First, some need-to-know selling points for this sublime lodge nuzzled into its own private vineyard.

There are no children under eight allowed, so you can book safe in the knowledge you won't be woken by a screaming baby; it's previously made it onto the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List, specifically on the quality of its food and wine (it has its own 14,000 bottle cellar). And when Sting arrived with his family a few years ago, he loved it so much he tried (unsuccessfully, we're pleased to say) to buy the place. Book one of the Lodge's more affordable, but still enormous, Forest Spa Suites (there are just 22 rooms and suites in total).

Food is a firm focus here. The kitchen likes to make the most of local produce, and the freshness of what's on offer is clear. Last year saw Heston Blumenthal and Rick Stein visit the Lodge to sample the fare - and if it's good enough for them… Mercifully, there's plenty to do at Cape Lodge that isn't food-orientated - golf, diving, horse-riding, whale-watching, surfing and deep-sea fishing can all be arranged for you. So, have that extra glass of Cab Sav - it might be a while until you're lucky enough to return to this little spot of foodie heaven.

WOW FACTOR Digging into an indulgent champagne breakfast at the restaurant - which is a pontoon floating in the lake.

GO A double room costs from £220