The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, sparkling wine on arrival, transfers to/from the on-site golf courses, unlimited balls at the Golf Academy and free use of the tennis courts
Three championship private golf courses that have hosted the likes of Tiger Woods and Ernie Els
Extensive grounds; the resort is three times the size of Monaco
A series of outdoor concerts take place throughout the summer (October through March)
What To Know
The resort is a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town
George itself is fairly quiet and has few eateries; it's best to stick to the property's three on-site restaurants or venture farther afield
Rooms closer to the main lodge are a little dated
Tons of on-site activities: four swimming pools, leisure trails, tennis courts and an impressive kids club
Parking on site
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Luxe country retreat with three golf courses and an opulent spa at the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route
Sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountain Range and the Indian Ocean, the Fancourt is a sprawling five-star country retreat in George, a small city at the heart of South Africa’s celebrated Garden Route. Spread across 1,500 acres, this epic resort is three times the size of Monaco and home to three golf courses, an opulent spa and fancy fine dining spots aplenty. The contrast between the older rooms and the contemporary, renovated suites is sharp — the new units are stylish and sleek, while the older ones have a slightly musty air. But the Fancourt’s recently opened boutique hotel, the 18-suite 1859 Manor House, is an all-around winner, a glamorous younger sister with a Hollywood Regency–meets–Alice in Wonderland vibe.
Bed and Bath
Some suites were revamped in 2009, and the design is spot on. The modern decor would befit an urban retreat (though the dazzling vistas beyond the patios belie the true setting). Several feature charming exteriors reflecting local architecture, to give the impression of an authentic and quaint escape, with brick stoops and gabled arches. Bathrooms are spacious, with heated towel racks and Millicent Fox products; some have large bathtubs tucked into beautiful bay windows, though you shouldn’t open the shutters unless you’re an exhibitionist — they open right onto well-trafficked pathways leading to neighboring suites.
Morning Glory serves an eclectic menu encompassing local and international dishes (mussels, smoked lamb, burritos, malva pudding) from a terrace overlooking the rolling Oteniqua golf course. The Club Lounge is the place to unwind between rounds with a cup of coffee or a light lunch. The crown jewel of the Fancourt’s dining options is the fine dining Henry White’s, a quirky spot with a cozy fireplace; tuck into dry-aged Botswana beef fillet, seared fleur de sol salmon, or African spiced petit poisson. The opulent Fancourt Spa offers a lengthy menu of rituals and leads through to a two-story mosaic-tiled Roman bath.
In the Area
George is home to a charming railway museum and a small botanical garden, but you're in a prime position for exploring the Garden Route, one of South Africa's most celebrated drives. Have lunch at Dutton’s Cove on the cliffs above nearby Herolds Bay, or drive an hour east to enjoy the sunset from East Head Café, in Knysna. Head north to Oudtshoorn to explore the Cango Caves or ride an ostrich at a farm. If you’re in the area on a Saturday morning, a visit to the farmers market in the coastal town of Sedgefield is a must. The Garden Route is an outdoor lover’s heaven, and the five-day Otter Trail is one of the country’s most popular hikes.