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An award-winning wine estate and 5-star hotel in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
Asara offers warm hospitality, luxury accommodation, attentive service and the finest in food and wines. Some of the many features are the breath-taking views, tranquil atmosphere and friendly service.
Situated just 4kms from Stellenbosch, and 25kms from Cape Town International Airport. Asara is an ideal base from which to explore the picturesque Cape Winelands and the many attractions of the Cape Peninsula, or simply to stay on the estate and relax.
AVALON SUITE: This elegantly appointed, spacious suite (150m²) features a separate sitting-room with a gas fireplace, French doors on two sides opening onto a private semi wrap-around balcony. More Information
VINEYARD SUITE: An exceptional bedroom (150m²) with French doors opening on two sides onto a wrap-around balcony with sweeping views. More Information
CARILLON SUITE: In the heart of the hotel with French doors open off both the lounge and the bedroom onto a large private terrace overlooking the central courtyard.
3 elegantly styled rooms (55m²), situated in the Southern ‘Shiraz’ wing of the hotel. Each is spacious with its own unique features and layout and elegant, modern décor.
14 rooms in the northern 'Cabernet', 'Shiraz' & Merlot' wings. Spacious (50m²) with elegant, modern décor. Features plenty of natural light & has a terrace with magnificent views.
6 spacious rooms (50m²) with elegant, modern décor. Each with plenty of natural light and a balcony or terrace with views to the valley and mountains.
10 rooms situated in the northern ‘Cabernet’ & ‘Merlot’ wings, these comfortable (45m²), modern décor, natural light with balcony & sweeping views.
The enjoyment of food and dining is very much part of the Asara experience. We celebrate local, artisanal suppliers whenever possible but always subscribe to our ethos of seasonal, sustainable, flavor driven food above all else. Hotel guests and visitors can choose from several different venues;
Our evening only destination dining experience at "mise en place" with its elegant service, stunning food and vinoteque cellar.
Sansibar our Gin lounge & Bistro is open from midday each day, an indoor/outdoor experience with lovely large terraces, sweeping views across the vineyards to the distant mountains.
Deli offers various treats, including in-house ice-creams in summer. Our fabulous buffet and a la carte breakfasts are served at Raphael’s.
Asara wines and good company in a stimulating, unfussy atmosphere. Our produce is seasonal, sustainable, and either sourced locally or grown in our own kitchen garden.
The Sansibar Gin lounge boasts Africa’s largest selection of imported gins, as well as the full range of gins produced by the burgeoning local gin industry. At Sansibar we not only offer gin tasting experiences – a great way to learn about gin for connoisseurs and novices alike, often one that leads to much discussion and laughter.
There is also an extensive and exclusive list of whisky’s, cognacs, cocktails and other drinks including non-alcoholic cocktails.
Sansibar offers magnificent views from the terrace in summer, and a roaring fireplace in winter.
Opening Hours Mon – Sun: 11h00 till late Sample drinks list
Open in summer months only, our pool bar offers a range of drinks and light bites for Asara hotel residents only.
Our Deli is situated just off the central courtyard and offers for sale cakes (including our famous carrot cake), macaroons, chocolates made in-house, jams, locally produced cheeses, bath products, Karoo lavender soaps, shampoos, creams and sprays, and more.
In summer there is an ice-cream cart at the Deli that serves delicious in-house ice-creams of many flavours.
Opening Hours Mon – Sun: 8h00 – 17h00 View Our Deli Menu
Asara is situated in superb wine-making country. As the old saying goes, “wine-making starts in the vineyard”, and at Asara the combination of a rich deep soil derived from decomposed granite, rolling hills, strong sunshine and cooling sea breezes makes an ideal environment for the cultivation of high quality grapes.
There are 104 hectares under vine on the estate, 75% planted with Red Grape Varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Gamay (Noir) and Petit Verdot. White grape varieties we are currently growing are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.
Guests can book a range of relaxing massages, beauty and spa treatments in the comfort and privacy of our treatment room.
Booking is at reception, and preferably 24 hours in advance.
Asara is a wonderful venue for celebrations of all kinds – whether a 21st, 40th or 50th birthday, an anniversary, a baby shower, an end of year party or any other special occasion.
We have the venues to suit parties of guests from 2 people to 200, or up to 500 people with a marquee, and can accommodate dining preferences from buffet to plated dinner, to fine dining or a spit braai.
We offer some extraordinary options for your event, including a magical lamp-lit dinner in the vineyards, and a unique cellar dinner in our chandelier-lit, oak barrel wine cellar.
Our destination restaurant opened in October 2016 and is fast becoming the go to restaurant in the Stellenbosch area.
Reservations are mostly essential, with its sophisticated dining, elegant service a maximum of 40 guests per evening & no tables larger than 8, this is a must on the "where to dine"? list. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 6pm onwards.
Making magnificent wines is at the heart of what Asara is all about, and we welcome visitors to our wine-tasting centre to sample some of our established favourites as well as our exciting new wines.
At the centre, which overlooks our chandelier-lit barrel maturation cellar, an Asara wine ambassador will guide you through the tasting process, and discuss our wines, their characteristics and qualities, and how they are made.
Informative cellar tours are offered by appointment from Monday to Friday at 11h00 or 15h00.
There is always a selection of the estate’s wines available for purchasing at the tasting centre.
For hotel guests who have booked directly with Asara the tasting is complimentary. Day visitors pay R30 for their choice of three wines, or R50 for their choice of five. It’s not necessary to book a tasting, but it is advisable if it’s for a large group.