Top 10 Luxury Hotels in and around Cape Town

The best luxury hotels in and around Cape Town provide more than just a place to rest one’s head for the night. Tricked-out suites with million-dollar views and all the finest amenities, along with posh bars and top-notch dining options from Michelin-starred chefs fulfill every need and desire for the finer things in life. It all comes, of course, at a premium price to match.

Here are the best luxury hotels in Cape Town.

The Silo Hotel

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One of the most unique hotels in the world, the Silo Hotel was once a fully functioning grain silo. The grain silo was established in 1924 and at that time, it was the tallest building in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Now, the hotel is a far cry from it’s industrial beginnings. Boasting 28 suites, a museum, an art gallery, three restaurants and a spa, the Silo Hotel is renowned as one of the best hotels in the world.

The Silo is located in the centre of Cape Town and is the ideal base to explore all that Cape Town has to offer.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

The Twelve Apostles

Set with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a getaway to explore the Table Mountain National Park.

The hotel offers 70 guest rooms, unique features include a holistic spa, private cinema, and breathtaking views from the legendary Azure Restaurant and The Leopard Bar.

This intimate 5-star hotel prides itself on exceptional hospitality coupled with a relaxing atmosphere; making an unforgettable experience as unique as its haven-like setting.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Cape Grace Hotel

Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better position from where to soak in the natural beauty of our Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best.

Each room is completely distinct from the next, in fact; no two are the same, making guests feel as if they are one in a million.

The Cape Grace Hotel also boasts the award-winning Signal Restaurant serves South African cuisine and international dishes.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Cape Cadogan

Cape Cadogan is an elegant hotel is nestled in Gardens, located above the central business district of Cape Town. It features lush gardens, a plunge pool and sun terrace.

The building that houses the Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century.

The Cape Cadogan comprises twelve en-suite bedrooms which are luxuriously decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture.

Due to its intimate size, Cape Cadogan is the perfect place to stay if you want to ‘live like a local’, in quirky yet refined style.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Birkenhead House

Set 90 minutes from Cape Town in the seaside town of Hermanus, we’ve listed this gem as no trip to the Cape is complete without a visit to the exceptional Birkenhead House.

With its cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience. During the migration months, you may even witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the hotel.

Most of the 11 opulently appointed studio suites of Birkenhead House offer sea or mountain views and some include a small outdoor patio. Each room is luxuriously and individually decorated in a contemporary style, with an eclectic mix of modern and antique.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Ellerman House

Celebrating over 25 years of excellence, Ellerman House encapsulates the grandeur of a bygone era while embracing all modern life’s creature comforts.

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. With only 13 individually-styled bedrooms, attention to detail and personalised service reigns supreme.

What Ellerman House has that sets itself apart is their extensive South African art collection, some dating back as far as the 1800’s.

Additionally, in the bar, guests can savour a drink surrounded by Table Mountain granite blending with skilled stone masonry, sumptuous leather and rich woods. Boasting four fully stocked cellars of South African vintage wines, guests can select from over 17 000 bottles!

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

One & Only

One of the larger properties on our list, all 131 rooms have en-suite bathrooms and private balconies with breath-taking views of the glorious Table Mountain. All are designed with chic African colours and contemporary patterns that represent the distinctive Cape landscape.

The One and Only is surrounded by the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which was once a trading refreshment station and is now the Cape’s most prestigious shopping and entertainment hub. Home to more than 450 retail outlets, 80 restaurants and bars, cinemas, markets; there is definitely something for the whole family.

Whether you are reclining on the armchairs, on the deck under the palms, trying you luck on one of the stand-up paddleboards or relaxing by the infinity pool, there is no doubt that you will enjoy your stay in the Mother City.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

More Quarters Apartment Hotel

The hotel is a collection of converted heritage townhouses, offering five-star hospitality and the privacy of individual accommodations.

The More Quarters is the perfect Cape Town home away from home. If you are a family on holiday or a couple seeking romance, the apartments offer comfort and luxury in the centre of what is arguably the world’s most beautiful city.

The location within Cape Town city bowl affords guests the ability to walk to both restaurants and boutique shops which are located close by.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

La Residence

Featured on Conde Nast’s Traveler Gold List for 2018, La Residence offers luxury accommodation in a tranquil setting amongst the 30 acres of vineyards in Franschhoek.

La Residence is a Tuscan style, horse-shoe shaped manor which wraps around a manicured courtyard, inviting pool and panoramic winelands backdrop. Springbok can often be seen on the sprawling green lawns and the private dam complete with island, rowboat and soft flowing willow trees will leave you feeling like you stepped back in time.

In total, the hotel consists of 11 luxury suites (double rooms), as well as five Vineyard Suites that can accommodate four guests each.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a mountain biker or a food enthusiast the Franschhoek Valley has something to offer everyone. If ultimate luxury and homeliness what you desire, La Residence is the place for you.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Delaire Graff

High up on the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, which links Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, exists a wine enthusiast, diamond lover, foodie and art fanatics dream.

The estate includes five world class boutiques, including an outpost of Graff Diamonds, two restaurants, a spa, gym and private cinema.

The hotel’s owner, Laurence Graff, is the founder of world-renowned diamond dealership, Delaire Diamonds. On show in the hotel’s boutique are some of the collection pieces and iconic stones, handmade in London by Graff’s Master Craftsmen, that Graff has become renowned for.

All rooms are luxuriously appointed with private plunge pools, state of the art kitchens and even a lodge butler.

Delaire Graff is the epitome of luxury; whether you are wanting to relax at the lodges and spa, eat at the internationally celebrated restaurants, or simply sink into a sofa with a bottle of wine.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

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Pod of 60 Humpback Whales In Cape Town

A few years ago in 2016 a pod of over 60 Humpback Whales slowly made their way around Cape Point and into Table Bay in Cape Town.

Keiran Donnelly captured this amazing drone footage of the whales as they passed by our beautiful city.

We hope they come back soon so we can witness it again.

If you are looking to see some whales and dolphins yourself while you are in Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard, check out this amazing tour where you get to see whales and dolphins in Table Bay, Cape Town.

Also check out this amazing video of Whales in Muizenberg, False Bay, Cape Town.

Sunset Sea point Swimming Pool Cape Town Emma Van Der Vliet

Sunset Sea point Swimming Pool Cape Town Emma Van Der Vliet

 

I love swimming – I always have. When I was a child, we used to take the train from Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape all the way to Joburg to visit my grandmother. There I would run the gauntlet into her garden past the homicidal sausage dog, Curly Wee (yes, actually) but it was worth it, because if I could make it past him alive I would get to… The Pool. Flanked by vibracrete swans, adorned by lilos and reeking of chlorine, it was a suburban oasis. I loved that pool. I swam in it until my lips were blue and my fingers looked like mauve prunes. Most afternoons, my long-suffering, non-swimming mother had to drive me out of the water with dire threats as the daily thunderstorm brewed and lightning was imminent.

I still love swimming, though these days I’m a bit more discerning about where and how I do it. I’m not as quick to throw off my clothes and leap into any available body of water wearing nothing but two small stripes of lycra, and I prefer somewhere that I’ll be left in peace. Luckily, there are some magnificent places to swim in Cape Town, some more secret than others, which suit my needs perfectly. There are plenty of sea swims (and that’s a story for another day) but for now I want to stick to pools: here are some of the best Cape Town swimming pools open to the public.

I have to start with my all-time favourite, the Sea Point pool. Can there be a better poolside view than there is from this large, salt water swimming-hole, which seems to continue out endlessly into the Atlantic Ocean alongside it? There are four pools, including an Olympic sized main pool, a paddling pool for kids and a diving pool with a fearsomely high diving board which is open to the public during high season when there are lifeguards on duty.

For all this you’ll pay the modest sum of R25.30 a day for adults, R13.20 for children or nothing at all if you are a senior citizen or have a disability. Not surprisingly, the Sea Point swimming pool is one of the best-used facilities in Cape Town, frequented by a pleasingly diverse range of people. During weekdays it tends to be quieter, with older visitors swimming or sunning themselves convivially on the lawns, and on weekends it is teeming with children from all over greater Cape Town. High season runs from the 1stof October to the end of February, when the opening hours are extended to allow a full twelve hour day from 7 to 7. And because it is filled with (treated) sea water it is open despite the drought.

Sunset Sea point Swimming Pool Cape Town Emma Van Der Vliet Diving Board

 

The pool is set near the far end of the Sea Point Promenade, another wonderfully well-used bit of public open space and one of the few places in Cape Town where one can walk alone for a good solid hour or two, with spectacular views, in relative safety. People-watching makes for excellent sport here, but if you’re keen on more physical activity you can hire a bike, run, skateboard, play soccer or putt-putt, or even land your paraglider on the grass. Once again, the promenade is a worth a story all on its own. On Sunday evenings, on the outlook next to the pool, people gather informally for a spot of Latin dancing while the sun sets over the sea, or to watch others dance while enjoying some food from the street stalls.

But back to swimming… If it’s too chilly to brave the elements – or if a heated pool seems like a more relaxing prospect – the Long Street Baths is another of Cape Town’s open secrets.

Established well over a century ago in 1908, the Long Street baths is worth a visit just for the feeling of stepping into a different era. Yes, it could perhaps do with a spruce-up, but the genteel tattiness is part of its charm. As you come in through the original imported iron turnstile and into the light, old-fashioned lobby, it’s a little like walking onto a set from The Unbearable Lightness of Being or Hotel Budapest. A staircase leads up off the lobby to a spectator’s balcony where you can look down onto the pool and the murals of local scenes that flank it.

Long Street Baths Cape Town Swimming Pool Murals Emma Van Der Vliet Web

 

Even more like a film set are the changing booths next to the steam room to the left of the lobby, in which there are small slatted wooden beds on which one can apparently “take a break from the heat”. At least that’s what I was told. Unfortunately the steam rooms are still closed due to the drought.

You access the pool itself through the change rooms, which are at the back of the ground floor lobby as you walk in. These are basic, and apparently not always scrupulously clean but perfectly adequate. And the pool is magnificent – several lanes wide, 25 meters long and an inviting bright blue. The room is vast, with plenty of natural light and raked seating for spectators or resting swimmers. The facility belongs to the City of Cape Town and the entrance fees are the same as at Sea Point.

Both the Sea Point pool and the Long Street Baths have been around for a long time and are well-known and well-loved. It took a dip into Justin Fox and Alison Westwood’s wonderful book Secret Cape Town to lead me to a much more secret swim in the Mother City.

Although it’s open to the general public between 10am and 3pm daily, very few people seem to know about the heated indoor pool at the Wynberg military base. Swimlab swim school have their home-base here, but when it’s not being used by them, this well-maintained, 25-meter long pool is the perfect place to go to train or just to swim a few laps.

The Wynberg Aquatic Centre is inside the military camp on the corner of Scoble and Buren Roads. The camp is a very strange place, a secret suburb-within-a-suburb, where you feel like you’ve been transported back in time: it’s all a bit “Toto, we’re not in Wynberg anymore”. Pre-fab buildings give it an outback feel, and everything seems oddly still and quiet.

The pool is not easy to find. There are no signposts at the entrance, so you have to be in the know or ask the guards at the boom – and even they had to consult amongst themselves. They told me to take a left at the entrance, take the right fork in the road and pass the tennis courts. I missed it the first time: again, there was no signage and the gate was unattended and looked like it was locked. I went around the block, came back to the same spot and parked. When I tried the gate I found I could open it. I eventually found the lone attendant and had a wonderful, peaceful solo swim with the perfectly-heated pool all to myself for the princely sum of R10: highly recommended! It is a lonely place though, and you might prefer to take some company rather than going by yourself. That said, it’s a pool for training in, not for a picnic or a poolside chat, so find someone who’s as keen on an adventurous secret swim as you are.

Emma van der Vliet is the author of Past Imperfect and Thirty Second World, both published by Penguin SA.

Harrington Street Restaurants Leftys Cape Town

The hip and happening Harrington Street has a selection of must-visit spots for delicious food. From coffee to burgers and organic to vegan, Harrington street has something for everyone to enjoy.

Chopchop

Chopchop is a healthy, affordable, fast-food restaurant. While the terms “fast-food” and “healthy” don’t typically coincide, this restaurant puts them hand in hand. With a wide range of breakfast options, wraps, salalds, and drinks including coffee or juice, Chopchop is the perfect stop for brunch. With a friendly atmosphere, you can sit and relax or takeaway food.

75 Harrington St. | Gardens | Monday to Friday 7am—5pm

Lefty’s

105 Harrington St.|Zonnebloem | Monday to Saturday 4pm—1am

With a simple menu and great drinks, Lefty’s has become a well-known hangout for students and locals. The easy-going, welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make this a great spot for dinner.

New York Bagels

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🇿🇦Cape Town, South Africa During my stay in CT I went to @newyorkbagelsct several time to get lunch – their bagels are SO yummy!! 😋 You can really taste that they are freshly baked and the atmosphere there are nice and relaxed, during lunch hours they are very busy, but still keeps their standard – well done 👍🏻 If you go there then there are one thing you have to know – these bagels are VERY ADDICTIVE!! 😍 If it’s hard for you to choose from their menu I can highly recommend their chicken bagels, both of them are amazing!! If I could I would bring this place with me home to Denmark #jandtheworldcom #jeppejlife #instagood #travelgram #instatravel #trip #photooftheday #beautiful #vacation #adventure #holiday #picoftheday #travelling #explore #instadaily #amazing #happy #fun #life #tourism #gaytravel #travel #vacations #southafrica #sydafrika #capetown #newyorkbagels #bagels #lunchincapetown #capetowninfo

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44 Harrington St. |Zonnebloem |Monday to Friday 7am—4pm, Saturday 8am—2pm

Fasal Café

75 Harrington St. |Gardens | Monday to Friday 7am—5pm, Saturday 7:30am—2pm

Lekker Vegan

 

37 Barrack Street | Corner of Harrington & Barrack Street | Zonnebloem

Hours: Monday to Thursday 11am—10pm, Friday 11am—3am, Saturday 12pm—3am, Sunday 12pm—10pm

 

 

Wenches & Benches

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15 Harrington St. |Zonnebloem |

 

Cape Town as A Solo Traveler: Part 2

Written by Kalee LaPointe, a student from San Angelo, Texas, United States. She is currently studying English Literature at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She has been doing an internship in Cape Town during her Summer break, and the following is her accounts. Follow her journey on Instagram @kaleefromtexas

Traveling Solo

As I sit here writing this, I honestly cannot believe my time in Cape Town is coming to an end. I know people told me 4-weeks would go by fast, but I just can’t believe how fast they really did.
When I think of my time here, I remember what it was like the first time I traveled alone. It was when I moved off to college, over 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometers) away from everyone and everything I knew. I was terrified to be quite honest. But I’d honestly never been so exited or felt so exhilarated in my life. A year later, I took off again to study abroad in Greece for four months. Now that was over 6,400 miles (10,000 km) and an ocean away, but I wasn’t as terrified so much as nervous.

Cape Town as A Solo Traveler: Part 2
Fast forward another year and I was jetting off here to Cape Town—over 8,900 miles (14,000 km) and 2 oceans away. While each experience has taught me something new (including how to break the news to my supportive but ever worrying mom) and my anxiety and nerves have definitely gone down – something about Cape Town just felt different. And it has been.

This experience has opened my eyes in ways I never expected; perhaps it’s the time in my life where the future is such a daunting idea, maybe it’s the way I started this journey completely on my own, or perhaps it’s just Cape Town. Perhaps it’s just…everything. Regardless of the reason, I’ve learned how to be myself because of it.

That’s the thing about traveling solo. While some people find it intimidating and others might think it’s scary, it can definitely be both, you truly learn more about yourself than you ever even imagined was possible. If you’re even the slightest bit interested in traveling to Cape Town on your own, I have just two words for you…DO IT! You will be so glad you did.

When in Cape Town

Like everyone I spoke to beforehand, I had some preconceived ideas of what Cape Town would be like. Every single one has been wrong except for one— “I’ll have some new adventures.” Which I most definitely have! Although they haven’t all been good or exciting, like the time my phone suddenly malfunctioned and I had to walk up and down Signal Hill to try and get a signal (and yes, my friends thought this was ironically hilarious), they have all taught me something valuable.

At times I was worried, like when I went zip lining for the first time in my life or climbed through caves, but every day I kept repeating my ever-standing mantra— “when in Cape Town!” It has been the most welcoming, friendly, and honestly most amazing place I’ve ever been. I’m beyond thankful I have had such an incredible experience here. I’m so grateful to all of the amazing people I’ve met along the way who have helped me to make memories I’ll never forget.

Cape Town as A Solo Traveler: Part 2

While traveling solo means you start off on your own (completely and utterly alone), it really frees you to meet new people. Not saying that traveling with people is in any way a bad thing, but I do think it’s a completely different experience. When you’re on your own, you’re just that—on your own. Free to go at your own pace, explore on your own schedule. This allows you the opportunities to really bond with other people, especially those who are in the exact same situation.

Most of the time it’s people you wouldn’t have otherwise even talked to, much less, in my case, built strong connections with. As a solo traveler, you get to meet people from all walks of life. And if you’re in Cape Town, you get to meet the most diverse, fun, adventurous range of people.

Well, This Is It

From last-minute adventures around the city to late nights out on Long Street and weeknights at Stones, Cape Town has been somewhere I’m proud to call my home away from home. It’s a funny thing, the word home. Everywhere I’ve travelled and lived, even school, I’ve always been reluctant to call it home. Home was San Angelo, Texas.  A grey-blue house with a white door and 2-windows. It was my mom, my dog and cat, my family. Home was…is…a feeling, I think. I don’t know what it is, but from the first few days I arrived here, I’ve just felt so at home in Cape Town. I’m honestly so sad to be leaving; I feel like I’m really leaving home.

Cape Town as A Solo Traveler: Part 2

I truly made the best decision of my life coming to Cape Town. It was never a grand plan of mine to come here, but now it’s my main plan to come back some day (probably in summer for all of you telling how much better it is then, although I honestly don’t know how it could be any better than it already is).
Traveling alone is so many things (you can choose which words you’d like to use), but traveling solo to Cape Town is something I think everyone should do. It’s amazing, so beautiful, fantastic—all of the words you might find as an exaggeration. But here, they’re just the plain truth. As I leave Cape Town, I’ll always treasure not only the experiences I’ve had here, but also the person I am in this very moment, and all of the adventures that have led me here.

So, I guess this is it. Thank you for the seemingly never-ending sunsets. Thanks for the breath-taking mountain views. And thank you for the bright lights and lively vibes. Goodbye, Cape Town. Adiós. Αντίο. Sala Kakuhle!