South Africa has bowled tourists over with its diversity, wildlife, culture and beautiful scenery. For a very pretty penny, you can enjoy SA from some of the best hotels in the world. Here’s our list of the top 10.
Table Bay Hotel
Right in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, an amazing location overlooking Robben Island and gorgeous Table Mountain means pure bliss for you. Such delights from this hotel include; the Camelot Spa which not only offers chocolate treatments, it also features irresistible brown sugar and vanilla essence body scrubs.
Thanda Private Game Reserve
Thanda means love in isiZulu which how you will feel when you stay at this lodge. Start your adventure with a tasty African bush breakfast while the fuzzy inhabitants are kept at bay by experienced rangers. And a bush dinner lit by paraffin lanterns and candlelight is the perfect way to end your day.
Voted as one of the best hidden gems in Africa, we whole-heartedly have to agree. Nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain, you’ll be treated to endless views of the surrounding Table Bay while you laze by the outdoor pool or on the top terrace. Alta Bay offers you in-room massage and beauty treatments, private yoga and Pilates sessions.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
This heavenly hotspot not only features amazing views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and the endless Atlantic. Decorated in an eclectic mix of contemporary African style and classic European influences, they will be a welcome sight for sore eyes – and feet! – after a day-long tour of the Cape Winelands. A vacation at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa wouldn’t be complete without an indigenous fynbos flora body treatment in the open-air gazebo at the onsite Sanctuary Spa.
The Palace of the Lost City
Opulence is probably the most suitable word for this citadel of luxurious living. From mosaic marble floors, 80-foot frescoed ceilings and an enchanted staircase lined with lanterns that leads to the Hidden Cave Falls, this hotel has captivated the world. On top of this, the hotel boasts two world class golf courses and the Valley of the Waves.
Hamilton’s Tent Camp
Hamilton’s Tented Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early 1900s, where grace and style were the epitome of luxurious living. Located in the Kruger National Park, this hotel offers; a spa, champagne breakfasts in the bush or you can enjoy the bush from the comfort of the pool.
With views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach, The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of the adventure-rich Garden Route. This region is world-renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities, from dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other exhilarating pursuits.
Standing 143 metres above the Sandton skyline, the Michelangelo Towers offers panoramic views of the Magaliesberg, the Johannesburg CBD and the Sandton cityscape below. Besides this, the hotel offers you fine dining from South Africa’s top chefs and a spa to make you relax even more.
The Oyster Box
With A-listed celebrities like Angelina Jolie staying at this resort, you will learn very quickly why this hotel is chosen by Hollywood stars. With a private cinema, breathtaking views and a choice of top-class restaurants, it was an easy choice for our list.
One and Only
Located in central Cape Town, this world-class hotel has easy access to Robben Island, Cape Town’s nightlife and its pristine beaches. After a day of relaxing, you can enjoy a meal made by legendary Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa at his restaurant, Nobu, his first-ever restaurant in Africa. Local celebrity chef Reuben Riffel recently opened Reuben’s, thrilling Capetonians and resort guests alike.