The news that Cape Town had been ranked as the top holiday destination for 2014 by both The Guardian and the The New York Times along with being awarded the mantle of ’Design Capital of the Year’ came as no surprise to Sally and Alice Travel Co. as Sally returned from a whirlwind trip to her favourite city last month. Read on for her hot tips on where to stay…
Cape Town’s suburb of Clifton, known as Africa’s own St Tropez and home to Millionaire’s Row, is home toSouth Africa‘s most expensive real estate. Despite being a short drive away, Clifton feels far removed from the city’s bustle and its luxury properties overlook picturesque beaches framed by granite boulders. Our favourite new discovery for this area on our recent trip was Cape View Clifton.
All ocean-facing suites come with a private terrace and fabulous views. We loved the luxurious but relaxed ‘home away from home’ style interiors, falling to sleep to the sound of rolling waves, and the thoughtful touches like our favourite Africology products in the bathrooms. S&A dining tip: If you’re staying here, you’ll be in the mood for the hottest ticket in town, a meal at the Test Kitchen (definitely worth the 15 min drive and 3 month waiting list!).
Just south of Clifton is Camps Bay, a sloping coastal area that enjoys dramatic views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, and receives the last of Cape Town’s sunshine at the end of every day!
Here we loved our stay at Sea Five with its beachy laid-back feel, whitewashed interiors, fab sunset views, and delicious Lavazza coffee! S&A dining tip: Codfather / The Roundhouse.
Aptly referred to as the City Bowl, the heart of the city is held in an enclosed basin formed between the Atlantic Ocean and the face of Table Mountain, flanked on one side by Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, and on the other by Devil’s Peak. This is definitely the place to stay for easy access to great restaurants and shopping. Families will love the newly refurbished one and two bedroom apartments at More Quarters(that come complete with plastic crockery, toys, playmats and pink and blue mini-bathrobes), whilst couples looking for a stylish boutique bolthole should head to Kensington Place. S&A dining tip: Kloof Street House, or join the locals for sushi at Takumi – there’s nothing fancy about the décor but the sushi is the best we’ve had in Cape Town.
Similarly a stay at the V&A Waterfront is a great option for those who want to enjoy the buzz of Cape Town’s main tourist hub but prefer larger resort-style accommodation with all the bells and whistles. Here we recommend the Cape Grace or the One & Only, where Sally had a sneak peek at the new Penthouse Apartment (and is still recovering her jaw from the floor!). S&A dining tip: Harbour House.
Alternatively, if you’re the kind of person who’d rather be completely removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city, then you should consider a stay in the pretty suburb of Constantia. Situated in the Cape’s oldest winelands and lined with oak trees and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads, Constantia is situated on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, home to renowned wine estates and numerous award-winning restaurants. Foodies and golf enthusiasts alike should consider a stay at Steenberg Estate, or, for a smaller boutique option, The Last Word Constantia. S&A dining tip: Catharinas, the excellent on site restaurant at Steenberg, a mere 50 metre stumble from your suite.
We predict the suburbs of Seapoint and Greenpoint are Cape Town’s next hotspots. Whilst there are no hotels of note in these areas just yet, the locals are flocking here and there are some beautiful self-catering options on offer such as The Green House pictured above. S&A dining tip: Duchess of Wisbeach – we loved this place, a real local hang out with great food.
Another up and coming area is Woodstock (similar to London’s Shoreditch), home to the Biscuit Mill Market, our favourite shopping patch - read our blog on where to shop in Cape Town - art galleries and trendy cafes. The Stack Hotel is due to open in early 2015 – watch this space! S&A dining tip: Pot Luck Club.