June 9, 2017

places I love (south africa // babylonstoren)

just when we thought south africa couldn't get any better. a week on safari, a night in a old-world gem in durban, exploring cape town edge to edge

in the middle of our cape town stay, we planned two nights an hour or so outside the city in the stellenbosch wine region of south africa. 

after two nights at babylonstoren, I'm ruined for all future hotels. forever. a dreamy old cape dutch farm built in the 1600's and currently owned by the former editor of south african elle, babylonstoren is perfect. we were lucky enough to snag the room in the farm hotel nestled above the library and it was nearly impossible to drag myself away. 

garden after garden after garden. 
one of the continent's best restaurants
ducks on the payroll. 
all the wine. whenever we wanted. from our own bar. 
long afternoon bike rides. 
cheese shops.
salads by color. 
chickens and donkeys and geese. 
tea picked from the grounds. 
rose. all day. 
a spa plucked straight from my daydreams. 
vineyard sunsets. 

if you get the chance, don't even think about it. just go.

everything here is beautiful. 

and I can't wait to come back. 

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