Accommodation


Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town

This newly refashioned hotel delivers all the creature comforts you’d expect from world-class luxury accommodation plus lots of little extras. Located in the centre of the V&A Waterfront, on its very own private quay, it’s within easy reach of the city’s most popular shopping and tourist attractions.

Each of the 120 custom-decorated guest rooms and suites are equipped with all the elegant touches you need for a relaxing stay.

At the wonderful Signal Restaurant, Executive Chef, Malika van Reenen, draws on the region’s cultural influences including the French Huguenots, British settlers, and Dutch and Asian traders, to create a menu that's fresh and innovative.
From lentil and butternut bobotie, to seared duck breast on herbed goat’s cheese gnocchi, every dish is carefully considered to deliver gastronomical excellence.

Meanwhile on the waterfront, at the international yacht marina, you’ll find the whisky, wine and cocktail bar, Bascule. There are more than 400 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest Cape wines on offer, day or by night.
Cape Grace is the perfect place to pamper yourself, too. There’s a wonderful spa with a menu of innovative treatments inspired by the African continent, ensuring you shrug off the last remnants of workaday stress.

A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World Group.

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Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek

This small, privately owned auberge is tucked away in the centre of the village, in the French Huguenot valley of Franschhoek.

There are 15 luxury rooms and six suites to choose from, each stylish decorated with contemporary fittings and fabrics and work by local artists. The Auberge suites also feature private pools in walled gardens.

There’s a relaxed, café-style restaurant, iCi (meaning "here" in French), which takes care of breakfast, lunch, casual dinners and anything in between (including a glass of vino and some very good coffees). iCi flows from the street-side terrace through new, spacious interiors, to an outdoor fireplace in the garden. It’s open seven days a week, with the menu offering Margot Janse's unique take on modern cuisine, many of the items cooked in a wood-burning oven. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

When it comes to serious fine dining at Le Quartier, you should book at least one meal in The Tasting Room. 
Chef, Margot Janse and her award-winning team showcase their skills over nine exquisite courses (or five, if that sounds a bit much). Whichever one you go for, both are accompanied by a  specially chosen wine pairing. Available from Monday to Sunday, dinners only. Booking is essential.

Enjoy a movie in intimate, sumptuous surroundings at The Screening Room. Sip a local wine, while savouring your favourite film, from old time classics to cinema nouveau productions. All complementary of course.

Meanwhile, if you’re in need of some pampering, book yourself into the Treatment Room. Le Quartier’s spa has a spine-tingling menu of treatments, using Decleor products, which will have you feeling relaxed within minutes.

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Highlights

  • Cape Town’s sandy beaches and stunning Table Mountain
  • Robben Island to the Cape of Good Hope
  • The V&A Waterfront in the harbour
  • Explore scenic Franschhoek, with its gourmet restaurants and delicious patisseries
  • The Tasting Room’s nine-course menu at Le Quartier Francais
  • The breathtaking vineyards of the Cape Winelands region

When to Escape

Thanks to its coastal position, Cape Town enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean-type climate for most of the year. Summers can be very hot, but are often balanced by a cool sea breeze. Mid-winter can be very cold, with snow falling in the surrounding mountains. Whichever time of year you choose to visit Cape Town, however, don’t be surprised if you end up experiencing four seasons in one day, it’s renowned for it.

Mid-October to March

This is Cape Town’s summer, with temperatures varying from mid-20s to mid-30 degrees Celsius, with little rain. Come between February and March and you’ll be in time for the grape harvest; days are long and perfect for evening entertainment, sundowners and long days on the beach.

April

This is autumn in the southern hemisphere. Daytime temperatures are pleasant, cooling towards evening, making it more enjoyable if you’re not a lover of heat. At this time of year, the colours of the many vineyards in the Constantia valley and Stellenbosch are a beautiful sight.

September

This is spring in Cape Town, when the famous west coast flowers put on a dazzling display of colour and whale watching is at its best. The colours of the vineyards in the Constantia valley and Stellenbosch are a beautiful sight at this time of year.

“You’ve probably tasted South African wine (delicious isn’t it?); well on this luxurious escape you’ll get to see the beautiful landscape that’s responsible for it. Not only that, but you’ll be able to savour the wonderful fresh food of the Western Cape. Enjoy…”

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