Val de Vie has been named the top estate for 2016 by global market research company New World Wealth in its Top 10 Residential Estates in South Africa report, released in August 2016 – this after the Paarl estate merged with Pearl Valley in March 2016. Highlights of the combined estate include vineyards, polo fields, an equestrian centre, Pearl Valley’s definitive Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, natural fynbos scenery, parks, lakes and mountain backdrops. House prices range from R5m-R40m.

Construction of phase one of a luxury five-star Mantis Collection boutique hotel has started at Pearl Valley. Says Val de Vie Estate marketing director Ryk Neethling: “Having joined forces with Pearl Valley, Val de Vie certainly has an offering like no other estate in the country or on the continent.” The top 10 residential estates are selected by New World Wealth annually, based on criteria including security, activities, facilities, quality and design of houses, space, views, scenery and wildlife, appeal to wealthy buyers, and resale and price growth potential.

Other estates on the New World Wealth 2016 list are Zimbali in Ballito, Fancourt in George, Steyn City between Fourways and Lanseria, and Pezula in Knysna.