Planning a holiday can be a real balancing act for parents. Finding the right place to stay is an essential part of the puzzle: kids need to be well entertained, while the adults want to have a fun and relaxing time. Never fear, because we have rounded up some of the best accommodation options for visitors travelling to Cape Town with kids.
Tsogo Sun Hotels, Various Locations
Tsogo Sun Hotels offers a number of child-friendly destinations. The Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, Southern Sun Cape Sun, SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl, SunSquare Cape Town Gardens, Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard, StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl, and StayEasy Century City all offer family rooms. Some of the family friendly hotel options even allow two kids under the age of 18 to stay for free when sharing with two adults. See their website for more details!
City Lodge, V&A Waterfront
The City Lodge Hotel Group offers accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. The spacious air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a queen or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms, and rooms with sleeper-sofa available on request. The location at the V&A Waterfront is perfect for people with kids. There are countless specials to keep your little ones happy: you can grab a free voucher booklet at the info kiosk. The Two Oceans Aquarium never fails to impress, and there are also a number of kid-friendly restaurants and playgrounds. The amphitheatre offers performances on most days to entertain people of all ages.
Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa, Touwsriver
Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is just a two hour drive from Cape Town, and has something for everyone. The daily game drives are kid-friendly and last for two to two-and-a-half hours. Private game drives are also an option and these can be tailored to meet your family’s needs. There are a number of family units, including luxury adjoining rooms and private chalets, and the restaurant is family-friendly with a big open area, a large patio, and buffet offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kids’ centre is great and hosts everything from a ball pit to a miniature golf course to keep your children occupied, and there a child-minders available so you can head out for a treatment at the spa or put your feet up for a breather.
The Commodore Hotel, V&A Waterfront
Another great option at the V&A Waterfront is The Commodore Hotel. While you’re there, take the kids to the Two Oceans Aquarium, or hop onto the Red City Sightseeing bus and get your fill of the beautiful Mother City. Guests can also choose to kick back and relax in the tranquil pool area, ordering drinks and food from the bar. Family rooms are available, and from valet to secretarial services, everything you need is at your service.
Le Jardin Villa, Stellenbosch
Less than an hour from Cape Town, Le Jardin Villa is ideal for family fun. Young and old will delight at discovering the tree walks, the zipline across the dam, the eco pool, the wigwam tent for imaginative play, and the resident tortoises and dogs. It’s family first in this stylish and elegant villa.
Protea Hotel, Sea Point
Protea Hotel Sea Point is ideally located for families. Take a walk or run along the safe and busy Sea Point Promenade that runs alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Make use of the outdoor gyms and Olympic-sized swimming pool or take an early morning kayak trip with the dolphins. The promenade offers something for everyone, including the kids, with putt-putt games and the Serendipity Maze, the third largest maze in the world. It’s also a short ride from the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay beach, and Cape Town’s iconic and majestic Table Mountain.
Club Mykonos, Langebaan
Based in the scenic West Coast resort town of Langebaan, Club Mykonos is the perfect getaway for families. With an epic games room for the older kids – with all their favourite arcade games – and Club Onos providing plenty of entertainment for the little ones, the kids will be well taken care of while mom and dad can relax at the spa or get in a round of golf. There are also plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, with table tennis, mini golf, tennis and much more on offer.
De Noordhoek Hotel, Noordhoek
De Noordhoek Hotel is located in the family-friendly wonderland that is the Noordhoek Farm Village. The Village is made up of the Foodbarn (one of the only fine-dining restaurants in town that welcomes kids), Café Roux, the Toad in the Village restaurant, two pubs and a fantastic children’s playground. There are large open spaces for the children to run around while the adults relax and enjoy a great meal or do some shopping at the funky shops.
The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
Start the day off with a scrumptious breakfast at The Vineyard Hotel and then wander into the award-winning gardens for a walk around. You can walk on your own with the family and check out the ginormous tortoises or you can sign up for a guided walk the hotel’s horticulturist and environmentalist.