Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Spier Hotel is almost a resort with a whole host of activities on offer to guests and the general public. The historic buildings of the wine farm now house museums, wine tasting centres, restaurants, all interspersed with fine examples of African art, which are one of the motifs of the complex - many are for sale.
There are also horse-riding stables, for rides into the surrounding countryside, a bird sanctuary where injured birds are healed ready to be released back into the wild, while one of the definite highlights of Spier is the Cheetah Outreach centre, where several cheetahs are tenderly cared for by volunteers, and used to teach people more about these beautiful and amazing animals that are threatened with extinction. The hotel area is kept separate from the rest of the attractions, and is styled as a typical Cape Malay village with Mediterranean influences.
Clusters of sixteen rooms, over two floors, are grouped around a private garden with a pool and the rooms themselves are spacious, and have walls styled like adobe, complimented by Africa wood and art. Spier is part of the Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa (FTTSA) initiative, an organisation committed to providing socially responsible tourism in South Africa.
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