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South Africa’s winelands prepare for World Cup visitors

A diamond baron opens a discreet jewel of a hotel

South Africa’s winelands prepare for World Cup visitors

December 28 2009
Maria Shollenbarger

South Africa continues to issue tempting new hotel options in the run-up to World Cup 2010. Cape Town and the Winelands are slated to win the summer’s Most Desired Destination contest; in Stellenbosch, diamond baron Laurence Graff is shortly to open a discreet hotel at his Delaire Graff Wine Estate (www.delaire.co.za; doubles from £800), with 10 private suites imagined, from burnished beams to polished concrete floors, by David Collins.

A bonus feature is the selection of works by prominent South African artists from Graff’s private collection – including William Kentridge and the barrier-breaking Sydney Kumalo – on display in the public spaces.