South Africa : Cape Town
Cape Town is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated city built up around the renowned Table Mountain. Once a stop off point for weary sailors on their way to the east, the city has developed and maintained a reputation for friendly hospitality. There is plenty to see and do in and around Cape Town with markets, museums, shopping and excellent restaurants. You can venture further to see the penguins at Boulder's Beach, or go walking, mountain biking, kayaking and diving, all of which can be done in close proximity of the city. Hotels and smaller guesthouses in and around Cape Town offer a very high standard of food and accommodation, and are a great base as well as a retreat when city life gets too much.
Four Rosmead is a stylish, French-inspired guesthouse on the slopes of Table Mountain. It has amazing views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Table Bay and the city from its huge panoramic windows, and is within walking distance of Cape Town's main attractions and Kloof Street, with its vibrant restaurant and café culture. There are eight elegantly decorated en-suite bedrooms including one suite, four deluxe and three luxury rooms, and a swimming pool and a spa. Tours can be arranged from here to all the Cape attractions.
“Fantastic Place to stay. High quality accommodation and the staff could not have been more helpful.”
Jenni & James, Aberdeen
Ellerman House is a stunning Edwardian mansion in one of Cape Town’s smartest areas overlooking Bantry Bay. Created for enjoying the finer things in life, it offers an exceptional five-star experience with gracious service and elegant, opulent surroundings, tiered gardens and wonderful views. There are 9 stylish rooms and two suites, and living and dining areas flow outdoors onto spectacular terraces. The Ellerman Villa has a spa with two bedrooms (which can be booked together or individually) on the ground level, a living area on the second floor and three bedrooms on the third floor. It is within walking distance of the famous Clifton Beach, and 10 minutes from the centre of Cape Town and the bustling Waterfront.
A member of the exclusive 'Leading Small Hotels of the World', The Cape Grace is ideally located for a stay in Cape Town. With some of the finest views of Table Mountain and surrounded on three sides by water, it is in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, which makes it very convenient for the many fabulous restaurants and shops. The hotel is classically built, modern but easy on the eye, providing the perfect link between the elegance of old Cape Town and the modern Waterfront. It offers unpretentious luxury, discreet and attentive service, and great food. There are 121 luxurious rooms and suites all with views of Table Mountain, the harbour or the yacht basin.
This luxury beachfront hotel is just ten minutes drive from the centre of Cape Town, and overlooks the palm-fringed beaches of the prestigious Camps Bay. White marble, high ceilings and large windows reflect the glamour of the mini Riviera of Camp's Bay, and the 72 rooms and 6 suites all have stunning views. The Bay has the relaxed feeling of a beach hotel but only a short distance away are the restaurants and shops of the city and the V&A Waterfront.
Kensington Place is a calm oasis in the leafy suburbs of Higgovale on the slopes of Table Mountain. As well as an amazing setting, it has funky, very cool retro interiors with eclectic African touches throughout. The city, its harbour and the surrounding mountains are all visible from each private terrace, and it is surrounded by quiet gardens with a small pool. There are only eight luxurious rooms with amazing marble baths, terraces and rich fabrics.
Hout Bay Manor is the only hotel in Hout Bay and is just 15 minutes drive from Cape Town's city centre. A luxury hideaway restored in traditional Cape colonial style, it is well run and extremely comfortable with great views over the bay and within walking distance to some excellent seafood restaurants. There are 21 distinctive en-suite rooms, some with sea views. There is a private swimming pool, as well as a library and terrace, where breakfast and light lunches are often served.
Ezard House is a five-star boutique hotel offering luxurious accommodation with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding mountains with the Twelve Apostles sweeping away into the distance. It is well located for easy access to restaurants, theatres, shopping, golf courses, the V&A Waterfront and the Winelands, and has a heated swimming pool and rooftop jacuzzi,. There are 10 well-appointed, modern rooms, including three suites, all with balconies facing the sea or the private tranquillity of the landscaped gardens with its water features and koi ponds. They have all the mod cons including satellite TV.