The Relais & Chateaux Route du Bonheur offers the ultimate in luxe sleepovers. With an impressive selection of unique hotels and lodges, guests can create their own route. HL chose three Western Cape properties for the perfect, long-weekend getaway...
Where 180 Kloof Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, 021-430-3200, ellerman.co.za.
Why we love it With such spectacular views guests could be forgiven for never wanting to leave their balconies. And when you add in the superb cuisine, which changes daily, and top wine list, it’s understandable that some have been returning annually since the doors of this glorious establishment first opened. The decor marries opulence with comfort and the service is faultless. The spa is yet another reason why this is the most perfect place to stay in Cape Town.
The X-factor The abundance of South African art, including masterpieces from Stern and Pierneef, that is on permanent display.
LE QUARTIER FRANÇAIS
Where 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, 021-876-2151, lequartier.co.za.
Why we love it Discreetly luxe and wonderfully private, this stylish auberge ticks all the boxes when it comes to the little, often overlooked details that make you feel really welcome and comfortable, while service is friendly and unobtrusive. The Common Room serves relaxed, made-to-share lunches and you can watch movies in the plush Screening Room.
The X-factor The Tasting Room is consistently rated among the world’s top fine-dining restaurants. Chef Margot Janse enthrals even the most jaded palettes with dishes that delight. Do try the nine-course, Africa-inspired menu.
THE CELLARS HOHENORT
Where 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 021-794-2137, cellars-hohenort.com.
Why we love it Classically charming and elegant, this stalwart Constantia property is so warm and welcoming that you’ll feel like you’re visiting friends – illustrious ones at that! Dinner at The Greenhouse restaurant is among the finest the Southern Suburbs has to offer, and those partial to a martini will be impressed by the lengthy list of options.
The X-factor The award-winning gardens are spectacular, with secret alcoves around every turn brimming with botanical rarities.
SPA OF THE MONTH
The spa at Cape Town’s five-star One&Only hotel facilitates slipping away from reality perfectly: it’s set on its own ‘tropical island’ and exudes the sort of glamorous resort-appeal of owner Sol Kerzner’s Indian Ocean retreats. With its state-of-the-art facilities, the spa’s already racked up awards. We loved the separate his-andhers heated vitality pools prior to intensive massages (choose from ‘unwind’, ‘restore’ and ‘elevate’ options). Staff are superbly trained and professional, and the ambience is world-class. You’ll feel right at home among the international jetsetters at the adjacent rim-flow pool when showing off your expert mani and pedi.
One&Only Cape Town, V&A Waterfront, 021-431-5810, oneandonlycapetown.com.
This article was originally published in the August 2011 issue of House and Leisure.