Compiled by Naomi Larkin Photographs, supplied African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel WHERE: 15 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 021-430-5302/0861-505-050, africanpridehotels.com WHY WE LOVE IT: You know you’re in hip-hotel territory from the moment you step on the sparkly stone ‘red carpet’ and take a ride to reception seated on an out-sized gold armchair. Styling throughout is playful but sumptuous, and everything’s geared to your utmost comfort. You’ll be blown away by the views of Table Mountain from the lavish suites (boasting the sexiest of marble-clad bathrooms). X-FACTOR: A cocktail at the chic Murano Bar (try the ginger-and-basil Cosmopolitan) – seated beneath a gigantic Murano glass chandelier – is a must before dinner at Savour Restaurant. Expect a melange of exciting global flavours from chef Michael Meyepa. Pikkewyntjie WHERE: Paternoster, Western Cape, perfecthideaways.co.za WHY WE LOVE IT: The fishing village of Paternoster is as charming in winter as it is in summer and Pikkewyntjie is perfectly situated: across the road from the sea and within walking distance of all the best places to eat. With interiors that are the ideal mix of comfort and style, and a layout that focuses all your attention on the view, it’s a prime choice for weekend getaways. It has room for six in three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom is spacious and romantic, with its own courtyard. X-FACTOR: The kitchen and living areas all open onto the large deck, which has additional dining and lounging spots, all facing the sea and made for relaxing. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge WHERE: Nambiti Private Game Reserve, near Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, elephantrocklodge.co.za WHY WE LOVE IT: Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a spectacular malaria-free reserve of roughly 10 000ha in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, about three hours’ drive from Durban. With 10 lodges on the reserve guests have a wide choice of accommodation, each distinctive. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge sleeps a maximum of 10 people so privacy is key. Enjoy sundowners overlooking the water hole or stargazing in front of a blazing boma. X-FACTOR: Nambiti has a strong commitment to conservation, working in partnership with local communities to preserve the wildlife. This article was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of House and Leisure.