Leeu Collection’s flagship property, Leeu Estates, has been named South Africa’s leading Wine Country Hotel 2017 at the World Travel Awards Africa gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda on Tuesday 10 October 2017.
This major success comes hot on the heels of Leeu Estates being announced as the only South African hotel to appear on Condé Nast Traveler's HOT LIST 2017 and its inclusion on Travel + Leisure’s It List 2017, one of just 44 properties in the world that made it onto the exclusive list.
The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals, as well as business and leisure travellers worldwide.
Leeu Estates, which opened in June 2016, offers luxury boutique hotel flair on the outskirts of Franschhoek. Located between the mountainside and river with spectacular views of the valley, this exceptional property sits on just under 100 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) providing the ideal setting for unrivalled escapes where guests can see and enjoy the true experiences of a working wine farm.
Aptly situated in the Cape winelands and set amid the vineyards, The Wine Studio is a truly immersive wine experience run by the Mullineux & Leeu team, whose knowledgeable tasting room staff guide guests through the finer nuances of their handcrafted wines.
Leeu Estates is testimony to the pillars of the Leeu Collection brand: superlative service with attention to the smallest detail; an award-winning wine portfolio, distinctive architecture and sophisticated design; inspiring art collections and manicured and detailed landscaping that reflects respect for the environment.
The Leeu Collection started as a personal journey for Leeu Collection’s founder and international investor of Indian origin, Analjit Singh (aka BAS). Captivated by the Western Cape’s exceptional beauty and vibrant energy during a trip to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he decided to buy a family home in the Franschhoek valley. The idea of a family home, however, soon transformed into what it is today – three historic farms joined to create a world-class hospitality and winemaking destination.