Hotels in Cape Town
With each of the 12 suites inspired by a different island—such as Antigua, Sicily and Zanzibar—you could come back to Tintswalo Atlantic over and over again, and have a dozen different experiences.
With its majestic coastal setting and elegant old-world interiors, the Twelve Apostles—sitting next to the 12 mountains known as the Apostles, and by Table Mountain National Park —seems primed for romance.
This property in the tony Constantia winelands dates back to the 1700s, but it was redone in 2012 with a distinctly modern sensibility. The 19 rooms have gilded mirrors, under-floor heating, impossibly soft robes, and plush seating, all the makings of a opulent but cozy retreat.
We ran a story on the opening of this historic Cape Dutch farm-hotel when I was working at Travel + Leisure back in 2009, and it always stuck in my mind as a place I'd like to see someday. So when I moved here last year, it was high on my list.
Bantry Bay is one of Cape Town's poshest suburbs, and this oceanfront hotel is its best address.
This historic manor dating back to 1713 is right in the heart of the town center, making it walking distance to Stellenbosch's quaint cafés, boutiques and galleries.
One of the oldest wine estates in the region, Spier is a South African institution. Take a tour of the vineyard on a Segway, have a gourmet picnic on the grounds and view the on-site art collection; when you're done, retreat to a Riverside room with views overlooking the Eerste River.
This hotel comes with all the grandeur you'd expect from a centuries-old working wine farm. The 180-year-old manor house has 48 rooms in earthy olives and tans with standalone tubs; the spa has stellar views and unique treatments, such as the Dr.
This quirky 22-room boutique inn is one of my favorite hotels, thanks to its whimsical decor: oversize flamingo murals, fantastical paintings carved into the ceilings above the beds and a table shaped like a giant boar.
This vineyard has earned plenty of attention overseas, no doubt due to its very famous owner: the Laurence Graff (as in, the famed Graff Diamonds).
This tiny family owned operation—there are just six rooms—is perfect for an intimate, secluded stay in Franschhoek.
The four self-catering villas at La Clé des Montagnes are perfect for families, though this property goes the extra mile with a 24-hour butler service at your disposal, too.
When posh Capetonians want to decamp to the country, Le Franschhoek is, more often than not, their hotel of choice.
You might check in to La Résidence, situated on a 30-acre estate, expecting old-world glamour. You'll find that in spades, to be sure, but jazzed up in a distinctly modern way: unexpected splashes of orange, chartreuse, or lemon, or perhaps a boldly patterned rug.
Spend some time in this boutique hotel's 17 rooms and suites (clustered around a rose garden and a swimming pool), and you'll forget you're right in the heart of Franschhoek. Its celebrated restaurant, The Tasting Room, is ranked among San Pellegrino's list of the world's best restaurants.