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Luxury Hotels & Safari Lodge

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town

This luxury five-star boutique hotel is situated on the edge of Africa. On one side, a line of majestic mountains, The Twelve Apostles, reaches up towards the sky; on the other, the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins, and crashing Atlantic rollers. In a word: spectacular.

There are wilderness trails all around, making it ideal for quiet walks in Table Mountain National Park and the staff will even pack you a picnic.

All that tranquility, and it’s only around 15 minutes from the theatres, art galleries, shops and restaurants of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, accessible the hotel’s complimentary transfer service.

Even closer is the elegant area of Camps Bay, with its beautiful golden beaches. Or, if you prefer adventure to sun-soaked relaxation, the hotel can arrange sea fishing, shark and scuba diving, or whale watching trips.

Back at the hotel, you could always spend an evening at the in-house cinema enjoying popcorn, hot chocolate and treats or try the hotel’s soothing ‘Bath Butler’ service, where a spa therapist prepares a bubble bath surrounded by aromatherapy candles.

There are 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites to choose from; the hard bit is deciding whether you want one overlooking the mountains or the sea.

A member of Leading Small hotels of the World.

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Birkenhead House, Hermanus

Perched high on the cliffs, only an hour and a half from Cape Town, the regal Birkenhead House and deluxe adjacent Villa overlook the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay.

Take a voyage around Dyer Island to see these incredible mammals up close, or take to the lush mountain trails nearby, which are teeming with birdlife. This place is a nature-lover’s dream come true.

Another option is to venture out on a tour to Stanford, the local wine farms and townships, or relax with a round of golf or a yoga session. On the other hand, if you’re after something more adrenalin-filled, why not try cage diving with sharks, which is available with the legendary Brian McFarlane?

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The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay   

This five-star Relais & Chateaux hotel is built on a rocky headland, with stunning views of the sea, distant mountains and miles of golden sand. There are 37 superb rooms and suites, two swimming pools (one heated), the wonderful Carchele Spa and award-winning Wine Cellar. Meanwhile,
Sandbar is a modern and chic cocktail bar, and Sand restaurant serves progressive South African cuisine with the emphasis on fresh local seafood.

From the hotel terraces, you can see dolphins and whales breeching in the bay, and if you’re up for something adventurous, you can enjoy numerous excursions and activities from here.

For a bit of extra privacy, why not head to the Beach House and Look-Out Villa, next to the main hotel, which have their own swimming pools and access to the hotel’s facilities?


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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Eastern Cape

This place is seriously modern and trendy. Shut all the doors, draw the drapes, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re staying in a funky penthouse (sound of lions roaring, aside).

Set in a malaria-free game reserve, with thick vegetation overlooking a dense valley, it’s the perfect safari ending to a journey along the Garden Route. Expansive wooden viewing decks mean you can soak up the bushveld atmosphere with a leisurely lunch or sundowner.

The rooms here are airy and open, with barely a barrier between the indoors and the African bush. Minimalist chic is the order of the day, with wraparound wooden decks, retro light fittings and polished concrete floors, combined with shades of olive and burnt orange for a warm yet modern look. Aside from the luxurious bathroom, there’s an outdoor shower with a shiny tin tub.

Aside from all this, the decks have plunge pools with solar heating, and there’s a play centre for children as well as a communal pool for them to splash about in. And when it comes to mealtimes, there’s an interactive kitchen to tempt and tantalise with mouthwatering flavours.

Member of Relais Chateaux.

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Luxury Boutique Accommodation

Ocean Eleven Luxury Guesthouse, Hermanus

Ocean Eleven is a Cape Cod, colonial-style luxury guest house, perched on the famous cliffs of Hermanus. Surrounding views include picturesque mountains and the whale-watching hotspot, Walker Bay.

The main house is airy and spacious, with high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors, and there are 10 gorgeous rooms to choose from: three standard, five deluxe and two suites, all with sea views.

There’s a huge choice of activities here, including sea kayaking, paragliding and great white shark diving (rather you than us). The village itself has pristine beaches, charming little shops and a variety of restaurants, and if you fancy a stroll, there are cliff paths and nature reserves aplenty.

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Bay Lodge, Plettenberg

One word sums this place up: breathtaking. Six rooms in an exclusive boutique beach lodge, featuring the latest in designer touches and highest standards of barefoot luxury/

Ease gently into the day with a delicious breakfast served on the verandah, in the comfort of your bed, on your own private terrace or overlooking the beaches – it’s entirely up to you. Whichever option you choose, it’s guaranteed to be accompanied by spectacular views of the ocean.

The atmosphere at Bay Lodge is wonderfully relaxed and low-key. Whether you’re setting off for a day of sea kayaking mountain biking, hiking or sightseeing, heading up to the roof terrace for a hot tub session or barbecue, or simply relaxing by the pool, you know you’ll be well looked after.

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Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse, Cape Town

This exclusive guesthouse is tucked into the slopes of Table Mountain, in the select residential suburb of Oranjezicht, within walking distance of the city centre. There are 360-degree views of the mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Table Bay and the city – and you’re close to the vibrant Kloof Street, which is great for restaurants and cafés.

Choose from eight beautifully furnished rooms, and a lovely cottage – which features its own courtyard and garden. Enjoy delicious breakfasts on the veranda or in the elegant dining room, and relax on a comfy lounger by the pool.

There’s even a Pamper Spa, offering a great selection of stress-relieving and treatments. Go on: indulge yourself…

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  • Scenic Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain
  • Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of the world?
  • The stunning Garden Route scenery
  • Explore Knysna, “the jewel of the Garden Route”
  • The beautiful seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay
  • Malaria-free game viewing at the &Beyond Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

When to Escape

The coastal route east from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth,includes the Garden Route from Mossel Bay to the mouth of Storms River. This coastal area has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with fairly hot summers and mild to cold winters.

April to September

A pleasant Autumn leads into the winter months of June through to August.The days are bright and warm, but it will get crisp in the evening. Most rain occurs during the winter months.

October to May

Spring leads into the summer months of December to February, with hot sunny days.

June to November

The best period for whale watching.

“It’s amazing to have the freedom of stopping off at gorgeous little villages tucked into the verdant hills that line the coast whenever you feel like it. The hotels are fab, the beaches just stunning and the food is incredible. Go now!”


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