South Africa

Hotels in South Africa

The whale-centric property is set on a cliff above Walker Bay, where you can spot orcas, southern rights, and humpbacks out at sea. A private balcony juts over the water in each of the six suites, which have white marble floors, dark leather furnishings, and Ngoni cowhide mats.

All 290 guest rooms have large windows that overlook the skyline and surrounding veld.

25 thatched-roof suites around a busy watering hole; courtyards have carvings by South African sculptors.

The team behind La Residence has a knack for turning rustic into extraordinary (the group also operates the Royal Malewane bush retreat in Kruger Park)—and it’s done a characteristically fabulous job creating this über-luxurious 11-suite hotel on the site of an old plum orchard.

Thirteen artists were each given the same budget to decorate the rooms at Daddy Long Legs. Guests are taken on a tour of the unoccupied “exhibitions” and then invited to select their favorite.

Visit the new contemporary gallery at Cape Town's Ellerman House, built into the bluff below the hotel's swimming pool.

Recommended by Joel Zack, one of T+L's 2010 A-List travel agents.

Three hundred miles from Cape Town, this exclusive getaway (tennis superstar Roger Federer bought a private residence here) is set on a bluff above the ocean.