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Is there a city with a finer natural setting than Cape Town? We think not, and (speaking from fond experience), with overnight flights and minimal time difference this is a very plausible holiday destination whether you're going for a week or just a weekend.
Why we think you’ll love it
- In Cape Town, the seafood is fresh, the wine is chilled, and the hotels are small, individual and stylish. No wonder our African team revisit so often.
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Luxury Cape Town Holidays: the Detail
Now the geography bit - with Table Mountain as a very obvious focal point, South Africa's 'Mother City' has spilled out of the so-called City Bowl to colonise the various bays around the mountain (Clifton and Camps Bay being Cape Town's classiest beach-burbs), creating a city of villages.
These villages are in turn home to a bewildering number of tribes from Aryan Afrikaner rugby jocks and their ice maiden girlfriends channelling Mad Men's Betty Draper, to a fast-growing boho crowd, musos who frequent a number of superb Afro-jazz venues and a sizeable gay community (always a good sign).
What's drawn such a disparate crew to one particular place? There's that drop-dead beautiful scenery for one, and endless ways to explore it, but also a great cultural scene for the less sportif inclined.
Best of all, given this is the country that gave the world the crime against cuisine that is banana as a pizza topping, things on the food front have moved on considerably - Cape Town and the nearby Winelands can now justifiably claim to be Africa's finest gourmet and fine wine destination.