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Compiled by Naomi Larkin Photographs Supplied Additional text Glynis Horning WINTER WARMER What Cape Royale Where 47 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, Why we love it A popular addition to the Mother City’s hotel line-up, it has a great two-night winter package offer at R1 999 per person sharing per night. This includes airport transfers, wine in your suite, a butler on call, spa treatments, breakfast and a three-course gourmet dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant, 1 800°. X-factor Location, location, location – right in the hub of vibey Green Point. Plus the rooftop bar has majestic 360-degree views. DURBAN DELUXE What Gateway Hotel Where Adjoining Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga Ridge, KZN, 031-536-9200, Why we love it This is a fun city stop for passionate shoppers with kids, as it opens into the southern hemisphere’s biggest shopping and entertainment centre – think 38 restaurants, 380 stores, 15 movie houses, art gallery, sports arena, climbing wall and skate park. Amid all this, the hotel is an oasis of contemporary calm, all sleek, pale wood and marble, with soothing water features, spacious bedrooms and the airy Fig Tree café. X-factor It’s proudly green, from the striking leaf-design ‘solar shield’ that keeps the heat out while letting light in, to the low-flow water system. It’s also great value – in September you can stay for R650 (single), R400 per person sharing. WINE FARM STAY What Beaumont Wines Cottages Where Compagnes Drift Farm, Bot River, Western Cape, 028-284-9194, Why we love it The Beaumont family-run winery not only produces great wine, it’s also home to two self-catering cottages. Just an hour out of Cape Town, the accommodation offers a fuss-free country getaway. The Mill House sleeps six and Peppertree Cottage has room for four. Enjoy long walks or mountain bike rides on the property. X-factor Book a weekend that coincides with the winery’s fabulous monthly Cellar Lunches held in the old cellar with delicious dishes that are paired with the label’s wine. SPA OF THE MONTH Everything the Mount Nelson does is done in style and the in-house Librisa Spa is no different. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it is a truly luxe environment and a perfect place for pampering. The dedication to using only natural ingredients and chemical-free skin- care products – the Sodashi and Africology ranges – is commendable. Unwind before your treatment with a steam, sauna or a dip in the plunge pool. (Spa visitors also have access to the hotel’s swimming pool.) This is a splurge kind of a place so opt for one of the packages such as the Bliss for Two, which includes massages followed by afternoon tea in the hotel’s lounge. Librisa Spa, Mount Nelson, 76 Orange St, Cape Town, 021-483-1000, This article was originally published in the September 2011 issue of House and Leisure.