South Africa

Hotels in South Africa

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, massive wrought-iron front gates guard the entrance to the grand Cape Royal Luxury Hotel.

This formerly decrepit Victorian hotel has been turned into an offbeat, modern art–filled 15-room brightly decorated country hotel. On any given weekend you can find couples lounging poolside between tastings at the nearby Joubert-Tradauw winery.

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.

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

Room to Book: No. 3 is set between the lodge pool and the water hole

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 atop a hill with a gorgeous view of the ocean.

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

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.