What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
I chose the fancourt as a present to my boyfriend for his birthday, particularly to play golf at the Link’s course the following day. As is part of the service, they ask for any special requests and I had advised them that we were staying for this reason.
We could never have predicted the effort to which the staff went to, to make this special for us.
Everyone is greeted with a warm welcome and the hotel is just lovely. We had a couples massage and enjoyed the spa facilities which are very good.
However the best part of this stay was during our dinner. We chose La Cantina for dinner, again which is reasonably priced and located on site.
On ordering dessert, most of the restaurant staff came out with a birthday cake and sang the most amazing songs as well as happy birthday to my boyfriend.
Thanks so much again to everyone at the fancourt for making our stay special.
We stayed at Fancourt hotel which is a 5 Star Hotel.
The room 3021 was great as was the restaurants.
The staff were very friendly .
The problem is some of the cleaning staff are bad apples.
Two items were stolen from our room .
My sister was also staying at the hotel and had her birthday cake eaten by the same bad apples!
Please be aware of this, as you certainly do expect this from a hotel of this standard.
We will not be returning as this is disgusting .
Stayed four nights and played 2 of the three golf courses. They were gorgeous. Food was great in La Cantina for breakfast and the Italian restaurant it becomes at night. Henry white restaurant is silver service and gourmet presentation and service but the food didn’t have the “wow” factor. Rooms were spacious and beautiful. Service was great.
Myself and my husband booked 2 nights here while we travelled the Garden Route. My husband played the Montague course and he loved it. I went to the spa on 2 occasions for a back massage and facial and they were both heavenly! The pool, sauna, steam room etc. are gorgeous, we really enjoyed relaxing here. We ate in La Cantina on the first evening and then in the Club Lounge on the second, both meals were delicious. The breakfast offers a huge range of top notch food. To say the staff here were brilliant is an understatement. Every single staff member we met was so pleasant to deal with and they couldn't do enough for us especially Surika and Beauty on reception. We can't wait for a return visit!
This is by far the most beautiful hotel on the garden route.If you are a golf player, this is definitely the playground for you.
The hotel caters for everyone, solo travellers, business, families, sports groups, honeymooners etc.
The food is very good and the staff make you feel like part of the family.
I love it 😍