Hotels in South Africa
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 the grounds and view the on-site art collection; when you're done, retreat to a Riverside room with views overlooking the Eerste River.
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 and tans with standalone tubs; the spa has stellar views and unique treatments, such as the Dr.
This quirky 22-room boutique inn is one of my favorite hotels, thanks to its whimsical decor: oversize flamingo murals, fantastical paintings carved into the ceilings above the beds and a table shaped like a giant boar.
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).
This tiny family owned operation—there are just six rooms—is perfect for an intimate, secluded stay in Franschhoek.
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 at your disposal, too.
When posh Capetonians want to decamp to the country, Le Franschhoek is, more often than not, their hotel of choice.
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 a distinctly modern way: unexpected splashes of orange, chartreuse, or lemon, or perhaps a boldly patterned rug.
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 heart of Franschhoek. Its celebrated restaurant, The Tasting Room, is ranked among San Pellegrino's list of the world's best restaurants.
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 working elevator in Cape Town; a mascot in the form of a gilded doggy named Leon, and the best quirk of all hidden away on the roof: an Airstream
Drive down the coast toward Chapman’s Peak and veer right, where a small road takes you close to the water. Here, you'll find Tintswalo Atlantic, a collection of 12 standalone suites seemingly suspended over the ocean.
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 cliffs in Bantry Bay, with ocean views from almost every room.
Higgovale is a posh residential neighborhood unfurling down the slopes of Table Mountain, and the slick eight-suite Kensington Place is its best address.
I'll always be partial to this historic Georgian villa—after all, I spent part of my first visit to Cape Town here.
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 with high-quality mattresses—older children might find Hello Kitty or Dora-themed beds made up just for them.