Pearl Valley Hotel nears completion

Pearl Valley Hotel nears completion

Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is taking shape at Pearl Valley, part of Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

The first phase of the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis at Pearl Valley, part of Val de Vie Estate, is nearing completion.

Maximising exposure to the location and views framed by the mountain peaks was key for Francois Theron, director of FDT Architects. To achieve the brief for a hotel consisting of single and double suites while limiting massing on the site, he conceived a design of double-storey residences, seamlessly contextualised within the current landscape at Pearl Valley, and incorporating existing trees to break the scale.

Senior project architect, Penny Murray, says the double units with their balconies on both sides were designed to impart a sense of living in and through the spaces.

For the interior design, Maurette Van Eyssen of MI Designs, also took her cue from the views across the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley to the surrounding Simonsberg Mountains.

“The scheme palette is a blend of neutral greys and whites, with accents of blue referencing mountain chasms, streams and sky. Vibrant artworks celebrating indigenous flora provide a rich counterpoint to this calm, refreshing scheme, with smooth, high-gloss surfaces juxtaposed with the warmth and texture of light natural woods,” says van Eyssen.

“Each double unit has a large living area with a modern oak dining suite finished in soft grey. A comfortable L-shaped sofa provides an intimate seating arrangement in the lounge area.”

Guests will have access to the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, swimming pools, tennis and boules courts, the equestrian centre, the golf driving range, putting green and chipping practice areas. In addition, there are parks, children’s play areas and extensive hiking and biking trails.