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
We stopped off at the hotel for a three night stay while driving down the garden route. The suite we stayed in was fantastic and made our stay very relaxing after a long drive. The food and the staff were excellent. The views were excellent as we walked around the grounds. It must be a paradise for golfers. Must make time to play a round a golf the next time we visit.
Having been to Fancourt now the 4th time, I had to change my opinion for the better regarding service and restaurants.
The resort itself is fantastic, with 3 beautiful golf courses within the Hotel resort and The Links, in my opinion, is one of the best golf courses in the world.
Its a private course and the beauty of that is that you feel like the course is just for you.
The Hotel rooms are luxurious, the restaurants are good value, and the best thing to happen over the last year is that the service and professionalism in the restaurants has improved tremendously.
Well done to the management!
Although not golf fans, my husband and I stayed at the Fancourt for one night to recover from a gruelling 24 hour journey from the UK before we commenced the Garden Route. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. The suite was sumptuous, and dinner and breakfast, both of which we had in the room as we were exhausted, were of excellent quality. The bed was wonderfully comfortable. The staff were very efficient and the place itself is lovely. Just what we needed, and I would imagine paradise if you are a golfer!
What a fabulous place! The service and the golf outstanding. Lucky enough to have a one bedroom suite as here for a wedding anniversary. Beautiful view from the patio. Played all 3 courses and all very enjoyable. The Links is a long walk with caddies but in excellent condition and lives up to its top class design reputation. Hope to be back there again soon, next time for a longer stay! La Cantina has a large varied menu.
Ended our 1st trip to South Africa in style at this fantastic place. For golfing enthusiasts perfect in every way, 3 courses with The Links ranked No 1 in South Africa, The Montagu & Outenique close behind. Great practice facilities and service. Food excellent. Hope to return some day