South Africa

Hotels in South Africa

Just 10 miles from the airport and 20 from the city center, the property not only is affordable but also has edgy interior design, including wall-mounted rotary-dial phones; wooden ceilings; a basketful of wines. The owner is warm and bakes bread daily for guests.

Why It’s Unique: Overlooking the Tsitsikamma Forest, the architecturally stunning stone-and-glass lodge has 10 secluded treehouse suites, each with floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows, log fireplace in the living room, private deck, and infinity-edge pool.

 

Discreet property with a refined air and doting staff, not to mention a glitzy address in the tony suburb of Rosebank, near the city's best shopping and restaurants.

Room to Book: Those on the fifth floor offer direct access to the workout room and spa.

Overlooking False Bay in the Constantia Valley, this small boutique hotel is located on the Steenberg Vineyards, part of the region’s oldest farm. Built in 1862, the main farmhouse and surrounding cottages are classic Cape Dutch, with whitewashed walls, thatched roofs, and decorative gables.

A refined 10-room bush camp on the western edge of Kruger offers a roster of throwback activities, such as hot air balloon rides and safaris on horseback. 

The new 4,600-square-foot Zindoga Villa is perfect for large families.

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

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

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.