The Royal Portfolio
The Royal Portfolio is the most unique collection of small luxury hotels, resorts and lodges in South Africa, comprised of the award-winning Royal Malewane safari lodge, La Residence in Franschhoek, Birkenhead House in Hermanus, The Silo hotel atop the historic grain silo building in Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and most recently, a collection of Private Residences in Bantry Bay and Clifton along Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard.
The Royal Portfolio was founded in 1999, brainchild of Phil and Liz Biden, and it is Liz Biden who has the knack for combining style and glamour with a unique penchant for warmth and hospitality. The group’s first property, Royal Malewane, grew from the Bidens’ family home in the African bush; and that was followed by more extraordinary private residences-turned-hotels with the opening of La Residence in the Cape Winelands and Birkenhead House on the Indian Ocean. Most recently, The Royal Portfolio has grown to include a series of extraordinary properties in and around Cape Town, including The Silo and the Private Residences in Bantry Bay and Clifton.
Liz Biden has always had an eye for the unusual. She has a unique gift for creating beautiful spaces that are at once both stylish and comfortable. On her travels around the world she is always on the lookout for exquisite pieces of furniture and exotic fabrics. Liz loves to share beautiful things. She works tirelessly and meticulously to design every nook of every room in The Royal Portfolio. She is a genius with colour combinations creating warm, inviting and inspiring spaces. Spaces in which guests are transported from their quotidian environments into an environment of relaxation and enjoyment.
Liz also loves to match things worn with things new and sees potential in even the most tattered of relics. Salvaging and repurposing furniture is second nature to Liz who rarely lets anything go to waste. The success of The Royal Portfolio is in no small part due to Liz’s hands on approach, whether it be on the roof of The Silo Hotel tinkering with plans or negotiating over a piece of fabric in a Moroccan souk, her attention to detail and tireless dedication to the guest experience is a constant inspiration to The Royal Portfolio team.
Liz began her career as a teacher, before running a medical debt-collecting business, when her children were young. She held no fewer than five jobs in university, ranging from making lampshades and designing jewelry, to working with Phil at a travelling disco. Liz and Phil first experienced commercial success as key players in the South African fashion house Jenni Button. Liz sold her share of the fashion business turning her hand instead to luxury travel. The plan to convert their holiday home on a private game reserve into a luxury lodge began on a whim