5 Favorite Cape Town Luxury Properties
Cape Town is easily my favorite city on earth. I like it so much, I try to visit every other year. There is something about the combination of stunning natural beauty, vibrant neighborhoods, friendly people and no shortage of activities, restaurants and bars that manifests as an infectious, unbeatable energy. I’ve spent months at a time in Cape Town, and never been bored.
The “Mother City” is also home to some pretty spectacular luxury properties. Here are five of my favorites in different styles.
1. The Silo
It’s been a hit since the day it opened, so I was curious to visit The Silo and see if it lived it up to the hype. It did. This a one-of-a-kind design hotel in a former grain silo in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront dazzles from the moment you enter its lobby, and just gets better as you delve deeper — the soaking tubs with views pictured here are my favorite perk of the 28 individually decorated rooms. All feature convex windows with dramatic views, bespoke furnishings, giant chandeliers, original art and bold colors. There’s also a fantastic rooftop bar with a swimming pool and a private art gallery of African contemporary artists in the basement among other onsite amenities.
2. South Beach Camps Bay
I absolutely love the boutique hotel/villa hybrid property just off the main road in Camps Bay with modern luxury style and stupendous ocean views. South Beach has just 19 immaculate and spacious studio suites with full kitchens that come partially stocked with beverages and snacks. The owner is an avid art collector and the Miami-inspired property features an exclusive art collection with commissioned pieces by well-known South African artist Lionel Smit throughout and a limited edition Marieke Prinsloo sculpture on the rooftop pool bar deck — don’t miss a sunset up here. There is also a private gym, a guest laundry, complimentary bicycles and exemplary staff.
3. The Twelve Apostles
In an absolutely stunning location with the mountain range for which it is named on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, 12A is a romantic old world posh option that is great for a few nights outside the city. The service is five-star, and Azure, the restaurant here, is top notch. In the morning, I love having breakfast on the outdoor patio overlooking the ocean. Note, this property is definitely isolated, located a good 25-minute drive on the windy coastal road from downtown, but not far from the popular beach community of Camps Bay.
4. One&Only Cape Town
Before The Silo opened, One&Only Cape Town was my favorite V&A Waterfront sleep. It’s still a great place to stay, especially if you’re looking for a destination style property. The modern style is island meets Africa, and many of the 131 rooms and suites have stunning Table Mountain views. The lobby is home to the only Nobu restaurant on the continent. Also on site is Reuben’s, which does delicious locally influenced bistro fare.
5. Belmond Mount Nelson
Another top luxury choice in Cape Town, I love the Belmond Mount Nelson for a historic legacy sleep in the shadow of Table Mountain. The storied hotel is done up in elegant colonial fashion and is famous for its afternoon high tea, which is a worthwhile experience. It’s also located closer to the city center than my other picks, giving it a bit more urban neighborhood buzz. That said, the flamingo pink property itself is set on a gardens estate, and provides a quiet respite from the city. There are two outdoor pools, two restaurants and a spa onsite.