Travelling to George is always an unforgettable trip as visitors are inundated with gorgeous scenery and sights – chief among which is undoubtedly the famed Fancourt Resort, located in the heart of the Garden Route. Described by many a visitor as “home away from home”, Fancourt is the perfect destination for honeymooners and boasts a variety of world-class features and facilities.
The Manor House
The Manor House, Fancourt’s original homestead and voted Africa’s best romantic boutique hotel, is ideally located to offer honeymooners tranquility and seclusion. Combining the vintage charms and historic features of an ancient home with modern finishes, this stately hotel offers luxurious amenities such as a state of the art lounge, a private swimming pool, and the Monty Bar. Three different suites ensure that anyone feels at home in this award-winning hotel and has a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whatever your preference – the Homewood, Oaklands or Master suites is sure to cater to every visitor’s need. It’s no wonder then that The Manor House is revered as a go-to spot for romantic weekends away or the perfect location for an elegant drink at sunset. In short, it is a lot of things to many people.
The second hotel on the grounds is the well-known Fancourt hotel which started as a lavish home and over the years has been transformed into one of the most recognised names in luxury travel. Boasting over 100 luxury rooms with state of the art facilities, seemingly designed for royalty, visitors will feel right at home. The rooms are divided into four categories: Classic, Luxury, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom suites; and every room has a balcony overlooking the grounds as well as full amenities.
The Golf Courses
One cannot talk about Fancourt without mentioning golf. Renowned the world over for its three world-class golf courses, and home to the number one golf course in the country – the Links, a privately owned club – golf and Fancourt have become synonymous. The three courses, designed by Gary Player and his team, are all in the top 15 courses in the country meaning guests are spoilt for choice! Whether newlyweds are avid golfers or amateurs keen on taking a stroll at the base of the Outeniqua Mountains, the greens are the perfect place to unwind. To make navigating the course even more fun, a detailed stroke saver or caddy is assigned to guests to provide images and distance measurements.
Where there is action there is food – and Fancourt is no different. The restaurants at this world-renowned 5* resort are famous for their passion for gastronomy and drawing inspiration from the seasons and surrounds. Although each has a quality unique to its style, the restaurants at Fancourt all share the philosophy of supporting local, South African producers and working with ethical suppliers who are experts in their field. Monet’s is committed to serving artisanal foods and the culinary team does everything in-house from sourcing ingredients through to preparing the dishes. La Cantina offers an authentic, healthy culinary experience with a Mediterranean flair and is dedicated to turning even the simplest meal into a moment to be savoured. Henry White’s chefs have designed a four-course choice menu, featuring starter, soup, sorbet, main course and dessert. All can be paired with fine local wines and reflect the “country basket” cooking philosophy. The Club Lounge, as the name suggests, serves club-style food and is a hit with the local community. Known as “The 19th Hole”, this restaurant brings people together through good food and a relaxed atmosphere.
The Fancourt Spa
Recently named the Best Hotel Spa in South Africa at the annual Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Awards, the Spa at Fancourt is an oasis of sensory bliss designed to leave guests feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Inspired by the harmony of the four elements – air, water, fire and earth – the spa is run by an experienced team that is in tune with the needs of its clients and provides packages that are infused with an appreciation for nature’s organic rhythms. Equipped with 11 treatment rooms that include a couple’s private treatment room, the Spa is guaranteed to leave guests feeling revitalised after a hike or a round of golf. The use of facilities like the Roman Bath, Jacuzzi, Physiotherapy Room, Steam Room and Sauna is an exciting bonus to an already rejuvenating experience.
Improvements and Offerings
Dedicated to continuously providing its visitors with only the highest standard service, the team at Fancourt is always looking for ways to improve their offerings. Fancourt not only boasts recently refurbished living quarters and restaurants but have also included a new addition to the family in the form of an on-site hair salon. Run by an experienced hairdresser with a reputation that precedes her, the S-Effects Hair Salon is bound to leave visitors feeling invigorated.
In conclusion, Fancourt is so much more than the sum of its parts. It is a home away from home that caters to people from every walk of life, from newlyweds to old married couples, Fancourt has something for you.
For more information visit www.fancourt.co.za or phone 044 804 0000.