Cape Town is where culture and cosmopolitan pleasures come together. Hip boutiques, edgy restaurants, white sand beaches, rolling vineyards, and the majestic Table Mountain make this city a place like no other. I find Cape Town to be one of the most romantic cities in the world! With majestic beaches, dramatic cliffs, and first-class vineyards, it is a dream destination for any couple looking for quality time. Discover our handpicked collection of the best luxury accommodation in Cape Town including an exceptional range of luxury hotels, guesthouses & villas that are perfect for a family holiday or romantic vacation.
The best Romantic getaways in the Cape, there are certain settings that are, quite simply, tailor-made for romance. Ocean-facing getaways, conjure sunset strolls on the sand, late-night dips under the moon, and carefree picnics on the beach.
Whether it's a rustic mountainside escape, a boutique bolthole in the Winelands, or a rustic cabin in the woods, these romantic retreats have left us weak at the knees.
The coastal hideaway Tintswalo Atlantic at Houtbay
Tinswalo Atlantic, Perched on the rocky shores of Chapman’s Peak Drive in Hout Bay, this luxurious lodge overlooks the endless Atlantic Ocean and The Sentinel beyond, the hotel boasts an unparalleled seaside setting, which coupled with sumptuous interiors and stellar service make this scenic sojourn a truly special stay.
Tintswalo Atlantic Hotel is a boutique beach lodge that can be found in Table Mountain National Park. In fact, it’s the only luxury hotel that can be found in the park. This incredible hotel sits right on the oceanfront with a pebble beach just steps away. You will be hard-pressed to find a more special and unique hotel in the vicinity of Cape Town
From the heart of Cape Town, Tintswalo Atlantic is just a thirty-minute drive along the stunning, coastal drive inside Table Mountain National Park.
When you’re traveling outside the major cities in South Africa, your best bet is to rent a car. It will give you the freedom to travel off the beaten path and see some of the country’s hidden treasures.
The location couldn’t be any better, consider road tripping around Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point and enjoying the Cape Peninsula during your stay.
Tintswalo Atlantic is the only luxury hotel in the National Park. Located beneath Chapman’s Peak, this place is a dream beachfront location!
This is definitely my favorite property in the Cape Town area, and I’m not alone in those sentiments. It’s truly the perfect weekend escape from the city and a great option for both travelers and locals.
Tintswalo Atlantic is typically fully booked (far in advance), so plan on booking as soon as you have a date in mind as it has only 11 rooms all with a sea view.
Hidden out of sight from passing travelers, Tintswalo Atlantic is only reachable by the resident shuttle, which transports guests from the main road right down to the lodge on the shore below. Therefore, you’re gifted with a sense of privacy highly sought after on romantic retreats.
There are just 11 suites, each of which offers uninterrupted ocean views, a luxurious en suite bathroom, and a private balcony. Wake up to the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of lapping waves outside your suite window, before sauntering onto the main deck for a cup of coffee as you watch the sun rise above the mountain bliss.
Things to do Hout Bay is brimming with small shops and quaint cafés, but should you wish to stay put, the wonderful on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests, while the wooden deck is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner sundowner. Book yourself a sumptuous treatment at the resident spa, or simply lounge by the sea-facing swimming pool with a cocktail and a good book before taking a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Flanked by South Africa’s iconic Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range, the stunning Twelve Apostles hotel is on the scenic route just outside of “central” Cape Town. Built around a Dutch-style hunting lodge dating back to 1929, it’s made up of three low-rises, white-washed buildings, connected by skylit walkways with a stay at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town (Oudekraal), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Table Mountain National Park and Camps Bay Beach.
Behind the Twelve Apostles hotel are several private trails that wind up the mountain, past cacti, and pine trees. You can take a picnic basket to enjoy at one of the hotel’s scenic picnic spots, which have stone benches and sun umbrellas.
The Atlantic Terrace pool is another great place to park yourself for a while. It too has great ocean views.
Make yourself at home in one of the 70 guestrooms. Rooms have private patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Grab a bite at Azure, one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Snacks are also available at the coffee shop/cafe. Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge. A complimentary full breakfast is included.
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna.
RADISSON BLU WATERFRONT
The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is a beautiful seaside hotel. From this hotel, you will see striking ocean views. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the Cape Town Waterfront.
Treat yourself to both local and international dishes at the on-site Tobago’s Restaurant, where you can enjoy your meal with a stunning ocean view. Alternatively, you can relax next to the heated rim-flow pool while having a cocktail at Tobago’s Bar & Terrace. You may spot dolphins swimming past while you are eating!
You can have a variety of spa treatments at the Amani Spa. The hotel has 177 rooms with free WiFi and coffee and tea facilities. As with many other Radisson Hotels globally, the hotel is family-friendly and provides kids' activity packs on arrival. Kids can choose from special menus to cater to their specific tastes. Located right on the water’s edge and overlooking the yacht marina, Radisson Blu has the most amazing view of Table Mountain when you head out onto the pier
Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, in the heart of Stanford, you will find this gem called Mosaic Lagoon Lodge.
It is filled with unique birds and plants. Here you will eat, sleep, relax, get active, spend time at the spa, eat more and relax some more. I don’t know how else to describe it, because it is just that.
Mosaic Lagoon Lodge is a bit farther away from Cape Town but a great stop if you do the garden route or whale coast, it's some of the most beautiful roads in the world, don't forget to stop at Kogelbay. The intimate 5-star lagoon lodge only has 5 suites, which really makes it unique and exclusive. On arrival, you are greeted by the lushes greenery and offered a welcome drink by the friendly staff. Each room is fitted with a rain shower and bathtub with lovely Kalahari products to freshen up which is really great after a day filled with lots of activities.
Eating at Mosaic is a special occasion. The chef creates each plate with fresh ingredients and you have a few options to choose from when it comes to dinner. I really loved the Salmon for my main course. Breakfast is special, as it comes with a beautiful view. Fresh fruits and yogurt fill your plate as the hot breakfast is being prepared for your taste buds.
Mosaic Lagoon Lodge is a place for guests to feel at home, and safe, and to really let go and enjoy nature at its finest. Fleeing to a faraway place that’s ensconced in nature, hidden from the noise and bright lights, busy chatter, and the arduous matter is a vital calling for all of us, now more than ever. Where tranquility engulfs us and time gently glides us through the changing hours of the day. As we surround ourselves with the people and things that enable us to be at our best.
Only a two-hour drive from Cape Town, resting on 376 hectares within a secluded and serene setting, overlooking the lulling lagoon waters and majestic Kleinrivier mountains, Mosaic Lagoon Lodge sits amongst an ancient milkwood forest and its bounteous birdlife. Set upon the water’s edge, this five-star hideaway invites you into its luxury thatched quarters, with a sincere and humble declaration of gratitude for the magnificent wilderness it inhabits. Wooden walkways adjoin the five dreamy suites with the main dining and entertaining areas, a rejuvenating spa, a swimming pool, and a glorious lookout deck. All beneath the tranquility of the trees that branch between the thatch.
Sugarbird Manor is A stylish hotel set on a working protea farm on the outskirts of picturesque Stellenbosch. Bright rooms benefit from the simple minimalist style, fabulous views, and exceptionally large and indulgent bathrooms. Take long walks before returning for a dip in the lovely infinity pool. Rural perfection.
As South Africa’s second oldest town and a well-renowned destination for all things food, art, wine, and culture, Stellenbosch is a great day trip or weekend getaway option if you’re visiting Cape Town (only 30 miles from the city). Surrounded by the lush vineyards of the Cape Winelands, If you like food, wine, and beautiful landscapes then read on to discover the best places for spending the perfect wine weekend in Stellenbosch.
While it’s possible to do a day trip to Stellenbosch from Cape Town, I’d recommend staying overnight if you can this allows you to make the most of your visit (plus, you’ll likely be drinking wine so you can relax more and avoid a longer commute).
We stayed in Sugarbird Manor while visiting Stellenbosch and loved our time there. Situated on a farm that cultivates protea flowers and wine grapes, this stylish guesthouse is situated on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and provides easy access to wine country. My favorite part about our stay in Sugarbird Manor was the fact that it was a working farm, they served a delicious homecooked breakfast (get the french toast and the fritters!), and the property had a lovely infinity pool that overlooked the valley.
KLEIN WELMOED LUXURY GUEST HOUSE
Klein Welmoed is set in the heart of the breathtaking Stellenbosch Winelands. This family-owned 'Cape Victorian' and 'Contemporary Cape Vernacular' styled retreat, gives you the ultimate exquisite and original experience of the famously beautiful Wine Route, adorned with ocean and mountain views, which unfold on the estate's doorstep.
Klein Welmoed is situated on a wine and olive farm- 39 hectares of which are covered with vineyards- surrounded by the richness and tranquility well associated with this area. Fish Eagles grace the sky and their cry can be heard throughout the year. Guinea fowls, pheasants, sheep, and a hackle of beautiful Egyptian geese stroll the grounds. And, conveniently it's only 25 minutes away from Cape Town International Airport.
The elegantly restored guest house pays credence to classic Cape Dutch architecture and houses 12 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. There are also three one and two-bedroom self-catering cottages that appeal to guests who prefer a more flexible style of accommodation.
All rooms effortlessly blend modern living convenience with a touch of rustic charm. The accommodation provides all the necessities and creature comforts for you to feel right at home, these include manual air-conditioning and under-floor heating units as well as a cozy fireplace. There are flat-screen TVs with DSTV in all the rooms along with Wi-fi access. The accommodation is wheelchair friendly.
The estate is surrounded by 100 acres of fertile Stellenbosch soil which gives life to our Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot noir, Shiraz, Semillon, and Chardonnay cultivar vines and fragrant olive groves. The Helderberg Mountains form a spectacular backdrop and create the perfect atmosphere for a late evening sundowner.
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