Even if you’re someone who likes roughing it in a tent in the middle of nowhere, all of us deserve some five-star luxury every once in a while. South Africa has many luxury accommodation options to choose from, but here are three of our favourite South African five-star hotels this month.
1 - Pepperclub, Cape Town
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa lies in the heart of Cape Town, close to trendy restaurants and bars to art galleries and unique shops. But with everything the Pepperclub has to offer, you might not want to go anywhere (except to the hotel’s exclusive Beach Club on the Camps Bay promenade, which offers lockers, and shower and restroom facilities). The hotel also boasts a retro, state-of-the-art cinema, a swimming pool with an incredible view of Table Mountain and a spa with a fully equipped fitness centre. Accommodation varies from single rooms and deluxe studios to three-bedroom apartments, a presidential suite and a penthouse suite.
2 - Camps Bay Retreat, Cape Town
Camps Bay Retreat Luxury Boutique Hotel is set on four acres of lush green nature reserve within Cape Town. It borders the historical Round House Precinct and Glen Forest, an area of about 35ha that falls within the Table Mountain National Park.
Views stretch across the Atlantic Ocean and the estate has four pools, a tennis court, a spa and a fine-dining restaurant. The chef at the Retreat Kitchen in the original manor house creates a daily menu using ingredients from local markets. Meals are paired with the best wines from the region.
Spoil yourself with a massage and facial at the spa the next day, or go on a hike. Hiking trails to the forest or Lion’s Head start from The Glen.
3 - Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ballito
Fairmont Zimbali Resort, situated inside the exclusive Zimbali Coastal Estate, could easily be the most luxurious address on the North Coast.
The 154 rooms overlook the sea, have big verandahs, and the decor of stone, wood and earth tones was inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings.
At the Willow Stream Spa, you can take an indulgent marula-milk bath or treat yourself to a stress-relieving massage and a hydrating potato, rooibos, aloe and marula mask treatment.
Hotel guests enjoy special rates when playing golf at Zimbali Country Club, which offers ocean and forest views, and exceptional water features in a natural setting.
Flight Centre’s Red Label Holidays can take you to all three of these hotels. Find out more here.