creating a laid-back atmosphere. You’ll feel so comfortable that you might even want to walk around in your slippers!

Let’s talk about the rooms.

When I arrived at Majeka House, I was immediately struck by its unique and captivating blend of modernity and Victorian charm. The room I stayed in felt more like a cozy apartment, complete with a luxurious four-poster bed that faced a state-of-the-art television. The bathroom was incredibly spacious and boasted his and hers sinks, a feature I always appreciate in hotels. It’s so convenient to be able to brush our teeth simultaneously, without the risk of spitting on one another!

Not only was the room well-appointed, but it also showcased stylish grey walls, comfortable leather couches, and a charming fireplace. This last amenity was especially delightful during my winter getaway; it added an extra touch of warmth and coziness to my stay. Furthermore, my room afforded breathtaking views of Stellenbosch’s picturesque vineyards, adorned with vine leaves in shades of autumn, and the majestic mountains that framed this beautiful landscape.

Now, let’s talk about the food.

Step into the luxurious embrace of the M hotel and prepare to be delighted. As you enter, you’ll notice the plush lounge known as the M bar. It’s a cozy haven, filled with captivating books and inviting armchairs, perfect for unwinding with a refreshing drink and delectable tapas. And if you’re in the mood for some sunlight, the hotel offers a charming courtyard where you can enjoy a delightful lunch.

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When it comes to dinner, Makaron is the place to be at the M hotel. This French-inspired restaurant has earned accolades for its impeccable style, winning a prestigious award just last year. You have the option of indulging in a sumptuous three-course meal, expertly paired with exquisite wines. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, you can opt for the intriguing beer pairing experience, which we personally enjoyed.


Let me tell you, the food at Makaron is absolutely divine. Our culinary journey began with wild mushroom tortellini, delicately served with a rich mushroom pesto and a heavenly cep espuma. To enhance the flavors, we savored each bite alongside a crisp Jack Black lager, an unexpectedly delightful combination. Next, we were treated to succulent grilled prawns, expertly infused with the vibrant flavors of pineapple salsa and a subtle laksa curry sauce. Darling Bonecrusher Wit Beer added a refreshing twist to this remarkable dish. And finally, our meal concluded with a tantalizing cheese plate accompanied by delightful preserves.


Now, let me tell you something fascinating. Beer pairings are not commonly found on menus, making Makaron a true hidden gem for beer enthusiasts. So, if you’re a fan of the beloved brew, this extraordinary restaurant is an absolute must-visit.

When it comes to hotel breakfasts, I consider myself quite the expert (I’ve had my fair share, and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day). Majeka Hotel’s breakfast definitely stood out. It offered a wide variety of options, including fruits, cheeses, smoked fish, cold meats, yogurts, cereals, and an array of delectable baked goods like brioche, scones, and muffins. It was like a feast to start off the day. And of course, the highlight was the choice between pancakes and eggs benedict – a tough decision indeed.

The little extras

So, I recently stayed at this amazing spa called Majeka. Let me tell you, they have an incredible range of treatments that you can try out. And if you’re someone who loves to stay active during the weekend, they even have an indoor swimming pool!

One of the treatments I tried was the Himalayan crystal salt bed. It’s actually the first of its kind in the country! Picture this: you lie down on a warm bed of crystals while colorful lights constantly change around you. And while you relax, minerals soak into your skin. They say it detoxifies and purifies you, even making you thinner. I can’t confirm all of that, but I definitely felt extremely relaxed. It also seemed to cure my mild hangover, so that’s a bonus!

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But here’s the thing, you don’t even need to leave your room to have a great time at Majeka. They actually bring dinner right to your doorstep! Plus, they have a variety of board games for you to choose from. And if you’re in the mood to watch a movie, they’ve got this extensive DVD collection that includes French films and action-packed blockbusters. They really have something for everyone!

Did you know that Majeka House offers free Wifi? Yes, you read that right! In this day and age, it’s surprising that some hotels still charge an arm and a leg for something that should be an essential and complimentary service.

Exciting Winter Packages at Majeka House

Majeka House has a variety of winter packages available:

One Day Escape to the Winelands costs only R1,252 per person sharing. It includes a night’s stay with breakfast, a session on the luxurious Himalayan crystal salt bed, delicious cocktails at the M Bar, and a delectable three-course tasting menu dinner with perfectly paired wines at the esteemed Makaron Restaurant.

If you’re like me, you’ll agree that there’s something truly delightful about macaroons. And I have just the thing for you – Mid-week Macaroon Desires! For only R1 452 per person sharing, you can indulge in a night’s accommodation with breakfast, a session on the amazing Himalayan crystal salt bed, mouthwatering cocktails at the M Bar, a fun and educational macaroon making course in the kitchen, and a delicious three-course tasting menu dinner with wine pairing at the fabulous Makaron Restaurant.

But wait, there’s more! If you’re looking for a cozy winter escape, look no further than our Winter Warmer Weekend. For just R2 652 per person sharing, you’ll enjoy a two-night stay in a premier room with a scrumptious breakfast to start your day. You and your companion will also experience the incredible Himalayan crystal salt bed session together, savor delectable cocktails at the M Bar, and indulge in a delightful three-course tasting menu dinner with wine pairing at the Makaron Restaurant. But that’s not all! You’ll also be treated to a soothing hot stone massage for two and the luxury of in-room dining with a piping hot cocktail while enjoying a DVD or board game.

Both packages offer an incredible opportunity to relax, unwind, and satisfy your cravings. So don’t miss out, book your Mid-week Macaroon Desires or Winter Warmer Weekend today and treat yourself to a truly extraordinary experience!

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Welcome to the world of indulgence! Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience with the “Two Nights of Guilty Pleasures” package. For just R2,902 per person, you’re in for a real treat.

Picture this: you’ll enjoy two nights of luxurious accommodation, complete with a delicious breakfast to start your day off right. And it doesn’t stop there. How about a 45-minute Himalayan crystal salt bed session for you and a partner? This rejuvenating experience will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

When it’s time to dine, you won’t be disappointed. Indulge in in-room dining and savor a hot cocktail, delivered straight to your door. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll also be treated to a tantalizing African Signature Journey spa treatment, guaranteed to leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.

But wait, there’s more! Enjoy a tasty finger lunch at the M Bar, where you can unwind with a refreshing cocktail. And as the day comes to a close, sit down to a three-course tasting menu dinner at Makaron. Each course expertly paired with fine wines, ensuring a dining experience you won’t soon forget.

So why wait? Treat yourself to an unforgettable getaway with the “Two Nights of Guilty Pleasures” package. Your mind and body will thank you for it. Book now and indulge in the ultimate escape.

I’ve got a fantastic deal for you – a three-day spa retreat package! For only R4 152 per person sharing, you’ll get three nights’ accommodation in a premier room complete with breakfast. And that’s just the beginning.

During your stay, you’ll also get to experience a Himalayan crystal salt bed session, a hot stone massage, and a Soul to Soul massage – all for two people. Can you believe it? But wait, there’s more!

Included in the package are finger lunches and cocktails at the amazing M Bar, as well as a delectable three-course tasting menu dinner at Makaron Restaurant, complete with a wine pairing. And to top it all off, you’ll even get a night of in-room dining with a hot cocktail, followed by your choice of either a DVD or a board game.

And that’s not all. One of the days, you’ll be treated to a delicious lunch at Pane e Vino restaurant in Stellenbosch with a R400 voucher. And for dinner, you’ll have the freedom to choose any restaurant in Stellenbosch with a voucher worth R800.

This winter offer is too good to miss, and it’s available until September 2012. Don’t let this opportunity slip away – book your spa retreat package today!

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