With the fall weather bringing shorter days and cooler weather, it’s time to escape in a private chartered flight to an area of the world that’s waking up to gorgeous spring weather. With stunning landscapes, diverse cuisine and a rich heritage, Cape Town stands out from the other cities in its country and continent. Its urbane nature, world-class shops, fine dining, and progressive art starkly contrast the areas just north of the Hex River Valley, making it one of the top destinations in the world.
Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Located along one of Cape Town’s most scenic routes, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is the only manmade structure between Llandudno and Camps Bay. Guests enjoy helicopter transfers to the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, movie night events at the on-site cinema, regular shuttle services to Camps Bay, whale watching from the bar’s terrace, and fresh oysters and free-flowing sparkling wine for breakfast. If you’re traveling alone, the sports buddy program will pair you with a companion to accompany you on runs, hikes, bike rides and other activities.
Built in 1906 for Sir John Ellerman, the namesake hotel may be one of the finest accommodations in Cape Town. You’ll find Ellerman House perched on a hill near Sea Point in Bantry Bay, surrounded by unparallel views. One of the most impressive features of the hotel is its private art collection, which almost puts the collection at the National Gallery to shame. Because of its smaller size and popularity, it’s wise to book a room well in advance.
Set in one of the most unique locations in the Cape peninsula, Tintswalo Atlantic is a hidden gem at the base of Table Mountain National Park, giving you unprecedented panoramic views of the Sentinel mountain peak, Hout Bay harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean. Different islands provide the inspiration for the 11 differently themed rooms at the distinctive hideaway, so it’s a good idea to let the booking agent know your aesthetic and color preferences.
Situated in a conservatory-like dining room at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, The Greenhouse is The Collection by Liz McGrath flagship restaurant. The delightful, high-end cuisine blends classic techniques with local flavors, providing you with an enchanting culinary experience.
The Test Kitchen
Nestled in Cape Town’s eclectic Woodstock neighborhood, the Test Kitchen features chef Luke Dale Robert’s mind-blowing culinary magic, making it a must-visit restaurant for any serious foodie. The only thing that you can expect out of the open kitchen is the unexpected. Book your reservation well in advance.
One of the most-lauded five-star restaurants in the city, you’ll find La Colombe at its new location at the Silvermist wine estate. The change of address comes with creative twists on old favorites. Lunch and dinner are delightfully gourmand affairs.
When you’re in Cape Town, there is no way to miss Table Mountain, which dominates the peninsula. Exploring the landmark is a must. Hike on one of the various trails, which range in difficulty. Or, relax and enjoy the view by taking a cable car to the top.
South Africa has some of the best wines in the world, along with some of the most scenic vineyards and wineries. Some of the more popular regions to visit include Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Ask your hotel’s concierge to arrange a wine tasting tour with a town car and driver.
Cape Town is rich with water sports. Catch a wave, like the professional surfers in the movie Endless Summer. Muizenburg is a good spot for beginners. Dungeouns near Hout Bay is best for pros. Try your hand at kite surfing at Table Bay. Get further into the water on a chartered boat for some deep-sea fishing. If you feel particularly adventurous, go shark cage diving to see great white sharks in Gaansbaai or False Bay.