No small fry at Majeka House

Majeka House is the epitome of tranquil luxury in the picturesque Stellenbosch region. With its relaxing atmosphere and ultra chic design, Majeka is a magical home away from home with all the necessary spoils.

Just under an hour out of the Mother City, it provides a quick getaway that is sure to have you relaxing while you enjoy the comforts as well as the incredible cuisine on offer at Makaron, the destination restaurant which has been highlighted many times over the past few years.

The gardens are filled with hidden nooks and undiscovered gems.  A koi pond, a herb garden and multiple outdoor loungers offer you the peace and tranquility you deserve on your break away from the hustle of city living.

Leave all your cares at the door and enter into this Narnia type environment where it seems you are transported to another city all together.

The Hotel has a staggering 23 rooms, but you will not say this from the outside. It looks and feels as if you have booked a private villa as you are never disturbed and the staff’s attention is incredibly personal and detailed.

The Spa is the perfect place to unwind with the bubbling jacuzzi perched over the crystal blue pool before enjoying a specialised treatment. You can have a look through their treatment menu by clicking this link or alternately you can enjoy their sauna or steam room facilities at your leisure.

And if you would like to continue relaxing then the MLounge is the perfect spot to catch up on some reading while sipping on one of their famous cocktails or the finest South African wines hand picked by the sommelier of Makaron.

Pre-dinner drinks are hosted in the MLounge as it offers a unique atmosphere where old worldly class meets sophisticated modern glamour. Interior genius Etienne Hannekom is behind the statement pieces and suave autogenous which brings pops of colour and charm to Majeka.

After a cocktail or two we headed off to our room which was absolutely magnificent. Each of the rooms are individually decorated with specific themes. This is just another feature that makes Majeka a popular destination as you are always in for a surprise on arrival for your next stay.

There is not a detail out of place and the awe-inspiring interior made for incredible photographs. Just have a look…

After a cup of coffee from the LaVazza maker in each room, I felt quite relaxed and comfortable and before long I had jumped into their ultra luxurious robes. Now I am on holiday…

No longer after sitting down and relaxing it was time to get ready for dinner. The launch of something new and exciting…

Luxury accommodation wouldn’t be complete without a restaurant that lives up to the expectations and luckily for Majeka their destination restaurant does just that Makaron was opened in November of 2008 and had since won numerous accolades, one being Top 20 in the DSTV Eat Out Choice Awards (2012,2013 and 2014) as well as the Boschendal Style Award and you can definitely see why.

Having just won the Best Design Hotel in Africa and the Middle East by Conté Nast, it is no wonder that the Head Chef Lucas Castens has decided to heat things up before winter with his freshly inspired small plates concept.

Majeka garden leaves & Rooibos, “mielie pap” croquette & Sheba

The launch of the small plate menu offers a selection of specialities that have been carefully thought through and prepared. Each element on the plate has been meticulously deliberated on before adding it to the newly launched menu.

““Globally, there’s definitely a trend towards small plate tapas-style dining, with people sharing flavours and textures around the table,” explains Carstens, who took the helm of the Makaron kitchen in 2015. “The idea here is flexibility, and we want guests to decide for themselves how they discover the menu.”

Majeka garden leaves & Rooibos, “mielie pap” croquette & Sheba
Brioche, cheese & moskonfyt, sourdough & butter
Charred cauliflower, cabbage, sweet corn, parmesan. Heirloom tomato, white balsamic, house ricotta, gazpacho granite. Beef tartare “poke” bowl.
house made duck breast ham, baby figs, cos lettuce.
kingklip, black garlic, eggplant, ash baked carrot, black rice.
springbok rump, beetroot, cabbage
dark chocolate, almond milk ice cream, home brewed ginger beer passion fruit, buchu meringue, coconut, spekboom. “melktert” ice cream sandwich

Inspired by his own culinary adventures and library of cookbooks Chef Lucas and his team have dreamt up this amazing newfangled menu that offers 18 completely diverse small plates. Although the menu is broken up into suggested sections its encouraged that you allow your taste buds to guide you through picking which courses you would like to try and in which order…so maybe you can start with dessert this time!

You can be sure to have a look at the menu by clicking the link as it varies according to availability and seasonality.

You can also compile your menu from 4 to 6 Plates: 4 plates for R450pp, 5 plates for R565pp or 6 Plates for R675pp.

After a staggering almost 8 course menu, I made my way up to my room where I got snuggled into my bath robe and lit a fire before having possibly one of the best nights sleeps. Could it be that I was thoroughly stuffed like a Turkey on the eve of Thanks giving or was it the nostalgic hotel bed that did it…all I know is that I woke up and it was time for the famous Majeka House breakfast.

With a full continental breakfast on offer and a stomach still very satisfied after the meal from the night before, I was excited for a light breakfast. While sipping on a glass of bubbles and reaching for your favourite pastry you can order from the menu of their popular hot breakfast options which was perfect for the morning after (a big meal!)

Fresh fruit, smoked salmon in individual jars with lemon wedges, speciality pasties, gourmet cheeses, cured meats and hot artesian breads on offer there is something for everyone.

Eggs Benedict and Potato Rosti with smoked salmon and basil oil

With the scrape of my knife and fork on my plate breakfast was over and it was time to hit the road. Another adventure awaits me but I can not wait to be back…even if it is just for the friendly smiles of the Majeka staff.

If you would like to book for the deliciously inspired Small Plates menu offering then you can contact the following number to make a reservation:+27 21 880 1549 or you can make a booking online by clicking the following link:

And as always…HAPPY EATING!


  1. Tahlia 5th September 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    We are staying at Majeka House this weekend and your post got me excited all over again! What was your favourite small plate dish? Everything sounds delicious! I know I am going to struggle to narrow the menu choices down!!

    • Megan Daniels 5th September 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Tahlia, that is so exciting!!! We absolutely loved the charred cauliflower, cabbage, sweet corn and parmesan dish. You should definitely not check out before you have breakfast because it is definitely something worth the wait. I hope you have an awesome stay!

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