Those seeking something a little more creative and out of the ordinary for their next trip should look into specialty hotels.
By integrating the natural landscape, art or even history into the hospitality experience, specialty hotels appeal to a person’s particular fancy and makes for a unique and memorable stay. Here are our Top 5 unique hotel experiences in South Africa:
1. Namakwa Mountain Suites in Springbok
The unique thatched dwellings offer complete privacy and luxury to the discerning traveler. Each of the 3 suites are built into large rocks in the edge of overlooks with breath-taking views of the bush.
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Rates: R 2360 per person, full board.
2. Cape Cadogan Botique Hotel in Cape Town
In 2003, owners Aine and Brian Clancy wanted to create a concept that would allow guests from across the world the opportunity to live a very different hotel experience. Literature buffs will love Cape Cadogan, a Georgian house in the heart of Gardens that has been made into an Oscar Wilde-inspired boutique hotel. The most prominent features of the literary theme are the boho-chic decor and the decent library. If being ‘in the gutter’ while some ‘are looking at the stars’ means nothing to you, rather appreciate the iconic building for the National Monument that it is.
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Rates: Standard double rooms from R 1 380 p/p sharing per night.
3. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in the Cederberg.
For unhappy campers who prefer to gaze at nature from a little more of a luxurious view, it doesn’t get much more integrated then the quirky cave dwellings of Kagga Kamma. They even have an open air ‘room’, consisting of a king-size bed that is set upon a rock outcrop with some boulders for walls and the sky for a ceiling.
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Rates: Deluxe huts from R 895 p/p sharing, including breakfast.
4. 12 Decades Art Hotel in Johannesburg.
On the 7th floor of Main Street Life, 12 Decades offers boutique hospitality in Joburg’s hip Maboneng District. A fusion of art and history makes staying here a very special experience. The hotel takes its name from its 12 rooms, each one chronicling a different decade of the city’s colourful history from 1886 to 2006. The rooms are individually designed and conceptualised by some of South Africa’s top artists and designers, including Love Jozi, Black Coffee and Dokter + Misses. Pictured below, Love Jozi designer Bradley Kirshenbaum brings tongue-in-cheek humour to the decade of 1946 – 1956, one of the most tumultuous eras in South African history.
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Rates: R 900 per night or R14 610 per month.
5. No. 5 Boutique Art Hotel, Port Elizabeth
This boutique hotel, set in opulent and contemporary luxury, might well just be the pearl of P.E. Each of their 10 suites is characterised by sophistication and artistic flare modelled around the Art Deco design movement of the 1920s. The hotel sports a privately owned art collection and world-class facilities including a champagne room, theatre, jazz room and Salon Privé.
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Rates: from R 1 773 per night, including breakfast.
Watch out for more great destinations and travel trips in HL’s Travel Issue on shelves April 2015!