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CAPE ESCAPE

WHAT The Last Word Bishopscourt WHERE Hillwood Avenue, Bishopscourt, Cape Town, 021-794-6561thelastword.co.za WHY WE LOVE IT Manicured gardens, rolling lawns, an infinity pool and the backdrop of Table Mountain offer not only an idyllic setting for this five-star boutique hotel but peace and comfort too. You can enjoy the magnificent views from the intimacy of your private patio or balcony. THE X-FACTOR The turndown – a mini crème brûlée pot on your bedside table instead of a chocolate on the pillow, and candles lit in the bathroom.

JOBURG RETREAT

WHAT Ascot Hotel WHERE 59 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Joburg, 011-483-3371ascothotel.co.za WHY WE LOVE IT Given a stylish new lease on life by brothers Nick and Matthew Obel, the Ascot has shed its down-at-heel image of recent years and is setting the pace for Norwood’s trendy upgrade. The 15 en-suite rooms are well appointed and the breakfasts generous – and the on-site spa is a bonus. Need a sleep-in? Ask for a room away from the boxing gym. THE X-FACTOR The imaginatively stocked cocktail bar attracts a fun, funky crowd.

WHALE WATCHING

WHAT The Marine Hermanus WHERE Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, 028-313-1000marine-hermanus.co.za WHY WE LOVE IT The Marine is the grand lady of Hermanus hotels, positioned right above the water just a step away from the cliff path, yet close to the town’s boutiques and bistros. The Pavilion restaurant overlooking Walker Bay serves cuisine to match the vista – you won’t want to leave. THE X-FACTOR Watching whales from your bed!

SCENT TO PICK-ME-UP

Try the new Boss Orange Man (R750 for 100ml EDT) or the ever-cool Aramis EDT Natural Spray (R445 for 60ml).

CHIC TRAVELLER

Nox Luthuli, MD of Durban’s Bloom Marketing, shares her travel secrets with HL... Describe your perfect hotel room. Spacious and contemporary. I prefer boutique hotels with attention to detail and sea views. What do you stock up on when travelling overseas? Shoes and clothes. How do you beat jet lag? I go for a run within a few hours of landing – this also allows me to get acquainted with my new surroundings. Do you travel light or heavy? I aim for light, but my shoes tend to mess with the plan. What don’t you leave home without? A hair-straightening iron, iPod and iPad. Other travel essentials? My travel journal, a camera, sunglasses, make-up remover, and flat shoes or Converse All Star sneakers. Your favourite local luxury destinations? Not local but close enough, Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa on Bazaruto Island, Mozambique, offers tropical white sand and blue sea a two-hour flight away. Also two hours away, Pod, a boutique hotel in Cape Town’s Camps Bay, is a pure minimalist escape (HL January/February). This article was originally featured in the April 2011 issue of House and Leisure.