Peel back the layers and you’ll find multiple projects which create employment and empowerment for artists and artisans, sustainable farming practices, from organic wine to free-range eggs, a plant which recycles 100% of waste water, the Tree-preneur project, which encourages impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods, and the creation of micro-enterprises linked to Spier to support entrepreneurs.
All this is wrapped up in a renowned approach to responsible tourism and has been recognised by various agencies such as Fair Trade in Tourism SA (FTTSA) and the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (Wieta). Spier Hotel was awarded a gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in the category of Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment.
Whether you’re visiting for a day or staying longer, you can do so with peace of mind.
At the hotel's check-in, you’re greeted by friendly staff and a glass of wine. I was given a map of the property and talked through it, and the public spaces such as the bar and the restaurant were pointed out. It’s always good to know well in advance where you’ll find your breakfast, being the most important meal of the day and all that.