Babylonstoren – South Africa
It is all going on at the Farm where an enchanted Garden Shop, Gelato Room and craft Coffee Roastery have opened. Babylonstoren is dedicated to innovation, nourishment and local produce, and these new additions complement their existing portfolio in the authentic farm style.
The new Garden Shop, also known as the Tuinwinkel, is a glass cube that seamlessly connects to the existing Scented Room, creating a fusion between home and garden. Trellised wooden walls washed in reseda green, a floral mural and a sun-soaked greenhouse create a serene space that celebrates all things green and growing. Guest can also unwind in the cosy reading nook or browse the captivating selection of books and puzzles.
The new Coffee Roastery sits next to the Farm Shop where a barrel drum roaster gently toasts the new Babylonstoren house blend. Guests can experience the roasting process up close or simply marvel at the wall of 96 antique coffee grinders while enjoying the invigorating aromas.
The new gelateria resides in the charmingly repurposed chicken coop near the garden gate. Here, retro neon lights create a typical Babylonstoren juxtaposition of new and old. The Gelato Room (or Roomyskas in Afrikaans) offers delectable scoops of Babylonstoren’s gelato served on wafer-thin sugar cones. Available in a variety of seasonally inspired flavours, the gelato is crafted with milk from the farm’s own herd of water buffalo.
Babylonstoren has been awarded the prestigious title of Best Resort Hotel in Africa for 2023 by Travel + Leisure readers. Babylonstoren Farm Hotel also ranks 14th on the Travel + Leisure list of 100 Best Hotels in the World. Nestled amidst the captivating landscape of the Cape Floral Kingdom, against the backdrop of Simonsberg Mountain, the hotel offers guests an authentic farm stay that is perfectly attuned to nature.