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$400 or more
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Babylonstoren
Klapmuts/Simondium Road
Franschhoek
South Africa
Tel: 27 21 863 3852
enquiries@babylonstoren.com
www.babylonstoren.com

A 500-acre Cape Dutch winery and fruit farm dating to 1692 has been reincarnated way beyond its former glory by former Elle Decoration editor Karen Roos into the Cape's most authentic and comforting farm stay. Located between Franschhoek and Paarl, this meticulously restored estate is anchored by eight acres of formal vegetable, flower, and fruit gardens. The simple, whitewashed exteriors of the 12 suites, overlooking gardens or vineyards, give little hint of the graceful interiors that mingle old and new, rustic and contemporary—from the posy of indigenous flowers in the bathroom, to the bookshelves packed with highbrow South African literature, to the modern glass-walled full kitchens in select suites that enable fantasy DIY farm-to-table cooking (guests can pluck their own heirloom vegetables and organic fruit on-site). For those happy to leave the cooking to the pros, Babel, a restaurant in a converted cowshed, presents a fresh daily menu whose organizing principle is seasonal colors (a red salad—a plate of watermelon, strawberries, beets, radishes, and mulberries—for instance) served in a dining room or under umbrellas in a courtyard. Even the pool's design reinforces the pastoral experience—it resembles a traditional farm dam.

$200-$299
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Cape Cadogan
5 Upper Union Street
Gardens
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 480 8080
res@morecapecadogan.co.za
www.capecadogan.com

The scent of tuberoses fills the air as one steps into the Cape Cadogan, a 12-room boutique hotel in a restored Georgian house. It's a sensual kind of place that feels private, with all-white decor, sparkling chandeliers, and open, travertine-tiled bathrooms. It's a two-minute walk from Cape Town's trendy Kloof Street, where you'll find delis, home design and clothing shops, and restaurants. Book room no. 8: Its windows open onto the treetops, and you won't feel like you're even in the city. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in a small, sunny courtyard next to a plunge pool.

$400 or more
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Cape Grace
West Quay Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa 8002
Tel: 27 21 410 7100
info@capegrace.com
www.capegrace.com

Anxious about driving in Cape Town? This hotel's location on its own quay at the V&A Waterfront means guests have pedestrian access to the shops and restaurants there; in addition, a complimentary chauffeur service covers a five-mile radius—which will get you to the beach. Even better, request a packed picnic and get dropped at Clifton Beach in the morning. The 121-room hotel has a somewhat younger clientele than its main luxury competitor, the Mount Nelson, and prides itself on extremely personalized service. Hotel staff try to accommodate every request, so if you're keen on wine, the resident sommelier can accompany you to the winelands, for instance. Complimentary "Café Complet" (tea, coffee, juice, water, and pastries in the morning) as well as port and sherry in the evening are available to all guests in the library. The best views of the water are had from the fourth-floor terrace suites, also the location of the spa. Bascule, the hotel's happening bar, has the largest single-malt whiskey collection in the Southern Hemisphere, and is a great spot for a quayside drink.

$199 or less
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Daddy Long Legs
134 Long Street
Cape Town Centre
Cape Town
South Africa 8000
Tel: 27 21 422 3074
info@daddylonglegs.co.za
www.daddylonglegs.co.za

The rooms are tiny and the setting too noisy, but if you want to be in the heart of Long Street, and you don't mind the sound of late-night revelers in the bars and restaurants below (or plan on joining them at a hot spot like the Waiting Room), then book one of Daddy Long Legs's arty rooms. The 13 rooms are unique, each decorated by a different artist. Ask for a tour before checking in, to make sure you can find a space that suits you. Some, such as BeingMak1One, with its very stark, white 3-D installations by the artist of the same name, are rather unsettling. We suggest Far from Home: Its wallpaper depicts vast expanses of the Kalahari Desert, which is quite liberating in a small room, and it has excellent views of Table Mountain. This property is a popular location for photo shoots, so you'll be rubbing shoulders with models and pushing past wardrobe stylists in the corridors. The small lounge has comfortable leather sofas and an outdoor deck overlooking the action on Long Street below.

$400 or more
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Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa
Helshoogte Pass
Stellenbosch
South Africa 7602
Tel: 27 21 885 8160
lodge.reservations@delaire.co.za
www.delaire.co.za

With wraparound views of vineyards and mountain peaks, ten exquisitely appointed private lodges and a spa have opened at the Delaire Graff Estate, with its cutting-edge winery, tasting lounge, fine-dining restaurant, and boutique all within strolling distance. Architecturally, the hotel is a contemporary take on the local Cape Dutch vernacular, while the glamorous color-saturated interiors are by London-based David Collins. Essentially private villas, each of the lodges has a heated infinity pool, generous living spaces, a kitchen with private butler service, and a Jo Malone-stocked marble bathroom. South African master craftsmen were commissioned to pull together a detailed, layered style with a unique local provenance. Spilling out onto a shady terrace, Indochine restaurant serves light pan-Asian cuisine such as duck tikka masala or Thai chicken broth infused with lime, lemongrass, and ginger. Staff pay attention to the finest detail, but the guest experience is ultimately influenced by the skill and intuition of the butler appointed to your lodge.

$400 or more
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Dock House
Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 421 9334
res@dockhouse.co.za
www.dockhouse.co.za

It's location, location, location at this smart city inn overlooking the vibrant Victoria & Alfred waterfront. Excellent shopping, dining, and entertainment options are all within strolling distance, yet the city's famous natural beauty—Table Mountain and the Clifton beach scene—is equally accessible. Local interior guru François du Plessis retained the Victorian architectural features of what was the harbor engineer's residence in the mid-1800s, then added a cosseted, contemporary feel by using natural tones and sensuous fabrics. There are five guest rooms—three with balconies overlooking Table Bay—and a suite that opens onto its own private garden; and all have complimentary minibars. There is an elegant morning room for breakfast and lunch, but if bacon-and-eggs in close proximity to fellow guests sounds too cozy, staff will arrange to serve breakfast in your room or next to the pool. Guests have access to OneWellness, a top-notch gym and spa facility next door.

$400 or more
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Ezard House
20 Theresa Avenue
Camps Bay
Cape Town
South Africa 8005
Tel: 27 21 438 6687
info@ezardhouse.com
www.ezardhouse.com

Backed by the dramatic Twelve Apostles mountain range, Ezard House offers 10 suites, all with terraces and views of either the ocean or the lovely garden, complete with koi ponds. The interiors are spare, stylish, and soothing. The hotel also has a roof terrace with a hot tub, and a small pool. The pleasant restaurant is open only to residents and their guests; every table affords a fantastic view of the bay. Airport transfers and shopping trips can be arranged.

$300-$399
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Grande Roche Hotel
Paarl
South Africa
Tel: 27 21 863 5100
info@granderoche.com
www.granderoche.com

With elements dating to the area's Huguenot settlement of the late 1600s, this estate in Cape wine country is "beautifully restored, surrounded by vineyards and magnificent old trees." Rooms, in several buildings, are suite-style—"we loved sitting in our living area, drinking wine from the local wineries." Order shrimp in phyllo pastry or a Grande Roche burger at Bistro Allegro.

(35 rooms)

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La Residence
Franschhoek
South Africa 7690
Tel: 27 15 793 0150
info@laresidence.co.za
www.laresidence.co.za

This is La Residence "take two"—a new, flashier version of the original Franschhoek property, built from scratch on a different site but with the same personal vibe—and appeals to those who wish to be close to the action but out of the limelight. Franschhoek Village, with its award-winning restaurants and a wine culture, is ten minutes away, and Cape Town is less than an hour's drive. In keeping with its name, the hotel was constructed on a grand scale: triple-height ceilings, black-and-white marble floors, enormous chandeliers, and vast paintings. Opening onto wide verandas and mountain views, the 11 extravagant suites are layered with French and Asian antiques, fantastic local art, and Persian carpets, and each has its own personality—from a girly boudoir in pink and lime green to a palatial honeymoon suite in white marble. The large pool backed by palm trees wouldn't look out of place at a beach resort but does here amid vineyards. Guests dine alfresco during the day, while dinner is a theatrical event with candlelight, high-backed ruby banquettes, and local wines paired to the simple but well-executed menu. A spa is in the works.

$400 or more
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The Last Word Sea Five
5 Central Drive
Camps Bay
Cape Town
South Africa 8005
Tel: 27 21 4380 743
info@seafive.co.za
thelastword.co.za

A ten-minute drive from the V&A Waterfront is the affluent suburb of Camps Bay, where Sea Five emerged like one of the many private beach houses that cling to the mountainside. Above a curve of white sand beach that is the crowded home of trendy cafés, bars, and shops, it's a best-of-both-worlds location, close enough to hear waves crashing, high enough to relish the stillness. Six guest rooms sprawl out on three levels, and all come with luxurious bed linens by Mungo Design (a hot South African export) and at least one large terrace (the two-bedroom penthouse has four) looking out at the Twelve Apostles, Lion's Head, or the sea. Interiors are simple but chic, sun-bleached in shades of white and stone. The amiable staff are equally adept at leaving you alone when you want solitude, or providing insider tips on what to do and where to go, should you decide to wander beyond the spacious wooden deck, the infinity lap pool, the friendly bar, and the volumes of locally published books on natural history. Lunch and dinner must be booked in advance.

$300-$399
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Le Franschhoek Hotel
1129 Farm Keerweder
Franschhoek
South Africa 7690
Tel: 27 21 876 8900
reservations@lefranschhoek.co.za
www.lefranschhoek.co.za

This contemporary Cape-Dutch property overlooks vineyards and orchards, and is surrounded by "a delightful French garden," hence the perfect design score. Service veers from "a little distant to truly excellent." Rooms "are tastefully decorated" with neutral tones. At Le Verger, dine alfresco in the orchard on perfect-scoring European, Asian, and African dishes. Breakfast at La Pavilion is "the best anywhere, and I've been to all seven continents!"

(63 rooms)

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Les Cascades de Bantry Bay
48 De Wet Road
Bantry Bay
Cape Town
South Africa 8005
Tel: 27 21 434 5209
fontain@mweb.co.za
www.lescascades.co.za

A short drive from both the city center and the beaches, this stylish guest house is located in the chic residential area of Bantry Bay, on the Atlantic. There are rooms in two buildings: six in the main lodge and four in the villa just down the hill. Three gorgeous, black-slate swimming pools are built on different levels between the two houses. The interiors have recently been updated, doing away with the colonial teak furniture for a more modern, European look. The hotel's chauffeured BMW is available for airport pickup, taxi service, and guided day tours.

$400 or more
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Mount Nelson Hotel
76 Orange Street
Gardens
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 483 1000
reservations@mountnelson.co.za
www.mountnelson.co.za

The colonial traditions of the century-old Mount Nelson Hotel will please anyone yearning for a quieter pace of life. The moment guests drive up the palm-lined lane and past a saluting doorman, they are cocooned from stress and noise. Morning and afternoon tea in the lounge, the sound of sprinklers on the lawn, and the pat of tennis balls on the courts in the nine-acre gardens—all form a tranquil backdrop to the busy city. The Mount Nelson has 201 rooms in total; guests who prefer to get away from the large hotel feel of the main four-story building should book one of the eight Garden suites across the lane, with, yes, their own walled gardens. In the same annex, the Green Park rooms are spacious and comfortable, though the decor is awfully flowery, with patterned curtains and botanical prints on the walls. Also, be sure to specify the size of the bed you want: Sometimes they push two singles together. A full, hot English breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in the Oasis Restaurant overlooking the main pool. Located on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the hotel is a five-minute walk to restaurants and the city center. There is free shuttle service to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, but you'll need to rent aa taxi car to get to the reach the beaches, 15 minutes away.

$400 or more
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One&Only Cape Town
Dock Road
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 431 5800
www.oneandonlycapetown.com/

On the edge of a marina on the buzzing V&A Waterfront, this glamorous newcomer makes the other five-star harbor hotels seem buttoned-down by comparison. While service is still short of being seamless, the hotel raises the bar in Cape Town with its designer dining, luxurious accommodations, and innovative facilities. There's a Nobu doing faultless food with a nod to locally sourced ingredients; the Gordon Ramsay–helmed Maze, known for its tasting-plate menus; and a central bar with a gunshot view of Table Mountain. All of the 91 rooms and suites in the main hotel are smartly done in dark, African-inspired hues and sleek lines. There are also 40 island suites—hot accent colors liven up the decor here—set apart on one of two private islands within the marina that form part of the hotel (the other island has the retreat-like ESPA spa, wisely set away from the hotel's superbly staffed gym and KidsOnly club). Quieter and more spacious but without views, these suites surround a vast free-form infinity pool with its casual, alfresco Isola restaurant (hotel guests only in high season) that serves wood-fired pizza, tapas, and salads.

$300-$399
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The Pinnacle
1011 Manhattan Place
130 Bree Street
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 556 9984
thepinnacle@exclusive-serenity.com
www.thepinnacle.co.za

The Pinnacle is a single-suite penthouse triplex with 180-degree views of the city's colorful Malay Quarter, Signal Hill, and the sea. Suitably minimalist and sexy, the loftlike layout makes the most of the triple-volume space: a vast living room, a sleek stainless steel kitchen, and a balcony on the first level; a study, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a balcony on the second; and a bedroom with an en suite bathroom on the mezzanine above that. Amenities include underground parking, a rooftop pool deck, a private gym, and a personal butler who is on hand to organize anything from a simple breakfast to a full-scale dinner prepared by a local chef. As in any city center, the location can be noisy—at 5 A.M., you'll want to burrow beneath the Egyptian cotton sheets to dampen the strident sounds of the muezzin's call to prayer from the mosque across the road.

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Table Bay Hotel
Quay 6
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 406 5000
naukmea@za.suninternational.com
www.suninternational.com/destinations/hotels/tablebay

The sunshine-hued building is full of windows with views of Table Mountain, the bay, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The location means "you don't have to travel anywhere by car." In rooms, "the sea air contributes to a wonderful night's rest." Camelot Spa's baobab tree treatment employs a scrub of baobab, sugar, and geranium. Order local seafood at The Conservatory.

(329 rooms)

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Taj Cape Town
Wale Street
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 866 969 1825 (toll free)
Tel: 27 21 819 2000
res.capetown@tajhotels.com
www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/Taj%20Cape%20Town,CAPE%20TOWN/default.htm

Located in the historic city center on the pedestrian St. George's Mall, this architecturally striking hotel is ideally suited to travelers wanting to tap into Cape Town's cosmopolitan culture—shops, street markets, art galleries, restaurants, and bars are all within walking distance, as are the city's legal and business districts and Company's Garden (part of the city's original fresh produce garden planted in the 1650s). The Taj occupies two restored landmark buildings on the lower floors, of which the central hub is the former South African Reserve Bank's marble-columned main hall (now the lobby, lounge, and bar areas). Atop this rises a new ultra-modern 17-story tower where most of the hotel's 177 rooms and suites are positioned to take advantage of the views of the city and Table Mountain. The lower, historic floors of the hotel house elegant rooms (with limited views and non-opening windows, alas), an Ayurvedic spa, and a fitness center with an indoor lap pool (the hotel's sole pool). The best of the three restaurants is the fine-dining Bombay Brasserie, modeled on its London namesake, focusing on regional Indian specialities carefully matched to local wines. Service here is also the most professional and confident, whereas elsewhere at the hotel staff seem more tentative.

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Tintswalo Atlantic
Chapman's Peak Road
Hout Bay
Cape Town
South Africa 7806
Tel: 27 87 754 9300
atlanticreception@tintswalo.com
www.tintswalo.com/atlantic/about_hotel.html

Perched on stilts between ancient milkwood trees, the ten wood-and-glass suites and two-bedroom presidential suite are so close to the pounding waves that it's possible to toss pebbles into the rock pools from your private deck. Each room is inspired by an island around the world; yet given the breathtaking views, themed rooms seem like an unnecessary distraction. Beds are vast, and sea-view tubs and huge showers provide an illusion of spaciousness. Although there isn't a pool big enough to swim in or a private beach directly below the lodge, guests will enjoy whale watching, romantic dinners, and outdoor massages. If you tire of that, a complimentary car service can whisk you to Cape Town.

$400 or more
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Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Victoria Road
Camps Bay
Cape Town
South Africa 8040
Tel: 27 21 437 9000
bookta@12apostles.co.za
www.12apostleshotel.com

This smart hotel is poised above the Atlantic rollers on the beach road between Camps Bay and Llandudno. The rooms, a modern take on colonial decor done in earth tones, are in four low-slung wings, two on each side of the main house. The 24-hour café dishes up a light California-influenced menu around the clock (so jet-lagged new arrivals can enjoy breakfast any time). The Azure Restaurant serves excellent food using local organic ingredients, and the spa has state-of-the-art treatment rooms. The hotel's 16-seat cinema shows movies five times a day, and you can access nature trails around the base of Table Mountain and picnic spots from the hotel grounds. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the airport.

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Victoria & Alfred Hotel
On the Waterfront Pierhead
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 419 6677
res@vahotel.co.za
www.vahotel.co.za

A converted 1904 warehouse on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this pale-blue property is "a charming slice of England in the heart of Cape Town." Interiors mix exposed brick with a modern palette of black, white, and red, softened by leather and crushed velvet. Staff's "constant big smiles" make guests feel "very important." At OYO Restaurant, try the pancetta-wrapped kingklip.

(94 rooms)

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The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays
Convention Square
Lower Long Street
Cape Town
South Africa 8000
Tel: 27 21 412 9999
westin.grand.capetown@arabellastarwood.co.za
www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1445

"As you approach the hotel, it's all lit up and looks so buzzy." The streamlined glass tower has floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest room and colors inspired by the wine country and the Atlantic. "Staff make sure you're taken care of." Meals at Thirty7 fizzle: "The ambience is nice, but the food is mediocre."

(483 rooms)

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