There are two reasons to travel – business and pleasure. More often than not, we all try and customise our hotel stay to our own preferences and needs regardless of the reason.
Google is in overdrive as we search and investigate all potential hotels for luxury, comfort, serene surroundings, excellent service, great food and (being an internet person) the holy wireless connection.
The Last Word is a group of five, five star Boutique Hotels, and forms part of the international “Preferred Boutique Hotel Group”. Each one is unique in its own right and offers the underlying reason to spend more time there to linger longer savouring the friendly hospitality. Our new home away from home is The Last Word Constantia, which is nestled in the Cape’s oldest and most beautiful wine valley.
The estate of Groot Constantia (Great Constantia) was established in 1684 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel. Other notable wine farms in the area include the oldest estate, Steenberg (Mountain of Stone), established in 1682, Buitenverwachting (Beyond Expectations), Klein Constantia (Small Constantia) and Constantia Uitsig (View of Constantia). Before the twentieth century, the region was noted for its exports of Vin De Constance a sweet dessert wine. The Last Word Constantia has nine elegant suites, which offer everything a person could want, with the choices being a view of the mountain or a private pool.
We opted for the private pool and garden and never did we imagine that beauty and tranquility like this could be found in the city. We were met by Sam Phiri , the concierge, who has been with the Last Word for five years. Sam showed us around the hotel, explaining the different types of suites and the services available. He was kind enough to tell us about the local jaunts and their offerings, and on his recommendation we allowed him to take care of our dinner arrangements.
High Tea was to be served on Sunday afternoon and it brought visions of grandiose ladies sipping their beverages with their pinky fingers raised towards the sky. However, the modern high tea is more closely related to afternoon tea. Light sandwiches and even bread and butter sandwiches are quite popular as are Scones and clotted cream. Cakes, pastries, petit fours and a number of other dessert items help make up a high tea. Sam went on to explain that all types of functions could be held at The Last Word Constantia up to forty people, even small, customised weddings. Our suite was enormous and had every little requirement that you could imagine.
The bathroom was gigantic (big enough for two well-rounded people). The bed was elegantly made up and upon it lay a welcome letter from Chane, the manager, Sam and the rest of the staff, alongside a special and exquisite flower just for us. Sam left us to settle in and the one remarkable attribute that we have found whenever we stay at a The Last Word Boutique Hotel is that even though you are experiencing five star hospitality, the warmth and genuine depth of service seem to be so natural and unforced. Breakfast is served until 11am, with different choices of cereals, a large spread of fruits, cheeses, cold meats and a range of pastries.
The breakfast menu offers a choice of an English breakfast to a customised omelette, the personal touch is being encouraged to modify the ingredients and have your breakfast the way you would at home. A fact that Sam shared was that 90% of their guests are international travellers and that their local visitors often come for a weekend away. The Last Word is a gay friendly establishment and I was surprised that Sam was knowledgeable about the local bars and clubs. He explained that they have many gay patrons and strive to offer the best advice to all their guests; he also mentioned that more and more gay couples are now visiting their establishments and this applies to both men and women .
We heartily invite our local and international friends to make The Last Word Boutique Hotels your home away from home.