THE MOUNT NELSON HOTELMOUNT NELSON HOTEL

Cape Town somehow always surprises you. Despite their seemingly direct manner, the people are open and friendly, quiet streets end up being the sites of the coolest restaurants in town, while mountains and stunning panoramas seem to rise out of nowhere. Areas like Woodstock that were once known for drugs and violence are now the best addresses for local projects and ethical trade.

From Cape Malay cuisine to sushi by the sea, Cape Town is a melting-pot of cultures and histories; you only have to look at its emerging music, the beat of the drum competing with the bass of Long Street’s hip-hop clubs, to see this. It takes a while to adjust to the South African way, but once you let Capetonians in, you find yourself addicted to discovery – to the vibrant city, to the exploration of the beautiful vineyards and seaside escapes. So give yourself time, and let South Africa talk its way into your heart.

To Stay

Mount Nelson Hotel

The oldest hotel in Cape Town has a colonial feel, with exemplary service and the best afternoon tea in town. Planet Restaurant is surprisingly modern, using seasonal, local ingredients with modern twists. Order the springbok loin with a sweet, red peppercorn jus. Mount Nelson is perfectly positioned for exploring Kloof Street, and most of the rooms have their own balconies. Rooms from £215

Cape Cadogan

A lovely 15-room boutique hotel just off Kloof Street, Cape Cadogan is set inside a Georgian property and also happens to be a national monument. The Presidential Suite has its own plunge pool, perfect for a midnight swim (if you can afford it).Rooms from £90

  • +27 21 480 8080
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  • 5 Upper Union Street, Gardens
    Cape Town
    8001

Cape Grace

Inspired by its nautical heritage, Cape Grace has a home-away-from-home feel, each floor representing different moods in their varied colour schemes with bedrooms inspired by deep-sea voyages. Their whisky bar has the largest collection in South Africa, and Signal Restaurant serves a sensational tasting menu – we loved the truffled celeriac soup and scallops on parsnip puree. Rooms from £326

  • +27 21 410 7100
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  • West Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Cape Town
    8001

The One & Only

Sitting close to the waterfront, The One & Only has an uber-luxurious feel, with individual islands making up sections of the hotel. They’ve got a Nobu branch and a fantastic spa, where you can relax in one of the ‘nap rooms’ before dining by the pool. The premium suites have giant baths overlooking Table Mountain and easily the best breakfast in town, too. Rooms from £326

  • +27 21 431 5888
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  • Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Cape Town
    8001

Boutique Manolo

This tiny boutique hotel has only four suites and arguably the best views in Cape Town. For a truly out-of-this-world experience, stay in the penthouse where breakfast will be served to you on your own private balcony with views of Table Mountain. They’ve also got private day-beds for summer, so you can lounge in total seclusion. Rooms from £108

  • +27 21 426 2330
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  • 33 Leeukloof Drive, Tamboerskloof
    Cape Town
    8001

The Cellars - Hohenhort

Cellars reminded us of an English countryside getaway, complete with fireplaces and pastel interiors, and made for a relaxing stay. If you want to stay somewhere outside the centre of Cape Town, this hotel is perfectly positioned for wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Paarl. You simply cannot visit without dining at their restaurant, The Greenhouse. Rooms from £278

  • +27 21 794 2137
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  • 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
    Cape Town
    7800

Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Cadogan

Cape Grace

The One & Only

Boutique Manolo

The Cellars - Hohenhort

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