Inside Cape Town’s luxury hotels

As lockdown regulations ease all over the world, many local and international visitors have set their sights on Cape Town and if you’re not sure where to book accommodation for your dream vacation, we suggest you take a look inside some of Cape Town’s luxury hotels featured here.

PHOTOS: A look inside Cape Town’s luxury hotels


A short 40-minute drive from the city and 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport – the picturesque Spier Estate awaits. Situated in the Stellenbosch winelands, this estate is home to a world class five-star hotel, an award-winning wine farm, restaurants, state of the art conference facilities and an amphitheatre.


The hotel is laid out like a little village – the buildings are painted in muted tranquil shades with rooms and suites a short walk or golf cart ride from the reception block. The design amplifies privacy and is built around six courtyards while allowing you to enjoy the natural surrounds.


What’s more is that Spier is perfect for everyone – for couples on honeymoon, families and groups of girlfriends who may be interested in a pamper weekend away.

The rooms and suites are spacious and boasts warm, elegant country charm. If you’re a nature love – go for a Riverside room which opens up onto the lush green banks of the Eerste river. If you love a spa spoil, make sure to book as soon as you arrive as the spa is very popular with visitors and day visitors. Always ask for the specials as this spa is known for its relaxing treatments.


Lunch or dinner at the Spier hotel restaurant is a must. The rustic tones set the mood for cosy evenings in during winter, while the garden terrace is perfect for warm summer nights. Explore the menu and ask for recommendations on the perfect Spier wines to pair with your meals.


Spier is also dedicated to supporting local artists with the Spier Arts Trust. Established to create relationships and collaborations between makers and buyers of South African art, the trust facilitates growth opportunities for visual artists and artisans in South Africa. So be sure to check out the Artisan studio when visiting.

Images: Rizqua Barnes

The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

If you’d like to wake up to the sound of crashing waves and sip cocktails while experiencing striking sunsets, The Radisson Blu Waterfront is the hotel for you. It remains one of the city’s firm favourites and is perched on the water’s edge, flanked by the V&A Waterfront on the right and Granger Bay on the left.


The hotel, with its cruise ship-inspired design is home to more than 170 spacious rooms including two-bedroom suites, ideal for families and friends who are travelling together. The nautical theme can be seen throughout the hotel and with the yachts bouncing in the marina just outside your window that vacation feel will be instant.

Treat yourself to some of the most delicious local fare at Tobago’s Restaurant while soaking up the sun on the terrace or lounge at the infinity pool while sipping some refreshing cocktails and working on that tan. Or order in and laze about in bed while enjoying your breakfast or dinner on your private balcony.


While there, be sure to book a pamper session at the Amani Spa and do spend some time in the therapeutic Salt Room. The Amani Spa also has its own private pool, perfect for your alone time.


Images: Rizqua Barnes

The Twelve Apostles

Nestled on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range – this grand dame of the Atlantic Seaboard is synonymous with style and romance.

This five-star hotel and spa is a must stay and experience when in Cape Town. Its location is superb in that it’s just far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city to give you a faraway feeling while being close enough for all those shopping trips or a night on the town.

Spacious rooms and suites which are perfectly suited for couples and small families, offer either sea or mountain views – both equally breathtaking, tranquil and private.


The Twelve Apostles offers some great entertainment for the kids – so rest assured that your little ones will be kept busy during your stay. Inhouse activities include cupcake icing classes, to games rooms and bespoke experiences as well as a private cinema (for young and old).


For the ultimate pamper session indulge in a wellness experience from the award-winning Spa by the sea at the 12 Apostles – from specialised touch therapy to deep tissue and Swedish massages and skin treatment – this spa covers your complete wellness break. Don’t forget to add on some extra time in the plunge pool or the very popular Rasul chamber for a traditional Arabic cleansing ritual using gentle steam and mud. In addition, there are also two mountain gazebos that can be booked for an outdoor treatment with spectacular ocean views – an absolute feast for the senses.

A massage at 12 Apostles (Image: Aneeqah Emeran)

When it comes to gastronomy, the 12 Apostles is unique. Guests can choose from Azure Restaurant for a fine dining experience in a classic setting to the elegant Leopard Bar for a famous high tea by the sea to a more relaxed dining experience in The Café grill for some of the best sushi in the city prepared by Master Chef Sarawut.


Images: Michelle Lategan

The Alphen Hotel

Located on the banks of Constantia’s green belt, The Alphen hotel offers classic old world charm with contemporary touches of elegance. If you’re after exclusivity and sophistication this 17th– century historical landmark is for you.


This luxury hotel is housed on over eleven acres of lush garden land and comprises three classical heritage manor houses which is home to Classic, Superior and Deluxe Suites complete with modern amenities. The Classic suites are located in Dower House while the Superior and Deluxe are situated in both Dower House and Mill Range with the Deluxe suites offering patios and private garden terraces.


Apart from the relaxing setting, The Alphen, as its commonly referred to offers its guests a culinary feast with three exquisite options on site.

La Belle Bistro and Bakery, Incognito bar and the ever popular Blanko restaurant – all very different in its offering, so you’re guaranteed to find something for your palate.


Along with wine tasting, there are numerous hiking trails through the region’s dense woodlands and mountain slopes.

Images: Michelle Lategan

The Cape Grace

– The Cape Grace remains closed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Keep an eye on their website and social media for the reopening.

Perched on a private quay in the luxurious Waterfront Marina precinct with some of the most exquisite views of Table Mountain, you’ll find The Cape Grace hotel.


This five-star establishment is effortlessly sophisticated, creating meticulously crafted home away from home experiences with their guests’ personal needs in mind.

It is these simple, thoughtful touches that make this hotel warm, unique and hospitable to all who step through its doors.

Superior Room Marina View
Superior Room, Marina View at the Cape Grace Hotel (Claire Gunn)

Each of its 120 rooms, including the two penthouses, have jaw-dropping views and have its own unique touches – kitted out for older and younger visitors.

Table Mountain Luxury Room at The Cape Grace. (Claire Gunn)
Table Mountain Luxury Room at The Cape Grace. (Claire Gunn)

An absolute must try while here is the Afternoon Tea in the library and a whiskey tasting at the legendary Bascule Whisky bar, an institution for both locals and visitors.

Afternoon tea at the Cape Grace Hotel. (Claire Gunn)
Afternoon tea at the Cape Grace Hotel. (Claire Gunn)

Images: Rhoda Davids and supplied

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