Cape Town Holidays: An Overview

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.

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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.

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.


Top picks for Cape Town

The terrace at Tintswalo Atlantic, luxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

Tintswalo Atlantic

Cape Town

This boutique hotel is situated in the Table Mountain National Park, in one of the most breathtaking locations in Southern Africa, perched on the rocks overlooking the ocean and Hout Bay sentinel at the base of the famous Chapman’s Peak drive.

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Exterior at Cape Grace, luxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Grace

Cape Town

A member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World, Cape Grace is a boutique luxury hotel in Cape Town, set on its own private quay on the world-famous V&A Waterfront.

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Ellerman House & Villas, luxury hotel in South Africa

Ellerman House & Villas

Cape Town

Ellerman House is perhaps Cape Town’s most exclusive address – a luxury boutique hotel of just eleven rooms (and two seriously lux villas) located in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay.

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The interior at Kensington Place, luxury hotel Cape Town, South Africa

Kensington Place

Cape Town

A one-time ‘coolest bolthole in the Cape’ according to Tatler magazine and a personal favourite of ours, Kensington Place is an intimate, modern boutique hotel situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Higgovale, on the slopes of Table Mountain. From here, there are great views over Cape Town and the Atlantic.

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Cape Cadogan, luxury hotel in South Africa

Cape Cadogan

Cape Town

Originally built at the start of the 19th century and ‘Victorianised’ at the start of the 20th, this stately building in the heart of Cape Town is now home to the stylish Cape Cadogan hotel.

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Discover the Real Cape Town

Discover the Real Cape Town

Cape Town

We strongly recommend taking advantage of some of the excellent privately guided tours that we can arrange during your stay in Cape Town. There is nothing more frustrating than staying in a city and only scraping the surface of what it actually has to offer, particularly a city as vibrant and exciting as Cape Town.

What to do

The Cellars-Hohenort

The Cellars-Hohenort

Cape Town

Set within 9 acres of landscaped gardens and just 15 minutes from Cape Town itself, the owner-run Cellars-Hohenort’s location in Constantia is pretty spot on, and Liz McGrath's care and attention to detail has certainly paid off.

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Pool at Four Rosemead, luxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

Four Rosmead

Cape Town

Dating from 1903, Four Rosmead is an elegant boutique hotel in a listed building.

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Belmond Mount Nelson

Belmond Mount Nelson

Cape Town

Belmond Mount Nelson leads the ranks of Cape Town’s most popular places to stay. Aptly named the Pink Lady, its beaming tone makes the hotel stand out at the foot of Table Mountain.

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More Quarters, luxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

More Quarters

Cape Town

A sister property to the stylish Cape Cadogan hotel up the road, More Quarters is a collection of apartments (and one villa) with the benefits of access to hotel facilities but the flexibility of self-catering options.

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Luxury Train Journey From Pretoria to Cape Town

Luxury Train Journey From Pretoria to Cape Town

Cape Town

Rovos Rail evokes the style and old age glamour of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express – minus the murder – with subtle modern touches bringing the train into the 21st Century.

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The pool deck at Sea Five, uxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

Sea Five

Cape Town

Set back from Cape Town's best beach, Camps Bay, Sea Five is - in our humble opinion - the finest of the new hotels in the city.

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