The Best Boutique & Luxury Hotels in Cape Town • The Blonde Abroad
Near the Waterfront
Location and Views
Silo Hotel is such a great option in Cape Town — it’s located in the heart of the city, near the waterfront, with easy access to all the major attractions and landmarks that Cape Town has to offer. Plus, the views!! Table Mountain is prime for photo ops and sightseeing.
The hotel is known for its exceptional service, a world-class spa, infinity pool, and gourmet restaurant. Don’t even get me started on the beautiful modern rooms with epic window design.
I really like that it has a focus on sustainability, featuring green technologies and environmentally-friendly practices throughout the property.
First-Time Trip to Cape Town
Cape Grace is iconic. Period. As it’s located on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is perfect for a first-time trip to the city.
While it is in a touristy location, it’s there for a good reason — there is so much to see and do, again, making it an ideal choice for a first-time visitor to Cape Town.
The hotel offers an unmatched level of luxury and comfort, with world-class amenities and services, including a spa, an infinity pool, and multiple dining options.
Gorgeous George in Cape Town’s CBD Boutique Hotel is one of my all-time favorite rooftop restaurants and bars in the city.
Not only does it offer breathtaking views of the city and Table Mountain, but the atmosphere is absolutely stunning. The decor is modern and sleek, with a perfect balance of indoor and outdoor seating.
The menu is diverse and delicious, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
I particularly love the seafood options and their signature cocktails. The service is always top-notch, and the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. This is a must-visit spot for any traveler to Cape Town looking for a sophisticated dining and drinking experience.
Oh, and before I forget — the highlight of Gorgeous George is the rooftop pool which is perfect to relax and enjoying the view after a long day of exploring the city.
Ellerman House in Sea Point is one of the most impressive properties in Cape Town. While it’s definitely a pretty penny to stay at, this luxury hotel is absolutely worth it.
The level of privacy and exclusivity is unmatched. The hotel offers unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the property is set within lush gardens.
The hotel has a spa, a gym, a pool and private beach access. The food is delicious, and the wine selection is outstanding. If you’re looking for a luxurious and private escape in Cape Town, Ellerman House is the perfect choice.
I highly recommend it to anyone looking for the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. The hotel is also an ideal location for a romantic getaway, business trip, or a family vacation.
Luxury and Iconic
Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town is most famously known for being the gorgeous pink hotel nestled on a lush garden estate. This hotel is a must-visit, even if you don’t stay overnight. The hotel’s architecture and decor are simply stunning, and the gardens are beautiful.
The hotel is known for its high tea, which is an absolute must-do while you’re in Cape Town. The tea is served in the hotel’s beautiful drawing room, and the selection of sandwiches, scones, and pastries is simply divine.
The experience is truly special, and it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Cape Town. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, it’s well worth a visit for the high tea alone.
The hotel also offers spa, fitness center, and pool to its guests. Overall, The Mount Nelson Pink Hotel is a true Cape Town landmark, and it’s a must-visit for anyone looking for a touch of luxury and history during their stay in the city.
Tintswalo Atlantic Hout Bay
Oh my goodness, Tintswalo Atlantic Hout Bay in Cape Town is one of my favorite boutique hotels in the world, like nothing else out there! This hotel is located in Hout Bay, a charming coastal village that is just a short drive from the city center.
The hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the views are absolutely breathtaking. The hotel has just eight rooms, so it feels incredibly intimate and private.
The hotel is also an ideal location for adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts, as it’s surrounded by beautiful hiking trails and beaches.
But the real highlight of Tintswalo Atlantic Hout Bay is the private deck that each room has, where you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset over the ocean. It’s truly magical.
If you’re looking for a unique and intimate boutique hotel experience in Cape Town, Tintswalo Atlantic Hout Bay is a must-visit!
The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands absolutely shouldn’t be missed, here are some of the best wineries in South Africa.
Because the winelands are massive, I’ve broken them down into several areas, with a bit about each place, to help you navigate where you’d like to stay.
This region is located just outside of Cape Town and the vineyards make for the perfect photo backdrop. The wineries in the region offer a wide variety of wines, from full-bodied reds to crisp whites, and there’s something for every palate.
And if you’re a foodie, you’ll be happy to know that the region is home to some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the area.
This is probably the grandest property in the Winelands, you can even travel and arrive here by helicopter. Stay in one of the property’s luxurious lodges, dine at Indochine or the Delarie Graff restaurant, and don’t miss the spa.
The property is full of incredible sculpture art and has breathtaking views.
It’s a hidden gem located close to the Eerste River in Stellenbosch. This hotel features 80 rooms clustered around six courtyards, each with its own peaceful garden and pool.
Staying at Spier hotel is like a dream come true, as it comes with some great perks like a glass of wine on arrival, a bottle of wine in the room, and a wine-tasting voucher.
You can enjoy a full English Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant, parking, WiFi, access to their Kiddies Clubhouse, and use of their Qhubeka Bicycles to explore the farm.
The hotel offers a variety of accommodation options, from classic rooms to suites, all decorated in a traditional Cape Dutch style. The hotel’s highlight is its spa, which offers a wide range of treatments, such as massages, facials, and body treatments.
After a relaxing spa day, you can indulge in a wine tasting at the hotel’s wine estate. The hotel’s restaurant serves delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients. The hotel’s location is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the beautiful wineries in the area.
Trust me, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is a must-visit for anyone looking for a relaxing, luxurious and unique experience in the wine region of Stellenbosch.
This farm is one of the most well-known and beautiful in the region. It’s known for its luxurious accommodation options, all decorated in a traditional Cape Dutch style.
The farm offers a variety of activities, such as wine tasting, picnics, and horseback riding. And let me tell you, a lakeside picnic on the farm is an absolute must-do! The farm’s restaurant serves delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients.
This small town located in the heart of the Cape Winelands is known for its picturesque streets, world-class restaurants, and of course, its wines. Franschhoek is often referred to as the “food and wine capital” of South Africa, and for good reason.
The town is home to some of the most renowned wine estates in the country and a variety of world-class restaurants that serve delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients.
Franschhoek is also home to a number of art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques, making it a great destination for shopping. The town’s location, surrounded by beautiful mountains, makes it perfect for hiking and outdoor activities.
Boschendal is a fully operating wine farm located in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The farm offers visitors a unique experience, with stunning gardens, beautiful picnic areas, and one of the best restaurants in the winelands, The Werf Restaurant.
The restaurant serves delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients. The farm also offers accommodation options such as historic Cape-Dutch homes and cottages.
Picturesque & Farm
Known for its beautiful gardens and dining à la glass greenhouse, this is by far one of the most picturesque properties in the Winelands.
Accommodations are limited but are beautiful cottages with fireplaces and clawfoot tubs. Don’t miss wine tasting, the spa or the farm shops—like the scented room where you can make your own body scrubs and masks.
This property is located in the Franschhoek Valley and it’s nothing short of opulent. Imagine peacocks roaming the gardens and crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. The accommodation options are luxurious, and the decor is elegant and sophisticated.
But that’s not all, their afternoon tea is out of this world. They offer a variety of teas and delicious pastries, all served on the most beautiful china. The property also has a pool and spa, perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring the area.
Located in the Franschhoek valley, Mont Rochelle offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful vineyard, and it offers a variety of accommodation options including rooms and suites.
The hotel is also home to a world-class restaurant, which serves delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients. Mont Rochelle is perfect for anyone looking for a luxurious and unique experience in the wine region of Franschhoek.
The hotel is also close to many world-renowned wineries, making it a great base for wine tasting.
Paarl is home to many world-renowned wineries and the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve — which offers visitors the opportunity to hike and enjoy the beauty of the area.
One of the most iconic landmarks in Paarl is the Afrikaans Language Monument, which is a beautiful tribute to the Afrikaans language and its history in South Africa. Paarl is also home to some delicious restaurants and charming shops.
Grande Roche Hotel
All the Activities
Set in a restored 19th-century manor house, Grande Roche Hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and vineyards.
The Grande Roche Hotel offers its guests a variety of activities including wine tastings, yoga classes, and hot air balloon rides.
Constantia is known for its prestigious wineries, beautiful gardens and delicious restaurants. The area is home to some of the oldest wineries in the country, including the famous Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia.
These wineries offer visitors the opportunity to taste some of the best wines in the region and learn about the history of winemaking in Constantia.
The area also offers beautiful gardens such as the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, where visitors can enjoy a picnic and take a leisurely walk among the flowers and plants.
The Alphen Boutique Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa is the epitome of luxury and elegance.
The hotel’s location in the leafy suburb of Constantia is the perfect retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, yet still be within easy reach of all the sights and sounds that Cape Town has to offer.
14 on Klein Constantia
14 on Klein Constantia is a luxurious villa located in the heart of the Constantia Wine Valley, just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. This spacious and elegant villa is the perfect choice for those looking for a secluded and private getaway.
The villa features 4 bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, and can comfortably accommodate up to 8 guests.
The open-plan living and dining areas are tastefully decorated, with large windows that allow natural light to flood the space and provide stunning views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards.
The outdoor terrace is the perfect place to relax and take in the natural beauty of the area.
Villa Coloniale Schumacher Luxury Retreat
This luxury villa is located in the exclusive suburb of Bantry Bay. It’s grand and seriously elegant, making it a great choice for an exclusive holiday. The villa features 6 spacious bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, and can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests.
The interiors are beautifully decorated with a mix of classic and modern style, with large windows that allow natural light to flood the space and provide stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding mountains.
The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
Set in a restored 19th-century wine cellar, surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is a dream. The hotel’s two on-site restaurants, The Conservatory and The Greenhouse, offer a delicious selection of locally-sourced and international cuisine.
The Conservatory offers fine dining in an elegant setting, while The Greenhouse has a more casual atmosphere and serves light meals and snacks. The hotel also has a wine-tasting room where guests can sample wines from the surrounding vineyards.
The hotel’s location in the Constantia Wine Valley is ideal for those who want to explore the area’s top wineries and experience the best of Cape Town’s wine culture.
The hotel is also within easy reach of the city center, making it an ideal base for exploring all that Cape Town has to offer.
The Best Luxury Villas in Cape Town
Villas are also a HUGE benefit of traveling in Cape Town. You’ll find so many gorgeous villas, which are essentially oceanview mansions that offer full staff and service. Not too shabby, in my opinion. 🙂
Here are a few of my favorites:
And there you have it — some of the best places to stay in Cape Town! Be sure to check out my Cape Town travel guide as you plan your adventure. 🙂