Hotels in South Africa
Italian Renaissance–style hotel with grand public spaces situated on Sandown’s Nelson Mandela Square.
Housed in the former South African Reserve Bank headquarters, Taj Cape Town checks all the right boxes. Heritage rooms (on the first five floors) are spacious and richly colorful in ice-blue and pistachio, with original mullioned windows.
Blending the work of contemporary local designers, the Grand Daddy Hotel is best known for its rooftop trailer park: seven vintage Airstream trailers, each designed with a different theme—for instance, the “Ballad of John and Yoko” includes a host of musical instruments, while “Goldilocks and the
British diamond jeweler Laurence Graff’s sprawling 10-lodge estate adds a touch of sex appeal to the usually sedate Cape Winelands.
A two-room inn opened in 2006 by a local farmer named Tinie Bekker. A soft-spoken fiftysomething Afrikaner whose ancestors were among the first Boers to settle the Karoo in the early 1750’s, Bekker inherited the family’s grape and dairy farm in 1982.
Full-service hideaway with a wellness focus and access to original Bushman art sites, 3 hours from Cape Town.
Room to Book: Deluxes in the 1843 Manor House for historic atmosphere and private terraces.
The fun, hip vibe of this beachside hotel is perfectly captured by its open-air cocktail bar—which doubles as a Harley-Davidson rental spot during the summer months.
Five family-run lodges on 42,000 wilderness acres known for leopard sightings.