Women are the glue that hold societies together and should be admired and respected.
In August our country celebrates women on Women’s Day (9 August) and in this blog we choose to put the spotlight on an increasing trend in the travelling industry, solo female travel.
Paarl offers a myriad of options for solo female travellers including safe accommodation options and a variety of experiences ranging from arts, cultural, gastronomic to outdoor options.
Babylonstoren Healing Garden and Tea Ceremony
Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. It is known for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 3,5 hectares (8 acres).
The medicinal garden at Babylonstoren includes a range of beautiful species – some more powerful, aromatic, rare or even dangerous than others, but all with an interesting story worth discovering.
The central layout of the garden follows the form of the human body with herbs to heal head, heart, lungs, digestive system, organs, skin, bones and feet. The trees planted in this garden are some of the “giants” in African healing traditions. Herbs along the outer wall follow the seasons, summer to winter, specially selected to heal, soothe and balance the body through the time-honoured pleasure of tea.
The Healing Garden is a quiet space, where you can slow down and blend herbal teas as guided by their gardener, Gundula. Guests are seated on the floor of the shaded bamboo structure, where a selection of savoury and sweet confections is served to complement the infusions created by each one. Only fresh, seasonal ingredients are used and great care is taken in the preparation.
Do not go before dipping your toes in the pond while reflecting on the moment and aiming to balance pleasure and health.
The tea ceremony takes place at 9h30 on Tuesdays.
Cascade Manor and Spa
Once a royal homestead, situated on twenty three picturesque hectares amongst olive orchards and vineyards, Cascade Country Manor is an idyllic and luxurious private retreat.
A small stream meanders through the estate and cascades down a little waterfall. The Manor House offers a variety of room options for a comfortable stay.
At this Mediterranean-style villa in the heart of the scenic Cape Winelands, you will experience warm hospitality.
A haven within a haven, the Cascade Spa is an intimate wellness centre and offers an array of specialist as well as all-purpose treatments to pamper your body and revive your mind. Unwind from your busy lifestyle in the skilled hands of their therapists, who will advise you on a variety of pampering options available.
Relax to the soothing sounds of nature and immerse yourself in a sensory experience that will refresh and reinvigorate you.
DV Chocolate Tasting
DV Chocolate is situated at Spice Route Destination and offers a heavenly chocolate experience to chocolate lovers.
The experiences involves a tutored tasting of all six of their 70% cocoa Single Origin dark chocolates: Uganda, Trinidad, Madagascar, Sao Tome, Venezuela Caracas and Venezuela Rio Caribe and it includes a tasting of roasted cocoa beans, with a full explanation of their Bean to Bar process.
A large selection of chocolate is available for tasting, including plain, flavoured, dark and milk chocolates, as well as one of their confections such as nougat or DV Thin. Isn’t this music to any woman’s ears!
After enjoying the chocolate tastings, you will have a good idea of what you would like to take home. Their full selection of chocolate bars, confectionery and truffles is available from their colourful shop.
High Tea at Grande Roche Hotel
Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock is a small, luxury hotel like no other. It is a place where history interacts with modern comfort and where the atmosphere of a bygone era brings a sense of graciousness and unhurried living.
This celebrated 5-star hotel boasts beautiful gardens, views of vineyards and the Drakenstein mountain range as well as award-winning cuisine from their restaurant, Bosman’s.
Book an utterly indulgent High Tea experience at their restaurant and prepare to be transformed back to an era of opulence and fine living fit for a lady.
Wine at Under Oaks
Under Oaks is an established family-owned wine estate, located five minutes’ drive from Paarl. They produce fine boutique wines and offer their guests real experiences in their homely tasting room, luxurious guest accommodation and popular pizzeria.
The estate is a working farm, steeped deep in old South African history dating back to 1695. The first vintage of Under Oaks wine was bottled in 2001 and the historic cellar was renovated in 2014.
Their finely crafted wines are sold exclusively from the farm, but can also be delivered to your doorstep.
Visit their friendly and contemporary styled Tasting Room where you will have the opportunity to taste their range of boutique wines. They continually strive to provide their guests with new and interesting experiences to tingle the taste buds to both complement and challenge their wines.