The team behind La Residence has a knack for turning rustic into extraordinary (the group also operates the Royal Malewane bush retreat in Kruger Park). They’ve done a characteristically fabulous job creating this über-luxurious 11-suite hotel in a plum orchard outside the wine-country hamlet of Franschhoek. The property’s modest-looking main villa belies the opulence inside, where a grand main hall houses an epically proportioned Indian chandelier and gargantuan fireplaces. The individually decorated suites are similarly over-the-top—the Huguenot Room, for example, is a fantasia of turquoise silk, with porcelain lamps shaped like cocker spaniels. Relax in the afternoons at the swimming pool overlooking young vineyards, or at the loggia near a pond where black swans congregate.