5 luxurious escapes close to Cape City

Though the Mom Metropolis has a blinding array of luxurious lodging choices, and continues to gather a string of worldwide awards, the coastal cities, winelands and mountains that encompass her even have some wondrous hidden gems. Listed below are my prime 5 luxe stays, all inside a 90-minute drive of town.

1. The Marine Lodge

Understated class and old-fashioned hospitality welcome you with open arms to the coastal city of Hermanus. It’s completely poised alongside the clifftops on this prime vacation village, providing probably the most spectacular and expansive ocean vistas.

The city is most-known for its distinctive whale viewing – probably the greatest spots on this planet! My prime three lodge experiences have been having fun with the culinary creativity of their Origins restaurant, afternoon champagne periods within the lodges’ lounge, and lastly merely persevering with the whale recognizing from the luxurious consolation of my mattress.

2. The Villa Exner

Usually bypassed by guests, the mountainous hamlet of Elgin has just a few surprises in retailer, and one in every of these is the Villa Exner. Driving as much as the double story pillared homestead, feels such as you’re in a scene from an American film, set within the deep South, solely with the cotton fields changed by Cape Fold mountains.

The transformed homestead provides a handful of rooms, all spacious with subtly African-inspired décor, and all just a few steps from Eats11, the in-house restaurant. Make sure to go to the Cape Cover Tour for a zip-line expertise, or a neighborhood vineyard for some wonderful cool local weather wines.

three. Pearl Valley Lodge

A beginner on the block, the Pearl Valley Lodge is ready on the magnificently manicured greens of the luxurious property Val De Vie. Sports activities fanatics will revel on the alternative to get lively, with a golf course, equestrian amenities, squash and tennis courts, and rather more. The mixture of French Provençal and Cape Vernacular kinds encourage the property, and the lodge’s lavish appears to be like.

A 20 minute drive in both path will take you to the picturesque and historic winelands’ cities of Paarl, and Franschhoek. An ideal household vacation spot, because the property has kilometers of floor for youths to soundly discover.

four. The Robertson Small Lodge

Whereas Robertson is the bigger of the villages you’ll drive by way of on the scenic Route 62 out of Cape City, in one in every of its suburbs hides one thing small however oh so important. The Robertson Small is a five-star lodge that lives as much as its title with solely 12 rooms, and an distinctive dedication to the ‘small particulars’. A lot of the rooms open immediately onto one of many swimming pools, with personal verandas to chill out away the afternoon.

From the lodge produced Small Information to the city, to menus arriving in envelopes, you’re held in luxurious with surprisingly pleasant small touches at each flip. Simply one in every of prime three lodges I’ve ever visited, and inside a 10 minute drive of a few of my favorite wine farms, it’s a winner.

5. Le Franschhoek Lodge

Driving into Franschhoek (the French-quarter), after which alongside the size of its picturesque essential highway it’s as if you happen to’re transported right into a European hamlet, cradled by mountains on each side. As if that wasn’t sufficient, as you permit the city and proceed deeper into the valley, you finally arrive at Le Franschhoek Lodge.

The tranquil backyard setting, and distinctive service makes for the proper luxe winelands escape. As a lot as there are numerous wine farms to discover inside a minute’s drive, you’d be equally pleased to languor away the day on the pool or the tempting in-house Heavenly Spa. Who wouldn’t need to relaxation within the shadow of the majestic mountains, all of the whereas dazzled by such tasteful French aptitude?