If you've been to South Africa, you probably love it. It's a ridiculously scenic country full of some of the friendliest people on the planet (post-Apartheid, at least). Their best attributes mirror our own (an incredible physical landscape, a dynamic mix of cultures, etc.), as do their social challenges (race, class, cultural isolation).
And then, check out Bosjes. You'll want to stay at Bosjes.
Bosjes (8 images)
This is a brand-new resort on a 185-acre farm at the base of Waaihoek Mountain. Step outside of your guestroom — one of five on the site, designed by Capetonian architect Liam Mooney — and you'll see the Breede River rolling by. Go a little farther and walk through the vineyards and orchards, past proteas and peach trees. Hike into the surrounding mountains to find wild zebras, ostriches and bonteboks.
It's worth the 90-minute drive from Cape Town (past the wineland estates in Paarl and Stellenbosch) just to see the on-site chapel designed by London's Steyn Studio, recently featured in Wallpaper magazine.
Good news, regardless of religious affiliation: you're already in heaven.