Looking for somewhere far-flung to visit in your private jet? Take a trip to Cape Town, South Africa. The “Tavern of the Seas” was originally established by the Dutch East India Company as a hub for Dutch ships traveling to the Far East, and was first settled in 1652. Cape Town outgrew its original purpose and is now one of the most multicultural cities in the world and a ragingly popular tourist destination. The city is well known for its landmarks and was named the 2014 World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.
Located in Franschhoek, just outside of Cape Town, La Résidence has a knack for turning a rustic setting into an extraordinary accommodation. The über-opulent 11-suite retreat has exterior architecture that’s nothing to write home about. However, its interior welcomes you with extravagant luxury—from its Indian chandelier to the over-the-top suites. Ask for the 1,150-square-foot Maharani Room and then treat your gastronomic fantasies alongside the hotel’s chef. (http://www.laresidence.co.za/)
One&Only Cape Town
The One&Only opened its doors in 2009 in a prime location along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. This modern, high-tech accommodation features 40-foot picture windows at the Vista Bar & Lounge that frame Table Mountain like no other place in the city. Everything about this hotel drips elegance, like the Adam D. Tihany-designed rooms, tri-level wine loft and the Bastien Gonzalez manicure clinics. For a view of Marina Mountain, ask for the Grand Suite (room 507) and splurge on the available upgrades. (http://capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com/)
Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
When you charter a private jet to Cape Town, consider staying at The Twelve Apostles. The Twelve Apostles is a mini-resort set along the Atlantic shores that has expanded since its days as a gabled farmhouse. Enjoy the mountain and ocean views, relax in the grotto-like crystal spa or catch a flick in the 16-seat cinema. When you want to play in the waves, take the shuttle down to Camps Bay Beach and hangout in the hammocks, walk along the private mountain trails and enjoy the aroma of the pelargonium blossoms. Check into a Classic room to enjoy a private patio in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. (http://www.12apostleshotel.com/)
Housed in a 17th century stable house, 95 Keerom features the Milanese offerings of owner and head chef Giorgio Nava. You’ll find an array of familiar menu items featuring ingredients that Nava harvested himself from his own farm and boat, like ravioli with sage butter, osso bucco with polenta and seafood carpaccios. Never leave this restaurant without trying the pillowy chocolate soufflé. (http://www.95keerom.com/)
The Boat House
The Boat House with Chef Bruce Robertson gives you a dining experience gem just outside of Cape Town in the tiny beach town of Scarborough. The acclaimed chef opens his own private beach house (the Boat House) to the public for two limited and ultra-exclusive lunch seatings a day. The five-course lunches feature favorites like mashed potatoes, green fish, homemade gnocchi, pâté and samboosas with panna cotta for dessert. Don’t forget to bring your second stomach. (http://www.chefbrucerobertson.com/p/boathouse.html)
Located in the Cape Grace Hotel is the Signal Restaurant, named for the cannon shot that you hear daily in Cape Town. The upscale dining room blends classic elements (think crystal chandeliers and silk curtains) with sea-inspired elements like murals of local scenes and yellowwood furniture. The restaurant offers a blend of international cuisine and locally sourced ingredients for dishes like lamb belly tortellini with champagne cream. (http://www.signalrestaurant.co.za/)
Cape Town, Constantia Valley, Durbanville’s Wine Valley, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Robertson and Franschhoek are like the Napa Valley of South Africa. Hire a driver and tour wineries like Paul Cluver Wines, Bergwater Vineyards, Boplaas Family Vineyars and Dieu Donné to sample the region’s signature vintages. (http://www.capetown.travel/activities/entry/cape_winelands_tours)
South Africa is celebrated for its diversity of natural gemstones, particularly diamonds. (Yes, black diamonds). You don’t have to be a rock-hound to find your own stones. Simply stop by places like the Shimansky Collection, Royal African Diamonds, Jewel Africa, the Diamond Works or Uwe Koetter to find the perfect stone and setting. For other gemstones, visit Olive Green Cat. If you’re traveling with the little ones or simply like the thrill of discovery, head to Scratch Patch, sort through polished stones and pick out favorites like lapis lazuli, blue lace agate, crystal and jasper. (http://www.capetown.travel/activities/entry/diamonds_and_jewellery)
Nature Walks and Wildlife
Cape Town’s wildlife and natural surroundings are some of the biggest attractions of this South African city. Activities include visiting ostrich farms, elephant sanctuaries, nature reserves and “Big Five,” four-star game reserves. Play with the penguins on the beach or put on your SCUBA gear and swim with the seals. For a panoramic view of the city, trek for 1.5 hours up Lion’s Head.
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