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About Western Cape

One of the most popular tourist destinations on the African continent, the Western Cape incorporates a huge variety of opportunities for the discerning visitor. From the lively city life of the picturesque Cape Town to the rural vineyards - we'd recommend you stay in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, only a short drive away, there is no limit to the amount of time one can spend perusing the wonders of the Cape. We’ve selected the best places to stay in the Western Cape to see it all! The area is also the birthplace of some of the most influential social movements in modern history and testaments to these pivotal struggles can be found throughout the Cape, from Mandela’s prison on Robben Island to the District Six Museum in Cape Town.

What not to miss:

  • Climb Table Mountain from Cape Town to reach the summit and bask in the breath-taking views from the top. If you’re feeling particularly energetic the trails are also good for an early morning run!

  • Robberg Nature Reserve is a fantastic coastal park through which you can hike whilst keeping the sea in sight! A great place for some gentle exercise.

  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre is far from a zoo. The centre was set up to rehabilitate injured wildlife and it now sponsors conservation around South Africa. The perfect place to see some of the country’s most impressive wild life whilst supporting its longevity.

  • The beautiful bay of Knysna Heads is best visited by boat as this opens up the possibility of whale spotting (season dependant). Stunning scenery and a terrific place for a day trip.

  • The Kirstenboscåh National Botanical Garden sits on the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain and is renowned for being one of the most magnificent botanical gardens in the world and this reputation is well-earned. Rare and endangered species live in this vibrant paradise and there are also a few restaurants for when your legs need a break!

Use our guide to the best places to stay in the Western Cape and start to plan your South African tour.

The Best Places to Stay on the Western Cape

For something truly special

  • La Residence, Franschhoek is as good as it gets. Littered with antiques and palatial decoration, there is no limit to indulgence.

  • Le Quartier Francais (Franschhoek) houses a restaurant extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. Private pools, colorful decoration and a friendly reception.
  • Steenberg Hotel is a luxury vineyard hotel in the picturesque Constantia Valley, about 30 minutes from central Cape Town. Popular with everyone from couples to golfers, families and friends – as well as locals.
  • The Vineyard Hotel is a Cape Country house on six acres of stunning gardens, in Newlands. The sleek and chic decor exudes calm, with white on white and clean lines. A one of a kind retreat with phenomenal spa facilities and gourmet cuisine. A oasis of calm, ten minutes from the center of Cape Town.

An affordable alternative

  • Basse Provence Country House (Franschhoek) boasts traditional architecture and comfortable suites, great for families.
  • An African Villa is a delightful Victorian guesthouse in the central Tamboerskloof District. Some of the 'African Zen' contemporary rooms boast balconies with views of the iconic Table Mountain. Within walking distance from some of Cape Town's best restaurants and bars. A stylish city escape.
  • Cape Heritage Hotel - a cool and comfy townhouse hotel with a central location. Ideal for exploring Cape Town and enjoying the city’s foodie scene, with many top spots just a stone’s throw from the hotel.
  • Glen Hotel is our favourite gay-friendly hotel in Cape Town in Sea Point, a wonderful location near all the best restaurants and bars. Charming white on white suites with splashes of colour. Casually chic with fantastic personalised hospitality.

Stay in a vineyard

  • La Petite Ferme (Franschhoek) is within reach of the town but also offers fantastic views and a highly renowned restaurant.
  • Rickety Bridge Manor House (Franschhoek) sits within Rickety Bridge Wine Estate and has a particularly intimate feel. Beautiful traditional architecture and an outdoor pool, not to mention a great name!
  • Leeu Estates (Franschhoek) lies in the middle of a beautiful vineyard and is one of the country’s most luxurious hotels. Colonial architecture and divine dining.
  • Holden Manz (Franschhoek) lies between the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers and is renowned for its fantastic food. There’s also a great outdoor pool to bask in.
  • Grand Dedale is a peaceful oasis amidst the vibrant green vineyards near Wellington. The old manor house has been decorated in a chic and luxurious manor.

For a couple’s retreat

  • The rural Mont Rochelle (Franschhoek) is well known for its restaurant and comprehensive spa.

  • Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa (Franschhoek) has light and airy bedrooms, movie star mirrors, a fantastic spa and simple but delicious menu.

  • 21 Roux Street (Franschhoek) only has three suites and will make you feel right at home. In amongst the well-kept garden lies a beautiful swimming pool to cool off in.
  • Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse is a spectacular property in the Elandskloof Nature Reserve. With elegant and spacious accommodation - guests can either book themselves a double room, a suite or take out the entire self-catering Olive House! Lounge by the pool and indulge yourself at dinner. Truly special.
  • Cape Cadogan is a boutique Georgian property situated in an upmarket neighbourhood and boasting Table Mountain as a spectacular backdrop. Chic rooms are light and airy with traditional features washed with clean soft hues. Quiet terraces and a swimming pool are ideal for unwinding after a day's exploring. Charming.

Explore the towns

  • Just on the outskirts of the town, Majeka House (Stellenbosch) features modem architecture and all the comforts associated with it. Beautiful furnishings, a superb spa and plenty of swimming pools make this an ideal spot from which to get into town. It’s also conveniently close to the vineyards so a drink is never far away!
  • Hlangana Lodge is a great base to explore the surrounding Oudtshoorn town with its notorious Cango caves and beautiful countryside. The hotel is quiet and comfortable with a good pool and lovely gardens.
  • The Robertson Small Hotel (Robertson) is five star luxury in this small town at the heart of the wine region. The perfect place from which to visit Robertson's vineyards and try the local wine in the hotel bar at the end of a long day!
  • Akademie Street (Franschhoek) is a collection of private cottages and boutique suites located on the edge of the town. A home from home with notorious English breakfasts, hot tubs and plenty of pools!
  • Cape Grace Hotel is a beautiful hotel in the centre of Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront. Excellent service, sumptuous classic interiors, a great restaurant, trendy bar and its own spa. There are magnificent views of Table Mountain and the marina which can be enjoyed from the privacy of your own balcony.

For a rural retreat

  • Hawksmoor House in Stellenbosch is a charming hideaway outside of Stellenbosch with views of Table Mountain to the South. Traditional architecture, antique furnishings and a great pool make this an ideal spot for relaxation. Very family friendly.
  • Lekkerwijn (Franschhoek) features beautiful traditional architecture where it sits nestled between vineyard clad valleys. Choose between one of the rustic rooms in the main building or a chic cottage all to yourself in the charming grounds. Very family friendly.
  • Babylonstoren (near Paarl) is an old Dutch farm that has since been renovated into a beautiful and peaceful rural escape. Fireplaces litter this exquisite hotel and their restaurant boasts ingredients fresh from their organic garden!

By the coast

  • Arabella Hotel & Spa (Hermanus) has something for everyone, a renowned golf course and a relaxing spa! Modern architecture with touches of African decor, the estate is supremely comfortable and has all facilities imaginable. There are even Jacuzzis available on the private balconies!
  • Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel has only 14 private suites so book fast! Amazing sea views and simple designs make this a beach side paradise. Renowned for its friendly staff, good wine and delicious food.
  • Abalone House & Spa (Bek Bay) sits in the coastal village of Paternoster and offers all the luxury you’d associate with the five stars its earned. Great sea views, a fantastic restaurant and a hot tub on the roof, perfect for sundowners!
  • The Twelve Apostles Hotel - This classic and comfortable hotel is all about location with terrific sea and mountain views. Hourly shuttles mean it’s also well placed for the beaches at Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront.

For Foodies

  • Cellars-Hohenort is an elegantly converted old manor house on a wine estate, on the slopes of Table Mountain. The sleek rooms are white on white with splashes of bold fabric, utterly chic! Spectacular views, award winning gardens, spa services and an extensive wine cellar in addition to the two award-winning restaurants will make it hard to leave. Blissful.

Small and Stylish

  • Alta Bay is a small stylish B&B with gorgeous airy suites with private terraces and wonderful views of the bay. Slightly off-centre - a charming place of relaxation for an intimate and low-key city break.
  • Kensington Place is a small stylish hotel in Higgovale on the Table Mountain foothills. This intimate spot puts emphasis on peace and tranquility, each room comes with private balcony and most have phenomenal views of the city and bay. Check out nearby Kloof Street, Capetown's hottest spot for restaurants and bars.
  • Welgelegen is a well-located and chic guesthouse in a leafy cul-de-sac of Cape Town. The elegant and comfy rooms are tastefully decorated and adorned with personal charm. An urban sanctuary for families or city visitors near to the best restaurants, bars and museums.
  • Nova Constantia Boutique Residence is an excellent boutique offering located down a leafy residential road in upmarket Constantia. Plush suites are decorated in crushed velvet and feature whirpool baths. The Premier Suite has its own hot tub. Enjoy a game of tennis or an afternoon swim. A scrumptious breakfast is included in the rate.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a fantastic variety of properties throughout the region ensuring that there's something for everyone.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Cape Town International Airport located only 20km (12 miles) from Cape Town, providing a large number of domestic connections and also serving several International carriers.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore this beautiful region - for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - between October and March to get the best of the weather.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Western Cape

  • Lekkerwijn 10 rooms from £58

    Franschhoek (Groot Drakenstein)

    Lekkerwijn is set in a 17th century country house, nestled in the valleys of Franschhoek. The charming rooms are decorated in a period style with antique furnishings-or you can choose to stay in one of the rustic-chic cottages. Relax in the sun by the pool! A fantastic family retreat.

    Value chic  -  An elegant coutnry house, surrounded by lush gardens at a great price-what more could you ask for?
    Weddings  -  An intimate venue which offers a well organised wedding package
    Country Escape  -  Lekkerwijn enjoys a fantastically peaceful rural location
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Basse Provence Country House 9 rooms from £61

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    Quintessential thatched Cape Dutch style building dating back to 1855. Comprised of seven homely suites, some featuring in room bathtubs. In addition there is a two bedroomed cottage - ideal for families. Outside there is a pool with vineyard vistas and plenty of walking trails.

    Sights nearby  -  Franschhoek town is just a scenic walk or short drive away.
    Great walks  -  Along the Franschhoek River.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Glen Hotel 24 rooms from £60

    Cape Town

    Our favourite gay-friendly hotel in Cape Town in Sea Point, a wonderful location near all the best restaurants and bars. Charming white on white suites with splashes of colour. Casually chic with fantastic personalised hospitality.

    Views  -  Wonderful views of Lion's Head and the Atlantic Ocean.
    Gay friendly
    Great walks  -  The Glen runs a half day tour of Cape Town's art galleries, trendy bars, museums, restaurants and heritage sights.
    Local markets  -  Check out Main Street for some great shopping.
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  • Nova Constantia Boutique Residence 8 rooms from £86

    Cape Town

    An excellent boutique offering located down a leafy residential road in upmarket Constantia. Plush suites are decorated in crushed velvet and feature whirpool baths. The Premier Suite has its own hot tub. Enjoy a game of tennis or an afternoon swim. A scrumptious breakfast is included in the rate.

    Fishing  -  Catch a fish supper in Hout Bay harbour.
    Private Hot Tub
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Auberge Burgundy 19 rooms from £71

    Hermanus 7200

    A charming Provencal-style guesthouse offering gorgeous mountain and sea views. Simple yet elegant rooms feature white-on-white style with pine and cane furniture. Surrounded by pretty gardens, terraces and boasting a lovely pool. A laid-back base to explore the region from.

    Local exploring  -  Close to local restaurants, the craft market, boutiques, art galleries and quaint shopping malls, with the beach just 50 m away
    Views  -  Boasting a splendid setting between mountains and sea
    Great walks  -  Great walks and nature tours down by Walker Bay
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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  • Cape Heritage Hotel 15 rooms from £94

    Cape Town City Centre

    Cool and comfy townhouse hotel with a central location. Ideal for exploring Cape Town and enjoying the city’s foodie scene, with many top spots just a stone’s throw from the hotel.

    Sights nearby  -  For a day trip, visit the infamous Robben Island, eight miles from the hotel.
    Great walks  -  No trip to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain.
    Fishing  -  Take a fishing trip out from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
    Full of character
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  • Boschendal Farm Cottages 45 rooms from £75

    Franschhoek 7690

    An authentic agritourism with all produce grown on the farm and served in the restaurant. Self-catered cottages are impeccably styled with soft hues, clean lines and luxurious bathrooms. Perks include a farm spa and many wine-focused activities. An indulgent rural escape.

    Eco break  -  Authentic agritourism experience: all you eat here is ethically raised and the farm hosts many ‘farm-to-table’ workshops
    Families  -  Great for families - the self-contained cottages with kitchenettes make them feel like a little home
    Hideaway  -  Really more suitable for those self-sufficient travellers who are looking for real privacy and space
    Sights nearby  -  Boschendal boasts immaculate award winning gardens that are a haven of serenity and beauty
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • An African Villa 12 rooms from £89

    Cape Town

    A delightful Victorian guesthouse in the central Tamboerskloof District. Some of the 'African Zen' contemporary rooms boast balconies with views of the iconic Table mountain. Walking distance from some of Cape Town's best restaurants and bars. A stylish city escape.

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Full of character
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers
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  • Hlangana Lodge 18 rooms from £103

    Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

    This peaceful and homely guesthouse set in exotic landscaped gardens makes the perfect base for exploring Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and surrounding area along the Garden Route.

    Sights nearby  -  Explore the nearby Cango Caves.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa 79 rooms from £105

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    A 79 room hotel with a homely boutique feel. Light filled bedrooms are extremely comfortable, decorated in soft palettes and featuring sparkling bathrooms with movie star mirrors. A delectable breakfast spread is served as well as a seasonal à la carte menu at DISH. Camelot spa is not to be missed.

    Great walks  -  Traverse the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • La Petite Ferme 12 rooms from £106

    Franschhoek (Cape Town)

    Famed vineyard with gourmet restaurant La Petite Ferme's hotel could not be anything but superb. Suites decorated in soft palettes feature breathtaking pastoral views, and some private plunge pools. Located within easy reach of the charming town of Franschhoek and even more excellent restaurants.

    Great walks  -  A downhill stroll wander into the quaint town of Franschhoek.
    Sights nearby  -  The French Huguenot's memorial is just a short walk away.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • 21 Roux Street 3 rooms from £106

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    This beautiful guesthouse provides just three rooms - thoughtfully decorated suites. Featuring antiques, pastoral paintings and other classic decor touches. The garden is Mediterranean in style and picture perfect with an inviting pool. No restaurant but a delicious breakfast is served.

    Sights nearby  -  The French Huguenot Monument is within walking distance.
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  • Welgelegen 13 rooms from £112

    Cape Town

    Well-located and chic guesthouse in a leafy cul-de-sac of Cape Town. The elegant and comfy rooms are tastefully decorated and adorned with personal charm. An urban sanctuary for families or city visitors near to the best restaurants, bars, and museums.

    Families  -  Perfect location for checking out Cape Town with all the family - plus the nearby De Waal Park will keep the kids happy!
    Local markets  -  Visit the Pan African Market and Greenmarket Square for great souvenir shopping.
    Great walks  -  Under 13 km to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
    Sights nearby  -  The Iziko South African Museum is just minutes away.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Arabella Hotel & Spa 145 rooms from £118

    Hermanus (Hermanus,)

    A coastal country estate and relaxing haven - known for its golf course and award winning spa Arabella's caters to all tastes. Rooms are modern with African accents, private balconies and huge jacuzzi baths. There are indoor and outdoor pools plus fine dining options. Relaxing and indulgent.

    Families  -  So many activities packed into one space we defy you to try them all! This plus family suites and babysitting facilities
    Romantic Break  -  Fine dining and sprawling rooms with private jacuzzi baths
    Spa breaks  -  Boasting an award winning spa with an extensive menu
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pool
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  • Rickety Bridge Manor House 3 rooms from £119

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    An intimate three bedroom manor house, located within Rickety Bridge Wine Estate. Ensconced by the Franschhoek Valley and verdant vineyards. Charming rooms, up in the rafters feature exposed beams, antique furnishing and roll-top baths. There is an outdoor pool and homely sitting rooms.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children older than 16 years are welcome.
    Great walks  -  Along the nearby Franschhoek River.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Hawksmoor House 15 rooms from £134

    Stellenbosch (East-Rural)

    Hawksmoor House is set on a farm along the Stellenbosch Wine route. This tranquil property offers chic, elegant accommodation featuring antique furnishings. Relax by the pool soaking up the sun and taking in the views of Table Mountain! A fantastic country retreat offering hearty breakfasts.

    Families  -  The ideal family getaway on this homely working farm offering family suites plenty of space and a lovely pool
    Local exploring  -  Close enough for you to nip into Capetown and explore, right on the edge of the Winelands
    Weddings  -  Hawksmoor House offers a scenic, historic and authentic location for your big day
    Great walks  -  The winelands is home to plenty of stunning hiking trails
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel 14 rooms from £145

    Paternoster

    A coastal hotel comprising of just 14 secluded suites all boasting spectacular sea views. Design has been kept simple with white washed walls, cleanly designed furniture and luxurious bathrooms. Staff are ever helpful, the cuisine delicious and wine collection excellent. A chic escape.

    Total relaxation  -  A coastal property designed for simply unwinding.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the miles of stunning beaches.
    Kayaking  -  Take out a kayak and visit the penguin colony.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
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  • Vineyard Hotel 178 rooms from £154

    Cape Town (Colinton Road, Newlands)

    A Cape Country house on six acres of stunning gardens, in Newlands. The sleek and chic decor exudes calm, with white on white and clean lines. A one of a kind retreat with phenomenal spa facilities and gourmet cuisine. A oasis of clam, ten minutes from the center of Cape Town.

    Spa breaks  -  The international Banyan Tree Resort’s Angsana Spa offers unique experiences from highly trained therapists.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor interlinked Pool
    Restaurant  -  Award-winning Myoga restaurant.
    Spa  -  Award-winning spa.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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  • Majeka House 23 rooms from £158

    Stellenbosch (Cape Town)

    Fun, modern hotel featuring beautifully upholstered furnishings, state of the art bathrooms and statement murals and wallpapering. The hotel has a total of four pools plus a relaxing spa and hammam. Its Makaron Restaurant is famed for its superlative cuisine. Prime wine country, foodies will love.

    Local markets  -  tellenbosch Organic Farmers Market has a superb collection of fine foods.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Spa
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  • Kensington Place 8 rooms from £125

    Cape Town

    A small stylish hotel in Higgovale, on the Table Mountain foothills. This intimate spot puts emphasis on peace and tranquility, each room comes with private balcony, most with phenomenal views of the city and bay. Check out nearby Kloof Street, Capetown's hottest spot for restaurants and bars.

    City Style  -  An elegant hotel within range of all the trendy sites of Capetown.
    Views  -  Fantastic views over Table Bay.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Robben Island - the former prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years of imprisonment
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under the age of 12 are accepted.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • Alta Bay 3 rooms from 165

    Cape Town (Higgovale)

    A stylish small B&B with gorgeous airy suites with private terraces and wonderful views of the bay. Slightly off-centre - a charming place of relaxation for an intimate and low-key city break.

    Views  -  Wonderful views of the Bay.
    City Style
    Restrictions on children  -  Babies and children over 6 are welcome.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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  • The Robertson Small Hotel 10 rooms from £171

    Robertson (Robertson,)

    Robertson's only 5* hotel, this Victorian design property offers a slice of indulgence in the heart of wine country. The chic light-filled rooms are furnished with an effortless elegance and charm. Relax with a drink at the EM bar and try out their wide variety of wines. A peaceful spot!

    Country Escape  -  Make the most of this off the beaten track gem, wander the streets of the quaint town and the tranquil surrounding countryside
    Total relaxation  -  Lounge by the pool, sample the extensive wine list and take full advantage of the extensive spa treatments on offer
    Foodies  -  The Small Restaurant serves simple, sophisticated, seasonal Italian-inspired dishes.
    Great walks  -  Head off on gorgeous long walks around the surrounding nature reserves
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
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  • Cape Cadogan 12 rooms from £173

    Cape Town (8001 8001 8001)

    A boutique Georgian property situated in an upmarket neighbourhood and boasting Table Mountain as a spectacular backdrop. Chic rooms are light and airy with traditional features washed with clean soft hues. Quiet terraces and a swimming pool are ideal for unwinding after a day's exploring. Charming.

    Local exploring  -  Set in a swanky Cape Town neighbourhood and within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions.
    Great walks  -  Take a sunset walk along the nearby Clifton Beach.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Steenberg Hotel 24 rooms from £185

    Cape Town (Tokai)

    Luxury vineyard hotel in the picturesque Constantia Valley, about 30 minutes from central Cape Town. Popular with everyone from couples to golfers, families and friends – as well as locals.

    Historic  -  The farmhouses are now a national monument - built in 1682, the first registered farm in SA
    Wine tasting  -  In the Constantia Valley - home to a great deal of award-winning wines
    Golf  -  World-championship golf course on the Steenberg Estate
    Views  -  Lovely views over False Bay
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  • Cellars-Hohenort 48 rooms from £186

    Cape Town (Constantia)

    An elegantly converted old manor house on a wine estate, on the slopes of Table Mountain. The sleek rooms are white on white with splashes of bold fabric, utterly chic! Spectacular views, award winning gardens, spa services and an extensive wine cellar will make it hard to leave. Blissful.

    Wine tasting  -  As a restored winery-estate manor house they of course still have their own vineyards and hold tastings.
    Foodies  -  With two award winning restaurants and their own vineyard this is foodie heaven!
    Child friendly  -  All children are welcome. Babysitting services available.
    Garden  -  One of the finest privately owned gardens in the world.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Grand Dedale 7 rooms from £231

    Wellington, Western Cape (PO Box 453)

    Grand Dedale enjoys a splendidly peaceful location nestled in a valley on the 380 hectares of Doolhof Wine Estate. This restored manor house offers chic boutique accommodation, luxurious interiors and lovely bathrooms. Enjoy four course dinners of game and seafood. A top-notch country escape!

    Active Holiday  -  There are a wide array of activities to get you out and about in Grand Dedale's surrounding countryside
    Country Escape  -  Feel a million miles away from all your worries at this tranquil rural spot
    Great walks  -  Head off on the two km River Walk or explore Limietbeg Nature Reserve's nine hiking trails!
    Fishing  -  There are plenty of good trout fishing spots located nearby
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller
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  • Le Quartier Francais 21 rooms from £262

    Franschhoek (Cape Town)

    Locals flock here for brunch, lunch and dinner; tourists scramble for a room. Twenty-one colourfully decorated rooms feature gorgeous upholstery and some, private pools. There are three in-house fine dining options plus plenty more right on your doorstep. A firm Franschhoek favourite.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated at this hotel.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Spa
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  • Holden Manz 5 rooms from £305

    Franschhoek

    Holden Manz is situated on a wine estate between the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers. This country house offers spacious accommodation and smart bathrooms, whilst their Franschhoek kitchen serves up absolutely stunning dishes for you to try! Relax in the sun by the pool. A top country retreat.

    Country Escape  -  A stunning location and exquisite cuisine make Holden Manz the ideal spot for a romantic country escape
    Total relaxation  -  Feel a million miles away from all your worries as you unwind in their spa
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Mont Rochelle 26 rooms from £306

    Franschhoek

    A Virgin Limited Edition property set in spectacular rural surrounds in one of South Africa's finest wine growing regions. Classically designed throughout with soft hues, clean lines and plenty of light. A fabulous restaurant makes for romantic evenings and glorious spa is utterly spoiling. Bliss.

    Country Escape  -  A tranquil property set amidst rolling vineyards and with epic mountain views.
    Outstanding location
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Grande Provence 7 rooms from £240

    Franschhoek 7690

    Luxury boutique hotel with quaint Dutch-style buildings and lush gardens. Stay in the self-sufficient cottage, villa or suites, with pools attached. The exemplary restaurant serves seasonal local produce with a great choice of quality wines. A serene base from which to explore this charming region.

    Active Holiday  -  Many active ways to explore the area; hire mountain or quad bikes and follow valley paths, up mountains and alongside lakes
    Swimming Pool  -  There are two pools; one at the Owner’s Cottage, and one private pool for guests staying in La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards
    Spa  -  There isn’t a designated spa here, but therapists are on hand to perform pampering services all day long
    Restrictions on children  -  Children of all ages are welcome, but it’s best suited to older kids and teenagers
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The Thatch House 6 rooms from £253

    R43 Hermanus 7200

    Tranquil, cosy thatched retreat with expansive suites, set in exquisite rolling gardens in the middle of the wine country. With top-notch restaurant and a relaxing pool, as well as many outdoor activities in the area for those wanting to explore.

    Hideaway  -  An exclusive boutique hotel offering respite from everyday life, in an exquisite natural setting overlooking the Hermanus Lagoon
    Kayaking  -  Departing from the Old Harbour, you'll have views of the mountains and the stretch of coastline as you glide across the ocean
    Great walks  -  Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the region by foot or bicycle during their stay, with many winding country and mountain paths
    Views  -  Views over the Hermanus Lagoon and of the magnificent Cape Fold Mountains
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  • The Twelve Apostles Hotel 70 rooms from £337

    Cape Town (Camps Bay)

    This classic and comfortable hotel is all about location with terrific sea and mountain views. Hourly shuttles mean it’s also well placed for the beaches at Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront.

    Diving  -  Explore the Two Oceans or if you are feeling brave experience a shark dive.
    Surfing  -  Muizenberg Beach is considered one of the best surf spots in the world.
    Birdwatching  -  The surrounding coastline is great for birdwatching.
    Great walks  -  Take a hike up the spectacular Table Mountain.
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  • Akademie Street 7 rooms from £351

    Franschhoek

    Akademie Street offers a variety of boutique suites and cottages in charming Franschhoek. The property boasts elegant accommodation with chic interiors and wonderful views. Swim in one of the four pools or soak up the sun in one of their hot tubs! Enjoy full English breakfasts. A magnificent spot!

    Honeymoons  -  Elegant, intimate and wonderfully private cottages and suites surrounded by some of South Africa's best wine estates.
    Country Escape  -  Just a few minutes walk from the charming village centre, surrounded by lush gardens and rolling countryside
    Great walks  -  Franschhoek is home to many fantastic surrounding hiking trails
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse 5 rooms from £354

    Western Cape

    Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse is a spectacular property in the Elandskloof Nature Reserve. With elegant and spacious accommodation-guests can either book themselves a double room, a suite or take out the entire self-catering Olive House! Lounge by the pool and indulge yourself at dinner. Truly special

    Back to Nature  -  This plush Victorian guesthouse sits on 6000 acres of private nature reserve populated with a wide variety of animals
    Romantic Break  -  Take a pampering and indulgent break- with attentive staff, excellent food, stunning suites and breathtaking views
    Active Holiday  -  Apart from game drives guests can enjoy hiking, cycling rowing, kayaking, fishing or wind-surfing
    Full board  -  Price quoted is on a full board basis and includes two activities per day plus use of kayaks, bikes etc.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Leeu House 12 rooms from £368

    Franschhoek

    A quaint Cape Dutch style hotel, located right along picturesque Franschhoek's bustling high street. Family friendly, and walking distance from some of Cape Town's best restaurants, this 12-bedroom hotel is a perfect base, ticking all the right boxes.

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located for all that Franschhoek has to offer
    Great walks  -  Explore the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
    Sights nearby  -  The Huguenot Monument
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Abalone House & Spa 10 rooms from £370

    Paternoster (Bek Bay)

    Abalone House & Spa is located in the coastal village of Paternoster, Western Cape. This 5* property offers ten boutique suites with some boasting splendid sea views. Enjoy scrumptious meals at the Reuben restaurant or a bottle of champagne in the rooftop jacuzzi! Wonderfully romantic.

    Romantic Break  -  Abalone House & Spa offers luxurious accommodation, gorgeous sea views and a quiet atmosphere-ideal for a romantic getaway
    Total relaxation  -  Take advantage of their extensive spa treatments and bask in the fresh sea air
    Great walks  -  Wander along Paternoster beach at sunset and take in the incredible views
    Birdwatching  -  There are over 200 species of birds in Abalone House's surounding area!
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Babylonstoren 12 rooms from £374

    Western Cape

    Babylonstoren is a restored Cape Dutch farm set in the remote rural hamlet of Simondium. The elegant interiors offer various original details-think wooden farm doors, fireplaces and stone walls-contrasted with modern kitchens and bathrooms. Enjoy exquisite meals from the Organic gardens- heaven!

    Honeymoons  -  A truly uniue spot- unfussy elegance with a modern flare, spectacular views, unbeatable food and plenty of wine!
    Total relaxation  -  Forget about all your worries at this stunningly tranquil spot and make use of their spa facilities
    Eco break  -  Everything grown in their incredible garden is edible and chemical-free- utter organic indulgence!!
    Fishing  -  Head off to Berg River and find a nice spot for a quiet afternoon fishing
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection
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  • Leeu Estates 20 rooms from £477

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    Located in the charming Franschhoek Valley, nestled amidst 68 acres of working vineyards lies one of South Africa's most luxurious new hotels. This elegant 19th century Manor House blends colonial and African interiors to great effect. Fine dining and fine wines complete the package. Divine.

    Romantic Break  -  A popular honeymooner's destination Leeu estates includes indulgent rooms, spa and fine dining
    Foodies  -  Award winning wines paired with gourmet dishes - plus Franschhoek is a foodie's mecca
    Great walks  -  Through the Franschhoek Valley and its beautiful fynbos
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of six permitted
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  • Birkenhead House 11 rooms from £546

    Hermanus

    Former family owned holiday home turned hotel Birkenhead House is the address in Hermanus for whale watching. A two-hour scenic drive from Cape Town it is well worth the trip. On brand colourful interiors courtesy of The Royal Portfolio it is the perfect family holiday or romantic retreat.

    Families  -  A perfect family break - excellent food and enough to tire out even the most active
    Back to Nature  -  The Atlantic Ocean is right on your doorstep - a great stay for wildlife lovers
    Romantic Break  -  Utterly indulgent, Birkenhead House's wild backdrop makes for a romantic escape
    Great walks  -  Take a walk along the coastal path into town
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  • The Old Rectory 36 rooms from £441

    Western Cape

    A beachfront boutique hotel with simple yet elegant design and interiors furnished with stylish decor and artworks. Featuring pretty gardens surrounding the pool, easy access to beaches and an indulgent spa. Spend days enjoying leisurely walks and seaside activities. A relaxing stay.

    Hideaway  -  Inspires long alfresco lunches of just-caught seafood and local wines, spa sessions and walks along the white-sand beach
    Great walks  -  Plettenberg Bay is surrounded by some of the Garden Route’s most beautiful and wildlife-rich landscape
    Swimming Pool  -  The saltwater pool is at the center of the garden, surrounded by decking and shade-giving trees
    Spa  -  The Sanctuary Spa is in a historic, thatch-roofed building
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Cape Grace Hotel 120 rooms from £744

    Cape Town

    A beautiful hotel in the centre of Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront. Excellent service, sumptuous classic interiors, a great restaurant, trendy bar and its own spa. There are magnificent views of Table Mountain and the marina which can be enjoyed from the privacy of your own balcony.

    Romantic Break  -  Enjoy a couple's massage followed by drinks and dinner on your penthouse patio with Jacuzzi to boot!
    City Style  -  A perfect blend of African and European influnces, old and new, in a prime location.
    Spa  -  A great variety of treatments available in the in-house spa
    Views  -  Panoramic views of Table Mountain and the marina
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • La Residence, Franschhoek 16 rooms from £782

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    A visual feast, everywhere you look the eye falls on some exotic antique or painting. Each unique suite is decorated in the colours and fabrics of a maharajah's palace, a miniature Versailles or a Moroccan harem. Utter indulgence continues right through to the dining and the award winning spa.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 12 are permitted.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Delaire Graff Estate 10 rooms from £1056

    Stellenbosch

    Nestled between magnificent mountains and the vineyards of Stellenbosch, offering a full-service spa, an on-site winery and choice of two critically acclaimed restaurants. Stunning views and gorgeous gardens surround the property. An ideal spot for foodies seeking a stylish country retreat.

    Foodies  -  Food and wine are features here, with bottles born of the very soil that surrounds you. Food is fresh, local, and innovative
    Hills & mountains  -  Anchored on the vineyard-clad slopes of Botmanskop, high above the gorgeous Helshoogte Pass
    Views  -  The drive sweeps upwards through a pristine garden to arrive at what is arguably the Cape’s most stupendous mountain view
    Great walks  -  Follow some pretty or more demanding mountain trails to experience stunning views, or explore the nearby nature reserves
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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