The iconic Table Mountain, beautiful beaches and a relaxed cosmopolitan atmosphere makes Cape Town an ideal holiday destination. It’s no wonder that Cape Town has been attracting more and more visitors each year. These are our top choices of 10 five star luxury hotels in the mother city that are itching to welcome you, as only five star establishments can.
1. Cape Grace
This award winning hotel is located in one of Cape Town’s most famous attractions, the V&A Waterfront. You are within walking distance of Cape Town’s best boutiques and markets and a short drive away from the white sand Atlantic beaches. 120 rooms and suites, pool, spa and acclaimed whiskey bar, Bascule (over 400 whiskeys on offer) complete the Cape Grace experience. Service is naturally of an exceptional standard but retains an unobtrusive feel. A chauffeur will drive you anywhere within a 20km radius of the hotel and you will also have access to the hotel’s luxury yacht. The Cape Grace is well known for being a treasure trove of contemporary and antique pieces, creating the perfect balance between old style luxury and new. The Cape Grace is a proudly South African hotel, this means that everything at the hotel is locally sourced, aiding the local communities.
2. Belmond Mount Nelson
The grand dame of Cape Town, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has been graced by many a famous name including Agatha Christie, John Lennon and his holiness the Dalai Lama. Its 201 rooms have been providing luxury accommodation since 1899. Colonial era architecture and interiors accentuate the grand elegance. The Librisa Spa brings the more modern touches to this five star hotel, with kitted treatment rooms dedicated to the sole purpose of pampering. It’s been said that no visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing High Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson. It is simply pure decadent indulgence drenched in refinement, looking out onto manicured green lawns.
3. The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Situated between two of the most affluent suburbs in Cape Town, Camp’s Bay and Llandudno, is The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, in all of its five-star glory. This landmark hotel, part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has 55 rooms and 15 suites. The main building dates back to 1929 and with four low slung wings, it’s all wrapped in luxurious decor, complementing its position between the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Azure Restaurant and Leopard Bar, a 16 seat cinema (showing films five times a day) and a luxury spa with state-of-the-art treatment rooms, have ensured that this hotel has earned its five star grading. A unique offering is the ‘Two Flights Lunch Experience’, a helicopter trip that takes off from the V&A Waterfront, letting you see Robben Island, Lion’s Head and Camp’s Bay from the skies, then landing at the hotel to enjoy a gourmet meal at their award winning Azure restaurant, including a ‘flight of wines’ tasting with their Sommelier.
4. One&Only Cape Town
This is famous South African hotelier Sol Kerzner’s first urban One&Only resort that is the size and scale of his other properties, in exotic beachside locations. The One&Only Cape Town occupies prime real estate in the V&A Waterfront and has unsurpassed views of Table Mountain and has a delicious reputation for being a culinary hotspot. 131 spacious rooms have a contemporary style that showcases modern African art. Attention to detail is paramount at the One&Only Cape Town, right down to the pillow and scent menus. It’s five star luxury at its finest. South Africa’s beloved chef Reuben Riffel has his first urban restaurant at the One&Only and provides a unique journey through some of South Africa’s local flavours and dishes.
5. Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
This five star luxury hotel is right on the Atlantic Ocean and has a distinctive maritime feel, even it’s design is one of a luxury cruise liner. Its enviable location is within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, putting the luxury experiences of Cape Town right at your fingertips. With Table Mountain as a picture perfect backdrop, a rim flow pool overlooking the ocean and expansive terrace that makes for the ideal while away setting in the Mother City. Rooms are modern and stylish, with a vast array of modern conveniences. The on-site Amani spa is the quintessential sanctuary with a range of exclusive treatments and a fitness centre for the more energetic.
6. Ellerman House
Ellerman House is pure unadulterated opulence. It’s often referred to as Cape Town’s hidden gem in the beautiful suburb of Bantry Bay and is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s great luxury hotels. Ellerman House is home to the finest collection of South African original art and showcases local Cape wines, South African brandy and Dom Perignon Champagne. The Wine Gallery features a human-scale corkscrew that holds 1500 bottles. There are only 11 rooms, 2 suites and 2 lavish private villas at Ellerman House, ensuring that exclusivity is a promise.
7. Taj Cape Town
Opened in 2010, Taj Cape Town was known as the ‘city’s newest hotel’, as it occupies two historical buildings. It is housed in two 19th-century buildings; the original South African Reserve Bank and the Temple Chambers. Set in the vibrant heart of the city, Taj Cape Town is a perfect blend of history, luxury, refined Indian hospitality and a true Cape Town experience. The Jiva Grande Spa takes its inspiration from Ayurveda, with a range of authentic, traditional Indian wellness treatments. The Taj Cape Town is adjacent to St George’s Mall and is steps away from the Company Gardens and Parliament.
8. The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel is in the trendy suburb of Camps Bay, playground of the rich and famous. It is a distinctive blend of sophisticated elegance and casual comfort, all a stone’s throw away from the white sand beach. 78 rooms and suites offer casual opulence with mountain or sea views. Picture expansive sun decks, shimmering pools and unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as Lion’s Head! The Bay Hotel has a reputation for being the ideal choice for romantics, with everything from relaxing spa treatments to a unique cocktail bar.