Hotels in South Africa

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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... Read More

This tiny family owned operation—there are just six rooms—is perfect for an intimate, secluded stay in Franschhoek. Three standalone cottages share a... Read More

Three terraced Victorian houses in the sunny hills of Cape Town’s Tamboerskloof district make up this 12-room boutique hotel. Distinctly African,... Read More

For families or other groups on safari, you can’t do much better than andBeyond’s outpost in the Phinda Private Game Reserve, a four-hour... Read More

This rambling 17th-century Cape Dutch–style farm estate in the Cape Winelands is no rough-and-ready dude ranch. Rehabilitated by Afrikaans... Read More

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... Read More

South Africa’s Balule Game Reserve—35,000 acres of former farmland traversed by the Olifants River. Here, there are excellent, service... Read More

This formerly decrepit Victorian hotel has been turned into an offbeat, modern art–filled 15-room brightly decorated country hotel. On any given... Read More

Just over an hour’s drive northeast from Cape Town, this chic oasis in the up-and-coming Swartland wine region is the embodiment of rural... Read More

Since 1899, this pink-faced colonial beauty—a short stroll away from the Company Gardens—has been the reigning queen of Cape Town’s hotels. Originally... Read More

Since 1899, this pink-faced colonial beauty—just a stroll away from the Company Gardens—has been the reigning queen of Cape Town’s hotels. Originally... Read More

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... Read More

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

Full-service hideaway with a wellness focus and access to original Bushman art sites, 3 hours from Cape Town. ... Read More

Cape Cadogan is a listed national monument, and its 15 suites reflect this, with ornate fireplaces, plush headboards, and standalone soaking tubs. The... Read More

I'll always be partial to this historic Georgian villa—after all, I spent part of my first visit to Cape Town here. The 15 suites are befitting the... Read More

A movable pedestrian bascule bridge provides access from the busy waterfront to this quiet, mansard-roofed hotel on its own private quay. The sumptuous... Read More

Old meets new at this quaint boutique hotel in an 18th-century building in the heart of the central business district's vibey Bree Street. While the... Read More

Green Point, Cape Town is filled with art galleries and cafes, not to mention the Cape Town Stadium, which opened for the 2010 World Cup. In its shadow,... Read More

Owner/interior designer Jessica Latimer's cliffside abode is a contemporary beach aerie: seven chic white-and-gray rooms, each with staggering ocean... Read More

This boutique b&b in the leafy-chic Rosebank neighborhood is a refreshing departure from Johannesburg’s other hotels in secure suburbs, which... Read More

Set atop a terraced hill overlooking False Bay, this quiet boutique hotel is housed in a 1929 villa designed in a Mediterranean style, with yellow... Read More

Set on a 19th-century wine estate on the Constantiaberg mountain, this small boutique hotel provides secluded accommodations about 20 minutes from Cape... Read More

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... Read More

This hotel is a little bit out of the city, but the child-friendly creature comforts make up for the distance: kids' toiletries, bath toys, and cribs... Read More

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 &ldquo... Read More

This stylish Cape Dutch guesthouse has eight rooms and a swimming pool, on Prince Albert's main street. Read More

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). The... Read More

British diamond jeweler Laurence Graff’s sprawling 10-lodge estate adds a touch of sex appeal to the usually sedate Cape Winelands. A glass-walled... Read More

Perched on a grassy plateau high above the waterfront, this 19th-century stone residence with sweeping Table Bay views was once the Harbormaster’s... Read More

13 butler-serviced suites built into the hillside; an uprooted tree serves as the property’s bar.  ... Read More

Bantry Bay is one of Cape Town's poshest suburbs, and this oceanfront hotel is its best address, with magical views of the sunset over the Atlantic from... Read More

Bantry Bay is one of Cape Town's poshest suburbs, and this oceanfront hotel is its best address. The views of the sunset over the Atlantic from the... Read More

If there's a more lovely spot from which to take in the gorgeous African sunset, I have yet to see it. This mansion has a dramatic setting over the... Read More

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... Read More

The Feather Palace, a red-roof mansion just off the R62, is part of a stylish working guest ranch owned by a gay couple from Durban. Read More

Previously The Westcliff Palatial guest rooms in 9 villas on a hillside ridge overlooking the city.  Read More

Blending the work of contemporary local designers, the Grand Daddy Hotel is best known for its rooftop trailer park: seven vintage Airstream trailers,... Read More

Location An 18th-century Cape Dutch house on a 544-acre farm with expansive views of Table Mountain, 18 miles from La Residence. First Impressions: The... Read More

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. Read More

Higgovale is a posh residential neighborhood unfurling down the slopes of Table Mountain, and the slick, eight-suite Kensington Place is the best place... Read More

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... Read More

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).... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

When posh Capetonians want to decamp to the country, Le Franschhoek is, more often than not, their hotel of choice. Inside you'll find sleek white-on... Read More

Surrounded by blooming rose and jasmine gardens—as well as stunning Cape Winelands scenery—this property practically begs for thrown-open... Read More

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... Read More

Five family-run lodges on 42,000 wilderness acres known for leopard sightings. Read More

When Madikwe Game Reserve was established in 1991, the 185,000 acres were virtually bereft of wildlife. Today, after rigorous conservation efforts, the... Read More

This quirky 22-room boutique inn is one of my favorite hotels, thanks to its whimsical decor: oversize flamingo murals, fantastical paintings carved... Read More

The owners originally built Makweti as a vacation house, but then decided to turn it into a safari lodge with a major commitment: to provide high luxury... Read More

Three camps, a wine cellar, library, viewing deck, and an infinity pool on South Africa’s largest private Big Five preserve. Read More

No two rooms are alike at this eight-suite abode on the slopes of Table Mountain. Eclectic décor prevails here: choose from the Flamingo suite, where... Read More

Marataba is the newest golden-era safari experience from the Hunter Hotels group, responsible for bringing crystal-decanter, high-thread-count... Read More

Italian Renaissance–style hotel with grand public spaces situated on Sandown’s Nelson Mandela Square. Read More

Twice-daily game rides and decks overlooking the Mkuze River falls give guests plenty of opportunities to spot the Big Five and some of the 400 species... Read More

When you're traveling with kids, sometimes you just wish you had a kitchen to warm up a bottle or whip up a favorite meal. The one- and two-bedroom... Read More

Colonial-style lodge and 6 raised tents—many with air-conditioning and green slate bathrooms—on an eco-friendly reserve.  ... Read More

On a stretch of savagely gorgeous coastline, 90 minutes southeast of Cape Town in Hermanus, sits this spare, white-on-white, colonial-style, 10-room inn... Read More

The re-purposed Airstream hotel will open a luxe trailer park an hour from Cape Town, surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards. Read More

This resort, which opened in 2009 on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, features 131 spacious, high-tech rooms and a knockout first impression: the... Read More

Parents will love the spa and the Nobu outpost (the only one in Africa); young ones will stay occupied at the Kids Club long enough for Mom and Dad to... Read More

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... Read More

To guests staying in one of the seven high-design lodges on-site, the 54,000-acre reserve’s teeming wildlife—black rhinos, elephants,... Read More

The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Peter Matkovich, on nearly 1,000 acres with two miles of spectacular coastline, a quarter of which... Read More

The hotel opened in May 2010, with bright, spacious guest rooms and a popular outdoor terrace. Read More

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

Just 30 minutes outside Cape Town in the charming town of St. James, the opulent 1930s house-hotel (built by gold-mining billionaire JB Taylor) sits... Read More

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... Read More

The property contains the Earth Lodge, Bush Lodge, Selati Lodge, and Little Bush Camp. Read More

This six-suite game lodge in Karoo sits settler style on 70,000 acres of wilderness. Read More

Cape 62 is a 200-mile scenic drive that starts in Cape Town and heads west to Little Karoo; it also serves as the entry to the 134,000-acre Sanbona... Read More

Ten acres of landscaped gardens create a sense of seclusion at this all-suite retreat, set in a quiet, tree-lined Johannesburg suburb. Originally built... Read More

Seven lodges on a conservation-conscious Big Five preserve that’s home to dozens of big cats.  ... Read More

After a thorough renovation, the 23-year-old flagship of the Singita brand is now setting the bar even higher for luxury in the bush. In each of the 12... Read More

The property consists of the Lebombo Lodge and Sweni Lodge, two lavish lodges—treetop suites or riverside rooms, along with twice-daily game drives and... Read More

Two lodges with interiors by up-and-coming African designers—Boulders is high-design rustic built into the landscape, Ebony has a vintage safari feel.... Read More

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... Read More

Overlooking False Bay in the Constantia Valley, this small boutique hotel is located on the Steenberg Vineyards, part of the region’s oldest farm.... Read More

Rising eight stories above ships and fisheries, the Table Bay Hotel has picture-perfect harbor views and direct access to waterfront shops and... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

There are countless quirks behind the grand Victorian façade of this hip hotel on Long Street, the city's nightlife hub.  Look out for the oldest... Read More

When kids check in to this sea-facing hotel with their parents, they're given a backpack and their own key. Once they arrive at their room—many of which... Read More

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... Read More

Drive down the coast toward Chapman’s Peak and veer right, where a small road takes you close to the water to Tintswalo Atlantic. The hotel has 12... Read More

Why It’s Unique: Overlooking the Tsitsikamma Forest, the architecturally stunning stone-and-glass lodge has 10 secluded treehouse suites, each... Read More

With its majestic coastal setting and elegant old-world interiors, the Twelve Apostles is ideal for a romantic getaway. The hotel is located next to the... Read More

Set along a secluded stretch of Atlantic coast, this 70-room mini-resort is a sanctuary where mountain views, sea breezes, and heady indigenous plant... Read More

The Vineyard, built around a 200-year-old homestead in the tranquil and leafy suburb of Newlands, has just emerged from a significant face-lift. A... Read More

Sleek tower on the V&A Waterfront, with a well-appointed spa. Doubles from $700, including breakfast. Read More

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... Read More

Situated on the Sea Point Promenade, this Cape Dutch—style hotel faces the Atlantic on one side and Table Mountain on the other. Built in the 1920... Read More

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